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A List of National Parks in Seychelles – Wondrous Havens

Beautiful coastlines, pristine beaches framed by verdant forests and interior highlands that will stun are all part of Seychelles national parks. A must visit for all nature lovers; here are the best.

1

Morne Seychellois National Park

Made up of 20% of Mahe's landmass this stunning national park is home to a diverse terrain. Explore varied habitats; discover coastal mangrove forests and indigenous flora as you trek to the highest point on the island – Morne Seychellois. Standing at a height of 905 metres the mountain is surrounded by lush vegetation, home to all manner of wildlife. The central point of the park is uninhabited and can be reached only via the walking trails which are excellent for travellers hankering for an adventure; far from the maddening crowds of urbanisation.

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Vallee de Mai

One of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites Vallee de Mai is exceedingly beautiful which is probably the reason the place was tipped to have been the former Garden of Eden; need proof? Pay this park a visit. Not too far from any well located beach resort in Seychelles, the park consists of a primaeval forest. Within the forest are over 6000 Coco de Mer trees which by the way are regarded as some of the world's botanical wonders. Furthermore, the valley is home to at least 6 other endemic species of palms together with other indigenous flora and fauna; the fascinating and endangered black parrot being one.

3

Baie Ternay Marine National Park

This beautiful coastal park is found next to Baie Beau Vallon. Snugly fitted between two hills this park is a fabulous lookout point for spotting the elusive whale sharks during August and October. The sharks are of course attracted to the region's water thriving with plankton; the lighthouse area of the park is most favoured for spotting the mammals. One of the most popular aspects of the park are the large white sand beaches that are quite unmatched to any others around the island of Mahe. Located just 10kms from AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa; the park is open daily and charges admission fees while offering children under the age of 12 free entrance.

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Port Launay Marine National Park

Located along the northwestern coast of beautiful Mahe Island this park offers sanctuary to a variety of marine life that thrive in the ocean around the park. Located between Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Port Glaud and Cap Ternay this tranquil sanctuary is loved by visitors for its pristine and solitary beaches. In fact chilling under the shade of a Takamaka tree is one of the pleasures to look forward to at Port Launay. Of course, you may not have much time for 'chilling on the beach' as snorkelling and scuba diving around the park are excellent experiences not to be missed.

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Veuve Reserve – La Digue

This park is on La Digue Island home to the Black Paradise Flycatcher. Quite a treat to spot the endangered bird survives with a population of just 300 on the island. The long-tailed bird is easy to spot and would usually be up a takamaka or bodanmyen tree. Joining a tour hosted by a park ranger is your best bet for spotting the bird as well as appreciating the stark beauty of Veuve Reserve.

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