The Seychelles Is Home To Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Seychelles

This week we shall look at the 2 UNESCO World Heritage which are found in Seychelles. For anyone who is interested in exploring special reserves and protected areas, the two World Heritage Sites found in Seychelles should definitely be on your to-do list. The 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are Aldabra Atoll & Vallee de Mai.

The two world heritage sites are widely protected by the UN division known as UNESCO. The gift of this title means that they are legally protected by international treaties to conserve the land.

Aldabra Atoll

A World Heritage Site since 1982, the Aldabra Atoll is an outstanding example of a raised coral atoll. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, it has remained largely untouched by humans for the majority of its existence.

Aldabra is one of the largest atolls in the world and contains one of the most important natural habitats for studying evolutionary and ecological processes. It is home to the largest giant tortoise population in the world. The richness and diversity of the ocean and landscapes result in an array of colours and formations that contribute to the atoll’s scenic and aesthetic appeal. It is one of the very few areas among the islands that is populated with such a diversity of wildlife.

Image courtesy of Chris Mason


Vallee de Mai

It was named a World Heritage Site in 1983. Located on the granitic island of Praslin, the Vallee de Mai reserve has a palm forest which remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times. The Vallée de Mai is protected from the hands of visitors and tourists due to its ancient reputation. Dominating the landscape is the world’s largest population of endemic coco de mer, a flagship species of global significance as the bearer of the largest seed in the plant kingdom. The forest is also home to five other endemic palms and many endemic fauna species. The property is a scenically attractive area with distinctive natural beauty.

Image courtesy of Torsten Dickmann



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