Fond Ferdinand is a relatively newly opened nature reserve on Praslin.
You access it by driving along the Consolation (coastal road) There is a tiny little red wooden arrow marking the entrance, and if you’re not looking out for it, you would almost certainly miss it.
It is cheaper to enter than the Vallee de Mai and it is also pretty much guaranteed to be less busy. A big difference is that a guide is required (at no extra cost) to enter the reserve.
The trails are a little more challenging and not quite as well maintained as those of the Vallee de Mai. A lot more of the area is exposed to the heat of the sun – or rain, of course.
The views from the top of the viewpoint are absolutely stunning, and are well worth the 3 hour walk. Look one way and you can see Curieuse, Sister Island, Coco Island, Round Island, Felicité, and La Digue, while in the other direction you can spot Frégate, Mahé, and Silhouette. On a really good day, you may even be able to spot Denis Island on the horizon
Fond Ferdinand with views of La Digue| ©MC1 photography
Fond Ferdinand, Praslin, Seychelles