In the past, the Coco de-Mar had great value, it was treasured dearly, a treasure for Kings and Sultans only. Should any person find this coconut on a beach he had to give it immediately to the King, if he kept it and was discovered he would pay with his life. The mystery of the Coco de-Mar remained until the first people arrived on Praslin, and discovered the coconut growing in abundance, they had discovered a gold mine of coconuts.
These special and rare coconuts were often given as presents to European visitors, today they are strictly protected. Only a few of the Coco de-Mar nuts are sold to tourists, each coconut has a unique registration number authorising its sale. If you buy one, ensure that you retain this identification, because without it you will not be able to take the coconut home. The Coco de-Mar is valued greatly, and they are very expensive to buy, but a unique treasure to have in your house.