Praslin is one of two places in the world where the Coco de Mer sea coconut grows (the other, Curieuse, is also found in the Seychelles). This nut is a symbol of the Seychelles, it has become known throughout the world due to its unusual shape and size: coco de mer is very similar to a woman’s buttocks and weighs more than 20 kg.
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Locals call the island “Prale”.
Despite its resounding status as “the second largest island in the archipelago”, Praslin is so small that it can be crossed in less than an hour.
How to get to Praslin
From the island of Mahe, you can get here by plane (about 20 minutes).
The most famous tourist areas on Praslin are the beaches of Côte d’Or (“Gold Coast”) and Anse Lazio, which is rightfully considered the best. It is located in the deserted northwestern part of the island, this is the only place not protected by a coral reef. True, on Sundays this bay is very popular with residents of the neighboring island of Mahe, and it becomes very crowded there. There is a great restaurant at the end of the beach. After walking 2.5 km from Lazio, you can get to the completely wild Anse Georgette beach.
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Anse Lazio is rightfully considered the best beach on Praslin Island.
Anse Marie Louise Beach is located at the easternmost point of the island. At high tide, a natural “pool” is formed there. Nearby is another secluded beach – Anse Consolidation.
On the western coast of the island in the bay of Grand Anse, there is a good beach for taking morning baths. True, it is sunny: swimming there is almost impossible due to the shallow depth above the corals, which are sometimes covered with algae all the way to the coast.
Anse Kerlan – a very small cozy bay, framed by coconut palms and other tropical greenery, occupies 500 meters between two rocky ledges. In 1999, the hotel Lemuria Resort opened there, which became the most luxurious hotel in the Seychelles (not counting, of course, the private island Fregate).
Lodges, guesthouses, B&Bs and traditional inns are scattered all over the small island and waiting for guests.
Entertainment and attractions Praslin
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Val de Mai (Valley of May) National Park is home to over 7,000 unique coco de mer palms and the rare black parrot. On the west coast is the Black Pearl farm, which specializes exactly as its name suggests. Divers on Praslin will be interested in the Curieuse Island National Marine Park with a wonderful coral “garden”.
Praslin’s three dive centers: Octopus, Bleu Marine and Whitetip Divers offer dives in the island’s spectacular coral surroundings, as well as combined diving excursions to the outer Seychelles.
6 things to do in Praslin so that the trip is not in vain
- Taste the famous heavenly fruit of a very bizarre shape – sea coconut.
- Wander around the local national park Valee De Mai.
- Scuba dive into the “abyss of sea waters” (oceanic in our case.
- Watch the sunset on Anse Lazio beach.
- Climb to the top of Zimbabwe’s mountains.
- Visit the island of Curieuse, which was once a colony for lepers, and feed the huge turtles there.