Travel to Praslin – Stunning Natural Beauty in Abundance
The island of Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and it is located in the Northern Seychelles Archipelago close to the main island of Mahé. The main settlements on the island are the Baie Ste Anne, Anse Volbert and Grand’ Anse. The island is a popular tourist destination where you will find tropical forest, exotic wildlife, beautiful beaches and even a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The island of Praslin was originally named Isle de Palmes by explorer Lazare Picault in 1744 when it was used as a hideaway by pirates and Arab merchants. Then in 1768 it was renamed Praslin in honor of the French diplomat César Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin.
One of the main attractions on the island of Praslin is Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is said to be one of the Seychelle’s greatest natural treasures. However, other attractions here include the superb beaches, tropical forests, the charming village of Baie Ste Anne and the Cote d’Or.
Flora and fauna that you can see here includes the Seychelles Bulbul, the Seychelles Black Parrot and coco de mer and vanilla orchids.
Praslin is a fantastic location in which to enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. The Cote d’Or is a popular snorkelling spot due to its safe swimming beaches. However, you can also enjoy boat trips or simply explore this beautiful island.
There are numerous restaurants and souvenir shops that you can check out while you are on the island of Praslin. Or simply relax on the stunning white sandy beaches which the country is famous for.
There is public transport available on the island but it is perhaps better to get around by car, bike or foot.
- Visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallée de Mai.
- Relax on beautiful beaches or try your hand at snorkelling and scuba diving.
- See an abundance of native flora and fauna.