If you want to get away from it all, catch a plane to Praslin. A large island with very few people and plenty of wild corners. A laid-back, sleepy place where you simply have to slow down to fit in, to look around you and to really appreciate what is. Discover the second largest island in the Seychelles, and the one with the most magic.
Praslin is the only island where you can find the Coco De Mer – also called the sea coconut, love nut, double coconut, coco fesse, or Seychelles nut. Bet you never knew that this tree produces the largest wild fruit so far recorded, weighing up to 42 kg; the mature seeds weighing up to 17.6 kg are the world’s heaviest and the female flowers are the largest of any palm.
In a nutshell, Praslin is charming. Picture an array of superb sugary beaches and lush tropical forests drawing down to violet waves and sapphire depths. The beaches have wonderful names like Cote d’Or where pirates once played, and Anse Lazio or Anse Geogette, rated the best beaches in the world. Home to only 6500 citizens, Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and measures only 10km by 3.7km. Drive your hired car around the island in 2 hours flat, or take a hike and explore every nook and cranny for a few days.
You simply have to explore the fantastical Vallée de Mai, one of the only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the archipelago. Try to find the six species of palm here, endemic only to the Seychelles. Visit the extraordinary sea birds on Cousine Island and seek out the huge wild tortoises on Curieuse. Scuba diving is a must if you want to see thrilling marine animals and dive sites you will never forget.
Stock up on supplies on the three main villages which have the buzz of rustic remote settlements and add to that nuance that you are indeed alone on a deserted island. Baie St Anne is a docking point for catamarans which sail from Mahe and La Digue; Grande Anse is a beautiful South Coast destination and Anse Volbert or Cote D’Or are on the north coast and take you back to a history of pirates and peace. Praslin is a beach destination so if you get bored of beaches, you may need a more exciting place to stay.
If you love romance and solitude, this Seychelles island is for you. Catch buses if you are day-tripping and taxis too to get from A to B. Meet friendly locals and see the island in a few hours, doing just as you please, with no schedule to bore you or hurry you up. Find diverse accommodation options from large luxury resorts to intimate all-inclusive hotels with their own private beaches or even a cosy self-catering venue with awesome views over a pretty bay. Thanks to the small size of the island, you can easily get around and can book accommodation when you move and need a bed.