If you want to get away from it all, catch a plane to Praslin Island in Seychelles, the second largest isle in this archipelago and the one with the most magic, the best holiday package deals and awe-inspiring accommodation for honeymoons and family escapes. A large island with very few people and plenty of wild corners, Praslin is the only island where you can see the Coco de Mer!
Praslin is quieter and less developed than its sister, Mahe, 44km away, and it extends just 38.5 square km. It was first named Isle de Palmes by explorer Lazare Picault in 1744 in the days when pirates and Arab merchants hid there. Then in 1768, it was renamed Praslin in honor of French diplomat César Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin. Today it is a well-visited Seychelles tourist destination where modern beachfront hotels and island resorts offer diverse accommodations for adventurous travelers.
Praslin is a conservationist’s treasure house with its massive sections of tropical forests harboring exotic birds such as the endemic Seychelles bulbul and the Seychelles black parrot. A large area in the south of the island has been designated as Praslin National Park and its surrounding areas are an Important Bird Area. Turtles come to lay their eggs in the sands here while healthy coral reefs still hold much excitement for divers and snorkelers.
It is best to get there by small airplane or by boat – an air-conditioned catamaran ferry that crosses back and forth to Mahe for tourists and business requirements. A wide range of Praslin island hotels, resorts and guest houses offer wonderful tropical accommodations with beach and forest views for unforgettable holidays in paradise.
Praslin Island is the only home of the rare Coco de Mer (meaning ‘coconut of the sea’) and also called the love nut or double coconut. It’s the largest and the heaviest seed in the world, weighing up to 25 kg with a 40-50 cm diameter. Coco de Mer features the largest female blossom of any palm tree, creating the largest fruit and the longest cotyledon. It can draw up more nutrients better than any other plant. It grows wild in the Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve, established in 1979 where rare vanilla orchids also thrive.
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. 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.
For something special and hidden away, try L’Archipel, La Reserve, Chateau Des Feilles, Coco De Mer, Ile Des Palmes and New Emerald Cove where you will think you have stumbled into paradise yet again. Stock up on supplies in 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. You will love Praslin in Seychelles and will find it hard to leave. If you love romance and solitude, this Seychelles island is for you.
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.
Take your family on a beach holiday to the gorgeous Seychelles Island of Praslin, a haven of serenity and diverse accommodation. Take the kids to see azure bays, dazzling white beaches and vibrant community markets. A few days in Praslin are soulful, energising and so much fun – quite a thrill for families and friends who want to be out in forests, on beaches, lagoons, ocean bays and infinity swimming pools with sea views!
We show you top-of-the-range seaside hotels and resorts in this region where children will feel in awe and want to run free. There are ocean activities galore, hikes, scuba dives and snorkelling adventures. Buy fresh fish from the local people and taste their food. It’s a diverse holiday in paradise and family suites are available wherever you go!
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