Praslin (Seychelles)

Praslin (Seychelles)

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Of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles, one stands out as having its most iconic features and distinctions: Praslin, the “Isle of Palms,” as christened by explorer Lazare Picault in the mid-1700s. On this small but stunningly diverse island, the beaches merely scratch the surface of the wonders to be found here.

And what you might have thought was simply a sun, sea and sand holiday destination soon gives way to the notion that there’s a much more primal, even mystic, quality about the island – one that defies explanation for most.

The famous British general, Charles George Gordon, could be counted among those who would attempt to figure out why, and he arrived at a startling conclusion. During his time in the Seychelles, he became convinced that the Vallée de Mai, the ancient palm forest on Praslin which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the original Garden of Eden.

Praslin, with a population of 6,500 people, is Seychelles’ second largest island.

To summarize: With stunning white sand beaches and lush tropical forests covering the hills, the island Praslin is a delight.
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CountryRepublic of the Seychelles
Culture & history

Prior to settlement of the islands by the French in the mid-18th century, Praslin's Côte d'Or was a favourite haunt of pirates.



The island was named Praslin after the Duc de Praslin, the French minister of marine in 1768 when the original 'Stone of Possession' was erected on the island in what is still known as Anse Possession.



Almost a century and a half later the visiting General Gordon (of Khartoum fame) became convinced that the Vallée de Mai was the original site of the Garden of Eden





Transport

Praslin can be reached by boat from Mahe or La Digue, with the catamaran taking approximately 45 minutes from Mahe or 15 from La Digue.
It's a modern 35-metre catamaran with a capacity of 350 passengers now operating up to four times a day between Mahé and Praslin in one hour at the speed of 35 knots.



The ride to Mahe is scenic but the waters can be quite choppy, so if you are prone to seasickness you may wish to consider the plane instead. The crossing to La Digue is over calmer waters, and the ride is short enough that sickness shouldn't be a problem.



Flights to Praslin airport from Mahe take just fifteen minutes, and if you are flexible with your departure times the cost is only marginally more than the boat. The planes used are tiny 'twin otters', with two propeller engines on a wing raised above the cabin offering excellent views of the sea and islands below. It's a unique experience with up to fifteen passengers squeezed into a tiny craft - hot and steamy but well worth it for the fantastic views.



Praslin airport is situated between Anse Kerlan and Grande Anse, but the longest transfer from the airport isn't likely to take more than 30 minutes. Don't worry about your hotel being too close to the airport - there are only 8-10 flights a day and the noise from the tiny engines is minimal.



The primary means of public transport throughout Praslin is by bus. Please note that on Praslin buses don't take you if you carry more than a daypack! Please notice: After 7 p.m. there are hardly any buses running.


Geography

Praslin lies 45km to the northeast of Mahé and measures 10km by 3.7km with a total area of 37.56 sq.km



The island has three main settlements



- Baie St Anne, where the catamaran docks bringing passengers to and from Mahe and La Digue



- Grande Anse on the south coast near the airstrip



- Anse Volbert / Cote D'Or on the north coast.



Between these main towns the island is sparsely inhabited, adding to the feeling of being on your own desert island.






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Sports

The only 18 hole golf course in the Seychelles can be found on Praslin Island. The championship golf course is situated on the grounds of the Le Lemuria Resort. A club house is available for golf equipment and caddies can be hired. The layout is quiet challenging with beautiful views of the island the adjacent coast line. Tee times can be booked online at the web page below.



One of the main attractions of the Seychelles is to explore the clean, crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Diving centers launch daily dive trips to the reefs around Praslin.



The larger hotels can arrange boats to take you out snorkeling or diving. They can also arrange for a day of fishing.



Catamarans can also be rented for the day.





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Tourist places

A leisurely tour around the island of Praslin by car will take approximately 2 hours.



It also provides a base for excursions to neighbouring islands (Aride, Chauve Souris, Cousin, Cousine, Curieuse, Félicité, Grande Soeur, Ile Cocos , La Digue, Mahé, St. Pierre) some of which are important sanctuaries nurturing rare species of endemic flora and fauna.


Tourist places
Acajou Beach Resort

Acajou Beach Resort

Praslin (Seychelles)
Situated on the breathtaking Cote d’Or beach, the Acajou Beach Resort is a Seychellois-owned busines More info
Beach Villa

Beach Villa

Praslin (Seychelles)
A family-run establishment of nine rooms, the Beach Villa Guesthouse is situated on the west coast o More info
Berjaya Praslin Beach Resort

Berjaya Praslin Beach Resort

Praslin (Seychelles)
Get in touch with the depth of the bright blue sea and unspoiled white sandy beaches in Cote D’Or on More info
Cap Jean Marie Villas

Cap Jean Marie Villas

Praslin (Seychelles)
If you are looking for a Creole welcome and a relaxed atmosphere, Cap Jean Marie Beach Villas is cer More info
Casa Tara Villas

Casa Tara Villas

Praslin (Seychelles)
Located just 50 metres behind the beach of Anse Kerlan, Casa Tara Villas is a self-catering property More info
Castello Beach Hotel

Castello Beach Hotel

Praslin (Seychelles)
At Anse Kerlan on the southeast side of Praslin, Castello Beach is a family-friendly hotel and all-s More info
Chalets Cote Mer

Chalets Cote Mer

Praslin (Seychelles)
Overlooking the sheltered cove of Baie Ste Anne on Praslin and just half a kilometre from the jetty, More info
Chateau Sans Souci

Chateau Sans Souci

Praslin (Seychelles)
Just a few steps away from Anse Kerlan, the longest beach on the Seychelles, on Praslin’s southweste More info
Coco de Mer & Black Parrot Suites

Coco de Mer & Black Parrot Suites

Praslin (Seychelles)
Beauty, safety, peace, tranquility and quality, surrounded by nature, and named after the unique Coc More info
Colibri Guesthouse

Colibri Guesthouse

Praslin (Seychelles)
This small hotel located on Praslin’s picturesque southeast coast is set in secluded gardens only a More info
Cote d'Or Apartments

Cote d'Or Apartments

Praslin (Seychelles)
Newly built just 50 meters from the white sandy Cote d’Or Beach, the nine beautiful Self Catering ap More info
Cote d'Or Footprints

Cote d'Or Footprints

Praslin (Seychelles)
Welcome to Paradise!Cote d’Or Footprints luxury, self-catering chalets are as close to the o More info
Cote d’Or Chalets

Cote d’Or Chalets

Praslin (Seychelles)
Ideally located within walking distance from the beautiful Côte d’Or beach on Praslin, Côte d’Or Cha More info
Deckenia

Deckenia

Praslin (Seychelles)
With the ocean in clear sight and the landscape looking like a painting, Deckenia welcomes you to it More info
Dhevatara Beach Hotel

Dhevatara Beach Hotel

Praslin (Seychelles)
Imagine being greeted by the gentle ocean breeze and swaying Takamaka trees just a step away from th More info
Heliconia Grove

Heliconia Grove

Praslin (Seychelles)
Heliconia Grove is a Seychellois owned self-catering establishment based in an undisturbed natural h More info
Hotel L'Archipel

Hotel L'Archipel

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Hotel L’Archipel is located in the North-East region of Praslin, the second largest island of th More info
Indian Ocean Lodge

Indian Ocean Lodge

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Indian Ocean Lodge lies on Praslin’s southern coast, hidden behind Takamaka Trees and tropical p More info
L'Hirondelle Self Catering Guesthouse

L'Hirondelle Self Catering Guesthouse

Praslin (Seychelles)
In the heart of the village of Côte d’Or and facing one of the most beautiful beaches of Praslin, An More info
Le Domaine de la Reserve

Le Domaine de la Reserve

Praslin (Seychelles)
Located on a secluded private beach at Anse Petite Cour on the northeast side of Praslin, Le Domaine More info
Le Duc de Praslin

Le Duc de Praslin

Praslin (Seychelles)
Ideally situated next to the crystal clear waters and white sand of the famous Cote d’Or Beach More info
Le Relax Beach Resort

Le Relax Beach Resort

Praslin (Seychelles)
The charming Le Relax Beach Resort is a treasure in the heart of Grand Anse Praslin. Designed to mee More info
Le Tropique Villa

Le Tropique Villa

Praslin (Seychelles)
Are you searching for an unforgettable and perfect holiday?? With white sandy beaches and a luxurian More info
Les Lauriers Eco Hotel

Les Lauriers Eco Hotel

Praslin (Seychelles)
Les Lauriers Eco Hotel & Restaurant is situated on Praslin, the second largest island of the Sey More info
Les Villas d'Or

Les Villas d'Or

Praslin (Seychelles)
Les Villas D’Or is arguably the best luxury self-catering establishment on the magnificent Anse Volb More info
Ocean Jewels Resort

Ocean Jewels Resort

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Ocean Jewels Resort is a small resort in Seychelles surrounded by tropical lush vegetation in a More info
Palm Beach Hotel

Palm Beach Hotel

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Palm Beach Hotel is one of the most charming colonial-style hotels on Praslin Island. Palm Beach More info
Paradise Sun

Paradise Sun

Praslin (Seychelles)
Paradise Sun is a Seychelles gem, embraced in the warmth of the Indian Ocean. The pristine white cor More info
Pirogue Lodge

Pirogue Lodge

Praslin (Seychelles)
Right in the centre of Cote d’Or beach within close proximity to a number of restaurants and activit More info
Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Praslin (Seychelles)
Spread out over the hillside of Praslin’s northeast tip at Anse Takamaka, and designed to provide se More info
The Britannia Hotel

The Britannia Hotel

Praslin (Seychelles)
In the midst of a luxuriant vegetation, The Britannia Hotel is a small charming and family-style hot More info
The Islander Hotel

The Islander Hotel

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Islander is a family-run small hotel, built on a property of more then 4,000 m²  of flat land at More info
The Oasis Hotel Restaurant & Spa

The Oasis Hotel Restaurant & Spa

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Oasis Hotel Restaurant & Spa is located at Grand Anse, in a completely tranquil tropical set More info
The Old School Self Catering

The Old School Self Catering

Praslin (Seychelles)
The Old School Self Catering is a new boutique Self-catering located at the heart of Baie Ste Anne, More info
Village du Pecheur

Village du Pecheur

Praslin (Seychelles)
Village du Pecheur offers stylish beachfront accommodation with white washed walls and thatched roof More info
Villas de Mer

Villas de Mer

Praslin (Seychelles)
Situated along Grand Anse beach overlooking the islands of Cousin and Cousine, Villas de Mer offers More info
Private tours Praslin

Private tours Praslin

Praslin (Seychelles)
Whether it’s a helicopter ride to your own private mountaintop picnic, or an exclusive guided island More info
Vallee de Mai/Anse Lazio

Vallee de Mai/Anse Lazio

Praslin (Seychelles)
Visit the renowned World Heritage Site, the Vallee-de-Mai Nature Reserve, and relax on one of the wo More info
Vallee-de-Mai Tour

Vallee-de-Mai Tour

Praslin (Seychelles)
Discover the natural splendour of this world famous attraction and visit Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, a More info
Visit to Cousin Island, Curieuse and St Pierre (Praslin)

Visit to Cousin Island, Curieuse and St Pierre (Praslin)

Praslin (Seychelles)
Island Hop: Set Sail and Discover 3 Breathtaking Islands The Mason’s Travel “Cousin-Curi More info