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Kick back and relax on the stunning beaches of Praslin or dip into its turquoise waters for a chance encounter with a whale shark or to enjoy beautiful coral reefs.

Diving in Praslin

Quick facts

The best time to dive Praslin is from March to May and September to November. There could be light showers but visibility is at its best at an average of 100ft (30m). Water temperature typically ranges from 79-82°F (26-28°C) and diving is relatively easy with calm surface conditions and moderate currents.

Dive sites around Praslin consist of granite boulders, coral gardens, sloping reefs and some vertical walls. Most of the sites are easily accessible by a five minute boat ride but some are further out, requiring up to 45 minutes of travel. You are likely to encounter more currents at the outer islets but at the same time you will see more pelagic marine life.

Some dive sites which are popular at Praslin include Channel Rocks for its busy sheltered reef and Ave Maria for its vertical walls. To see more pelagic marine life, head out to Chimney Rock, Shark Rock, Cayman Rocks, and South Marianne. Also travel to Whale Rock which has a 33ft (10m) tunnel to explore.

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What to see

Cruise through sunlit coral reefs to find a myriad of colorful reef fish around Praslin like angelfish, boxfish, unicornfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish and thousands of lyretail anthias. A closer look will reveal pipefish, octopus, lobsters and several types of eels.

Larger creatures like giant groupers and brown-marbled groupers are commonly seen around Praslin as are stingrays. At the outer islets, humphead wrasse, green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles like to hang around boulders and reefs together with grey reef sharks and whitetip sharks. Looking out into the blue, spot passing eagle rays and if lucky, you may encounter a whale shark passing through at Channel Rocks.

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Area

Blessed with white sandy beaches and turquoise blue water, the island of Praslin is picture perfect. Part of the Republic of Seychelles, Praslin is the second largest island of the archipelago, lying 27 miles (44km) northeast of Mahé. Covering an area of 15 square miles (38 square km), the island is sparsely populated with only 6,500 people. In the early 18th century, Praslin was a known hideaway for pirates until the French took over in the mid-18th century. The island was then sought after by the British and they eventually took over by the 19th century.

Praslin is a popular destination for those who enjoy a remote and quiet island getaway. The main draw to Praslin is its world-class stunning beaches like Anse Lazio, Anse Volbert and Anse Georgette. Other than beaches, the island is rich with nature and contains the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see several endemic species of palms like the coco de mer and endemic birds like the Seychelles bulbul or Seychelles black parrot. Scuba divers are in for a treat on Praslin. Beautiful coral reefs lie just minutes from the island and the outer islets boast healthy pelagic marine life.

Other attractions

Nature enthusiasts should visit Vallée de Mai or Curieuse Island where they can see the coco de mer, endemic birds and even 200-year-old giant tortoises. Otherwise, soak in the sun on beautiful beaches or take a boat out for island hopping and snorkeling.

Getting there

Fly to Seychelles International Airport in Victoria on the main island of Mahé. Take a ferry or a short 15 minute flight on Air Seychelles to Praslin Airport.

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