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.
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.
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.