The Seychelles’ second largest island, twelve kilometres long by only five kilometres wide, Praslin is an Eden-like island scooped out with white sand beaches strewn with large golden colour boulders, and almost choked by its dense emerald vegetation.
Island life is sultry and unhurried here, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. On the contrary, the island is small enough to explore by bicycle or by foot, its offshore coral reefs begs for you snorkel or dive them to your heart’s content, and what’s more in the island’s centre lies the world heritage site, the Vallee de Mai nature reserve, effusive with birdlife (bulbuls and black parrots), coco de mer palms and vanilla orchids. The likes of Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette are among the islands most stunning beaches.
When to go
Praslin and the Seychelles enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round. April to May, and September to November are considered the best times to go, but even in the months considered the monsoon season, the showers are short and intermittent.
What to do
- Diving, snorkelling & sailing
- Nature excursions to the Vallee de Mai Reserve
- Day trips to La Digue island (home to the endangered Paradise Fly Catcher bird in the island’s Veuve Special Reserve)