Praslin Island

Praslin Island

So what makes Praslin Island a world famous tourist destination apart from being a part of the Seychelles Islands? Well, it is the combination of wonderful hotels; and the scenic and beautiful beaches. Talking about its beaches, Anse Lazio beach on Praslin, has earned a reputation of the most beautiful beach in the world amongst many admirers. The spread of tropical forests on the Paslin is home to many rare birds such as the black parrot and the Seychelles Bulbul. The island is also famous for its nature reserve – “Valee-de-Mai”, which is quite often compared with the biblical Garden of Eden – and vanilla orchirds. For nearly a quarter of a century, the reserve has been a UNESCO National Heritage.

The reserve is open to tourists who pay up an entry fee to tour it. The entire proceeds from the entry fees collected from tourists are utilized to preserve the beautiful reserve. The effort to protect it has earned it the position of one of the most perfect unspoiled tropical regions in the world. This habitat has been conducive for the survival and sustenance of its flora and fauna. A rare bird like Black Parrot finds itself at home on this island and is only found here.

As far as its history goes, the island was visited by General Gordon (of Khartoum) nearly 100 years ago. He was quite convinced that he had indeed landed in the original Garden of Eden. His theory was based on the strange shape of the infamous “Coco de Mer” which he saw post his arrival at the island. He drew parlance of Coco de Mer with the female pelvis; which he believed was identical to Eve’s. The coconuts here only grow on the ancient giant palm trees found in the Vallée de Mai nature park. The water from these coconuts are locally served as an aphrodisiac drink.

Praslin is also nicknamed as Seychelles’ “Granite Islands” with mountains running across the centre of its landscape.

Geographically, the island is spread along a length of 7.5 miles and width of 3 miles making it the second largest island of the Seychelles chain of after Mahe. It is located nearly 40 km northwest part of Seychelles, is one of the largest islands of the Seychelles. Lazare Picault, the first off-island settler, named the island as the “Island of the Palms” in 1744. The island has a geographical cover of 38 square kilometers and has population strength of only 5,000 individuals. Majority of this population live in small villages scattered across the island. Anse Marie-Louise, Petit Anse Kerlan, Baie St. Anne, Anse Boise de Rose, Anse Consolation, Anse Volbert, Grand Anse, and Anse St. Sauveur are some of the villages where residents live. The primary source of income for these residents is farming, fishing and tourist trades.

Due to the influx of tourists, Praslin has witnessed commercial development over the years. However, the development hasn’t hampered the natural ecosystem of the island. The overall feel and look of the island offers peace of mind.

The island is truly a paradise on earth for all the nature lovers. The beaches host rocks along the shore. Adding to the island’s beauty is the coral reef surrounding it and the dense aquatic life. One can also find other exotic species of flora and fauna on the island. Some of these are quite rare, such as – the “carnivore” pitcher plant that eats insects; the vanilla orchids; and other rare birds like the fruit pigeon, and the Seychelles Bulbul.

For tourists, planning a visit to Praslin from Mahe, can reach the island within a matter of just 15 minutes by air. However, it takes a bit too long while travelling by boat – nearly about an hour. Praslin, one of the top travel destinations in the world, is gaining popularity amongst tourists who claim to have unforgettable vacations here. Tourists can find accommodations of all types and budgets.

What makes the beaches of Praslin Island more beautiful are the long stretches of soft white sand. The beaches are covered with soft, white sand. Anse Lazio, its famous beach is located on the western coast of Praslin. Though it is most famous and popular of all its beaches, the other countless beaches on the island are just as beautiful. The beaches offer its tourists safe swimming options and snorkelling activities. The coral reefs surrounding the beaches are home to around 1,000 varieties of fishes.

For golfers, Praslin is the only island amongst the Seychelles chain of island that boasts a championship golf course. In addition to Mahe, Praslin is the only island that hosts a casino. For tourists, the central location of the island, offers them options for excursions to other islands like La Digue, Cousin, Curieuse, and St. Pierre. All of these are known for the species of birds, turtles, and other wildlife they host, in addition to the beautiful coral reefs that make for excellent snorkelling.

With so much to offer – from casino to championship golf course; from the beautiful coral reefs to snorkelling service; from the exotic flora & fauna to the undisturbed tropical forest reserve; and the spectacular Anse Lazio beach – the tourists leaving the island always come back wanting to have more of this spectacular island. Well, this just goes on to prove that a magical and spectacular does exist in reality.

POLICE STATION - PRASLIN

Address : Grand Anse , or , Baie Ste. Anne, Praslin
Tel : +248 4 23 32 51
Fax : +248 4 23 39 3

HOSPITAL - BAIE STE ANNE

Address : Baie Ste Anne, Praslin
Tel : +248 4 23 23 33
Fax : +248 4 23 21 67
Email : bsa@moh.gov.sc

Inter Island Ferry

Address : Baie Ste Anne, Praslin
Tel : +248 423 23 94
Fax :+248 423 23 74

VIMS Exchange Limited

Address : Baie Ste Anne Jetty, Baie Ste Anne, Praslin
Tel : +248 258 44 04
Fax :+248 423 61 52