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Praslin? Piece of cake.

Go on holiday to Praslin and you’ll soon understand why its first visitors thought they’d discovered the original site of the Garden of Eden. It’s the second-largest island in the Seychelles and remains as heavenly now as it was in the days when pirates haunted its lovely beaches in the 17th century.

It might be large by Seychelles’ standards, but Praslin is still small enough to drive round in less than two hours. The sleepy shores which pirates once found so appealing are still in place, too – although, these days, they attract romantics rather than rogues. And if you’ve come in search of Eden, that’s exactly what you’ll find in the mysterious Valée de Mai – the world’s biggest Coco de Mer plantation, right at the heart of Praslin National Park.

A holiday to Praslin also offers all kinds of natural wonders. The Seychelles is one of the most conservation-conscious archipelagos on earth, with only 16 of its 115 islands inhabited. The isles are home to rare and remarkable species, ranging from the enormous Aldabra tortoise to the world’s tiniest frog. And Praslin is as unspoiled as it is peaceful. The island has no towns at all – only charming local villages – and even the luxury resorts scattered around the coast are eco-aware and designed in harmony with the landscape. And, since the island is relatively flat, you can do as the locals do and cycle around, to discover hidden gems.

Of course, the beaches are a major part of the appeal of a holiday to Praslin. But this place is also known for sailing, snorkelling, diving and island-hopping. You’ll find fascinating history and culture etched all over, from quaint little museums to tiny churches to local art galleries. You won’t ever be short of restaurant options either, whether you want fresh seafood or traditional Creole cooking. Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon or a luxury getaway for two, our experts will be able to tailor-make your ideal holiday.

Things to do

Beaches

Days trips

Best time to go

Things to do in Praslin

Praslin has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches strung around its coastline, so if you just want to laze by the Indian Ocean, nobody could blame you. However, this is also where you can explore Vallée de Mai – the largest primaeval forest of ancient Coco-de-Mer palms on the planet, and one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Seychelles. Praslin National Park is another great local beauty to lure you away from the beach. And don’t miss the chance to spot fruit bats and learn a traditional skill at Praslin Museum. If you’re into art, drop into the George Camille Gallery to see the works of local artists. Or head for Black Pearl and take a tour of the only ‘pearl farm’ in the Indian Ocean. 

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Or you could discover the Seychelles’ underwater world. Water temperatures around Praslin are about 26°C all year round, so it’s balmy enough for snorkelling. And keen divers will love the reefs and coral gardens just a short boat ride away.

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Praslin beaches

Even if the only beach you visited on your Praslin holiday was Anse Lazio, you’d go home happy. A curve of creamy sand around a sheltered bay on the island’s north coast, this spot is regularly named the Seychelles’ loveliest beach. Almost always uncrowded and peaceful – despite its fame – Anse Lazio is also great for snorkelling. And a couple of little oceanfront restaurants add to its paradisiacal perfection.

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Another northern beach, tranquil Anse Georgette beats almost all the others for Indian Ocean sunsets. But if you want watersports and safe, shallow waters for swimming, the spacious Côte d’Or beach is the one to choose. It’s the longest on the island and the most popular, as it’s particularly good for families and within easy reach of Anse Volbert Village. Afterwards, make for Anse Cimitiere to see the gorgeous evening colours, as the light from the setting sun turns the shimmering white sand to a deep, rose pink.

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Days trips from Praslin

You can’t visit Praslin without going island-hopping at least once. Catch a ferry and spend a day on Mahé – the Seychelles’ largest island and home of the lively capital city, Victoria. It’s also where you can explore the wonderful Morne Seychellois National Park, go zip-lining at Port Launay Bay, or laze on the rolling sands of Anse Intendance.

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La Digue is another must-visit. This brilliantly green island is Praslin’s closest neighbour, where you can discover everything from historic architecture and traditional crafts, to extraordinary Anse Source d’Argent – one of the world’s most photographed beaches. Visit Cousin – an island just west of Praslin – to see some of the Seychelles’ rarest birds, as well as Aldabra tortoises, geckos and even nesting hawksbill turtles. Or, enjoy a short sail from Praslin to pretty little Curieuse and explore the only other Seychellois island where Coco de Mer palms grow.

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Best time to visit Praslin

Praslin is one of the ‘inner islands’ in the north of the Seychelles. Its lush, green landscape owes a lot to the tropical climate, with relatively high rainfall and temperatures which seldom drop below 26°C. The balmy Indian Ocean is warm enough to swim in all year round and, even at night, the air on Praslin tends to be warm.

Rainfall and humidity are highest between November and February, when heavy tropical downpours in the afternoon are the norm. March, April and May are the warmest months of the year with daytime temperatures of 30°C and evenings just a little cooler, so this is a great time to plan your Praslin holiday. It’s also a good time of year for bird-watching and diving.

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From June to September, Praslin is dry and sunny with highs of 27°C and occasional, brief tropical storms at night. And if you want to go walking or hiking, sailing, snorkelling or windsurfing, this is the time to come, as you’ll be able to enjoy these activities at their best.

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Things to do

Things to do in Praslin

Praslin has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches strung around its coastline, so if you just want to laze by the Indian Ocean, nobody could blame you. However, this is also where you can explore Vallée de Mai – the largest primaeval forest of ancient Coco-de-Mer palms on the planet, and one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Seychelles. Praslin National Park is another great local beauty to lure you away from the beach. And don’t miss the chance to spot fruit bats and learn a traditional skill at Praslin Museum. If you’re into art, drop into the George Camille Gallery to see the works of local artists. Or head for Black Pearl and take a tour of the only ‘pearl farm’ in the Indian Ocean. 

Show More
Show Less

Or you could discover the Seychelles’ underwater world. Water temperatures around Praslin are about 26°C all year round, so it’s balmy enough for snorkelling. And keen divers will love the reefs and coral gardens just a short boat ride away.

Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Praslin beaches

Even if the only beach you visited on your Praslin holiday was Anse Lazio, you’d go home happy. A curve of creamy sand around a sheltered bay on the island’s north coast, this spot is regularly named the Seychelles’ loveliest beach. Almost always uncrowded and peaceful – despite its fame – Anse Lazio is also great for snorkelling. And a couple of little oceanfront restaurants add to its paradisiacal perfection.

Show More
Show Less

Another northern beach, tranquil Anse Georgette beats almost all the others for Indian Ocean sunsets. But if you want watersports and safe, shallow waters for swimming, the spacious Côte d’Or beach is the one to choose. It’s the longest on the island and the most popular, as it’s particularly good for families and within easy reach of Anse Volbert Village. Afterwards, make for Anse Cimitiere to see the gorgeous evening colours, as the light from the setting sun turns the shimmering white sand to a deep, rose pink.

Show More
Show Less

Days trips

Days trips from Praslin

You can’t visit Praslin without going island-hopping at least once. Catch a ferry and spend a day on Mahé – the Seychelles’ largest island and home of the lively capital city, Victoria. It’s also where you can explore the wonderful Morne Seychellois National Park, go zip-lining at Port Launay Bay, or laze on the rolling sands of Anse Intendance.

Show More
Show Less

La Digue is another must-visit. This brilliantly green island is Praslin’s closest neighbour, where you can discover everything from historic architecture and traditional crafts, to extraordinary Anse Source d’Argent – one of the world’s most photographed beaches. Visit Cousin – an island just west of Praslin – to see some of the Seychelles’ rarest birds, as well as Aldabra tortoises, geckos and even nesting hawksbill turtles. Or, enjoy a short sail from Praslin to pretty little Curieuse and explore the only other Seychellois island where Coco de Mer palms grow.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Praslin

Praslin is one of the ‘inner islands’ in the north of the Seychelles. Its lush, green landscape owes a lot to the tropical climate, with relatively high rainfall and temperatures which seldom drop below 26°C. The balmy Indian Ocean is warm enough to swim in all year round and, even at night, the air on Praslin tends to be warm.

Rainfall and humidity are highest between November and February, when heavy tropical downpours in the afternoon are the norm. March, April and May are the warmest months of the year with daytime temperatures of 30°C and evenings just a little cooler, so this is a great time to plan your Praslin holiday. It’s also a good time of year for bird-watching and diving.

Show More
Show Less

From June to September, Praslin is dry and sunny with highs of 27°C and occasional, brief tropical storms at night. And if you want to go walking or hiking, sailing, snorkelling or windsurfing, this is the time to come, as you’ll be able to enjoy these activities at their best.

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