Another ferry ride away from Mahe, you will find Praslin. The second largest populated island in the Seychelles known for palm-fringed beaches, like Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, both bordered by the famous large Seychellois granite boulders. The main beach, Anse Volbert-Côte D’Or, faces the offshore islet Chauve Souris while the jungle-covered interior is home to Praslin National Park, which encompasses Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.
Praslin has quite a bit to offer visitors from the obviously beautiful beaches and water activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, surfing and more to learning about local flora and fauna. I loved my time at the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a nature park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it consists of a well-preserved palm forest, flagship species made up of the island endemic coco de mer, as well as five other endemic palms. The coco de mer, a monocot tree in the Arecaceae, has the largest seeds of any plant in the world. Also unique to the park is its wildlife, including birds such as the rare Seychelles black parrot, mammals, crustaceans, snails, and reptiles.
But you can’t make a trip to Paslin without spending time at Anse Lazio Beach. Take a dip in the crystalline waters, run around on the boulders but be sure to have an oceanfront meal at BonBon Plume. Sit with your feet in the sand while eating traditional Seychellois fare and gazing upon one of the most beautiful views in the world.
Where to stay on Praslin? Well there are many options from 5 star luxury to backpacker accommodations to everything in between. I stayed on the Grand Anse side of the island at Oasis Hotel and Spa. Boasting a large pool with swim up bar, full menu open air restaurant and a 2 minute walk from the beach, it’s a great spot for couples and families alike.
If you’re looking for some high end luxury, look no further than the Raffles Praslin. Absolute luxury from top to bottom, incredible dining, romantic accomodations all located on one of the world’s best beaches.
And that’s a wrap on the Seychelles for this round!
*Special thanks to Seychelles Tourism for the once in a lifetime trip!