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About Praslin Island

Praslin Island is a scenic, tropical island located in the Seychelles Archipelago. The second largest of the islands, Praslin Island is a major tourist destination for visitors of all backgrounds who are drawn to it for its crystal clear waters, soft white beaches and lush green forestry.

Cheap flights to Praslin Island are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to experience the iconic blue waters and endless sunshine that this island paradise has to offer! Praslin Island is home to Praslin Island Airport (PRI) located 5 minutes from the city centre by car. Praslin serves a multitude of airlines including Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways. There are no direct flights to Praslin from South Africa, but popular connecting flights to Praslin depart from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Why visit Praslin Island

iconic beaches

Iconic Beaches

The beaches of the Seychelles are consistently rated among the top in the world. Tropical with soft, white sand and tranquil, turquoise water, they are quite literally straight out of a picture, as they are commonly used as sets for photo shoots.

thrilling water sports

Thrilling water sports

Praslin’s surrounding waters are ideal for various aquatic activities suited for the whole family. Think snorkelling, scuba diving, wind surfing, and jet skiing.

hiking

Hiking

One of the Seychelles’ lesser known attractions is its beautiful hiking trails through the forest. Praslin has a number of marked trails of varying intensity levels that will suit all hikers, whether amateur or experienced.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country The Seychelles
Currency Seychellois Rupee
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.97 SCR
Language French/English/Seselwa
Hub Airport Praslin Island Airport (PRI)
Airline Air Seychelles
Time Zone GMT + 4
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Praslin Island

As the Seychelles experiences consistently warm temperatures and sunshine throughout the year, any time is an ideal time to visit. When visitors choose to go usually depends on their choice of activities. The weather pattern in the Seychelles is generally regulated by two contrasting wind currents: the north-westerly wind which blows between the months of October and March, and the south-easterly wind which blows during the months of May to September. Visitors wishing to go fishing should visit between October and April, and visitors wishing to dive and surf/windsurf should plan their visit between May and September. Snorkelling and swimming are year-round holiday activities. The Seychelles does experience moderate year-round rainfall usually in the form of short rain showers that appear suddenly, lasting for about an hour before the sun reappears. The months of December to March see the lowest tourist turnover due to high rainfall.

Weather & Climate in Praslin Island

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 295 172 160 124 135 116 53 99 130 141 179 311

Overview

The Seychelles islands are a holiday destination that need no introduction. Iconic in its appeal and popularity, this tropical destination is never short of visitors seeking sea, sand and endless sunshine. The island of Praslin is the second-largest island in the archipelago and offers an exciting variety of attractions to holidaymakers. In addition to its fabulous main beach, Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin is home to two nature reserves: Praslin National Park and Vallée de Mai. Both of these parks offer beautiful forested surroundings, waterfalls and walking trails. Hikers will enjoy hiking the local hills which offer a panoramic view of the island and ocean. The Praslin Museum provides visitors with an interesting history of the development of the Seychelles, as well as its history and local culture. Traditional practices like coconut de-husking are also offered, and visitors are encouraged to give the surprisingly tricky practice a try!

Visa & Customs

South Africans do require a visa to enter the Seychelles. Make sure your passport is valid when applying, and will remain valid for the entire duration of your holiday. Leave at least 3 pages blank for visa stamps.

For more information regarding visa application process and documentation, please contact The High Commission of The Seychelles in Pretoria at:

Unit D 02/01, The Village
Corner of Gleenwood & Oberon Avenue
Faerie Glen
Pretoria
South Africa

Tel: (+27) 12 34 80 270
EMAIL: sez@seychelleshc.co.za

Health & Safety

Praslin is a very safe place to visit, however the usual safety practices when travelling are encouraged. Keep a close eye on personal possessions, particularly in busy areas such as airports, bus stops and hotel lobbies. Avoid walking down dark or deserted lanes after hours. It is not encouraged to swim alone or in isolated beaches. The tap water on Praslin is generally safe to drink in hotels and resorts, but underdeveloped areas may produce water of a lower quality, so rather stick to bottled water and do not drink water from the local rivers, lakes and ponds.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG PRASLIN ISLAND
Meal inexpensive restaurant R100 R100 R184
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R44
Cappuccino R22 R22 R42
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R10 R10 R118
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro) R37 R37 R166

Where to stay?

Holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to Praslin accommodation. Praslin is divided into two main districts- Baie Saint Anne and Grand Anse. Both these areas are equally ideal to stay in, offering restaurants, bars, cafes and a small amount of nightlife. Accommodation is varied and tailored to suit the individual needs of every visitor. Luxurious hotels and resorts, mid-range hotels and bed-and-breakfasts as well as budget self-catering cottages are all available. Most of these facilities are within walking distance to the beach, if not on the beachfront itself. Restaurants, shops and bars are also all easily reachable due to the size of the island.

Getting Around

Praslin offers various forms of public transport to visitors. The most popular and inexpensive form is the bus system in Praslin. The buses follow set routes around the island and are easy to navigate. Taxis are available and offer full-day and half-day tours around the island. Ensure the vehicle clearly displays a taxi licence and contains the “TAXI” light on the roof. Be sure to negotiate an agreed fare before getting in the vehicle. Ferries transport visitors between islands for a bit of “island-hopping”. Car rental is also an option, but please note that only drivers who are at least 23 years of age with one year’s driving experience will be allowed to drive in the Seychelles. Be sure to bring your national driver’s licence with you.

Main attractions in Praslin Island

Anse Lazio Beach

Anse Lazio Beach

Praslin National Park

Praslin National Park

Vallee de Mai

Vallee de Mai

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