Fly To Praslin Island, Seychelles
Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and a popular beach holiday destination for tourists from around the world. Once a hideaway for pirates and merchants, Praslin is now better known for its stunning beaches, tropical forests and luxury hotels. The tropical forests of the island are home to some of the rarest bird species in the world. Located 45 km from the town of Mahe, Praslin Island is divided into two districts- Baie Sainte Anne and Grand' Anse (Praslin).
Tourists can either soak up the sun or go snorkelling over one of the nearby coral reefs. Picturesque Praslin also serves as a base for tours to nearby islands such as Curieuse Island, La Digue, Cousine Island and Aride Island. This dreamy destination is also referred to as the ‘garden of Eden’ because of its sun kissed pristine beaches, lush green forests and the rugged mountain terrain.
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Why visit Praslin?
- Explore Praslin by visiting Vallée de Mai, a World Heritage Site which is one of two places in the world where the rare coco de mer palm grows, it is a spectacular sight
- Enjoy a day soaking up the beautiful weather at one of Praslin’s famous beaches like Anse Lazio or Anse Geogette which is frequently making the top ten list of the best beaches in the world
- Golf enthusiasts will love Paslin as it is the only island where you can enjoy an 18-hole round of golf on a championship course
Praslin generally experiences extremely warm weather all year round. The hottest months fall between December and April and the wettest months fall between January and February. During the wet months it usually rains in short tropical downpours after which the sun comes out to play.
The languages that are spoken in Praslin consist of English, French, Seselwa Creole French.
- Seychelles was once a pirate hideout on Mahé and Côte d’Or on Praslin.
- Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles and it is also the smallest city in the world, it can actually be explored on foot in less than a day.
- Breadfruit is very popular in Praslin - legend has it that anyone who eats it while on the islands will return someday.
The clear blue waters of Anse Lazio beach combined with the powdery white shoreline lined by tall palm trees make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. You can go snorkelling in the sheltered coves around the beach and the waves are mild enough to enjoy lengthy swims.
Anse Georgette is another splendid beach of Praslin which is accessible through the Lemuria resort. The resort security allows a limited number of tourists to visit the beach so you need to make a prior appointment. A long walk through the resort’s golf course leads you to this enchanting pure white sand beach. You can lie on the beach and enjoy the magnificent view of the turquoise blue waters. Curieuse Island near Praslin is a secluded spot that is resident to giant turtles. You can walk on the beach with turtles aged from a few months old to more than 100 years old.
When you stop to observe you will notice different kinds of crabs and sea shells on the beach. Another popular snorkelling and diving operator on the island is the White Tip Divers Centre at the Paradise Sun Resort.
Praslin shopping is limited and there isn’t much of a variety beyond the hotel gift shop selling expensive jewellery and small trinkets. If you’re looking for something truly authentic then be on the lookout for artwork by George Camille, a local painter.
Praslin is a fairly safe place to visit, although it is advised to avoid any dark lanes, and swimming alone on isolated beaches. The tap water is generally safe to drink in most areas of the Seychelles, but in undeveloped areas water quality might not be that great. It is recommended to drink bottled water only and try to avoid drinking water from lakes, rivers, and ponds.
The cuisine in Praslin is influenced by African, British, French, Indian and Chinese cuisines. There is no doubt that anything that is tasted in Praslin will be enjoyed. Fish is something that plays a big part in the Seychelles cuisine as there are plenty of fisherman that catch the freshest fish. It would not be right not to try it when visiting. For those travellers who are open to sampling the local culture dishes, Cari bernique; Bourgeoisie grille and bat curry, which are considered to be delicacies in the Seychelles, is a must.
The best restaurants to try in Praslin include:
- La Goulue
- Pirogue Restaurant & Bar
- Bonbon Plume
- Laurier Restaurant
- Le Duc de Praslin
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in Praslin. There is freedom to practice any religion of your choosing, as it is a very diverse destination. The other religions that can also be found in Praslin consist of Muslims, Hindu’s and Bahaï. This place has an island atmosphere, many of the locals are extremely friendly and welcoming, so much so that you will never want to leave.
South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to enter the Seychelles for a period of up to 30 days. However, you are required to make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your intended stay in the Seychelles.
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|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 49.98|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 47.35|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 63.14|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 168.36|
Praslin Island Airport – PRI, also known as Lles des Palmes Airport, is located in Grand Anse, Praslin Island. The airport serves about 1500 passengers daily with flights to/from Mahe.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Car Hire: Century Cars, Capricorn Car Rental, Adventure Car Hire.
Airport Hub: Praslin Island Airport (code PRI) is a hub for Air Seychelles.
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