Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and a granite island with beautiful, snow-white sandy beaches. It is still 13 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide. Here live 8,000 inhabitants.
The life cycle is slower here than on the main island Mahe. Pralin can be reached by ferry from Mahe in about two hours. Praslin became famous because of a special plant, the Coco de Mer palm. One finds this palm in the “Vallee de Mai”. The size of the coconut nuts and the leaves are impressive. The fruit of the palm wid up to 25 kg. The special about the coconut nuts is the erotic form.
In the north of the island of Praslin you will find the long “Cote d’Or” with a golden sandy beach.
The “Anse Lazio” in the north of the island is probably the most beautiful beach in the world? A sheltered bay, mirror-smooth, light green turquoise blue sea, white sand and of course the decorative palm trees.
In the east, on the other hand, there are small romantic bays. In the south impressed the long beach of the “Grand Anse”, which is referred to by the visitors as the dream beach par excellence. Another worthy goal is the “Anse Lazio” in the west of the island. Praslin is particularly suitable for all bathing tourists, especially those who are individualists. Even those who are looking for not only peace and seclusion but local music and some entertainment and want to take a look into the lives of the locals are in good hands here.
Of course Praslin is a must for all nuturliebhaber. We drive here with a rented small SUV to the north of the island to visit the Anse Lazio. A visit to the “Vallee de Mai” is especially recommended. It is open every day from 07.30 to 17.30. For the big tour you should plan about 4 hours. It is favorable if you start already in the early morning hours, since it is still quiet. The Valle de Mai was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO.
In this way one wants to make sure that the protected animals and plants are preserved for posterity. On the way we find a small open chapel framed by granite rocks. This narrow dirt road leads through a beautiful landscape to the north of the island to the Anse Lazio.
In the high granite mountains in the background you can observe birds of prey that have built their clumps in the steep cliffs here. After the exhausting day tour, we end the day with dinner with local fish dishes.