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Petit Anse Kerlan, Praslin, Seychelles. Author Fabio Achilli. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Petit Anse Kerlan, Praslin, Seychelles. Author Fabio Achilli

Praslin: the island of Coco de Mer

Praslin is the second largest island of Seychelles, is located 40 km north-west of Mahé (only 15 minutes flight or 3 hours by boat from Mahé). Most of Praslin, which has an area of 44 sq km, is covered with tropical forest.

The island has 5000 inhabitants, and most of the population live in one of two villages: Baie Ste Anne, to the east, and Grand Anse, to the west. At Baie Ste Anne is also a small harbor, where you can catch a ferry to the neighboring island of La Digue. The ferry takes for the crossing between Praslin and La Digue only 30 minutes.

The beaches of Praslin are among the finest beaches in Seychelles. Among the best beaches are those of Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette, Anse Kerlan and Anse Volbert (or Côte d’Or).

The island of Praslin will be among the most interesting for those who love nature, do not miss a visit to the Vallee de Mai, a beautiful nature reserve. The famous “coco de mer” with its suggestive forms grows in abundance here, it is a palm tree that has the largest seed in the plant kingdom.

Anse Takamaka, Praslin, Seychelles. Author Fabio Achilli. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Anse Takamaka, Praslin, Seychelles. Author Fabio Achilli

In 1983, the Vallée de Mai was declared by UNESCO a world heritage site with these words: in the heart of the small island of Praslin, the reserve has retained the vestiges of a natural palm forest almost to its original state.

The island of Praslin is served by an airport, the Praslin Island Airport, which is located in the north-west of the island in front of Grande Anse. Praslin is connected by Air Seychelles daily flights with Seychelles’ main airport in Mahé (Seychelles International Airport).

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