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With its pristine beaches, warm water and coral reefs, Seychelles has long been a must-visit destination for jet-setters from all over the world. These mythical islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles, has a unique natural beauty, midway between the tropics and paradise.

These 115 small islands spread over 1200 km. Each of them boasts incredible treasures. Their white sand beaches purity and turquoise lagoons contrasting with the deep green of tropical – A call to the irresistible escape for the traveler in everyone of us.

Each island has its own identity.

While it is possible to stay only on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, the combined islands remains the essential means to appreciate their beauty. The best remains the opportunity to combine the varying charm of each island and discover the authentic soul of this archipelago, the richness of nature and the sweetness of life which remains a unique attribute to the Seychelles.

After you land at Mahe International Airport – Praslin, La Digue, Bird, Denis, Silhouette – a vast array of possibilities open to you. Where to start? Which island to visit? Which activity to do? Where to stay? Worry not, we are here to guide you through the enchanting islands. Seychelles available to you … So dive into this fabulous Garden of Eden.

Praslin: Mesmerizing Island

Praslin lies 45km to the northwest of Mahé and is the Seychelles’ second largest granitic island. In the mid-18th century the island was mostly known as Palm Island, the name given by a French explorer in reference to the numerous giant palms that blanketed the island. A 15 minute flight from Mahé, we suggest you start by this beautiful island. Immediate immersion guaranteed.

Why Visit Praslin?

For a total immersion in the atmosphere of the Seychellois. Praslin is central in the Seychelles archipelago. No sooner than you set foot on this island, you are immediately immersed in the peaceful atmosphere that characterizes the creole culture. After Mahe, Praslin is the largest and most populated, but it still keeps an authentic charm and nature in its pure state, that fascinates.

To discover the surprising “coconut buttocks” in the Vallée de Mai. Venture on the trail of the legendary Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO heritage. You will then understand why this primary forest was long considered the Garden of Eden! Located midway between St. Anne and Grand Anse, it houses hectares of giant palms, unique bird species in the world and the unusual ‘coconut buttocks'(Coco Fesses)

Bask on Praslin’s beautiful beaches. The beaches are simply fabulous! Start by Anse Lazzio … a setting worthy of the best views in the world! The bath is enjoyable … Very little seaweed, white sand with incredible finesse. You can even come across small transparent fish from time to time, playing around you.

What better way to finish the day there contemplating the sunset on the horizon, the Barren Island in the background? On the south coast, the Gold Coast, where the hotel zone of Grand Anse is a real table, which combines probably the most vivid colors of Praslin.

Fancy a romantic getaway? Trample the pristine sands of Anse Georgette or the Anse Kerlan beach. Praslin’s beaches appeal much more to those looking for a spot to relax and disconnect… White sand, coconut palms, azure lagoons and grilled fish, everything is there. With its small 26 km², Praslin can easily be visited by bus.

Where to stay on Praslin?

The ideal is to choose a charming hotel, close to the beach in Anse Petite Cour. This area is particularly picturesque and offers attractive hotels such as Le Domaine de la Reserve and Le Chateau de Feuilles.

Visit neighbouring islands

From either side of Praslin, one can observe its nearby small islands, separated by the lagoon. The urge to go to their discovery is an ever- growing feeling! So why not satisfy your curiosity by visiting an island every day, from Praslin.

Curieuse, Seychelles

Many excursions offered on site allow you to dock there for the day. Why not start by Curieuse Island? The ideal one to satiate your curiosity! The island is also nicknamed the Turtle Island since its beach is totally taken over by centenarian tortoises.

You can also have a stroll in the inner part of the island to admire the fauna and flora of the mangrove, followed by a group of curious big land crabs – A totally unaccustomed natural scenery… The end of the walk leads to a beautiful secluded beach, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Visiting Curieuse Island  will delight nature lovers and surprise those who were just curious!

St Peter, Seychelles

For fans of snorkelling, the St Peter island is ideal. Located just 10 minutes by boat from Grand Anse, it consists of a rock cluster that attract an incredible underwater fauna! Under the turquoise lagoon, there is a plethora of tropical fish of a thousand colors and turtles swimming freely in this natural aquarium.

We recommend that you leave in the morning, when there are fewer people. Do not forget to prepare your fins, mask and snorkel!

Cousin and Cousine, Seychelles

Paradise of birds, Cousin and Cousine islands can be visited in a half day. Here we enter a sanctuary, fully protected, safe from human aggression. No diving, no cigarettes and no motorized sports! An oasis of serenity where nature reclaims its rights. But the peaceful silence of the place is only short-lived when thousands of birds of all kinds come to invest the scene. You will be ringside to watch this scenery while enjoying a friendly tour…

Enjoy your trip around the Seychelles!

Curieuse Seychelles

Are you curious to know more about the Seychelles islands? Well, let’s discover together Curieuse, a little piece of paradise away from villa, hotels or urban development. No need to rent a car; The island is best explored by hiking.

Curieuse Island is one of the most beautiful islands of Seychelles. This small island is 2.86 square kilometers and is located northwest of the island of Praslin, which is the second largest island of the Seychelles. Curieuse is a bio-reserve managed by the Marine Parks Authority of the Seychelles. Its Fauna and flora are still in a well-preserved state and nature walks on the island remains very relaxing.

How to get there?

The island is a major tourist destination. Unfortunately you cannot stay on the island due to its natural reserve status. Curieuse is a protected island and has not been developed for tourism. The proof lies in the fact of having no hotels, villa or restaurants on the island. The best way to visit Curieuse is through tours organized by the hotels on Praslin or through local tour operators. These tours often stop on other islands, including Cousin and Cousine islands for lunch breaks.

The island and the national marine park are open every day- even on holidays. Those who prefer to travel to the island aboard a private yacht or a boat hired will be asked to pay a fee to enter the park and will be anchored in designated areas to protect coral reefs. There is also a fee for overnight mooring. People traveling privately must bring their own food and drinks, as nothing is available on the island.

Curieuse: About the island

The land on Curieuse island is bright red and that is why it was formerly called the Red Island. The name was changed to Curieuse island by the French in 1768. The huge giant tortoise population was completely destroyed with the arrival of Europeans. In 1771, thinking it would make Coco de Mer harvesting easier, sailors set fire to the island. The fire destroyed most of the fauna and flora of the island. Today more than 240 years later the damage caused are still visible.

In 1833, the island was used as a leper colony and remained so until 1965. The colony was called Anse St. Joseph and the doctor’s residence, which dates from the 1870s, was converted into a museum and educational center. A number of more than 500 turtles are constantly walking around the island. Curieuse is home to more than eight different species of mangrove trees.

Curieuse and Praslin are the only places in the world where the Coco de Mer grows naturally. The plant holds three world records, including the heaviest seed to 17.6 kg, the largest flower on a palm tree and that of the largest fruit with its coconut weighing up to 42 kg. Today it is a protected species and an ornamental tree. The fruit is used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. It is also used as a flavoring for cooking in the Canton region of China.

 

What to do and see on Curieuse?

There are many unique things to see on Curieuse Island including the Coco de Mer, mangrove forests, the Aldabra tortoises, Takamaka trees, breeding grounds for sea turtles and the Seychelles Black Parrot, and much more native flora and fauna.

Excursions can be arranged from Praslin or any other island of the Seychelles. The first thing that visitors observe is the strong contrast between the green foliage and red earth. After a 20-minute boat trip from Praslin to the National Marine Park Curieuse, visitors go ashore at Bay Laraie. In the harbor, visitors can watch humpback parrot fish that can grow up to 1.2 meters long, and on land, giant tortoises walking relaxed all around the headquarters of the park rangers. Yet, protected turtles are allowed to be fed by visitors.

Curieuse Hiking Trails

Beginning in Bay Laraie there is a path that leads to Anse St. Joseph, which is onthe other side of the island. Visitors can walk through the dense mangrove forests, which are considered one of the most beautiful sites on the island, not to mention the giant cliffs of granite. These cliffs are carved by wind and rain and form natural blue and red arches along the coast. The ruins of the former leper colony can be observed in the forest and is almost entirely covered by vegetation. There is also a rocky trail to the top of the island. This is not an easy walk and there is not much shade along the way, but the sites are spectacular.

Park rangers offer free guided walks around the island. These tours are available twice daily. On the two kilometers long trails across the island, visitors can admire the mangrove forests, degraded land by fire, views, wetlands and some of the most beautiful beaches of the Seychelles. The walk passes through the mangrove forest near Bay Laraie allowing visitors to contemplate seven of the eight species of mangroves on the island. It is accessible even at high tide.

Historical buildings on Curieuse

The Doctor’s House is yet another historical site on Curieuse Island. It is a large restored colonial villa, which is an example of Creole colonial architecture. The beach in front of the Doctor’s House is where green turtles nest. Visitors arriving from November to December can see the babies crooked sailors. Eggs are supported by an international organization.

Hope to see you soon on Curieuse and don’t forget Enjoy the visit!