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.
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!