Praslin

The “Inner” Granitic Islands

The second largest island in the group, Praslin has become a visitor’s favorite so much so that a number of visitors land on Mahe and head straight there. It is the home of one of Seychelles’ two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Vallee-de-Mai, home to the largest seed in the plant kingdom – the Coco-de-Mer.

With its natural charm and beauty, the isle of Praslin attracts many, especially the splendid Vallée de Mai, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and home to the world’s heaviest nut, the Coco de Mer. The reserve is also home to a number of endemic species & plants, some of which only grow in the Seychelles. The island boasts exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. Both of them have over the years featured on the list of ‘Top 10 Best Beaches in the world’. Praslin’s perfect location makes it an excellent base from where several excursions can be made to other neighbouring islands some of which are significant sanctuaries for rare species of endemic flora and fauna.

Upon visiting it from one of his trips from China, General Gordon of Khartoum said it was surely the site of the Garden of Eden! From Praslin you can take boat trips to a number of smaller granitic islands.

Praslin is known as a tourist destination with several hotels and resorts, as well as a number of beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. It also has substantial tracts of tropical forests with birds such as the endemic Seychelles Bulbul and the Seychelles Black Parrot. The beautiful Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve is known for the unique coco de mer and vanilla orchids. It has been reported that General Charles George Gordon of Khartoum (1833-1885) was convinced that Vallée de Mai was the Biblical “Garden of Eden”.

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