With stunning white sand beaches and lush tropical forests, Praslin Island of the Seychelles is wonderful. Despite being the second biggest island in the Seychelles, the population is only 6,500 people. It is a sleepy, laid back and far less developed than its neighbor Mahe. The beaches on Praslin stand out, with the famous Anse Lazio and Anse Geogette frequently making top ten lists of best beaches and most beautiful destinations worldwide. Praslin Island is the only island where you can enjoy an 18 hole round of golf on a championship course, or discover the amazing Coco De Mer, an exotic plant that lead to the belief the Seychelles were the true Garden of Eden. It makes a great base for day trips to neighboring islands too. See the amazing sea birds on Cousine Island, explore the hills and mangroves and meet giant tortoises in the wild on Curieuse, or go swimming and scuba diving around St Pierre or any one of the fantastic dive sites around the island.
The beaches around the island are all dreamy, with white sand and shallow, turquoise seas. The beaches of the south coast are extremely shallow, and from May to October seaweed washes up on the southern shores making the beaches a little less appealing, while this isn't a problem on the north coast. The beaches on the south east of the island can disappear at high tide, while the north east at Anse La Blague is stunningly beautiful but remote, so if you stay here you will want your own transportation. Any beaches between Anse Lazio and Anse Gouvernment on the north coast are all amazing beaches.
If you're looking for sightseeing, Praslin Island may not be the place for you. For many tourists, this is the charm. The beaches here are so gorgeous you'll have trouble rousing yourself and moving on to the next destination. But when you do, you're in luck. It's most likely you'll end up on another equally lovely beach. Anse Lazio Praslin Island Seychelles is listed as one of the top 20 beaches in the world. Here you can find information on all of the 20 most beautiful beaches of the world. Read our Anse Lazio Praslin Island Seychelles Vacations guide to start planning your vacation to this wonderful beach destination.
Praslin Island Weather (When to Visit)
The summer (December – February) weather is the perfect time of year in Praslin Island to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high temperature is between 87.6°F and 85.6°F. This time of year is the busiest for tourists. During the fall (March – May), humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Temperature highs range from 89.8°F to 87.5°F with similar temperatures in the later months. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do. The middle months of June – August is winter here. These months are very comfortable. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Praslin Island, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual. Spring (September – November) has average temperature highs from 87.7°F and 84.8°F, which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow during these months.
Best Praslin Island Beaches
Anse Georgette is outstandingly beautiful. It's quiet and hidden away in the grounds of the Constance Lemuria resort which remain empty, untouched and a wonderful shade of blue. What makes it so unique is that there isn't a single rock or piece of coral in the bay, allowing the white sands on the sea bed to create a wonderful turquoise colored water that is unblemished. It is the most attractive beach on the island – but it is unsafe to swim due to strong waves and currents that threaten to pull you out to sea.
Anse Lazio is possibly the most beautiful beach you will set eyes upon. With half a mile of perfect, fine white sands and gorgeous turquoise waters that are so clear you can watch the fish swim around you, it's no surprise Anse Lazio is frequently called ‘the best beach in the world'. It's easiest to reach the beach by car. There's no doubt that Anse Lazio deserves its reputation, but its fame has lead to great popularity. To avoid the crowds, time your visit right and get here early in the morning.
Cote d’Or is one of the beautiful beaches in the island. Its calm waters are ideal for snorkeling. The beach is also an excellent place for finding some of Praslin’s best resorts and hotels. You can explore the beach area on a bicycle or a rented car.
Grand Anse Beach
Grand Anse is the longest beach in Praslin. The water here is absolutely incredible. It’s still and warm, almost like an enormous swimming pool. The beach sand is soft and ideal for walking. However, Grand Anse is pretty crowded; but if you love people watching then probably this is the best place for you.
Anse Georgette is perhaps the most beautiful beach on Praslin, and certainly one of the best in the Seychelles thanks to its incredible mixture of pristine white sand, bright turquoise ocean surface, and tropical palm trees. A real must-see for anyone staying on Praslin Island.
Praslin Island Activities
Ziblo Boat Charter
Fantastic tours with a maximum of 8 participants or romantic private charter. BBQ with fresh fish , chicken, sausages and delicious salads. Guided excursions. Telephone: 248 2 595 171 Web: Ziblo Boat Charters
Dive center on Praslin Island (at the Hotel Paradise Sun) for certificated divers and for beginners. Everyday fun dives, discover scuba diving, PADI certifications and on request half day snorkeling trip. They also offer private boat rental for snorkeling and diving. Telephone: 258 4 232 282 Web: Whitetip Divers.
Sagittarius Taxi Boat Excursions
Sagittarius has been in operation since 1999 and is situated on the famous Cote D'or Beach, next to the Paradise Sun Hotel. They do excursions to all the surrounding islands, for snorkeling, fishing, day cruises with bbq, or just a sunset cruise. For more information call 248 2 513 137, or visit them on the web at Sagittarius Taxi Boat Excursions.
Angel Tours Pty LTd is a boat charter business which has been in operation since 2003.They cater for big game fishing, island hopping and transfers within neighboring islands. For more information call 248 2 515 327, or visit them on the web at Angel Tours.
Boat Charter company based in Praslin offering boat tours to the following islands: Cousin, Curieuse, St. Pierre, Aride, Sister Islands, Felicite, Coco and La Digue. Telephone: 248 2 566 625 Web: Safari Seychelles
Best Praslin Island Restaurants
Bonbon Plume $11 – 30
The Bonbon Plume presents a magnificent view of the Anse Lazio beach – tables are in high demand, so call ahead if you want your feet in the sand. The entire restaurant is made out of eco-friendly materials. It serves delicious Creole dishes. Try the crab curry in coconut milk or the grilled catch of the day. Telephone: 248 4 23 2136 Web: Bonbon Plume
Coco Rouge $11 – 30
At Coco Rouge you will find high quality Creole cuisine. Dishes made out of local vegetables like breadfruit, and preparations made out of local fresh water fish are simply difficult to resist. It is a family run small restaurant where only cash is accepted. Telephone: 248 2 581 014 Web: Coco Rouge
Cafe des Arts $31 – 60
Praslin's most stylish restaurant is in the Le Duc de Praslin hotel. Flickering candles, colorful paintings, swaying palms, a breezy terrace and the sound of waves washing the beach will rekindle the faintest romantic flame. The food is suitably refined; flavorful Seychellois favorites are whipped into eye-pleasing concoctions (think red-snapper fillet in passion fruit sauce or marinated chicken with tropical fruits). Telephone: 248 4 294 800 Web: Cafe des Arts
Restaurant Paradisier $11 – 30
Considered one of the best restaurants in Grand Anse, this place concocts Creole classics, copious sandwiches and tasty pizzas that you can enjoy in an atmospheric garden terrace complete with wrought-iron furnishings. If only it had beach frontage, life would be perfect. Telephone: 248 4 237 527 Web: Restaurant Paradisier
Village du Pecheur $31 – 60
Located in the Sunset Beach Hotel. Classy decor, a sandy floor that blends effortlessly onto lovely Anse Volbert, and dishes such as seafood curry flavored with cinnamon leaf and served with Creole chutney and rice make this an excellent choice for those keen to eat by the sea. Telephone: 248 261 111 Web: Village du Pecheur.
Chill Out Tapas Lounge Bar
Upstairs from Cafe des Arts, this supercool beach-side spot is Praslin's (and perhaps even the Seychelles') trendiest bar. The resident DJ runs things on Wednesdays, Saturdays and chilled-out Sundays and the dress code is long pants for men (except on Sundays) and no flip-flops. Telephone: 248 4 294 800 Web: Chill Out Tapas Lounge Bar
Taking its name from a local promontory, Danzil serves perfectly prepared drinks against a backdrop of inspiring views towards the ocean. Choose from a rich selection of fine wines, rums, spirits and skillfully-made tropical cocktails. Danzil Lounge is located in the Raffles Hotel. Telephone: 248 4 296 000 Web: Danzil Lounge.
When the evening sets in Praslin, the Oxygen Nightclub is the place to be in. It provides a party atmosphere that you would not easily forget. Oxygen however follows a strict dress code and does not permit the entrants to wear sleeveless T-shirts, caps, and sandals. Eighteen years is the required minimum age for enjoying all the fun, the nightclub has on offer. Telephone: 248 4 512 300.
The Gecko Bar at the Savoy Hotel on Beau Vallon is a must visit for anyone staying on Mahe. Stunning sunset views in a ultra cool yet still relaxed environment. You can access the bar directly from the beach. The cocktail menu, with a wide range of international and local spirits available is the highlight here. They also have live evening entertainment three nights a week. Telephone: 248 4 392 000 Web: Gecko Bar
The Boardwalk Bar and Grill
Located at the Eden Island Marina, this is the ultimate place to relax during the say. Things liven up in the evenings, especially Wednesday through to Saturdays. Expect typical bar food with burgers, sandwiches, snacks and salads as well as a wide range of cocktails and beers. Telephone: 248 4 346 222 Web: The Boardwalk Bar and Grill
Le Château de Feuilles
Le Château de Feuilles Relais & Chateaux hotel & SPA in Praslin Seychelles invites you for an unique stay where everything is designed to respect your privacy and your comfort. Exclusive and considered as one of the most beautiful hotels of the Seychelles, Le Château de Feuilles is a member of the prestigious hotel chain Relais & Châteaux. With only 9 luxury Suites, the property, surrounded majestically with the warm and turquoise waters of Seychelles, offers stunning and unrivaled 180° – 300° panoramas of exception to enjoy the dance of the waves and get carried away by the immensity of the ocean.
Enjoy elegant spacious suites and villas or unwind in swimming pools seemingly crafted by nature. Indulge in fine food and customized spa treatments at Constance Lemuria. Fully trained coordinators at the Constance Kids Club will lead your children on wonderful island exploration trips, culinary activities, scavenger hunts and more.
Set on a hillside overlooking Anse Takamaka bay on Praslin’s east coast, the luxurious Raffles Seychelles caters mostly to honeymooners and couples seeking seclusion. The 86 villas are contemporary in style and generous in size, offering outdoor pavilions with areas to dine and lounge as well as private plunge pools. The resort’s amenities include three restaurants, a spa, and the largest infinity pool in the Indian Ocean.
Dhevatara Beach Hotel
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located on the island of Praslin, surrounded by lush forests and the Indian Ocean, Dhevatara Beach Hotel has spacious accommodation with free WiFi. It features an outdoor pool, a spa centre and barbecue facilities. Overlooking the eclectic water garden, the property’s à la carte restaurant serves fusion cuisine with Mediterranean, Asian, and Creole flavors. The open-air lounge bar offers fine wines, high tea and exotic cocktails.
Paradise Sun Hotel
The highlight of hotel is its gorgeous stretch of beach, a feature that draws both vacationing couples and families with kids, and the hotel does a good job catering to both groups. Amenities include a lovely outdoor pool with a kids' section, a diving center, and a tranquil spa offering a wide list of treatments. The 80 guest rooms are pleasant and feature large furnished terraces. All rates include buffet breakfasts, dinners, and afternoon tea at the beach-facing restaurant.