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.
Weather (When to Go)
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.
Getting to Praslin Island
Praslin Island can be reached by boat from Mahe or La Digue by catamaran. It takes about 45 minutes from Mahe and 15 from La Digue. The ride to Mahe is scenic, but the waters can be pretty choppy. The crossing to La Digue is over calmer waters, as well as being a pretty short ride. You can also get to Praslin Island by airplane. Flights to Praslin airport from Mahe takes just 15 minutes, and if you are flexible with your departure times, the cost is barely more than the boat. The planes used are ‘twin otters’, with two propeller engines on a wing raised above the cabin offering excellent views of the sea and islands below. It’s a unique experience with up to 15 passengers in the aircraft. It can be hot and steamy, but well worth it for the fantastic views. Praslin airport is situated between Anse Kerlan and Grande Anse, but the longest transfer from the airport isn’t likely to take more than 30 minutes. Don’t worry about your hotel being too close to the airport – there are only 8-10 flights a day and the noise from the tiny engines is minimal. If you are flying to Seychelles with Etihad or Air Seychelles it is possible to include a flight to Praslin on your ticket but it will involve changing planes on Mahe.
Getting Around Praslin Island
The buses on Praslin Island go everywhere, and are a very cheap way of getting around. It’s possible to arrange taxis to visit sights, but the cost of a taxi will be similar to the daily rental car cost. You may prefer the flexibility which renting your own car offers. Finding your way around is easy. There is one long U-shaped road that runs from Lemuria / Anse Kerlan in the south west and loops around the coast to Anse Lazio in the north west. There’s another road that cuts through the center of the island past the Valee de Mai, joining Grande Anse and Baie St Anne – despite the hill this is a much faster route than taking the road around the south east of the island which can be very steep and winding between Anse Bois De Rose and the Jetty.
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. This beach is well worth the visit with views that take your breath away and good swimming for much of the year. There’s no doubt that Anse Lazio deserves its reputation, but its fame has lead to great popularity. The beach can be full of people, tour groups and day trippers from Mahe. The only way to avoid this is to try and time your visit right, getting here early in the morning.
Grande Soeur Private Island (Big Sisters Private Island)
Grand Soeur is popular for its spectacular panoramas and the excellent opportunities it offers for trekking, snorkeling and diving in waters where the marine life is prolific. Two white fine sand beaches surrounded by pink granite rocks and coconut-trees. Grande Soeur Private Island is exclusively owned and managed by Le Château de Feuilles Hotel.
Curieuse is the fifth-largest of the Inner Seychelles islands, and offers unspoilt wilderness and popular photo opportunities for guests, from the outstanding granite rock beaches and the quaint, freely-roaming giant tortoises to the Coco de Mer palm trees and the unspoiled mangrove forests. Unfortunately, in the 1970s large sections of the original forests were eliminated by fire. Since then, comprehensive efforts have taken place to restore the ecological balance of the island. The coral garden (Pointe Rouge) off the eastern coast of Curieuse is a popular diving spot with an abundance of fish, with diving schools on both Praslin and La Digue offering excursions to this spot.
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
One of Seychelles’ two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this ancient forest is home to the wondrous Coco de Mer palm, which has the largest seed in the world, and many other birds, plants and reptiles, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Visiting the Vallee de Mai is a step back in time and a unique experience.
Things to Do
Ziblo Boat Tour
Fantastic tours with a maximum of 8 participants or romantic private charter. BBQ with fresh fish , chicken, sausages and delicious salads. Guided excursions. For more information call 248 2 595 171, or visit them on the web at Ziblo Boat Tour.
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. For more information call 258 4 232 282, or visit them on the web at Whitetip Divers.
Octopus Diver was voted one of the world’s top 100 scuba diving clubs by German magazine ‘Unterwasser’ and is also known as the Oldest diving center on the Island. Octopus Diver is located on one of Praslin Island’s nicest beach: Cote d’Or, Anse Volbert, at the Berjaya Praslin Beach hotel which is right in front of Curieuse Marine Park. In the vicinity you will have the choice between many guest houses or more luxurious hotels. If You choose to stay a bit further away, you can rely on our free pick-up service: we’ll take you from your hotel to the club. For more information call 248 4 232 602, or visit them on the web at Octopus Diver.
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.
Best Rated Restaurants
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$$ – $$$ Bonbon Plume
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. For more information call 248 4 23 2136, or visit them on TripAdvisor at Bonbon Plume.
$ Coco Rouge
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. For more information call 248 2 581 014, or visit them on the web at Coco Rouge.
$$$$ Cafe des Arts
Praslin’s most stylish restaurant is in the Le Duc de Praslin hotel. Flickering candles, colorful paintings, swaying palms, a breezy terrace and the sound of waves washing the beach will rekindle the faintest romantic flame. The food is suitably refined; flavorful Seychellois favorites are whipped into eye-pleasing concoctions (think red-snapper fillet in passion fruit sauce or marinated chicken with tropical fruits). For more information call 248 4 294 800, or visit them on the web at Cafe des Arts.
$$ – $$$ Restaurant Paradisier
Considered one of the best restaurants in Grand Anse, this place concocts Creole classics, copious sandwiches and tasty pizzas that you can enjoy in an atmospheric garden terrace complete with wrought-iron furnishings. If only it had beach frontage, life would be perfect. For more information call 248 4 237 527, or visit them on the web at Restaurant Paradisier.
$$$$ Village du Pecheur
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. For more information call 248 261 111, or visit them on the web at Village du Pecheur.
Beach Bar and Grill
At Beach Bar and Grill you will get the opportunity to witness breathtaking views of grand and small Kerlan coves. This Seafood restaurant boasts of a Creole touch in its ambiance and offers an exclusive “à la carte” dinner menu.. They are located in the Lémuria Resort on Anse Kerlan. For more information call 248 281 091.
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. For more information call 248 4 296 000, or visit them on the web at 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. For more information call 248 512 300.
The Jungle blends the tropical experience with modernity, is definitely one of the best places to experience the Seychelles nightlife. The entry fee includes a free drink, in addition to anything served by Neddy – the barman – on Tequila Fridays. Popular DJs spinning the turntables here include Joseph Sinon and Jean Marc Volcy. The Jungle is considered the best club on Praslin Island and it rocks every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to four a.m.
Chateau San Souci is a 4-star property featuring the well-known Kokoriko Discotheque. It is open all night and is admired for its state-of-the-art lighting and sound effects. The music ranges from retro 80’s to the latest international hits.
Le Château de Feuilles – Exclusive & Romantic
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 (accommodating only a selected number of guests), 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. Their private island Grande Soeur (located at a 20 minutes boat trip from Praslin) is exclusively reserved to you during weekends ! The two beaches of Grande Soeur Island are among the most beautiful in the world. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Le Château de Feuilles.
Constance Lemuria – Exclusive – Kid Friendly
Raffels – Luxury – Kid Friendly
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 — making it easy to stay on site. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Raffels.
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. Guests can relax in Dhevatara Beach’s spa or choose from a variety of activities including canoeing and snorkellng. This beachfront boutique hotel offers free private parking on site. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Dhevatara Beach Hotel.
Paradise Sun Hotel – Great for Couples – Kid Friendly
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. Also included are free weekly sunset cruises and fitness classes. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Paradise Sun Hotel.