Vallee de Mai Praslin Seychelles Flora

Praslin holidays - Luscious rainforests and wonderful wildllife

Give in to the temptation of Praslin’s beautiful oasis, with pristine beaches, luscious jungles, soaring palm trees and lavish resorts. With winding nature trails, exotic birds and fantastic scuba diving, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve arrived in paradise.

Discover unique plants, colourful birds and sun-kissed beaches

The second largest island in the Seychelles, Praslin is a stunning island covered in impressive jungle greenery, and fringed with powdery sand beaches. Anzio Lazio, northwest of Praslin, is one of the Seychelles’ most beautiful beaches, offering an unspoilt myriad of turquoise waters, pristine white sand, towering granite boulders, and thick palms and takamaka trees. It never feels crowded here - despite being a popular spot for snorkelling, its crystal clear reefs are home to an abundance of tropical marine life, and the island’s small population and tranquil ambience offer the perfect laidback holiday.

There are a wide range of hotels here - from the luxurious 5* resorts, to the more family-friendly beachside hotels, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste. With so many fabulous amenities, close proximity to the beaches, and plenty of delicious restaurants, there’ll be enough in each hotel to keep you occupied. However, should you emerge from your hotel, there’s plenty of incredible flora and fauna to be seen too. Vallee de Mai, a brilliant UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the largest intact forest of coco de mer palms – a rare species of palm trees endemic to this luscious island. Its erotically shaped coco de mer nut is the largest seed in the world, with some coming up to a whopping 30kg, and a visit to Vallee se Mai will grace you with plenty of facts about this fascinating plant. The island is also home to beautiful fauna, including fruit bats, the rare Seychelles Black Parrot, green day geckos, and Seychelles skink (an indigenous lizard), and you’ll be sure to spot some of these elusive animals.

It’s incredibly easy to visit the islands close by to Praslin, offering a new landscape to explore before heading back to your luxurious retreat. Arid is a particularly stand-out island, a natural reserve host to the biggest population of birdlife in the Seychelles, or it’s only a 10 minute ferry to La Digue. Praslin is also home to the only 18 hole championship golf course in the Seychelles, located in the lavish Constance Lemuria.

Why visit Praslin?

  • Anse Lazio is a very fine beach with stunning turquoise water
  • Truly lovely resorts
  • Visit Vallee de Mai, one of the Seychelles UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy a trek into the lush greenery and stumble across Praslin’s stunning flora and fauna
  • Arrange a visit to any of the nearby islands – many are uninhabited

Inspired? Tropical Sky also arranges Indian Ocean holidays in other Seychelles destinations including Praslin, Mahe, La Digue, and the Private and Smaller Islands.

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Praslin Quick facts
Time difference: GMT +4 hrs
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Currency: Seychelles Rupee
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Dialling code: 00 248
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Language: English, French

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