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Praslin Attractions

What to See in Praslin

Three things that a first time visitor in Praslin should never miss; the naturally beautiful beaches, the famed coco de mer palm trees, and the national bird. Out of these attractions, the pristine beaches fall in the top draw. The Anse Lazio is the most well-known beach in the island with magnificent coral reefs. Out of the smaller beaches, Anse Georgette and Anse Volbert deserve a special mention.

Among the two other main attractions, the coco de mer palm tree and the rare black parrot can be both spotted in the same place, the Valle de Mai. This world heritage site has a unique range of flora and fauna. Its coco de mer palm produces the world’s largest nut. And besides the national bird (black parrot), Valle de Mai also owns a great variety of rare birds, making it a birdwatchers delight. Travellers, who are more interested in venturing Praslin’s indoor attractions, must visit the George Camille Art Gallery. It can be a wonderful way to explore the island’s local culture.

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Anse Lazio Beach

The Anse Lazio beach is the best beach in the Seychelles archipelago. It is probably one of the best beaches in the world. The sunset at Anse Lazio is spectacular and the water is excellent for snorkeling. Surrounded by palms and takamaka trees, the beach is every photographer’s dream. Rising hills and dense vegetation add to its beauty.

  • Opening Hours: All day and night
  • Location: Praslin Island
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Beach Bar Restaurant

Once in the Black Pearl Seychelles, you will have the opportunity to experience the black pearl shop, the pearl and giant clam firm. At the clam firm there are more than 40,000 giant clams. The farm gives you the chance to learn about their reproduction and feeding habits. The pearl farm is the first and the only single farm in the entire Indian Ocean region, which is engaged in culturing the rare black pearls. On the other hand, the black pearl shop located beside the farm, is one of the best places in Praslin for collecting various form of jewellery as souvenirs.

  • Opening Hours:
    * 09:00-16:00 (Monday to Friday)
    * 09:00-12:00 (Saturday)
    * Sundays closed
  • Address: Black Pearl (Seychelles) Ltd., Amitié, Praslin
  • Price Range: SCR50
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Casino des Iles

If you love gaming, then head for Casino des Iles for having a great time. The place provides you excellent nighttime activity. However, do remember that the minimum age limit is eighteen years, and no sandals or shorts is allowed after 1900hrs. The Tante Mimi Restaurant is placed on the premises of the casino and specialises in Creole cuisine.

  • Opening Hours:
    * Slots open daily from 12:30-02:30
    * Casino Tables operates from Monday to Sunday 20:30-03:00
    * Tante Mimi Restaurant open from Tuesday to Sunday 19:30-23:00
  • Address: Côte d’Or, Praslin, PO Box 301
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Cote d’Or

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.

  • Opening Hours: All day and night
  • Location: Praslin Island
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George Camille Art Gallery

The Casino de Îles is the place where you will also get to see some of the best relief collages, silk paintings, pastel and pencil drawings, and watercolours from the George Camille Art Gallery. These paintings depict the spirit and colour of Creole life and culture. Some of these paintings are available as souvenirs.

  • Opening Hours:
    * 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday)
    * 10:00-13:00 (Saturday)
  • Address: Casino de Îles, Côte D'Or, Praslin
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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.

  • Opening Hours: All day and night
  • Location: Praslin Island
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Le Dauphin

This open air restaurant is a great night time attraction in Praslin. The poolside provides an excellent setting for a romantic candlelit dinner. Le Dauphin is also known for its fish carpaccio, seafood gratin, and fabulous curry with cinnamon and coconut milk. You must also not miss the cocktails served at this place.

  • Opening Hours: 19:30-21:30
  • Address: Hotel Le Duc de Praslin, Baie Ste. Anne, Praslin
  • Price Range: Starting from Euro 45 per person
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Praslin Museum

The Praslin museum is conveniently located just fifty metres away from the lovely Acajou Hotel. It is a great place for experiencing the culture and tradition of the archipelago. In addition, the visitor can view the rare medicinal and endemic plants present all over Seychelles. At the museum premises, the visitors get the opportunity to participate in activities such as breadfruit grilling, coconut dehusking, and many other popular traditional activities. They can also enjoy the fruit bat while sipping a glass of fruit juice or tea. Visitors to the museum are even encouraged to buy curios available on the museum premises as souvenirs.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (Monday-Sunday)
  • Location: Cote d’Or, Praslin
  • Price Range: SCR180 per person (With Tour Guide)
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Vallée de Mai

A trip to Seychelles is never over without a visit to the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. This nature park has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unusually beautiful flora and fauna of the nature reserve pulls thousands of visitors to this place. Vallee de Mai in Praslin is also the one and only place in the world where you will find the rare coco de mer palm. This palm produces the world’s largest nut, which weighs about eighteen kilograms. Its structure resembles the female pelvis. The nuts rarity, shape and strong aphrodisiac properties make it a must take item for home. It is also home to some of the rarest birds in the world: Black parrot, Seychelles bulbul, and the fruit pigeon.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 8:00-17:30
  • Location: Praslin Island
  • Price Range: EURO 15 for tourists (Free for children below the age of 12)
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