Praslin Island Honeymoon Guide

Praslin Island is the second-largest island in the Seychelles, lying 44km (27mi) northeast of Mahé, and is home to a series of stunning white-sand beaches as well as the magical Vallée de Mai.

What to do and see on Praslin Island

Explore the magical Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the unusual 'coco de mer' double coconut (photo) palm tree and three of the world's rarest birds – the black parrot, fruit pigeon and Seychelles bulbul.

Discover idyllic beaches such as Anse Lazio, a perfect crescent of soft, fine-grained white sand fringed by stands of Takamaka and palm trees and offering perfect conditions for swimming and snorkelling.

Other gorgeous beaches on Praslin include: Anse la Blague, a secluded beach near the port that is ideal for snorkelling; Anse Volbert, a sheltered and gently shelving beach perfect for families; Anse Possession and Anse Georgette, both pretty beaches that are good for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.

Praslin is located 34km northeast of Mahé.

Best beaches on Praslin Island

Rent a car and drive around the nearly deserted Praslin Island: you’ll discover one secluded beach after the other – perfect for making your footprints the only set in the sand.

Anse Lazio

Discover the idyllic beach of Anse Lazio located in Bay Chevalier on the north-west corner of Praslin Isle.

This photogenic beach is a perfect crescent of soft, fine-grained white sand, fringed by stands of Takamaka and palm trees that extend past huge rounded granite boulders into the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

A sheltered area to the east of the beach is protected by a reef and is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The water is shallow, warm and safe.

There are no sports rental facilities here so make sure you bring your own snorkel gear. The seaside ‘feet in the sand’ Bon Bon Plume restaurant is an excellent lunch spot offering superb Creole cooking.

For shade use the palm trees, but beware of falling coconuts and remember to bring enough water to last the day, as you’re far from any shops.

Other great beaches on Praslin Island, include…

Anse Georgette – Unwind on the soft powder-white sand of this stunning beach that lies framed by granite boulders, with good snorkelling and swimming.

The nearby Lémuria Resort offers facilities to guests, including snorkelling equipment. The resort offers golf-cart transfers to Anse Georgette on a frequent basis. Otherwise you can simple walk to the beach. Alternatively, it is possible to reach Anse Georgette by boat.

Anse Georgette offers beautiful ctystal-clear water for swimming and snorkelling. However, the beach shelves quickly into deep water, so children and unconfident swimmers should be supervised at all times in the water.

Anse la Blague – A secluded beach near the port, ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

The beach is shallow at low tide, and deep at high tide. Note: strong currents at high tide can make swimming dangerous.

A nearby road provides easy access to the beach. Walk along the shore past Petite Anse and up the hill towards Anse la Farine (on the other side of the headland) for stunning views over Le Ronde and to La Digue Island.

Facilities include a few small guesthouses and a restaurant, at the Grand Anse end of the beach, with views of the islands of Grande and Petite Soeur.

Anse la Blague is located in the south-east of Praslin, on the same stretch of coast as Grande and Petite Anse.

Anse Volbert – A sheltered and gently shelving beach also ideal for families. Stroll along the beach or snorkel around the boulders at the northern end, and around nearby Chauve Souris Island or St Pierre Islet.

Arguably, the most popular beach on Praslin, and certainly the longest, Anse Volbert is located on the east coast of Praslin Island close to Anse Volbert village.

Activities on offer here include swimming, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing and sailing.

Facilities include sun loungers, watersport rentals, restaurants, shops and numerous accommodation options along the beach.

Access to the beach is easy from any of the adjacent beach hotels, but from further afield, it's possible to reach Anse Volbert by car, bus and boat.

Where to stay

Praslin Island offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, including the following resorts…

Raffles Praslin Seychelles
Location: Anse Takamaka, Praslin Island
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD1,456 per room
Description: Closely located to one the world’s most beautiful beaches – Anse Lazio, Raffles Praslin Seychelles offers luxurious villas on the island of Praslin, easily accessible via a 15-minute flight from Mahe International Airport. It offers private plunge pools and 2 infinity pools. Each with free WiFi access, the modern villas have open-air balconies overlooking the garden, the ocean, or the surrounding area. The spacious, air-conditioned villas have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and also come with a minibar and a Nespresso coffee machine. Facilities offered include a beauty salon, the Sugar Palm Kid’s Club, and 6 restaurants and lounges from fresh Mediterranean cuisine at Losean restaurant, a rooftop terrace and shisha lounge to private dinners on the beach. Raffles Spa features private outdoor treatment rooms overlooking the serene blue ocean and tropical landscape. The resort is located close to the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is also a 15-minute ferry ride away from Curieuse Island, home to 500 giant tortoise and La Digue, famous for its secluded beaches, diving and snorkeling.

Constance Lémuria
Location: Petite Anse Kerlan, Praslin Island
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD1,377 per room
Description: Featuring a three level pool and spacious suites and villas, the Constance Lemuria Resort includes a spa surrounded by a lush garden and 3 restaurants. It also has 4 bars and free Wi-Fi access. All the air-conditioned units at the Constance Lemuria are decorated with wooden furniture and some of them have thatched roofs. They all have en suite bathrooms with bathtubs and a hairdryer. They all include a safe, a satellite TV with a DVD player, and a telephone. The restaurants offer a variety of local and international dishes, with both buffet and á la carte options. The bars allow guests to choose among different atmospheres and scenarios to have some entertaining during the day or simply relax after dinner. Le Spa de Constance offers a variety of massages and treatments to relax surrounded by bamboo and palm trees. Sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, 2 tennis courts, snorkelling trips, and windsurfing. The Constance Lemuria is located a 5-minute drive from Praslin Airport.

Coco de Mer Hotel and Black Parrot Suites
Location: Anse Bois de Rose, Praslin Island
Rating: 4.5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD516 per room
Description: Situated along a private beach area in Anse Bois de Rose, Coco de Mer Hotel and Black Parrot Suites offers a swimming pool, two restaurants and spa. It is nestled in 200 acres of tropical gardens. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms and suites all feature a terrace and Indian Ocean views. They also come with a seating area, satellite TV and minibar. The en suite bathrooms include a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Guests can enjoy international and Creole cuisine at The Hibiscus Restaurant and The Mango Terrace Bar and Restaurant. Drinks are available at the Coconut Bar. Guests can enjoy massages and treatments at The Waterfront Spa. They can also relax by the pool or on sun loungers at the beach. Island excursions, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing expeditions can be arranged by the hotel. Coco de Mer is located just 1 km from Anse Takamaka Beach and 5 km from Grand Anse Beach. Praslin Island Airport is 8 km from the hotel.

How to get to Praslin Island

Praslin Island is located around 44km (27mi) northeast of Mahé.

The Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean north-east of the island of Madagascar and about 1600km (994mi) east of Kenya.

The most convenient route to Praslin Island is by air to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) on Mahé Island, followed by a short flight or ferry ride.

Air Seychelles operates daily inter-island flights between Mahé and Praslin islands, taking just 20 minutes.

Zil Air offers helicopter flights between Mahé and Praslin, as well as La Digue (8 minutes).

By fast catamaran, Mahé is around one hour 20 minutes from Praslin.

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Latest update: Praslin Island Honeymoon Guide: 22 November, 2023