The Seychelles has got to be one of my favourite places in the world, reason enough to keep going back, this one is from a December 2012 visit to Praslin Island with the family.
Getting to Praslin
The ferry from Mahe to Praslin takes around an hour and departs 3 times a day, but flying takes only 15 minutes with flights throughout the day. It costs a bit more but for me the convenience is well worth the cost. We took the short trip with Air Seychelles domestic services, which has frequent flights between Mahe and Praslin, as often as every 30 minutes at some times of the day.
Paradise Sun Resort
We stayed at the Paradise Sun Hotel which must be located on one of the better swimming beaches on Praslin. Great accommodation, good food and actually quite friendly staff, something to be appreciated in Seychelles, where not all customer service staff are that welcoming.
Anse Lazio Beach
I recommend hiring a car, the island isn’t huge, some people choose to explore it by bike, but it’s got some pretty steep hills, for the less fit, a car is ideal, and they aren’t too expensive from the local car hire companies. A definite must see is what is for me the most beautiful beach in the world, Anse Lazio.
Vallee De Mai And “Zimbabwe”
Also worth visiting is the Vallee De Mai (Wikipedia link) reserve where you can see the impressive Coco De Mer growing in it’s indigenous habitat and if very lucky you might be privileged enough to see a rare Black Parrot. For an overview of the island and views all the way to Mahe, take the turnoff to “Zimbabwe”, it’s the highest point of the island with views that will blow your mind.
One of the activities offered at the Paradise Sun is scuba diving from a scuba school on the hotel grounds. I’m not going to lie to you, I tried it and it freaked me out having the mask over my face and breathing bottled air, but the girls took to it like pros. After initial training in the pool they were off to dive in the ocean, proud of them.