Praslin, Seychelles: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Martí Micolau
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If we try to imagine an earthly paradise, the Seychelles archipelago certainly comes to mind. Praslin for example is the perfect destination for those looking for deserted beaches, peace and quiet but without sacrificing the comfort and services of the resorts. It is the second largest island in terms of size and is very developed to welcome tourists without affecting the wild nature of its coasts. Like all tropical paradises, planning a trip requires a lot of information, especially regarding the climate, the seasons, the rains and any cyclones. Here's everything you need to know about Praslin: where it is, when to go and what to see!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Praslin: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday on Praslin cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 6.500
  • Main town: Grand'Anse Praslin
  • Languages: English, French, Creole
  • Local currency: Rupee (€ 1,00 = SCR 15,10)
  • Weather: humid tropical, average temperatures 25/29 ° C
  • Time zone: GMT + 3 (+2 hours ahead of Italy when daylight saving time is in effect)
  • vaccinations: the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for those arriving from or having made a stopover in one of the countries at risk of transmission. Antimalarial prophylaxis recommended.
  • Entry requirements: a passport and a return ticket to Italy are required to be accepted in the country
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Praslin, due to its size, is the second island of the Seychelles archipelago, in the Indian Ocean off the East African coast, more precisely in correspondence with Kenya.



    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: Zurich, London and Frankfurt are connected via Edelweiss, British Airways and Condor, with an average flight of 14 hours and with a stopover on Mahé.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, characterized by high humidity all year round. There is a rainy season from September to January and a dry season from February to August with average temperatures between 28 and 32 ° C and the sea temperature around 29 ° C
    • Best time: the most suitable months are February and from June to August as they are the least rainy
    • Period to avoid: the rainy season in general, but especially the period between December and January due to the risk of cyclones
    • Advice: take a good look at the period of your stay and always bring an umbrella and a light waterproof jacket in your suitcase. Do not forget also the repellent against mosquitoes and the antimalarial drug

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Anse Bateau is a deserted bay in the south of the island surrounded by rock formations, with shallow and crystalline water ideal for children, for swimming, for snorkeling and especially for photographers.
    2. Anse Bois de Rose it is also located in the south. A little difficult to reach as you can only get there on foot but the beautiful paradise that awaits you is really worth it.
    3. Anse Boudin is a beach in the northeast of Praslin with a spectacular view of the neighboring island of Curieuse. It is mostly frequented by locals and offers an excellent opportunity to get in touch with local life.
    4. Anse Cimitière it is a small beach with a bizarre name but very popular due to the resorts in its surroundings. The sea is limpid, clear and crystalline and all around the palms create excellent places in the shade.
    5. Anse Citron it is located in the southwest of Praslin, often deserted and not very crowded due to its proximity to more popular beaches. This makes it very quiet and secluded, perfect for those who want to enjoy the peace and relaxation of the Seychelles.
    6. Anse Consolation it is a small beach set in a picturesque bay made up of coral formations and granite rocks. The water is particularly shallow therefore not ideal for swimming but excellent for relaxing on the water's edge and for children.
    7. Anse Georgette it is among the most beautiful and characteristic beaches of the island thanks to its blue sea, white sand and giant palm trees all around which give it the typical tropical and paradisiacal atmosphere.
    8. Anse Gouvernement it is a northern beach surrounded by hotels and resorts and in fact very popular. It is enclosed in a bay protected from the wind with always calm waters that allow various activities such as swimming, fishing and snorkeling.
    9. Fond de l'Anse it is a long open bay with low waves and an enviable position between hotels, restaurants and clubs. The sea has wonderful colors and is ideal for snorkeling.
    10. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve its endemic flora and fauna is a protected area and Unesco site. Most of the surface is covered with a coconut forest while the local species encountered are the blue pigeon, the salangana, the nectarinia, the kestrel, the tiger chameleon and various geckos and snakes.

    What to do in Praslin: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday on Praslin cost? Prices, offers and advice

    A holiday in the Seychelles requires a minimum budget of at least € 1.300,00 for a week. Of all the travel costs, the flight is the cheapest part because, if booked in advance, you can find good offers between € 500,00 and € 600,00.

    The accommodations instead follow standard rates established by the Ministry of Tourism which are the same on all islands. For example, a room without meals included in a structure that offers just the basic services costs from € 50,00 per night, while a resort can cost up to € 400,00 per night! Other travel expenses to consider are the excursions with prices around € 100,00 to visit the nearby islands and various national parks, and the rather high cost of meals. In fact, at the restaurant the average cost of a two-course lunch or dinner is between € 30,00 and € 50,00. You can save money by choosing a complete flight + hotel package which includes full board or even formula all inclusive so you don't have to spend any more money. These options cost around € 1100,00 if we consider a mid-season period.



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
    • starting from € 570,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 1420,00 per person -


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