Praslin is the second largest island located (38 km²) of the Seychelles, lying 44 km (27 mi) northeast of Mahé. Praslin has a population of around 6,500 people and comprises two administrative districts: Baie Sainte Anne and Grand' Anse (Praslin). The main settlements are the Baie Ste Anne, Anse Volbert and Grand' Anse.
Located at 4° 19' 9" S /55° 41' 29" E, lies the island of Praslin, one of the 115 granitic islands in The Seychelles archipelago and the second largest island in the country, only a fifteen minute scenic flight over crystal waters or a one hour ferry journey from Mahé. Known as “Isle De Palmes,” Praslin National Park in the island's south contains the spectacular palm forest of Vallée de Mai. Divers love the ancient coral reefs off Praslin's shores.
With surrounding lush forests and the Indian Ocean provide the perfect back drop. Praslin is known as a tourist destination with several hotels and resorts such as Dhevatara Beach Hotel, as well as a number of beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. It has substantial tracts of tropical forests with birds such as the endemic Seychelles Bulbul and the Seychelles Black Parrot.
Praslin is home to Praslin Island Airport, while surrounding islands include Curieuse Island, La Digue, Cousin Island, Cousine Island and Aride Island. There are a few near offshore islets including Round Island (.193 km²) and Chauve Souris (.007 km²), both of which have hotel accommodations.
Posted by Wayne Hue