Lying 45 km to the North East of Mahe, Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles Archipelago. Measuring 10 km by 3.7 km, some 7000 people call the island home.
Formerly named Ile de Palme meaning 'Palm Island', in view of the huge Palm trees that blanketed the island, the island was given its name by explorer Lazare Picault in 1744.
In its history Pirates and Arab merchants used 'Iles de Palme' as a hideout. In 1756 Ile de Palme became Isle Moras, the name given by Corneille Nicholas Morphey in honor of Peyrenc de Moras (the finance Minister of Louis XV in 1756).
Then again the island was renamed Praslin in 1768 in honor of French Diplomat Cesar Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin. Praslin is surrounded by beautiful bays and white beaches protected by Coral Reefs.
The island also features truly exquisite beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, both appearing on the top 10 list of worlds best beaches. It is also the site of the fabulous Vallee de Mai, one of Seychelles two UNESCO world heritage sites. Home to the worlds largest nut, the coco de mer, the Vallee de Mai has been a number of times referred to as the 'Original Garden of Eden' and the coco de mer being the forbidden fruit. Growing up to some 30/40 metres high, with seeds weighing in at 25 kg, it has been said that some of the coco de mer palms are over a thousand years old. Nesting high in the hearts of coconut trees is the Seychelles Black Parrot. This rare, endemic bird lives nowhere else in Seychelles. The rare Seychelles Bulbul can also be seen flying around the reserve.
Praslin stands at the forefront of Seychelles Tourism industry, it also provides a base for excursions to neighbouring islands where visitors can explore the beauty via trails and paths that meander the indigenous natural flora and fauna.