Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles after the island of Mahé. The 155 km2˛ (59.8 sq. mi.) island is the home to the unique coco de mer fruit and vanilla orchids. The island had been originally named Isle de Palmes (The Island of the Palm Trees) by the 18th century explorer Lazare Picault, and twenty years later, in 1768, was renamed to Praslin in honor of the French diplomat César Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin.
Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Vallée de Mai is a nature park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of a palm forest, unique wildlife (such as the rare Seychelles Black Parrot) and 4,000 other species of plant and wildlife of the island of Praslin.
Beaches of Praslin
Praslin undoubtedly has some of the best beaches in the Indian Ocean -- the longest of them being the beach of Grand Anse, which we are proud to call home for our Le Relax Beach Resort. The island is complimented by many other breathtaking beaches like Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette, Anse Volbert, Anse Kerlan and Anse Boudin.
Praslin Ocean Farm
Amongst other interesting landmarks of the island, one that we believe is especially worth mentioning is the Praslin Ocean Farm. The farm is dedicated to the cultivation of Giant Clams and Black Lip Pearl oysters, which we are to thank for the unique black pearls of the Indian Ocean.