Explorer Lazare Picault named the island Isle de Palmes in 1744, due to its vast tracts of palm forest. It was named Praslin in 1768, to honour officer and diplomat César Gabriel de Choiseul, duke of Praslin.
The island has a colourful history of use as a pirates’ lair and a stowaway for Arab merchants. Today, it is a thriving holiday destination, esteemed not only for its lush tropical forests but also for its beautiful beaches with their soft white sands and sparkling turquoise waters.
Travellers to Praslin may choose where to stay from a range of accommodation options. We feature L’Archipel, a charming boutique hotel set in gorgeous gardens, and Constance Lémuria, a sprawling resort occupying the entire north-west coast of the island!
There is plenty to see and do on Praslin. Both L’Archipel and Constance Lémuria are able to offer a full menu of watersports – for example, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing. Constance Lémuria boasts the only golf course in the whole of the Seychelles! Guests may also enjoy visiting the famous beaches Grand Anse and Anse Volbert. La Vallée de Mai, a nature park home to coco de mer (sea coconut) palms is popular too – and the island has a museum, galleries and gardens.
Praslin is well placed for travellers to take a trip to neighbouring islands. Ferries set off regularly to Mahé, a journey of 50–60 minutes, and to La Digue, less than half an hour away. And return flights to Mahé are available too.
We think of Praslin as a smaller version of Mahé. Whether you opt to stay on the main island or its smaller neighbour, you are guaranteed a fabulous holiday!