Praslin is the second largest island in Seychelles, and is located in the Inner Islands. Seychelles is an archipelago with 115 islands, located 1,000 miles off of the east coast of Africa, just northeast of Madagascar. Scattered along these islands are massive, smoothed granite formations that were parts of the ancient supercontinent, Gondwana. Not only are they the only granitic islands in the world, but the world's oldest! Praslin is 38.5 square kilometers (14.87 square miles) in size, and is home to about 7,600 people! The island used to be called Isle de Palmes when it was a hideaway for pirates in the 1700's, but then got changed to Praslin. It is also home to the nature park, Vallée de Mai which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site! I got to the island of Praslin by a short flight out of Mahé.
Best Time to Visit & Climate Being so close to the equator in Seychelles, it is always humid and pretty warm/hot throughout the year, but can shift minimally due to trade winds.
Northwest Trade Winds: November through March has hot & humid trade winds. January tends to be the month with the most rain. February is the hottest month. Temperatures range from a high of 30-31°C (86-88°F), and a low from 24-25°C (75-77°F).
Southeast Trade Winds: April through October has cooler trade winds. The temperatures range from a high of 28-31°C (82-88°F), and a low of 24-25°C (75-77°F).
I traveled to Praslin in the beginning of March, and the weather turned out beautiful! The day I left Praslin, it started to rain shortly after sunrise, but it was still absolutely gorgeous!
Paradise Sun Hotel I knew immediately where I wanted to stay on this beautiful island, right on the most beautiful beach in Praslin, Côte-d'Or/Anse Volbert, at Paradise Sun Hotel. This flawless five star resort was serious perfection. I stayed in a Superior Room, right along the beachfront and it was just stunning! The food was absolutely delicious, the pool & beach areas were so serene, and the staff was amazing. This lovely resort truly lived up to the "paradise" within its name! I had such a stunning view from my room, only three steps until my feet hit the sand!
Côte d'Or, Anse Volbert, &Vallée de Mai As soon as I walked out onto the beach of Côte d'Or/Anse Volbert, I was taken back by its beauty. The waves would slowly roll in along the white sand, underneath the leaning palm trees. It was like something in a screen saver! I enjoyed this beach so much, I didn't spend much time exploring other beaches because I couldn't get enough of this magical paradise. I did, however, travel to the center of the island to explore the beautiful Vallée de Mai. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a gorgeous palm forest, along with the Coco de Mer. The Coco de Mer is a tree that has the largest double nut seed in the world! There is the female double nut of palm, and the male flower tree. Below, I am holding the female nut, and the male flower is on a tree. The largest double nut found was 93 pounds! What a remarkable, peaceful place to explore!