Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and the most popular with tourists. Why? Soft white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters surround the small island.
The Best Beach in the Seychelles goes to Anse Lazio. Situated on the north west corner of Praslin in Bay Chevalier, it is a perfect crescent of soft, fine grained sand. The beach is relatively deep, from the fringe of Takamaka trees and palms to the waves of the warm Indian Ocean. To the right of the beach you’ll see the craggy deserted Pointe Chevalier. Bounded on the other side by the curve of the island, you feel secluded. This is why year after year Anse Lazio is voted “the best beach in the world” by numerous travel publications and newspapers.
The Cote d’Or, also known as Anse Volbert is the island’s main tourism center. Tourists come here to enjoy safe swimming and snorkeling. It is also possible to book an excursion to one of the neighboring islands of Aride, Curieuse and Cousine through the hotels. Excursions to Cousin are usually not permitted due to the nature reserve there.
Praslin, with a population of 6,500 people, is Seychelles’ second largest island. It lies 45 kilometers to the northeast of Mahé and measures 10 kilometers by 3.7 kilometers. Try to stay over the weekend because the free excursion to the private Island Grand Soeur is an unforgettable experience – go to the beach! These islands are distributed on the coast lands surrounding the Indian ocean and the existing islands within.
To get to Curieuse or the other nearby islands, you have to charter a boat, which is done through your hotel. Although a secluded setting, you can reach all the places that make Praslin Island so unique in less than an hour. Praslin is granitic in origin and mountainous. On any other island in the world the beaches would be crowded with hundreds of people. But here a beautiful beach is only second to one of the many world wonders on La Digue.
It is an absolute must for every guest on Praslin to visit the Vall’de Mai, a unique natural preserve in the Eastern part of the Island. Well-kept paths will lead you through a flora, untouched for millions of years.
Don’t miss this. Travelers make a special day trip to Praslin just to see it. The guide books talk it up as if it is the eighth wonder of the world.
This is it – the top beach in the Seychelles: Anse Lazio on the isle of Praslin.
Anse Lazio, Prasil – BEACH INDEX:
- Sand – medium grain, white, soft
- Facilities – Bonbon Plume café close by
- Shade – adult trees and palms – beware of falling coconuts
- Sports – you must bring your own gear
- Notes – can have large waves – snorkeling good, but reef recovering from damage of 2004 tsunami event (worst area hit in the Seychelles)