Despite being the second-largest island in the Seychelles, Praslin only has a population comparable to a small European town. When you arrive by light aircraft - a 15-minute flight from Mahé, you'll find a mountain ridge covered with jungle erupting from the water, along with a few sporadic low-rise buildings and a tiny jetty. However, you'll also find botanical wonders, unique birdlife and the leisurely pace of traditional Seychellois island life. The typical tropical island trio of sun, sea and sand is a significant lure.

A few coastal towns and the occasional small store selling fresh bread and smoked sailfish can now be found on the island, which was formerly a port for Arab traders and later served as a pirate haven. If you rent a car in Seychelles, you may travel between the villages while passing roadside stands offering fresh fruit and fisherman hawking their catch of the day. You can find yourself waiting for a plane to come in to land, swooping directly over the road, while you stop at the lone traffic light on the island.

Between the palm and takamaka trees, you can see the beach as you drive. If you stop to look, you might find a remote, uninhabited cove all to yourself. Every islander loves to boast about how picture-perfect their beaches are, but on Praslin, they have a point. Anse Lazio is a fine-sand beach on the northwest coast that is bordered by boulders and has nothing but trees as a backdrop. One of the longest stretches of beach on the northeastern coast is Cote D'Or. The palm trees are dotted with well-spaced hotels and B&Bs, as well as a few small stores and regional eateries. Local restaurants are suggested, but you won't find any gourmet cuisine there; instead, there are plenty that serve fresh seafood and curries. 

A sanctuary for the island's unique, native and endemic plants and fauna, Praslin National Park occupies the majority of the island's interior. No roads go inland, so you'll have to go on foot to see everything. The indigenous coco de mer palm only naturally grows on one other island and Vallée de Mai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site within the park. The leaves inside the palm groves are so big and heavy that when they clatter together in the open, they sound like rain. You could spend a long time staring up at them, but a guide can share some interesting facts about them, such as the local myth that they can live for 500 years. 

You can also travel to Curieuse Island, which a leper colony was established in 1833, and the ruins may still be seen there today. A history and ecological museum has been established in a creole-colonial home that was formerly the doctor of the island. This small spit of sand and the waters around it are now a protected reserve.

One of the farthest islands of Praslin is Curieuse. Off the northeast coast are a number of islets, islands, and atolls that are encircled by some of the best snorkeling in the area. The best way to see everything is on a boat tour with a guide, where there's a possibility to see grazing turtles or the calm manta ray.

The full-day Curieuse & St. Pierre Island, Hop On-Hop Off Taxi Boat Experience from Kreol Adventures is the finest choice for anyone searching for a full day of adventure and island hopping. Take the Kreol Taxi Boat at Cote D'or for a distinctive way to go from Praslin to Curieuse & St Pierre Island. During your full-day expedition, you may enjoy the breathtaking voyage through the glistening, blue waters to Curieuse Island's sandy shores with the assistance of our skilled crew. The vessel features a single deck with covered seating and open views, is well kept, and is built to allow guests to enjoy the scenery as they ride.

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