Seychelles is a 115 island country and there are many islands you can choose from, to stay, explore, drive, dive or you can just spend a day hoping between the islands! The most popular islands other than Mahe are Praslin and La Digue. The are many Inter-island ferry, the most popular being Cat Cocos, which has trips to/fro to Praslin and La Digue.
Praslin is around an hour journeys from Mahe on cruise. We started early and the views early morning were unreal. As we got closer to the island the stark colour change in the ocean – beautiful turquoise blue was the difficult to get used to. It looked so beautiful it was one of those 'too good to be true' moments.
The morning sunrise
Leaving Mahe Island
first glimpse of Parslin Island and its turquoise blue water
Praslin is famous for two things its astounding beaches, which make in to lists of world’s beat beaches and the Coco de Mer (also known as Love Nut). The Vallee de Mai located in the center of the island, is protected nature park and UNSECO World heritage site since 1983. The Coco de Mer is found here with many other unique species of plants and birds. There are escorted walks/tours around the park with multi-lingual guides.
Local guide with Coco de Mer - world's largest nut
Quoting from the Wikipedia on Coco de Mer:
The tree grows to 25–34 m tall. The leaves are fan-shaped, 7–10 m long and 4.5 m wide with a 4 m petiole. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The male flowers are catkin-like, up to 1 m long. The mature fruit is 40–50 cm in diameter and weighs 15–30 kg, and contains the largest seed in the plant kingdom. The fruit, which requires 6–7 years to mature and a further two years to germinate, is sometimes also referred to as the Sea Coconut, Love Nut, double coconut, coco fresse, or Seychelles Nut.
Coco de Pa
Coco de Mer plant
The unique thing about this plant is that there are Male plants known as Coco de Pa and Female Plants known as Coco de Mer. With its intriguing shape of coconut, the Coco de Mer is also the national symbol for Seychelles and stamped on your passport on entry. The concept that plants have gender and the shape of respective fruits took me by complete surprise. Nature sure is God’s masterpiece and an inspiration to mankind. A visit to this rare valley park is a must when in Seychelles.
Praslin’s best beaches are Anse Volbert and Anse Lazio. The sea around was so crystal clear that we could see through the water. We were not snorkeling just standing by the water and we could see so many fishes. It’s a delight to see aquatic life! Half day is just not enough to see and feel this place but we had to move on. Like most traveller we were on a day trip. But even after so many years when I close my eyes I can feel the magic of the Paradise Praslin.
By the beach
Crystal clear water & so many fishes!
Sigh .. can't get over the blue!
Inter-island ferry - Cat Cocos is most popular but would not call it economical, it’s one of least expensive available option. The alternatives like private ferries and heli rides, all comes with a steep price tag.