Beach on Praslin
|Area||38 km2 (15 sq mi)|
Praslin is the second largest island (38 km²) of the Seychelles, lying 44 km (27 mi) northeast of Mahé. Praslin has a population of around 6,500 people and comprises two administrative districts: Baie Sainte Anne and Grand' Anse (Praslin). The main settlements are the Baie Ste Anne, Anse Volbert and Grand' Anse.
It was named Isle de Palmes by explorer Lazare Picault in 1744. During that time it was used as a hideaway by pirates and Arab merchants. In 1768 it was renamed Praslin in honor of French diplomat César Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin.
It has substantial tracts of tropical forests with birds such as the endemic Seychelles Bulbul and the Seychelles Black Parrot. The beautiful Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve is known for the unique coco de mer and vanilla orchids. It has been reported that General Charles George Gordon of Khartoum (1833-1885) was convinced that Vallée de Mai was the Biblical "Garden of Eden".
Praslin is home to Praslin Island Airport, while surrounding islands include Curieuse Island, La Digue, Cousin Island, Cousine Island and Aride Island. There are a few near offshore islets including Round Island (.193 km²) and Chauve Souris (.007 km²), both of which have hotel accommodations.
The beaches of Praslin are not without their risks. Twice in two weeks in August 2011 bull sharks entered the so-called 'safe bathing' area inside the coral reef of Anse Lazio and attacked and killed swimmers less than 100 ft (30 m) from shore. However, to put this in perspecitve, these were the first recorded fatal shark atacks in Seychelles for 50 years and none have been recorded since 2011.
Seychelles Bulbul (Hypsipetes crassirostris) on Praslin
The Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island.
- Interactive Map of Praslin
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- Photogallery - Praslin
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- Photogallery - Praslin & La Digue
- Bride Sees Shark Eat Groom In Seychelles
- "'My handsome and caring husband': Bride's moving tribute to Briton killed by shark as it's revealed tourist died in attack on SAME beach just two weeks ago". Associated Newspapers Ltd. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
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