Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles, lying 27 miles (44 km) northeast of Mahé. It has a population of around 7,500 people and comprises 2 administrative districts: Grand' Anse and Baie Sainte Anne. The main settlements are Anse Volbert, Baie Ste Anne and Grand' Anse.
In 1744 Praslin was named "Isle de Palmes" by explorer Lazare Picault. During that time it was used as a hideaway by Arab merchants and pirates. In 1768 the isle was renamed Praslin in honor of the French diplomat César Gabriel de Choiseul, duc de Praslin.
The island of Praslin is known as a tourist destination with several resorts and hotels, as well as a number of beaches like Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio. It has substantial areas of tropical forests with birds like the Seychelles bulbul and black parrot. Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve, founded in 1979, is known for the unique vanilla orchids and coco de mer. According to General Charles George Gordon of Khartoum (1833-1885) Vallée de Mai was the Biblical "Garden of Eden".
Twice in a couple of weeks in August 2011 bull sharks entered the 'safe bathing' area inside the coral reef of Anse Lazio and killed swimmers less than 30 m (100 ft) from shore. These were the first recorded fatal shark attacks in the Seychelles for 50 years and none have been recorded after 2011.
A vast area in the south of the isle has been designated Praslin National Park and surrounding areas Important Bird Area.
Highlights: Beaches, coral, Vallee de Mai Reserve
Praslin Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Praslin Island Seychelles dock (anchor) at Baie Sainte Anne - port town on the southeastern coast.
The Praslin Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Praslin Island, Seychelles.
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Port Praslin Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Praslin Island, Seychelles. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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30 November, 2016