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About Praslin

Lying 44km/27mi northeast of Mahé, Praslin is the second largest island on the Seychelles. Praslin is comprised of two administrative districts: Baie Sainte Anne and Grand' Anse. Praslin is a known tourist destination with several hotels and resorts as well as a number of great beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. It also has 2 famous nature reserves which are sanctuary to 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. Dominated by granite boulders of all shapes and sizes, Praslin underwater landscape plays host to a rich variety of marine life. Praslin offers around 17 dive sites with depths varying between 8-20m/26-66ft, making them accessible to divers of all levels. Dive site selection is based on various factors, such as weather and sea conditions and levels of certification. Most popular dive sites The sites that are worth visiting include Ave Maria, Booby Island, Whale Rock, White Bank, Channel Rock, Aride Bank, South Marianne, Coral Gardens, and Sister Bank.

When to go to Praslin

Diving is available all year-round. The best diving months are April, May and September, October, November when the visibility is very good and the waters are calmest. The average air temperature ranges between 24-29C/75-84F. The water temperature is aboout 28C/82F from January to March and 26C/78F from July to September. The visibility underwater is generally best from October through the end of May. What to see During the day the clear tropical waters around Praslin are rich with multi-colored reef fish darting above sponge-clad rocks, while reef sharks, lionfish, scorpion fish, schooling fusiliers, lobsters, giant cod, mobula rays, dolphins, sail fish, wahoo, bonitos, yellow fin jacks, sting rays and turtles glide silently by. At night the same rocks come alive with an assortment of exotic creatures, creeping and crawling their way through the darkness. Also divers can see Barracuda, Whitetip and Grey reef sharks, Eagle rays and, in the right season, Whale Sharks.