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An island known as a hideaway for pirates and Arab merchants, Praslin still maintains the allure of centuries ago. From the exhilarating beaches, mysterious forests and unusual flora and fauna to be seen in Valée de Mai, you will not cease to be amazed. General Gordon (of Khartoum) even believed that the Valée de Mai was the Biblical ‘Garden of Eden’. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 for the exquisite and unique flora and fauna residing there. Praslin Island is surrounded by coral reef believed to be six to eight thousand years old. The waters teem with an abundance of colours, shapes and life as it is home to approximately 900 species of fish.
The coco de mer only found in Praslin, is one of the largest nuts and rumoured to be an aphrodisiac. The forest is home to three of the world's rarest birds: the Seychelles bulbul, fruit pigeon and the black parrot. In Praslin you can also see how black pearls are being cultured at the only oyster farm in the Indian Ocean. Get lost in the artwork of Praslin artist George Camille depicting the colourful Creole culture by using various mediums. He is well known in London and Paris as well. The intrigue of the island goes hand in hand with the luxury one can experience here as well. The accommodation is heavenly with comfy hotels, mostly chalets, bungalows and several guesthouses to choose from. Come and discover Praslin’s hidden treasures, what are you waiting for?