Praslin (French pronunciation: [pʁalɛ̃]) is the second largest island (38.5 km2) of the Inner Seychelles, lying 44 km (27 mi) northeast of Mahé in the Somali Sea. Praslin has a population of around 7,533 people and comprises two administrative districts: Baie Sainte Anne and Grand' Anse. The main settlements are the Baie Ste Anne, Anse Volbert and Grand' Anse.
Nickname: Ile de Palmes
|Location||Seychelles, Indian Ocean|
|Archipelago||Inner Islands, Seychelles|
|Adjacent to||Somali Sea, Indian Ocean|
|Area||38.52 km2 (14.87 sq mi)|
|Length||12 km (7.5 mi)|
|Width||4.6 km (2.86 mi)|
|Coastline||46 km (28.6 mi)|
|Highest elevation||367 m (1204 ft)|
|Highest point||Mont Azore|
|Largest settlement||Baie Sainte Anne (pop. 2500)|
|Ethnic groups||Creole, French, East Africans, Chinese, Indians.|
|Official website||Official Site|
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 Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve, established in 1979, 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 (0.193 km2) and Chauve Souris (0.007 km2), both of which have hotel accommodations.
A large area in the south of the island has been designated as Praslin National Park and surrounding areas Important Bird Area.