Must see attractions in Praslin

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    Anse Lazio

    Anse Lazio, on the northwest tip of the island, is picture-perfect everywhere you look and often turns up in lists of the world's most beautiful beaches. The long beach has lapis lazuli waters with great waves, a thick fringe of palm and takamaka trees, and granite boulders at each extremity. There's some good snorkelling among the rocks along the arms of the bay and there's a beachside restaurant. Despite its popularity, it never feels crowded, but watch your valuables here.

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    Vallée de Mai

    Gorgeous World Heritage–listed Vallée de Mai is one of only two places in the world where the rare coco de mer palm grows in its natural state (the other being nearby Curieuse Island). It's also a birding hotspot: watch for the endemic Seychelles bulbul, the lovely blue pigeon, the Seychelles warbler and the endangered black parrot, of which there are between 520 and 900 left in the wild. It's a real slice of Eden.

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    Anse Volbert

    This long, gently arching beach is among the most popular strands on the island. It's great for safe swimming and sunbathing, and it's also good for water sports. There are plenty of facilities, including restaurants and hotels. A small islet – Chauve-Souris – floats offshore. You can swim to it for snorkelling.

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    Anse La Blague

    Head to Anse La Blague on the east coast if you're after a secluded picnic spot. Very few tourists make it to this isolated beach, which feels like the world's end. It has no facilities, other than shady takamaka trees to hang your towel on. You might come across a few fishers with their catch of cordonnier (jobfish).

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    Giant Tortoise Farm

    Curieuse is a breeding centre for giant Aldabra tortoises. The wardens at the giant tortoise farm show visitors around the pens, after which you're free to explore the rest of the island. You can only visit on an organised boat excursion to the island; the entry fee to the farm is included in that price.

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    Anse Marie-Louise

    At the island's southern tip, Anse Marie-Louise is a pretty spot. There are no facilities and no parking lot; just pull over at the side of the road and voila – you're at the beach. Continuing along the coastal road to the west, you'll find numerous coves and other beaches.

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    Praslin National Park

    This national park is spread across the hills of Praslin's interior. At its core is the Unesco World Heritage–listed Vallée de Mai, one of the most beautiful stands of forest anywhere in the Seychelles.

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    Anse Consolation

    Draped along a corner of the island that sees few visitors, Anse Consolation is a fine stretch of sand to spend an afternoon.

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    Grand Anse

    Grand Anse has a long, typically beautiful beach, but swimming is only average, with shallow waters and a profusion of algae.

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    Rita's Art Studio & Gallery

    Bright Seychellois landscapes and still lifes (think exotic flowers) bring much cheer to this gallery owned and run by local artist, Rita Morel, who can often be seen at work during opening hours.

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    Doctor's House

    On Curieuse Island at Anse St José, this former doctor's home contains a small historical museum.

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    Church

    This sturdy local church will help you get your bearings along Praslin's west coast.