Boat Trips from Praslin island
We have been lucky enough to get to go on some amazing boats and have had opportunities to do some fantastic boat trips. The boys absolutely love to go out on a boat, for them it’s the best day out!
Going on a boat trip is definitely one of the best ways to explore some of the beautiful little islands in the Seychelles, Praslin in particular has some amazing islands near by. While you are there you can go snorkelling and often get on to the islands to explore and check out the wildlife.
The islands of choice for the boat charter companies on Praslin from the Cote D’or side of the island seem to be Curieuse, St Pierre, Coco, Félicitié, and the sister islands (Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur). Many of the trips will take take you to some or all of these islands in one go. From the Grand Anse side of the island it is also very quick to get to Cousin island where you can go to take guided walks around the island. It’s managed by Nature Seychelles, I will write a post about it soon!
It’s worth noting that both Curieuse island and Coco Island are in Marine Parks. There is an entry fee of 200scr per person over 12yrs old to Marine Parks, check with your boat company whether the price you have been given includes this cost. If it doesn’t be prepared to pay this on top. The fee’s are collected by The Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA)
Curieuse Island is an absolute favourite of mine. If you are going to do one boat trip from Praslin, this is the one to do. There is really a lot going on there free roaming giant tortoises, boardwalk bridges over mangrove forests, ruins from the old leaper colony and of course beautiful beaches too. Many boat charter companies also offer to do a Creole BBQ for you when you go here. If you get offered that, take it because it’s a really great opportunity to get real Creole food. I must write a post soon about this amazing island. It genuinely is one of my favourite places in the Seychelles.
Félicité is a private island where you can find the ultra exclusive Six Senses Zil Pasyon . As it’s private you can’t actually get onto the island – apart from the beach as all beaches in Seychelles are public property. There is some AMAZING snorkelling to be had around the island.
Coco island is a beautiful island to explore, if youre lucky you can get it to yourself!! Climb to the top of the rocks to get up close to the fruit bats that nest up there. They are beautiful. It really is the most picture perfect tiny little island.
It was actually used in a Carling beer tv advert. The one where the crab is running on a treadmill to keep the fridge cool!?
Grande Souer & Petite Souer
The sister islands (Grande Souer and Petite Soeur) are usually visited as part of a trip along with Coco and Félicité. Grande Souer is actually a private island owned by Chateau de Feuilles which is a boutique hotel based on Praslin. You can still visit the beach though and it is a truly stunning beach!
Of course, all the best boat trips end with a beautiful sunset 🙂