Mahe was gorgeous, but the moment we arrived on Praslin via ferry, I knew I was going to like it even better. It’s smaller and definitely easier to get around. We hopped off the ferry, onto a bus, and 15 minutes later arrived at our guest house. That afternoon we were on a beach!
Anse Volbert – Also known as the Côte d’Or (“Golden Coast”), this beach has sugary white sand, crystal clear water, great views and the occasional friendly dog. It’s a popular beach on the island but 1½ miles long so it never felt crowded. Best of all, it was within easy walking distance of our lodging!
Anse Lazio – It is frequently called ‘the best beach in the world’. Even on a cloudy/rainy day, it was beautiful. Its fame has led to great popularity though, so it can feel crowded compared to other beaches.
Grand Anse – We learned firsthand that this is more of a town on Praslin that has beach along it. There were lots of fishing boats in the water here.
Anse Kerlan – It was difficult to find public access to this beach as there were several private chalets along its side, but once we found it, we had it to ourselves for hours.
Anse Consolation – This was the most difficult beach for us to get to, as we had to transfer busses in Grand Anse. What we didn’t know is that the buses take a several hour break during lunchtime, and we happened to need our transfer right about then. No worries – it led to our first real hitchhiking adventure (if we don’t count the one inside Haleakala National Park). And we’re alive to talk about it!