Hiking on Praslin
In addition to the tours already described in the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and in the Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve, Praslin is home to a few other interesting hikes, allowing you to experience the unique beauty of the island's nature.
From Anse Lazio to Anse Georgette
If you have an hour or two to spare, take on this rather sweaty hike from Anse Lazio to the picture-book Anse Georgette, whose backdrop more than makes up for the hike. Simple follow the trail, which begins at the west end of Anse Lazio, and follow it uphill, then along the coast to the west. The slightly demanding, overgrown jungle terrain simply adds to the adventure before finishing in the bay. At forks, you should always stay right. On the way back from Anse Georgette, you have to pass through the grounds of the Lémuria Resort (prior authorisation via phone from the hotel is recommended: tel. +248 423 3003), then head for the bus stop in Anse Kerlan.
From Anse Kerlan to Anse Lazio
From Anse Kerlan you can reach the beautiful Anse Lazio. There are some easy routes which take two to three hours starting at Castello Beach Hotel. The first one can be found on the road heading towards the eastern part of the island, after which you simply follow the path. This trail leads through the valley of the Anse Kerlan rivers, before winding to the left. Here, it goes through a wooded ridge, before you walk downhill into Chevalier Bay and finally to Anse Lazio. P>
From Grand Anse to Anse Lazio
There are also several walks that you can try from Grand Anse leading across the island. That said, some of these paths are seldom-trodden, so can be difficult to detect. However, anyone looking for solitude in nature should consider, for example, the 90-minute walk to Anse Lazio. P>
Heading north on the coastal road after passing the airport on the right, you can see a road leading uphill and to the east. Take this road on foot to the end. Here, visitors can see the Anse Kerlan river and views of surrounding islands. After reaching the level crossing of the bridge across Anse Kerlan river, follow the other path to the left heading north. The forest here offers plentiful shade, and you can see a little house every now and then. The path becomes steeper at one point, before leading downhill to Bay Chevalier and Anse Lazio.
Salazie & Pasquière Track
A second variant of Grand Anse is the approximately 9 km and four hour-long Salazie Track which winds along the Côte d'Or and can be combined with the Pasquière track to create a circular trail.
This path has less hilly terrain and there are no extreme gradients. Starting in Grand Anse you must head north of the church into the island's interior. The Britannia Restaurant, which can be found along the way, acts as a waypoint of sorts. Following the paved road for around thirty minutes, then the adjoining lane, you stay right at the juncture, remaining on Pasquière. Soon, you will cross three small wooden bridges and a green area where you can admire ferns and various palm tree species. After another short climb, finally you will reach the end of the trail and enjoy a magnificent view of the Cousin islands.
Descend into the bay of Anse Volbert, where the path then extends to the coast. The main road resumes in the west, leading past some small shops and restaurants. Behind the Paradise Sun Hotel, the sea disappears briefly behind the headland, before revealing the south end of Anse Petite Cour. Beautiful granite formations contour the coastline until reaching the centre of Anse Possession. The junction to the Pasquière trail soon leads to the island's centre again, and, after 1.5 km, back to the Salazie track. Here, take a right and you'll arrive back in Grand Anse.
If you want to only commit to the Salazie Track, pass through the valley of Salazie Rivers and on. It is possible to reach Baie St. Anne after around two hours, and you can head back to Grand Anse at thirty-minute intervals using the bus.
The pure Pasquière Trail, following the fork with the Salazie Trail, heads to the north to Anse Possession. The Raffles hotel has taken it upon itself to maintain this path, so it is one of the best on the island. Near to the hotel, the path splits into two, with one leading to the south-west into the hills, following the Pasquière river at its narrowest point. After a slight 2-km incline, the path heads over the top of the pass before heading to the west and steeply down into Grand Anse. This tour takes around 90 minutes in total (in one direction). From Grand Anse, you can easily take a bus or taxi round the south of the island to get back to Anse Takamaka.