When to visit the Seychelles

Pristine white sands and turquoise waters

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A tropical paradise in a secluded corner of the Indian Ocean, that enjoys a tropical climate year-round. With a distinct wet and dry season and different advantages of travelling throughout the year, be sure to choose the perfect month for you.

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The Seychelles in January

This is when everything is at its highest - temperatures, humidity and rainfall. However, rains tend to be short and sharp, so it is still possible to enjoy time on the beach, sunbathing in the 30°C heat with some needed shade from the clouds. Despite rains, it is a busy time to visit as it coincides with school holidays.

The Seychelles in February

The hot wet season continues, with sporadic showers, however, it is not as humid as in January and December. Little wind means you can really feel the heat. Hawksbill Turtles hatch between January to April, so you’re in with a good chance of seeing some baby hatchlings making their way across the beach and into the ocean.

The Seychelles in March

A transitionary month and a great time to visit as the north-westerly monsoons end, leaving temperatures high with less rain. This also means that water visibility increases dramatically, making it a great time for those interested in diving. Expect average temperatures of 28°C with highs of 31°C

The Seychelles in April

Temperatures average around 30 - 31°C, which can feel even more intense since the north-westerly trade winds have now ended. However it is a perfect time for snorkelers and scuba divers alike, and there will be plenty of spots for you to take shade in the midday heat and enjoy a nice cold drink.

The Seychelles in May

This marks the start of the drier season and south-easterly monsoons - so some prefer to keep to the Western sides. However, temperatures remain high, with warm waters for swimming. The return of the winds make the heat more bearable and any showers tend to be short.

The Seychelles in June 

For anyone looking to enjoy the Seychelles in a slightly milder heat, this is a great time to visit as temperatures drop slightly to the mid-20s, accompanied by pleasant winds, which by now have attracted the attention of surfers and windsurfers keen to hit the waves, providing you with some onshore entertainment.

Where is it?

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, just off East Africa.

Hawksbill Sea Turtles
  • Hawksbill turtles hatch between January - April
  • The average baby turtle is just 3cm in length
  • They grow to approx 1 metre in length
  • They nest between October - December

The Seychelles in July

It is the coolest month for the Seychelles with temperatures ranging between  24 - 28°C, which makes it a preferred time for hiking and exploring on foot. The waters remain busy with surfers, windsurfers and sailors, and many visiting during school holidays. Visitors will find the north and west coasts slightly more sheltered as monsoons are present in the south east.

The Seychelles in August

Cooler temperatures and low rainfall. As European holidaymakers remain on leave, it’s busy with visitors and worthwhile booking accommodation and activities ahead. Temperatures average 26°C with highs of 28°C.

The Seychelles in September

A quieter time to visit as the kids return to school. The winds settle, leaving beautiful turquoise waters to be explored in peace. The westerly side remains more sheltered from the southeast trade winds. The temperature is an average high of 27 degrees with generally drier, calmer weather, though there can be rain.

The Seychelles in October

A transitionary month between the southeast and northwest trade winds, allowing snorkelers and divers optimum conditions to discover the waters. Hawksbill turtles begin laying their eggs and the waters are around 28°C.

The Seychelles in November

Off-peak season. The northwest trade winds begin as the direction shifts from the southeast, meaning the easterly side will provide more shelter. Rainfall increases but visibility for snorkelling and diving remains favourable.

The Seychelles in December

Although perhaps not the perfect weather conditions, many still visit the Seychelles at this time as they prepare for the festive season. Although as we know, the Seychelles location means it enjoys a tropical climate year-round. Temperatures are around 30°C with around a 75% humidity. Enjoy  sunshine, refreshing winds in between rain.

Fun Fact

It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises.

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