Best time to visit the Seychelles

Pristine white sands and turquoise waters

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 throughout the year, be sure to choose the right month for you.

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The Seychelles in January

This is peak summer in the Seychelles, also known as the rainy season, where temperatures are hottest, and rainfall and humidity are at their highest. However, rains tend to be short and sharp, so it is still possible to enjoy time on the beach, sunbathing in the 30°Cheat 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 rainy 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, but a dip in the ocean, will help you to cool off. 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 – a fantastic experience!

The Seychelles in March

A transitionary month and a great time to visit as the north-westerly monsoons end, leaving temperatures high with little 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

One of the most popular times to visit. 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. April also marks the breeding season for birds, providing lovely conditions to observe them in.

The Seychelles in May

This marks the start of the South-easterly monsoons, so some prefer to keep to the westerly side. However, temperatures remain high, with warm waters for swimming. The return of the winds make the heat a little more bearable and showers tend to be short and sharp.

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 and 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

Visitors will find the north and west coasts slightly more sheltered as monsoons are present in the southeast. 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.

The Seychelles in August

Although humidity is high in August (79%), the strong winds provide relief, although perhaps making it a less ideal time for snorkelling. 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 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 with plenty of sunshine.

The Seychelles in November

Off-peak season – enjoy the beautiful surroundings in peace, as you relax in modest temperatures with an average of 7hours of sunshine per day. The Northwest trade winds begin as the direction shifts from the southeast, meaning the easterly side will provide more shelter. Generally, any rains tend to fall at night and 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. The islands are luscious and green as the northwest trade winds bring with them rain. Temperatures are around 30°C with around a 75%humidity. Enjoy plenty of sunshine and refreshing winds in between sporadic showers.

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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