When is the best time to visit Seychelles? Our destination experts share an overview.
Seychelles is blessed with a year-long warm, tropical climate, it’s always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests.
The best travel time for your Seychelles vacation is from May to October, when the weather is particularly pleasant. During the Northwest Winds, it can be rainy and warmer. The humidity is more noticeable due to these higher temperatures. Since severe storms are very rare in Seychelles, it is still perfectly fine to visit the islands at this time.
Even though January is the wettest month of the year in Seychelles, it is still a popular time to visit due to New Year celebrations. Humidity is high and average daytime highs are around 86°F. Rain spells are typically short and followed by clear skies.
- It’s turtle hatching season!
- Sunbathe on the sun-kissed beaches of Anse Lazio
Humidity levels are high and afternoon downpours are common. Temperatures continue to hover around the mid-80s.
- Indulge in some lip-smacking Creole cuisine
- Say hello to the giant turtles of Bird Island
Temperatures inch up to the high 80s with the possibility of rain. Depending on when Easter falls, March can be a busy month. Due to the rains of the past few months, the vegetation is lush and green.
- Sail the azure blue waters on a private yacht
- Surround yourself in lush greenery at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallée de Mai
April is the warmest month of the year with average daytime highs reaching 88°F. It can be a busy time of the year due to Easter holidays. Calm seas and great diving conditions make April a good time to visit Seychelles.
- Marvel at the spectacular underwater topography of Bay Ternay
- Witness the sights and sounds of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria
Rains are no longer an issue and along with temperatures in the mid-80s and few tourists, May is one of the best times to visit Seychelles. The cooler southeast winds start to set in during May.
- Groove along at the FetAfrik festival
- Hike your way through Morne Seychellois National Park
Clear, blue skies and warm temperatures characterize most of Seychelles. June is also one of the driest months of the year. Day time highs are in the mid-80s.
- Enjoy spectacular fireworks during the Independence Day celebrations
- Ornithophiles, head to the island of Aride
July is the coolest month of the year with day time temperatures in the low 80s. Days are sunny and dry making it a good time to visit Seychelles.
- Polish your surfing skills at Mahé Island
- Go island hopping
It is a busy time of the year with the holiday crowds descending on the islands. Clear, blue skies are the norm with little to no chance of rain.
- Tee off with a round of golf
- Head off on a sunset cruise from Mahé
Humidity levels start to rise as do temperatures. There is a chance of rain, especially towards the end of the month.
- Watch yacht races and more at the Round Table Beau Vallon Regatta
- Get an adrenaline rush with parasailing, kite surfing other water sports
Fantastic underwater visibility makes October a good time to visit Seychelles. It is a great month to experience the region’s wildlife. Weather conditions are mostly calm and dry though chances of rain increase towards the end of the month.
- Enjoy outstanding diving conditions as you scuba dive in Mahé
- Experience Creole culture and cuisine at the Festival Kreol
It is the start of the rainy season. Rain spells, however, last only for a couple of hours. Average day time high is around 86°F and the northwest winds set in.
- Swim with whale sharks at Beau Vallon Bay
- Participate in the Seychelles Ocean Festival
December is a popular time to visit the country due to the festivities surrounding Christmas and New Year. There is a significant chance of rain but that doesn’t stop all the partying and merriment. Temperatures are warm and humidity is on the rise.
- Ring in the New Year with a six-course meal and all night dancing
- Spend lazy days by the pool or lounging in a hammock
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Best time to visit Seychelles: Climate
The climate of the Seychelles is determined by the winds:
- Northwest Winds: November – April
- Southeast Winds: May – October
The climate in Seychelles is tropical. It is warm through the year, between 75°F – 86°F. There is high humidity, but thanks to the fresh sea breeze the impact of the heat reduces, making the climate largely pleasant. The Indian Ocean attracts year-round temperatures of 78°F.
Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing.
The periods of calm between the trades produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions throughout April and also in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkeling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 85ºF and visibility is often more than 30 meters.
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