When to go to the Seychelles: climate, best time and months to avoid

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The Seychelles are one of the most popular tourist destinations for lovers of the sea and nature. This archipelago, located north-east of Madagascar and bathed by the Indian Ocean, is a wonder of nature that can hardly be forgotten.
Made up of 155 islands, which include atolls, coral and granite islands, this archipelago has natural beauties that have allowed it to become part of the Unesco heritage. Visiting it is undoubtedly everyone's dream, but to do so you need some tricks and information about its climate.



Index

  1. Best time
  2. Period to avoid
  3. Climate and seasons
  4. User questions and comments

Best time

To say when is the best time for a holiday in the Seychelles is practically impossible, since here you will always find warm and good weather, even during the wet season, which sees frequent rain in the form of thunderstorms. However, depending on your travel needs, it is good to make some clarifications about the climate.


  1. Inner Islands (Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette): they represent more than 50% of the whole territory of the Seychelles. They have high temperatures all year round but are very rainy. In some months, like December, it can rain for more than two weeks.
  2. Outer Islands (Amirante, Alphonse, Aldabra): climate and temperatures similar to inland islands but less rainy. The outer islands are mainly coral groups and may be more affected by phenomena such as cyclones.

Probably the best time to visit the Seychelles is in spring and autumn (April-May and October-November), so as to avoid the trade winds of the summer (June-August) and the heaviest rains of the winter (December-February). During these months the temperatures are high and there are no winds, so the beaches are freer from algae and the visibility of the seabed is excellent. There is the possibility of some rain, but it usually lasts half an hour and then the sun returns.

Our summer (June-August) is windier and therefore ideal for water sports (surf, kite, windsurf, sailboat, ...). The rough sea, however, reduces the visibility of the seabed and can bring algae to the beaches (especially on Praslin). The windiest months are July and August.


Period to avoid

There are no particular periods to avoid to visit the Seychelles. The rainy season, from December to March, is also sunny and the showers are intense but short-lived.
Of course the high degree of humidity, which reaches 80%, is not the best to enjoy the beauty of these islands.

Tropical cyclones can form in the outer islands further south in November-December and April-May. These cyclones mainly hit the outer islands further south (especially Aldabra and Farquhar), while the northern ones are barely touched.


Climate and seasons


The Seychelles are characterized by a tropical climate with high temperatures throughout the year with little temperature range.
There are two seasons here: the first is the wettest one, with frequent rain and high humidity, which runs from December to March. The second is the driest, with slightly lower temperatures, which runs from June to September.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Inner Islands (Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette)

The Inner Islands are characterized by more intense rainfall than the southern ones and high humidity, with about 200 rainy days a year. In these islands the temperature barely exceeds 30 ° in the hottest months, which are also those where there is more rain, while the minimums remain constant around 25 °. The amount of sunshine is decidedly abundant in every month of the year, ranging from a minimum of 5 hours of sunshine from December to February, to a maximum of 8 hours in the months of the dry season.

Recommended period: April-May and October-November. From June to September wind conditions ideal for water sports (surfing, kite, windsurfing, sailing, ...)


Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Outer Islands (Aldabra, Alphonse, Amirante group)

The Outer Islands are poor in rainfall compared to the Inner Islands such as Mahé and Praslin, with a difference of even 1.000 mm per year (around 900 for the islands of Aldabra against 1.900 for Birds Island), while there are no large differences in temperatures. These islands, sunny and with temperatures ranging between 24 and 31 °, have very warm waters, with temperatures ranging between 26 and 30 °.
These outer islands can be affected by tropical cyclones in November-December and April-May. These cyclones mainly hit the outer islands further south (especially Aldabra and Farquhar), while the northern ones are barely touched.

Recommended period: from June to September


What to bring in your suitcase

Info

  • Capital: Victoria
  • Population: 85.033
  • Area: 455 sq. Km
  • Languages: English, French, Seychellois Creole
  • Currency: Seychellois Rupee (SCR) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = 14,71
  • Documents: passport, return flight ticket for a stay of no more than 30 days.
  • Time zone: +3 h compared to Italy, +2 h when summer time is in force in Italy
  • vaccinations: not required

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