Best time to travel

When is the right time to visit Seychelles - anytime!

Although the Seychelles islands is a year-round destination with a warm, tropical climate, the weather during the transitional months of April and October provides the ideal conditions for swimming, snorkelling and diving with warm temperatures and clear visibility.

Temperatures remain constant and range between 24- and 31-degrees Celsius year-round. The weather pattern is influenced by two opposing trade winds creating a distinct rainy season and a dry season.

The North-West Monsoon – From December to April brings a hotter and wetter climate than other months. During this time, the southeastern parts of the islands will enjoy calmer seas. Seaweed deposits may build up on Praslin’s Cote d’Or beaches.

The South-East Monsoon –From May to November, the south-easterly trade winds average from 10 to 20 knots with cooler and windier conditions. Temperatures are generally cooler and there is less rainfall. During this time, the north-western parts of any of the islands will enjoy calmer seas. This is also the season for seaweed deposits on some beaches particularly on Praslin’s south coast. The seas can be rough, and it is advisable to travel by domestic flight to avoid seasickness.

Here’s our month-by-month guide to Seychelles’ weather and climate.

Seychelles in January
January sees high rainfall and humidity in Seychelles. It is the height of the rainy season. Conditions will be calmer on the southeastern parts of the islands. This is also the beginning of the Hawksbill turtle hatchling season.

Seychelles in February
The North-West trade winds continue into February with less rainfall. Expect afternoon downpours.

Seychelles in March
The end of March is the tail end of the Northwest monsoon, with high temperatures and short bursts of rainfall.

Seychelles in April
April is one of the best months to visit Seychelles. It is dry and hot with clear visibility for diving. This is also the transitional month between the two opposing trade winds. ideal conditions for swimming, snorkelling and diving with warm temperatures and clear visibility. April is the breeding season for birds and conditions will be ideal for those interesting in bird watching.

Seychelles in May
May heralds the start of the South-East Monsoon. Temperatures remain high.
Ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving with warm waters and great visibility.

Seychelles in June
The temperatures are cooler than April or May with windy conditions. Best for those interested in surfing.

Seychelles in July
July is dry and windy. Visitors should stay on the islands’ north and west coasts which will have more shelter from the wind.

Seychelles in August
August is one of the windiest months of the year. Avoid staying on the south and east coasts of the islands which may experience drifting seaweed.

Seychelles in September
The winds become calmer in September, but temperatures are still fairly cool.

Seychelles in October
October is another transitional month between the two trade winds and is one of the best months to visit Seychelles. The underwater visibility is at its best for snorkelling and diving. Expect some rain towards the end of the month.

Seychelles in November.
November is the start of the northwest Monsoon and there will be more rainfall. Conditions remain calm and visibility for snorkelling and diving remains good.

Seychelles in December
This is not the most popular time to visit Seychelles due to higher rainfall. The temperatures are high, and visitors will be better suited to stay on the southeastern parts of the islands.

The table below lists the best times to visit Seychelles for different types of activities.
Activity Period
Birdwatching April (breeding season), May - September (nesting of Sooty Terns) October (migration)
Diving March-May / September - November
Fishing October - April
Hiking/Walks & Trails May - September
Sailing Year-round
Snorkelling Year-round
Surfing/Windsurfing May - September

 

Best time to go

Mahe and Praslin

Weather (monthly averages)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 Average minimum temperature
24℃ 25℃ 25℃ 25℃ 25℃ 25℃ 24℃ 24℃ 24℃ 24℃ 24℃ 24℃
 Average maximum temperature
28℃ 28℃ 29℃ 30℃ 29℃ 28℃ 27℃ 27℃ 27℃ 28℃ 28℃ 28℃
 Average hours of sunshine
5 6 7 8 8 8 8 7 7 8 7 6
 Average rainfall in mm
366 277 192 185 144 74 66 85 129 172 196 281

General travel tips

The capital of Seychelles is Victoria, a quaint 'city' situated on the main island of Mahe. The three main inhabited islands are Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

Time Zone – GMT + 4

Population - The population of Seychelles is roughly 96,000 people, most of which reside on Mahe. Historically, the people and culture of Seychelles is a blend of European, African and Asian with a rich cultural heritage.

Language - The official languages are English, French and Seychellois Creole. 

Religion - The primary religion practised in Seychelles is Catholic and there are many churches around the main islands. There are also several Anglican, Adventist and Jehovah's Witness churches, as well as Mosques and Hindu temples.

Currency - The currency in Seychelles is the 'Seychelles Rupee (SCR).

Medical Services - There are several private clinics that offer professional medical and dental services. The Seychelles National hospital is located in Victoria on Mahe and another smaller branch at Anse Royale. There is also a branch at Baie Ste.Anne on Praslin and La Passe, on La Digue.

Electricity – Voltage 220-240. British standard square 3 pin.

Getting Around
With short travelling times between the islands, moving around Seychelles is easy with a regular network of air and ferries from Mahé.

Land
Car Hire prices start from Euro 40. A Valid driving licence is required and in Seychelles drive on the left-hand side of the road.
By Taxi: Several taxi stands can be found on Mahe and Praslin, and your hotel.
By Private-Car or Mini-Van: Luxury private cars complete with a chauffeur tour guide can be arranged.
Bicycle hire on La Digue: There are no hire cars on La Digue, and the island is small enough to get by on foot or hire a bicycle if you prefer to explore the island on two wheels.

Sea
By Ferry: Local Ferries run between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
Cat Cocos is a modern 35-metre catamaran with a capacity of 350 passengers operating up to four times a day between Mahé and Praslin in one hour. Two of the sailing continues on to La Digue.
The Inter-Island Ferry Services offers an idyllic sea crossing between Praslin and La Digue.
Private boat and yacht charters are available to explore the waters, go fishing or transfer between islands.

Air Seychelles: Air Seychelles offers local domestic flights to many of the inner islands on a regular schedule.

Packing

Light cotton clothing
A hat
Sun protection
Snorkelling equipment
Shoes for reefs or hikes
Essential medication
Mosquito repellent
Long trousers for the evening