When is the best time to visit the Seychelles?
The best time to visit the Seychelles is between April and May, or October and November, as these are the calmer periods between the two trade winds which hit the island each year. The northwest trade wind blows from November to March and the southeast wind from May to September. These winds cause seaweed to build up on some beaches, so it’s important to consider when choosing your hotel locations at different times of the year.
The temperature in the Seychelles is around 30°C (86°F) all year round, with a mixture of sunshine and tropical showers, and sea breezes which disperse the humidity. However, the Seychelles’ positioning, just seven degrees south of the Equator and away from large land masses in the Indian Ocean, makes it very hard to predict the weather or rely on online forecasts.
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Seychelles Climate Guide
|Bird Island||28°C 323mm||29°C 239mm||29°C 171mm||30°C 168mm||30°C 137mm||28°C 71mm||27°C 61mm||27°C 77mm||28°C 114mm||28°C 155mm||29°C 179mm||28°C 253mm|
|Denis Island||28°C 362mm||29°C 273mm||29°C 189mm||30°C 183mm||30°C 143mm||28°C 74mm||27°C 65mm||27°C 84mm||28°C 128mm||28°C 170mm||29°C 194mm||28°C 278mm|
|La Digue||28°C 366mm||29°C 278mm||29°C 193mm||30°C 185mm||29°C 143mm||28°C 74mm||27°C 66mm||27°C 85mm||27°C 129mm||28°C 173mm||29°C 196mm||28°C 281mm|
|Mahé Island||28°C 379mm||28°C 288mm||29°C 200mm||30°C 192mm||29°C 148mm||28°C 77mm||27°C 68mm||27°C 88mm||27°C 135mm||28°C 177mm||28°C 201mm||28°C 292mm|
|Praslin||28°C 366mm||29°C 277mm||29°C 192mm||30°C 185mm||29°C 144mm||28°C 74mm||27°C 66mm||27°C 85mm||27°C 129mm||28°C 172mm||29°C 196mm||28°C 281mm|
Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Seychelles
Visiting the Seychelles in January - March
The northwest trade wind blows during these months and the climate is hot and humid, with high rainfall through to February. March sees the end of the northwest monsoon with less rainfall but still high temperatures. This is the best time of year to see turtle hatchlings venturing from their nests into the ocean.
Visiting the Seychelles in April
April in the Seychelles is one of the warmest times of year to visit. With little breeze and rainfall, you’ll experience a hot and humid climate.
Visiting the Seychelles in May - August
The climate is hot and humid, and the southeast trade wind begins, so it's better to stay on the west coast of the island.
Visiting the Seychelles in September
September is hot and humid with a southeast trade wind, so it's better to stay on the west coast of the island.
Visiting the Seychelles in October
October is when hawksbill turtles start laying their eggs. It's less windy at this time of year.
Visiting the Seychelles in November
November marks the start of the northwest trade winds, so it's better to stay on the east side of the islands. Hawksbill turtles continue to lay eggs, and it is hot and humid.
Visiting the Seychelles in December
The northwest trade wind blows, there is a bit more rainfall and turtles continue to lay eggs. The islands are busier as people visit for the festive season.
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