The best time to visit the Seychelles is either between April and May, or October and November. These are the calmer periods in between the two trade winds the island experiences each year. However, since the Seychelles is just seven degrees south of the Equator, the climate is beautiful all year. The temperature is consistently around 30°C, with a mixture of sunshine and tropical showers, and sea breezes can deal with much of the humidity.
The northwest trade wind from November to March and southeast wind from May to September can cause seaweed to build up on some beaches, so it is important to consider the right hotel locations at different times of year.
Alex, Africa Safari Specialist
I would be happy to be in the Seychelles at any time of year. It's such a relaxing place that the odd shower never bothers me, because it's always warm and there's usually sun to follow.
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
- January - March Jan - Mar
- April Apr
- May - August May - Aug
- September Sep
- October Oct
- November Nov
- December Dec
Visiting the Seychelles in January - March
The northwest trade wind blows in during this period and the climate is hot and humid, with some rainfall. It's possible to see turtle hatchlings at this time of year.
Visiting the Seychelles in April
Hot and humid, but less windy.
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. The whale shark season begins in earnest.
Visiting the Seychelles in October
October is peak season for whale sharks, and 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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