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*From October 2017

Seychelles Travel Guide The Complete Guide to the Seychelles

Map of the Seychelles

Seychelles Climate

The Seychelles as a Year-Round Destination

The Seychelles benefit from high summer temperatures all year-round. Therefore, to answer the question "when is it best to go?" you really have to consider what you'd like to do during your stay. Generally, Seychelles temperatures are similar to midsummer in Central Europe, but humidity levels often reach 80% or even more. That said, there is usually a cooling sea breeze which makes these high temperatures bearable.

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This area of the world lies in the sphere of influence of the monsoon and trade winds. From May to September, the winds blow from the south-east, while from December to March they blow from the north-west. The transitional period in April and October/November takes with it the sea breeze, so the temperatures feel hotter during these months.

In any case, for those wishing to go diving or snorkelling, April, May, October, November, and the first half of December are the best months to go thanks to the increased underwater visibility. For everyone else, the time between May and October is probably best, with sailors and windsurfers especially appreciating these months due to the calm weather conditions. Watch out though: some beaches experience high tides at this time, so it is not safe to swim in the sea in certain places.

The Seychelles' equatorial location determines the length of the day. In theory, the days are always almost exactly twelve hours long (6.00 - 18.00 local time), but, depending on cloud levels, there are generally five to eight hours of bright daylight each day. The daily temperatures fluctuate between 24 and 30 °C (75 - 86 °F), while the ocean temperature stays at around 26 °C (79 °F) all year-round. Even in the early morning hours, the temperature does not fall below 20 °C (68 °F). It does rain from time to time in the Seychelles, often in the evening or at night, and usually only for a short time. Thankfully, it is never cold, and most visitors could leave their sweaters and jumpers at home were it not for the long flight.

 

Climate Table

MahéJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average Temp. (°C)272828282827262627272727
Hours of Sunshine/Day567888877876
Water Temperature (°C)282728272625232323262527
Precipitation (mm) 396208171178171617087105170164301
Rainy Days per Month9566633445510

PraslinJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average Temp. (°C)272728282827262627272727
Hours of Sunshine/Day567888877876
Water Temperature (°C)282728272625232323262527
Precipitation (mm)2951721601241351165399130141179311
Rainy Days per Month9566633445510
 

Trade Winds

Between May and September, the so-called south-east trade wind blows in this part of the Indian Ocean. The wind is mostly even, and provides a refreshing breeze on the beaches, disturbing the ocean surface too. Between December and February the north-west trade wind blows weakly on the Seychelles islands. Between these two periods, there is almost no wind, and the sea remains calm all the time. Thanks to their location, the Seychelles are never affected by bad storms. In fact, they generally only experience gentle breezes from such storms happening thousands of kilometres away.

The trade winds from June to September can bring with them seaweed, especially on Praslin. Although this may spoil the white, pristine beaches that some holidaymakers may have in their head, in reality it is a positive sign that the underwater world of the Seychelles is thriving. On the chart, you can see the worst-affected parts of Praslin, where you can expect to see a build-up of seaweed during the south-east trade winds. That said, the beaches on the other side of the island are generally free of seaweed, even during this time.

ImageMap of Praslin - Which beaches are affected by seaweed between June and September?
 

Tide

The tide changes every six hours in the Seychelles. Your accommodation will be able to provide you with current tide conditions, and may even have tide tables available, allowing you to plan your day more easily.

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Header Photo: Wedding Photographer Torsten Dickmann
Website in German - (www.hochzeit-seychellen.de)