Best Travel Time & Climate in Seychelles
Written by Editor on 25th April 2022
Best time to travel & climate in Seychelles
So a question that many people want to know before booking their trip to Seychelles is when is the best time to visit Seychelles? Well, the answer really all depends on your interest, location, and reason why you are traveling to Seychelles. The climate of Seychelles is also a concern that many people have when it comes to planning their trip to the island. This guide aims to provide a broad overview of the country’s climate.
The weather in the islands of Seychelles is very different from that in the rest of Africa. This is why we rely on our experience and records to provide you with the best possible weather patterns.
Located in the western Indian Ocean, the islands of Seychelles have a tropical climate that is characterized by warm and humid conditions. The temperature in the islands ranges from 24-28°C/28-32°C generally throughout the year.
The inner islands of the archipelago have dramatic terrain and are characterized by tall hills rising up to 900m. The trade winds that influence the climate in the islands also contribute to the development of the seasons.
The south-east trade winds (Southeast Monsoon), which peak in July/August, bring with it a relatively dry period. During this time, temperatures in the islands are around 24-28°C with some hotter days in between. During this time the seas can be a little bit choppy. This is the most ideal time for hiking as the temperature is at its coolest and it is less likely to rain.
From around mid-September to November (pre-Northwest Monsoon), the winds start to change, bringing light, warmer winds, and the start of the main rainy season. A great time as the clear and still waters make it a good time for snorkeling and diving.
From December to March north-west trade winds (Northwest Monsoon), the temperature is 28-32°C. Seychelles gets extremely wet, especially in December and January, though the vegetation is lush, the winds generally light, and the sun at its warmest. This is also the cyclone season, but Seychelles island is not within the cyclone belt.
The calmest months of the year are around the end of March, April till mid-May (Pre-Southeast Monsoon), which is the month when the winds start to change direction. This is the perfect time for snorkeling and diving as the sea is calm with breathtaking crystal clear waters.
The tropical trade winds not only define the seasons in Seychelles, but they also determine where the seaweed drifts. Although naturally occurring and harmless, beached marine algae can detract from otherwise picture-perfect coastal scenes, and make swimming a little less pleasant, so its seasonal location may affect the area in which you’d prefer to stay.
Generally speaking, from May to September, the cooler, drier, south-east trade winds bring lively seas to south-west Mahé and result in seaweed being washed up onto the beaches of Praslin’s south coast.
Conversely, from October to April, the calm, warm, north-west trade winds litter Praslin’s Côte d’Or beaches with seaweed, and waves and currents are strong on Mahé’s north-west coast, such as at Beau Vallon. The presence of seaweed is more likely on Praslin’s lengthy coastal stretches than in the coves of Mahé and La Digue.
As weather patterns become less predictable, it is worth remembering that distances on these islands are short, so should the wind result in seaweed being on your closest beach, it’s never very far to nearby beaches without seaweed.