One of the good reasons why people love to visit the Seychellois archipelago is the radiant climate. Whenever you want, you can book a flight to Seychelles, any time of the year is good for a visit.
Thanks to its location in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles offers a purely tropical climate with relatively warm and constant temperatures prevailing all year round. Depending on the season, temperatures can go up or down, but you should expect long 9 hours of sun during the day.
In this tropical archipelago, temperatures never drop any below 24°C or rise above 32°C. So thermal sensation is always pleasant, although different periods of the year might be better suited for sea and other land-based activities. With an average of 6 to 8 hours of sun a day, temperature is usually wavers between 26 and 31 ° C, while sea water is between 27 and 29 degrees throughout the year.
For the most part, it is the winds that determine the slight changes in climate: from October to March the trade winds blow from the northwest with an average of 8 to 12 knots, bringing some more heat and humidity, while from May to September trade winds blow from the southeast with between 10 to 20 knots, presenting a drier, temperate and windier climate, ideal for sailing or water activities such as windsurfing.
Best time to visit the Seychelles
Although any season should be good to travel to the Seychelles, the best time to visit the Seychelles is during the wind-free conditions occurring between seasonal changes, that is April and also October. This is also very true if you are planning your wedding on the beach in Seychelles, or honeymooners looking for pristinely deserted beaches.
These two months seem to be the seasonal sweet spot to enjoy the most of the Seychelles. Climate conditions are perfectly suited for snorkelling and also diving in April to May and October to November. Sometimes you can expect naturally warming water temperature around of 29°C and visibility is often clear at even 30 metres plus.
Another interesting fact about the Seychelles is that the archipelago is located outside the cyclonic region in the Indian Ocean. So you can sail to one of the hundred paradise islands safely at all times.
Some dates for travellers
If you are interested in seeing the extraordinary underwater world of the Seychelles, you should visit the country in November. That’s when the ‘SUBIOS Underwater Festival is held each year to show case though a series of film show, talks and competitions. Just before that, in October, you can have the chance to live the famous ‘Festival Kreol’, a week-long celebration of heritage and traditions for you to get immerse in local culture.
The Seychelles Sailing Cup, an international nautical event. It usually takes place in January while the ‘International Fishing Competition’ happens in November even though many other local fishing competitions are held throughout the year.
Here are some activities and the best time to try them in the Seychelles:
- For bird watching the best months are breeding (April), nesting (May) and migration (September).
- Divers will definitely want to take advantage of the clear seas during March-May and September-November for scuba diving.
- Fishing is normally all year round, but the best catch are expected during October to April.
- If you are a nature lover, you’ll be amazed by the rich fauna & flora of the Seychelles. For hiking and trails, climate is ideal from May-September.
- For sea activities like sailing and snorkelling, excellent conditions prevail all year round.
- For wind-based sea activities like surfing or windsurfing, May-September is ideal.