Best Time to Visit the Seychelles
You'll be hard-pressed to find a bad time to visit the Seychelles. The region's crystal-clear turquoise waters; white, sugar-soft sand; and verdant rain forests are the stuff of paradise. Plus, you've got secluded private islands, a thriving turtle population, and the most amazing marine life to witness up close.
With phenomenal weather year-round (we're talking sunny, warm, tropical days pretty much every day), there's really no bad time to go to the Seychelles. With that in mind, the best time to visit the Seychelles is during the months of April, May, October, and November.
Depending on what you're hoping to do with your time in this brilliant archipelago (i.e. lounging, scuba diving, beach hopping, fishing, or hiking) certain months may be more optimal than others.
Whether you're hoping for a more culturally vibrant vacation on the main island of Mahé or hope to enjoy a low-key, laid-back existence on the luxurious Félicité, you're guaranteed the most optimal weather experience during the spring and fall.
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Best Month to Visit the Seychelles
While many destinations are best visited during their high season (think summer for UK beaches and late winter for the Caribbean), the Seychelles can be better appreciated during their shoulder season (a.k.a. the sweet spot that exists between peak and off-peak times).
That said, it's hard to pick just one month to best visit this utopia. Instead, we suggest jetting your way to these distant shores between April and late May and October through November.
No matter the season, the temperature in the Seychelles rarely dips below 23 degrees Celsius, with an average of around 27 degrees year-round. Talk about paradise! You can thank its proximity to the equator for this awesome climate.
During these months, travelers can get the best of everything the islands have to offer. The humidity that plagues this island nation (especially during December to April, where humidity often reaches 80 percent) disappears by April and won't rear its sweaty head again until the following December. The rains that hammer down during December through February also take a hiatus.
These ideal months leave guests with a fantastic opportunity to luxuriate in uncrowded hotels booked at much better rates. At the same time, tourists are still able to participate in all the activities (i.e. sunbathing, snorkeling, fishing, diving, surfing, and kayaking) they've come all this way to experience.
If you're looking for value, May is your best bet. Not only is the weather dry and lacking in humidity, but fewer tourists populate the luxuriously sandy shores during this month. Southeasterly winds bring a much-welcomed breeze to help cut the heat and humidity while offering optimal conditions for surfing, sailing, and windsurfing.
September also boasts good prices. This is the time when you'll find relatively dry weather and an average temperature of 27 degrees. Rains pick up towards the end of the month.
May is your cheapest bet, with slightly choppy waters due to southeasterly winds but warm, sunny weather, few tourists, and a less stress-inducing price tag.
June is another spring superstar, also free from April's crowds. This month offers visitors only a few days of heavy monsoon rains and average temperatures between 27 and 29 degrees. The water is a balmy 27 degrees - perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
September offers cheaper hotel, restaurant, and attraction prices, as well as super dry weather. The rain doesn't tend to roll in until the end of the month. Again, the weather is an average of 27 degrees.
Best Season to Visit the Seychelles
The best time of year to go to the Seychelles is during the spring and the early fall. While most visit this idyllic archipelago during the summer months (between July and August) and in the winter holidays (through the New Year), the spring or early fall offer travelers less humidity, little rain, and fewer tourists to jostle for a perfect spot on the beach.
Another added bonus: these times offer visitors the best value, with more reasonable rates on hotels, restaurants, and area attractions and experiences. Plus, you won't have as difficult a time finding a place to stay on one of the most popular islands (like La Digue, Praslin, and Mahé).
Spring: the seas are calmer, the weather is warm, and you'll experience that sweet spot between the northwesterly and southeasterly winds that blow hard on the region later in the year. Visitors tend to bombard the region towards the middle to end of April, during the Easter holidays.
Cheapest Time to Go to the Seychelles
Visiting the Seychelles is a bucket-list item for most travelers. Its secluded location in a sublime section of the Indian Ocean isn't easy to get to. Plus, it's a heck of a long journey to get there. Couple that with its almost perfect year-round weather conditions; sparklingly clear turquoise waters; and pristine, photo-worthy beaches, and you're bound to expect an extravagant bill.
The best way to trim your expenses is by choosing the cheapest time to visit. Luckily for you, there are a couple of options to choose from, both of which offer amazing weather (of course), little rain, and few tourists to rub elbows with on the jungle hiking paths.
The cheapest time to go to the Seychelles is during the months of May and September. Its during these times that you'll find deals on accommodations. Whether you're hoping to stay in an isolated beach hut or lap up the luxury of a 5-star resort on a private isle (we're looking at you, Six Senses Zil Payson), these months can put your dream hotel within reach. Not only that, these times also offer great prices on fine (and regular) dining, as well as boat tours and activities.
Best Time to Visit the Seychelles for a Honeymoon
Is there ever a bad time to take a honeymoon? Even if the temperature dips, you're sure to be warmed by the love that comes with newly married bliss. That said, who wants to be enjoying their first romantic beach dinner alongside five other couples?
If you're hoping to enjoy great weather without the crowds, the best time to Honeymoon in the Seychelles is during the month of May. You won't have to be embarrassed by sweat soaking through your newly purchased swimsuit coverup, nor will you have to stress about over-extending your already overly exercised bank account. Weddings cost a lot, don't they!
May presents lovebirds with more bearable heat and low humidity. Another bonus: there's little chance of rain during this month, and if you do get mildly drenched, it will only last for a few brief minutes. The storms here are fast and fierce. As many say, "if you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes." It's easier to find your dream hotel during this month, and you'll be able to do all the activities (like snorkeling, hiking, diving, fishing, and sailing) that you'd hoped you could do in paradise.
Praslin Island has been voted as the best island in the Seychelles for a honeymoon, so we'd suggest starting your accommodations search here. That said, popular Mahé (the main island) and beautiful La Digue come in a close second and third.
If May doesn't work for your plans, April, June, September, and October are other good options, offering good weather. You may experience higher rates and bump into a few more romantic couples (and families) on the sandy shores, but you'll likely be so blinded by your new spouse's beauty that you won't pay them any attention.
Worst Time to Go to the Seychelles
Let's be honest, there's never really a bad time to go to the Seychelles. This luxurious archipelago is beautiful at all times of the year. The average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. And even during rainy season, the heavy bursts will give way to sunshine at some point. No wonder they call this area paradise.
That said, if you're looking for optimal weather that won't leave you sticking to your lawn chair, steer clear of the months of December through April. They're hot enough to cause you to sweat into your coconut water. Plus, they welcome the largest amount of tropical rainfall, especially during January. Even November can experience an extreme amount of heat and humidity due to the northwesterly winds from the monsoons.
If you're hoping to keep some padding in your pocketbook, avoid traveling to the Seychelles during February. This is the most expensive time to visit. Following that are two other high tourist seasons - December through January (Christmas and New Year's) and July through August (the summer). A visit to this nirvana during these times will see infinitely higher numbers of tourists fighting for beach spots, hotel rooms, and activities. These months are also the priciest, so if you're aiming for more value during your trip, head to the Seychelles during its cheapest month - May.
Weather in the Seychelles
As we've stated multiple times, the weather in the Seychelles is the stuff of dreams. That and the incredibly pristine, gorgeous, and unique landscapes make it a bucket-list-worthy vacation. If you're looking for a place to visit with impeccable weather, you'll find it in the Seychelles. This area lies outside of the cyclonic zone, meaning you won't have to worry about cyclones here. Plus, with an average temperature hovering around 27 degrees, it's hard to beat the heat!
Speaking of heat, the humidity that happens during the months of November to April (during the hot, rainy season) can be a bit much to take at times. You can blame the northwesterly monsoons for that.
The months of May through September are more bearable in terms of temperature, and they lack the humidity found at other times. The southeasterly monsoon winds are responsible for the dry, strong winds, and slightly rougher seas that can be found during these months. If you're hoping for great surf, you'll find it between May and September. Surf's up, dude!
December, which is uber popular due to the Christmas holidays, is warm, but often rainy. The good news: as with most rainstorms in this country, the downpours are generally short-lived and bring a reward of immensely blue skies and calm seas.
Best Festivals in the Seychelles
Looking for something more to do beyond lounging on the softest, whitest, most beautiful sand you'll ever touch? Hit one of the Seychelles' many annual festivals. From delicious food to traditional Creole music to a celebration of the immense beauty found under the sea, there's no lack of fun things to do in the Seychelles. Here are a few festivals you won't want to miss:
January: The Seychelles Sailing Cup - a great place to rub noses with the elite, you'll find yachts, catamarans, and traditional pirogues whipping into Praslin Island. Don't miss the deep-sea fishing competition.
February: Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon - marathon runners unite! Head to Mahé for the most beautiful race you'll ever run, through the region's most spectacular scenery.
March: International Deep-Sea Fishing Competition - anglers won't want to miss this event, hosted on Mahé.
May: Seychelles Arts Festival - art-lovers will appreciate the impressive works on display during this festival. And don't worry, you'll find plenty of tasty Creole dishes, music, and dance performances on hand.
FetAfrik - May 25th plays host to this important day celebrating the nation's African heritage.
August: Festival of the Assumption - La Digue plays host to this festival, which features a mass and procession. Many visitors travel here from surrounding islands to take place in the well-loved event.
October: Carnaval International de Victoria - you'll be hard-pressed to find a more colorful, fun, and joyous celebration. Expect live shows, concerts, a parade featuring amazing floats, and tasty Creole treats on offer at this Mahé-based event.
The Creole Festival - also known as Festival Kreol, this well-celebrated festival is the largest and most important in the country. Its goal is to promote and celebrate the Creole life and culture. It's celebrated across many of the islands, and you'll find multiple events on beaches, streets, and hotels, among other venues.
November: Seychelles Ocean Festival - clean your lens and jump in the warm ocean to capture the most spectacular photos of underwater life. In addition to numerous photography competitions, this annual festival boasts snorkeling and diving activities, hotel-based events, and presentations. The goal: to promote marine-based tourism and educate the world about the importance of the marine world to our environment, especially as it relates to the Seychelles.
Offshore Fishing Competition - anglers gather around La Digue island to compete in 15 events during this competition.
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