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Seychelles: A destination that is perfect at any time of the year!

You can confidently book a holiday in the Seychelles all year round. The mild climate in the Seychelles gives holidaymakers and locals alike summery temperatures. When the best time to vacation in the Seychelles is also depends to a certain extent on your plans.

Usually, due to the climate, the weather is very mild, sunny and pleasant. Only the higher humidity distinguishes the Seychelles, which belong to Africa , from holiday destinations in Central Europe. However, a gentle wind always blows from the sea over the places on the island, which makes the unusually humid air bearable even for us Europeans.

In this blog post you will get valuable background information regarding various holiday topics in the Seychelles such as best time to travel, water temperature and climate Seychelles.

Best time to visit Seychelles

The Seychelles islands – the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are particularly well known) usually have a tropical climate with maximum temperatures of up to 30 degrees. Therefore, the popular holiday island in the Indian Ocean is a well-booked holiday destination for thousands of tourists at any time of the year. The special location, close to the equator, ensures long-lasting sunshine. Temperatures vary throughout the year from a cool 24 °C to a pleasantly warm 30 °C. Even in the winter months, the temperature does not drop below 20 °C at night. Due to the conditions of the climate and the location of the island, there are always heavy short rainfalls. But even after the rain, the air does not cool down noticeably and the sun shines again quickly and allows the falling water to evaporate quickly.

Climate Seychelles

Best time to visit Seychelles
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The weather in the Seychelles is also determined by the monsoon, which sweeps over the island from different directions. The northwest monsoon brings warm temperatures and very calm water conditions from early November to April. There are moderate wind speeds of only 15 to 22 km per hour. Thus, the winter to spring months are particularly suitable for water sports enthusiasts who love snorkeling and diving. By the way, the visibility under water is particularly good on days of the northwest monsoon. Divers can see up to 30 meters away. That’s why the region is so well known and popular for this sport.

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From the beginning of May to the end of October, the southeast monsoon rushes over the island in the Indian Ocean. On some days, there can be strong wind gusts of up to 37 km per hour. However, the climate conditions are more pleasant during these months and it does not rain as often. Due to the fresh breeze that blows over the island from the sea, the sea is much more in motion. Diving or snorkeling is not always successful. During this time, water sports enthusiasts switch to sailboats, go surfing or explore the island on foot. Seaweed is often washed up on the beaches of the island. Not exactly a great sight! On these days, switch to the beaches on the opposite side of the island.

Most rain falls from the sky in winter from early December to mid-February. Unlike in Germany , however, it does not rain for days, but rather several short heavy rainfalls. Until April, there is also a very high humidity, which we Europeans are not used to. On some days, the humidity rises up to 80%. During this time, locals know that the wind is turning towards the southwest. This is followed by hot summer months with many hours of sunshine and almost windless conditions.

Water temperature Seychelles

In the Seychelles, as on the North Sea, there is ebb and flow. Every six hours, the moon attracts the water or it flows back to the beach via tidal creeks. Hotels and holiday resorts provide daily information about the current ebb and flow times. Tide tables are displayed in the accommodations to help you plan your day by the sea. By the way, the water temperature in the Seychelles is a warm 26 °C all year round.

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Finally, a little note regarding holidays in subtropical holiday regions and global climate change! Due to global warming, it is becoming increasingly complex for meteorologists to make long-term weather forecasts. It can rain all year round on the popular holiday island – after all, it is a tropical travel destination. Of course, there can also be unforeseen storms that the monsoon brings to the Seychelles. Current weather information and more detailed information on the topics: Best time to travel to Seychelles, climate Seychelles and water temperature Seychelles can be found on various websites or by visiting a travel agency.

Facts about the Seychelles

  1. The Seychelles consists of 115 islands, but only about 30 of them are inhabited.
  2. The largest island is Mahé, where the capital Victoria is also located.
  3. The official languages are Seychelles-Creole, English and French.
  4. The economy of Seychelles is mainly based on tourism, fishing, and agriculture.
  5. The Seychelles are known for their beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves.
  6. The islands are also home to a variety of rare animal and plant species, including the Seychelles giant tortoise and the Seychelles flying fox.
  7. Seychelles is an independent republic and a member of the United Nations.
  8. The currency is the Seychelles rupee.
  9. The climate is tropical and temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year.
  10. The Seychelles were once an important stop for ships on their way from Europe to Asia and were also an important base for pirates.

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