Best Time to Visit Seychelles

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Seychelles. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Mahé und La Digue. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Seychelles for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 24 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 26 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.3214.92 in (9 – 18 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 26.9 °C (Mahé) and 27.2 °C (La Digue)
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Geographical location

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean and belong topographically to the African continent.

The three main islands Mahé, on which the capital Victoria is also located, as well as Praslin and La Digue, have particular touristic relevance.

Victoria itself has advertised for many years with the slogan “Smallest capital of the world”, which is in fact not true, but symbolically gives a good impression of the (manageable) area.

A total of 90,000 inhabitants live in the Seychelles, who mainly rely on gentle and high-class tourism. The most important airport is near Victoria on the main island of Mahé and is served by several international airlines.

Connections to the other islands are by domestic flight or by fast ferry. In the south below the Seychelles are the neighbouring islands of Madagascar, Mauritius and the Comoros.

Climate in Seychelles

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate in the Seychelles is mainly determined by the influences of the monsoon, it is tropically warm all year round and the day temperatures range between 28 °C to 32 °C. Seasons as we know them in Europe do not exist on the Seychelles Islands. Due to the proximity to the equator, there are only slight fluctuations of a maximum of 4 °C during the course of the year, even at night it always remains very mild at 23 °C to 25 °C.

The length of the day is also largely constant, with sunrise at almost exactly 6 o’clock in the morning and sunset at 6 o’clock in the evening throughout the year. The humidity in the Seychelles is always very high and is around 80 percent. In principle, the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are considered true year-round destinations, as there are only minor seasonal restrictions.

From December to early April, the Northwest Monsoon is the predominant rainy season in the Seychelles. As a rule, however, there are only short and strong showers before the sky usually clears up again. The drier period from May to the end of September is somewhat windier (southeastern monsoon), but strong storms are rare.

Usually the monsoon turns over during the transitional months in April and again in October or November. During these changing times it can sometimes come to a complete absence of wind, which sometimes makes the weather appear oppressively hot . The water temperature in the Indian Ocean is suitable for swimming 365 days a year at 26 °C to 29 °C, but depending on the wind higher waves can occur on one side of the islands.

Best Time to Visit Seychelles: Overview

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FebruaryFeb
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DecemberDec
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When to travel to Seychelles?


Seychelles offers good conditions for a holiday all year round, with top-class resorts and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Due to the climate conditions described, we recommend the months of May to the end of September as the absolute best travel season in the Seychelles. It is now drier, more stable and the evenly mild wind ensures a very pleasant temperature.

However, we would like to point out that especially Praslin on the southern half of the island between June and September has to reckon with some alluvial deposits of seaweed. This is absolutely not a drama, it is rather the proof of an intact underwater world. At the same time, the other side of the island is, of course, mostly “blossom clean”. As I said: There are only minimal restrictions anyway, the Seychelles are beautiful at any travel time!

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Seychelles) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
MahéMay, June, July, August, and September
La DigueMay, June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Seychelles

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Mahé

Climate Chart Mahé
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La Digue

Climate Chart La Digue
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Seychelles

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Seychelles, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Mahé (Seychelles)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°30°31°31°31°29°28°28°29°30°30°30°
Night Temperature24°25°25°25°25°25°24°24°24°24°24°24°
Water Temperature27°28°28°29°28°27°26°26°26°26°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)14.9210.316.576.974.882.483.153.824.768.118.4611.06
Rainy days171111141110101011121418
Hours of Sunshine567888778776
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Mahé is 26.9 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (28 °C)
Coldest month: July (25.8 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Mahé is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 85.51 inch on 149 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, April, October, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 59.84 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Mahé.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 8.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.9 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in La Digue (Seychelles)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°31°31°32°31°29°29°29°29°30°30°30°
Night Temperature24°25°25°25°26°25°24°24°24°24°24°24°
Water Temperature27°28°28°29°28°27°26°26°26°26°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)14.499.966.226.4652.322.993.624.698.358.5810.94
Rainy days1711111411119910121417
Hours of Sunshine567888888776
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in La Digue is 27.2 °C.

Warmest month: April (28.4 °C)
Coldest month: July (26.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in La Digue is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 83.62 inch on 146 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, October, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 52.32 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in La Digue.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 8.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


The city of Victoria is marked by British colonial heritage; in the city centre, for example, a clock tower (Victoria Clock Tower) is modelled on London’s Big Ben. The market with the neighbouring Hindu temple in Victoria, the botanical garden and the viewpoints at Morne Blanc are also worth a visit on Mahé. The most beautiful beaches of the main island are the Anse Intendance, the Petite Anse, Anse Takamaka, Port Launay and the very popular Beau Vallon Bay.

On Praslin, the Vallée du Mai National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with the gigantic Coco de Mer nuts is one of the island’s sights. Our three favourite beaches on Praslin are Anse Volbert, Anse Petit Cour and the beautiful Anse Lazio.

La Digue is world famous for the granite rocks of Anse Source d`Argent, but Anse Cocos and Grand Anse are also among the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you want to discover the underwater world of the Seychelles while snorkelling and diving, you should take a trip to Ste. Anne Marine National Park and Aldabra. Countless bird species and wild turtles can be found on the islet of Cousin near Praslin.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Mahé (Station Anse Royale)
few clouds     few clouds, 28 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 2 mph W
Air Pressure: 1009 hPa       Humidity: 83 %
Last updated: 26th Mar 2019, 01:00 am
The next days …
26th Mar 201927th Mar 201928th Mar 201929th Mar 201930th Mar 201931st Mar 2019
scattered clouds30 °C to 30 °Csky is clear30 °C to 30 °Csky is clear30 °C to 30 °Clight rain29 °C to 30 °Clight rain29 °C to 30 °Csky is clear30 °C to 31 °C
30 °C to 30 °C30 °C to 30 °C30 °C to 30 °C29 °C to 30 °C29 °C to 30 °C30 °C to 31 °C
Clouds: 36 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 8 %Clouds: 36 %Clouds: 17 %Clouds: 6 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.02 in of rain0.03 in of rainNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Seychelles: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 4 reviews for Seychelles holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Daniela, 58 years old was there in April

    typical Seychelles weather, sometimes rain, mostly sun, water wonderfully warm, all in all, simply fantastic

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Jan, 59 years old was there in October

    mostly sunny, occasionally some rain mainly in the mountains and on the west coast, overcast on 3 of 14 days.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Alex, 30 years old was there in November

    We were in December 2014 for 9 days on Mahé at the Beau Vallon. The climate at this time of the trip was fantastic, every day we had the best conditions and ideal bathing weather.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sandra, 31 years old was there in September

    Our Seychelles holiday in September 2015 was beautiful in all respects. We had excellent weather on all three islands we visited – Mahé, Praslin and La Digue – and not a single drop of rain. Depending on the side of the island the sea can be a bit wavy, that was the case with us at the Anse Intendance, but it was also a lot of fun to jump through the waves. However, one should not underestimate the solar power in the Seychelles at any travel time, otherwise one spends the rest of the vacation with violent sunburn;)

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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