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Best Time of Year to Visit the Seychelles

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Founder of Visual Itineraries, Michael lives in Bend, Oregon. He's an avid traveler, scuba diver, photographer, and a private pilot, and also the founder of Bright Yonder. He's been to Fiji, Thailand, Vietnam, Seychelles, Kenya, France, England, New Zealand, Jamaica, Belize, Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Mexico, and the major islands in French Polynesia.

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Best time of year to go to Seychelles

The climate in the Seychelles is pretty ideal, always warm, and without the extremes that many other tropical destinations experience.

It's a little humid at times, but not uncomfortably so--much less than many Caribbean countries in their summers.

To compare all resorts in the Seychelles, click here.

Average temperatures in Seychelles

Temperatures don't range much--as you can see from the chart below.

If you're sensitive to the climate, you will want to pay attention to the rainfall, not the temperatures in the Seychelles.

Humidity doesn't change much, ranging from 74% in April/May to a high of 79% in January.

Pictured at right: one of the two beaches at Lemuria Resort on Praslin.

For the current 10-day forecast for Victoria, Seychelles, click here.


  The beach at Lemuria, on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles

Typical airfares from JFK

Airfares vary by season, but also day of week, and are definitely affected by holidays. The chart above shows the typical minimum and maximum fares for a economy class ticket from JFK airport in New York to Mahé, Seychelles, by month.

Le Meridien Fishermans Cove, Mahe Island, Seychelles

Pictured above: Le Méridien Fisherman's Cove, on Mahé.


Storms in Seychelles

December and January are the rainy months, but really, at only 1.5", it's not all THAT rainy.

You'll get a little rain about every other day during that period.

Most of the islands are well outside the cyclone belt, so storms are rarely an issue.

The southernmost islands, in the Farquhar Group, are about 500 miles south of the main island of Mahé--most of the islands that tourists visit are much closer in, and not really at risk from cyclones.

Weather is heavily influenced by the trade winds: from October through March, the winds blow northwesterly from 8 to 12 knots; from May through September, the winds are from the southeast at 10 to 20 knots.

Pictured at right: a private plunge pool and villa at the Banyan Tree resort, on the south west side of Mahé.

  Private plunge pool at the Banyan Tree, on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles

Sunset on the beach at Desroches Island Resort, Seychelles  

SCUBA diving in the Seychelles

Outside of the October-March and May-September trade winds periods, the wind is pretty calm, making for excellent snorkeling and scuba diving, with visibility as much as 100 feet. A big draw for scuba divers are the whale sharks, which can be seen year-round. The remoteness of the islands mean fewer divers at the sites, and you'll find bigger, denser, more plentiful schools of fish than pretty much anywhere in the world...and, an amazing number of octopi--some of the reasons I included the Seychelles in this article I wrote for Go World Travel Guide on top 10 "bucket list" destinations for every scuba diver.

Diving is possible year-round, but the best months are considered to be April-May and October-November. Water temperatures generally range from 77F to 84F, although in the outer islands, you can see temperatures as low as 66F at drop-offs and big walls.


How to get to the Seychelles

The Seychelles are a tiny group of islands located about 1000 miles off the coast of Africa. You'll fly in to the main island of Mahé, where there are a wide range of resorts from 3-star to over-the-top luxury. There are a number of islands a short flight or shuttle ride away with fabulous boutique resorts; some 150 miles away is Desroches Island (pictured above).

You can get there from JFK airport in New York, via Dubai, in about 23 hours, with just that one stop; from Los Angeles, in about 27 hours, also with a stop in Dubai. From London Heathrow, you're looking at about 12 hours, with a stop in Dubai as well. Many people combine a stopover in either London, Dubai, or do an African safari in combination with their Seychelles trip--gives you a break, a chance to stretch your legs and explore an amazing city. On my own honeymoon in 2005, we combined stops on Mahé, Praslin, and Desroches islands with an overnight stop in Nairobi, and safaris in Meru National Park and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Direct flights from the Seychelles to Nairobi, Kenya only take 3 hours, and run as low as about $500 per person.

You're also not all that far from India, if you wanted to combine beach/tropical time in the Seychelles with an exotic and cultural adventure there.

How to get to the Seychelles

Check out this video from the Seychelles Tourism Board:

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