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The Seychelles is an archipelago made up of 115 islands, located approximately 1,500km off the east coast of Africa and resting between 3 and 10 degrees south of the Equator line. Most of the isles and atolls that make up the Seychelles are low-lying coral islands referred to as the outer islands, where the larger inner islands are older granite formations that feature more mountainous and varied terrain.

Because of the Seychelles islands’ dispersed positioning within the open ocean and away from any large landmasses, the weather can change quickly and is often very hard to predict. Where one islet is experiencing tropical rain, another can be enjoying blue skies and sunshine. And on the larger islands like Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, one side of the island can be having rain and overcast conditions while the other coast is basking in sunshine.

Regardless of the changeable conditions all the Seychelles islands experience a consistent tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity all year-round. The mean temperature range hovers in between 24°C and 31°C and even at night the heat only drops by a few degrees.

You will however notice two distinct patterns throughout the year; a wet season and a dry season. The wet season arrives around November to April and correlates with the north-west monsoon season in this region. At this time of year, the weather is slightly warmer and humidity levels are raised which ultimately leads to increased rainfall. The hottest months of the year in the Seychelles are March and April, making it a fantastic Easter holiday destination if you love the hot weather and don’t mind humidity. From May to October is the dry season, when the temperatures are pleasant and the island experiences trade winds that help keep the humidity - and therefore the rain - at bay. July and August are the coolest months of the year on the islands with trade winds reaching their peak strength, but average temperatures still hold at around 26°C which is perfectly lovely for a sunny holiday in a dreamy destination.

WINGED BOOTS WISDOM: May is one of the most popular months of the year to visit the Seychelles. In May the temperatures maintain their heat from the early part of the year, but the south-east trade winds begin to blow. This slight increase in the wind makes the humidity and temperatures more comfortable and helps distribute clouds quickly meaning the skies remain clear and bright.

December and January are the wettest months of the year in the Seychelles. During these months you should expect it to be cloudier and more overcast. Throughout the rest of the wet season rain showers generally come in the form of short tropical downpours usually in the afternoon or overnight, leaving most of the days on the islands clear and sunny.

Seychelles Weather Highlights
Average Breakdown

Hottest Month: March and April = highs of 31°C
Coldest Months: July and August = highs of 28°C
Highest Rainfall: January = 402mm 
Sunlight Hours: 7 hours
Indian Ocean Temperature: 28°C
Humidity: 80%

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in January?

Constance Ephelia

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 24 – 30°C
Monthly Rainfall: 405mm
Humidity: 82%
Sunlight Hours: 5 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 28°C


It is low season for holidays to the Seychelles in January, here’s why…

January is one of the wettest months of the year with an average 405mm of rain throughout the month. This is because of the combined high temperatures that hover between 24°C and 30°C, extremely high humidity levels and the lack of trade winds blowing towards the islands.

This is a good time to visit the Seychelles if you’re not put off by tropical downpours and will enjoy spending your time trying out water sports like scuba diving or testing out the spa facilities within your resort. January is also within the Hawksbill turtle hatchling season. This incredible spectacle can be witnessed on beaches across many of the islands, when tiny turtle hatchlings make their way to the water from their nests.

Constance Ephelia overlooks the incredible marine national park of Port Launay, so be sure to try out some water sports or explore beneath the waves with some diving or snorkelling experiences.

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in February?

Constance Lémuria

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 25 - 30°C
Monthly Rainfall: 250mm
Humidity: 80%
Sunlight Hours: 6 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 29°C


It is low season for holidays to the Seychelles in February, here’s why…

In February, the levels of precipitation drop to just 250mm on average throughout the month. Temperatures remain steady between 25°C - 30°C and the humidity levels keep a consistent high, with slightly longer sunlight hours and warm sea temperatures. Visitors will have plenty of time to explore the island and enjoy the beautiful beaches without spirits getting dampened in the rain.

At this time of year, you should make the use of the clear mornings for beach visits before the afternoon thundershowers arrive. February is also in the middle of the Hawksbill turtle hatchling season; visitors can witness this amazing spectacle for themselves from many beaches dotted across the Seychelles.

Golf lovers will love the opportunity to play a round on Constance Lémuria’s 18-hole championship golf course and with an incredible offering of facilities for children, why not bring the whole family along?

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in March?

Denis Private Island

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 25 - 31°C
Monthly Rainfall: 200mm
Humidity: 79%
Sunlight Hours: 7 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 29°C


It is peak season for holidays to the Seychelles in March, here’s why…

In March, although temperatures rise the precipitation levels are significantly lower than earlier in the season. This is especially true towards the end of the month as the northwest monsoon season ends. Cloud cover is also less, so visitors can expect up to seven hours of sunlight hours with most of that time being blue sky conditions.

Throughout the day visitors are likely to notice the muggy conditions increasing. Generally, the tension is released with a short tropical downpour in the late afternoon or overnight, meaning an early start to your day will make the best out of the blue skies and sunshine.

On a stay at Denis Private Island, guests can truly escape from the outside world, surrounding themselves with instead with idyllic picture-postcard beaches, incredible cuisine and total peace and quiet.

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in April?

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 25 - 31°C
Monthly Rainfall: 185mm
Humidity: 80%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 30°C


It is peak season for holidays to the Seychelles in April, here’s why…

In April you are pretty much guaranteed hot weather, with the mercury often rising past 31°C in the heat of the midday sun. While this month is still part of the wet season technically, the expected precipitation is significantly less than earlier months of the year and visitors should expect short, isolated thunderstorms that are over quickly.

April is a favourite month for many to visit the Seychelles, because of the combined low winds, low precipitation, and high temperatures. This time of year is also famed for its perfect underwater visibility providing a great opportunity for diving and snorkelling experiences.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is the ultimate paradise resort, a dreamy option for a romantic couples’ escape. The resort also boasts a superb kids’ club offering loads of fun activities - so bring the whole family along for an incredible experience together! 

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in May?

Frégate Private Island

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
25 - 31°C
Monthly Rainfall: 160mm
Humidity: 79%
Sunlight Hours: 8 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 29°C

It is peak season for holidays to the Seychelles in May, here’s why…

May is a transition month in the Seychelles as the islands move from the wet season to the dry season. The southeast trade winds begin to reach the islands cooling the atmosphere slightly and the resulting drop in humidity makes conditions much more comfortable. While rain is still possible, precipitation tends to occur as quick scattered thunderstorms in the afternoons.

May has a reputation for being the sunniest month of the year in the Seychelles, promising long hours of sunlight hours and relatively dry conditions. It’s also another great month for snorkelling or diving in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean which offers fantastic visibility at this time of year.

Frégate Private Island is great for the sustainable conscious traveller, offering just 17 exclusive residences in an incredibly remote setting the resort is able to manage the impact on the region in an eco-friendly manner.

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in June?

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
25 - 29°C
Monthly Rainfall: 115mm
Humidity: 79%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Indian Ocean Temperature: 27°C


It is low season for holidays to the Seychelles in June, here’s why…

The Seychelles is now in the dry season, with southeast trade winds increasing significantly in strength. These winds have a cooling effect on the overall temperatures and humidity which both drop slightly at this time of year. While temperatures are lower, they can still easily reach 30°C at the hottest period of the day, which is more than enough for most.

The breeze can be enjoyable during the day, helping to keep conditions comfortable, but for the evenings visitors should pack a light jacket in case they feel a chill. Winds of around 24km/h create choppier seas which drops the visibility for scuba diving experiences however provides fantastic conditions for surfers and bodyboarders.

A stay a Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa will allow guests to reconnect with nature by exploring the surrounding tropical rainforest or diving into the exquisite underwater world at the nearby Eco Center. 

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in July?

JA Enchanted Island Resort

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 24 - 28°C
Monthly Rainfall: 90mm
Humidity: 80%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Indian Ocean Temperature: 26°C


It is low season for holidays to the Seychelles in July, here’s why…

July is the driest month of the year, so if you are looking for moderate temperatures and lower levels of precipitation this is a superb time to travel. Visitors at this time of year can expect long days of up to eight hours of sunshine and blue skies for the most part. However, the winds are at their highest, so it is wise to look into the best locations on the inner islands that are naturally more sheltered because of the mountainous landscape.

With choppier seas, the destination proves very popular with surfers at this time of year. For advice on the best, most sheltered resorts in which to stay in the Seychelles in July speak to your personal travel manager. They will be able to assist you finding a suitable resort where you can relax and enjoy the other fantastic conditions that come part and parcel with a holiday to the Seychelles in July.

JA Enchanted Island Resort offers just 10 villas in total, each with private pools and direct beach access, so guests can expect a once in a life time private island experience. 

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in August?

Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
24 - 28°C
Monthly Rainfall: 120mm
Humidity: 79%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Indian Ocean Temperature: 26°C


It is low season for holidays to the Seychelles in August, here’s why…

August is a dry and sunny month with temperatures hitting highs of around 28°C most days. The rain that does fall comes in the form of light showers during the night, keeping the skies clear and blue through the majority of the daylight hours. Winds are at their highest throughout July and August so beach lovers should choose more sheltered resorts at this time of the year.

The choppy seas in August combined with the comfortable temperatures and low rainfall proves very popular with surfing enthusiasts, however there is a chance there could be more seaweed washed up on the sand at this time of year.

Kempinski Seychelles Resort is a five-star beach and diving resort that offers fantastic top-class accommodation, world-class dining and a plethora of incredible facilities and activities.  

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in September?

Raffles Seychelles

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
24 - 29°C
Monthly Rainfall: 165mm
Humidity: 78%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Indian Ocean Temperature: 27°C

It is peak season for holidays to the Seychelles in September, here’s why…

The conditions in September are very comfortable with warm temperatures and ample sunshine. Precipitation levels are low to moderate, increasing slightly towards the end of the month. Night-time temperatures rarely drop below the low 20s and average daily wind speeds decrease to around 22km/h.

September is a transition month, as the winds decrease, and the region shifts from the dry season back toward the wet season. Transition months provide an optimum period to visit the Seychelles as they will display the ‘best of both world’ conditions, warm weather, moderate rainfall alongside modest winds.

Located on gorgeous white beaches nearby a stunning World Heritage Site, Raffles Seychelles offer breath-taking vistas in abundance.

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in October?

North Island

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
24 - 30°C
Monthly Rainfall: 180mm
Humidity: 79%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Indian Ocean Temperature: 28°C


It is peak season for holidays to the Seychelles in October, here’s why…

October marks the start of the wet season in the Seychelles and with it comes the significant increase in precipitation. As the month continues, the chances of experiencing an afternoon thunderstorm becomes greater and greater but don’t let that put you off because showers do not last long on the islands. Temperatures are also rising at this time of year and visitors can expect hot and humid days and warm nights.
 
As the high winds subside, the calmer and clearer sea conditions return, which is more favourable for swimmers, snorkelers, and divers.


With just 11 ultra-luxurious villas available and all guests arriving by helicopter, North Island is a discreet private isle that can cater to your every need. 

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in November?

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
24 - 30°C
Monthly Rainfall: 190mm
Humidity: 80%
Sunlight Hours: 7 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 28°C


It is peak season for holidays to the Seychelles in November, here’s why…

November is in the wet season of Seychelles, with high temperatures, high humidity and increased precipitation. The southeast trade winds have stopped by this point of the year so visitors should only expect a light breeze to help take the heat out of the atmosphere.

November is an incredible time to visit the Seychelles. Seas are relatively calm and therefore provide fantastic visibility for snorkelling and diving. And when thunderstorms do arrive, they generally hit during the afternoon and evenings, which means there are plenty hours of fun still to be had on the beautiful beaches across the islands earlier in the day.

The fashion-forward amongst you will appreciate the simple yet stylish design throughout the Six Senses Zil Pasyon private island resort.  

What is the weather like in the Seychelles in December?

Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 24 - 30°C
Monthly Rainfall: 305mm
Humidity: 82%
Sunlight Hours: 5.5 hours 
Indian Ocean Temperature: 28°C


It is low season for holidays to the Seychelles in December, here’s why…

In December, the rainy season is well underway, in fact this month is one of the wettest months in the Seychelles’ calendar. Temperatures remain high throughout December and the humidity peaks also, making December a good option for those who do not mind the more intense conditions.

If you are travelling to the Seychelles in December it is advisable to keep all your excursions and time at the beach reserved to the mornings in order to avoid the heaviest downpours that tend to arrive in the late afternoon. 

Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas comprises 30 ultra-luxurious villas that provide both privacy and comfort - the perfect combination. The resort also boasts fantastic hospitality and superb cuisine, so guests will have everything they could possibly need.

Seychelles is an amazing destination that offers consistent warm weather all year-round. If you would like to learn more about the optimum times to visit the region or would like help planning your next dream holiday, contact one of our personal travel managers today who are all experts in Indian Ocean travel.
We can help guide and plan your next break with some incredible specialist tips that will make your holiday in the Seychelles the best yet. Fill out an enquiry form here or call 0203 816 0985 to get a free holiday quote and begin creating your dream Indian Ocean getaway today. 
Rachel Lane

Rachel Lane is a Content Writer

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