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Seychelles Secrets Revealed: Ideal Dates for Sun-Soaked Bliss

Imagine a world where every day is postcard-perfect. Welcome to Seychelles, where timing isn't just everything, it's the only thing. Let's unlock paradise's best-kept secret: when to visit.

Tobi Miles
June 6, 2023

Seychelles boasts some of the most beautiful tropical islands with the finest nature reserves and amazing weather, a fantastic getaway location for visitors worldwide. So what is the best time to visit Seychelles?

April and May is the best time to visit Seychelles. During this time, weather is most suitable for outdoor activities as the weather stays between 82 F and 86 F on average. For families on a budget, February and March are the best times to visit. These months boast up to 30% off flights and hotel fees.

The mixture of humid and cool trade winds provides a nice balance to enjoy your visit any time in the year. The typical warm temperature provides a lovely welcoming to visitors looking to enjoy the island's goodness. However, you will also experience tropical showers later in the day.

What Is The Worst Time To Visit Seychelles?

Due to large tourist visitations, the worst time to visit Seychelles is between July and August. This period can prove to be the least favorable time to visit the country. The climate in Seychelles is also a significant factor worth considering before visiting.

As trade winds blow from the northeast, the weather changes with constant rain showers. December and January are the rainiest months of the year—the wrong time for those looking to enjoy the island's warm weather and exotic beaches.

Cheapest Time To Visit Seychelles

February and March are the cheapest months to visit Seychelles. This period is typically regarded as the country's low season. Visitors can take advantage of discounts on flight fares and hotel fees during these months.

Low tourist visitations see a slash in these prices. This allows you to travel down to the paradise Island even on a budget and experience the stunning views and activities loaded during these months.

Best Time To Visit Seychelles: Breakdown For January To December

January: Tour of The Mahé Island

Seychelles is home to some of the most beautiful islands. January is an excellent time to enjoy a lovely tour of Mahé Island. A private island tour is perfect for short-term visitors who would love to explore the significant scenery within a few days.

This exclusive car tour will give you insight into the culture and history of Seychelles. The good thing is that you can choose the places you would love to visit on Mahé island. The Mahé island tour lasts 5 to 6 hours, giving you enough time to pause and take pictures.

But if this duration isn't sufficient, you can pay an extra $25 to extend your tour for an hour.

  • 5 to 6 Mahé Island car tour

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February: Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria

The Seychelles international Carnival of Victoria is one of the most anticipated events on its capital city's famous island—Mahé. It is a unique 3-day event filled with colorful celebrations as people come together to appreciate various art and cultures. The event only gets better every year and takes place in February.

The Carnaval International de Victoria features music, dance, live shows, and a fashion parade show. This event celebrates the town's deep-rooted culture and history, contributing to its tradition.

  • Victoria, Mahé Island
  • Disco balls
  • Fashion Parade(Costume show)

March: Zip-lining in Seychelles

Seychelles is filled with many fun-filled activities—and zip-lining in March is simply one you have to add to your bucket list. There is a zipline base at Constance Ephelia Resort at Port Launay, on the North West coast of Mahe Island. This is an excellent location that offers zip-lining rides to visitors.

Zip-lining is one of the most daring activities on the island that raises adrenaline levels and creates a rush of excitement. Take part in this adventurous activity with friends and family as you glide down zip lines over Mahé's Incredible boulders and forest. Eight zip lines range from 85 to 120 meters.

The resort provides smaller harnesses to ensure children can participate in this thrilling activity.

  • Zip-lining at Constance Ephelia Resort at Port Launay
  • Children size

April: Scuba Diving

April is the best time to enjoy Scuba diving in Seychelles. The weather is usually at its warm point during this time, and the seas are calm enough for boats to reach spots perfect for scuba diving. Temperature levels are often around 77 to 82 degrees F which is ideal for diving.

Explore the undersea with scuba diving experts. Grab some gear and enjoy a fascinating guided diving experience in enchanting underwater Seychelles' finest islands—the Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. These islands have some diving centers that are more suitable for first-timers and amateurs.

The water depth at these centers is restricted to a maximum of 3p meters, which is ideal for beginners and first-time divers.

  • The Sunken Ship Dive
  • Mahé Island
  • Baie Ternay Marine Park
  • Brissare Rocks

May: Seychelles Arts Festival

The Seychelles Arts Festival is an annual event that comes up in May. This features some of the most stunning artworks and designs by local artists —Which mostly portray the art and culture of the country.

The event follows locals' dance, music, and storytelling to entertain tourists while chefs dish up some traditional Creole dishes.

  • Seychelles Arts Festival

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June: Tour of The Takamaka Bay Distillery

June is the best time to visit the Takamaka Bay distillery. Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery, and garden while you sip on some lovely wine. The location also offers a great chance to try out a sweet cocktail and enjoy a meal at La Grande Maison.

The guided tour takes you through the winery, which includes some rum tasting. You can also purchase some rum at a very affordable fee. Overall, you'll get a nice view of the cellars, a beautiful garden, and a knowledgeable guided tour.

  • La Grande Maison
  • Takamaka Bay Distillery
  • Cocktail and rum tasting

July: Visit Aldabra Atoll & Vallée de Mai

July is a great time to check out the fantastic sights in Seychelles. The Aldabra Atoll and Vallée de Mai are exciting spots worth visiting. Here you'll find some of the world's unique animals and breathtaking landscapes.

Aldabra is one of the world's largest coral atolls that boasts significant sightings and fantastic wildlife. Home to the world’s largest population of giant tortoises, the Aldabra Atoll is a unique environment with rare species and a spectacular landscape.

The Vallée de Mai is located in the heart of Praslin and is popularly known as the World Heritage site. Its mystical feel and unique natural elements have led to many alluding to the site as "the garden of Eden." The area possesses unique properties such as the Coco de Mer, the rare black parrot, and much more.

  • Aldabra Atoll
  • Vallée de Mai
  • World Heritage Site
  • The Heart of Praslin

August: Festival of The Assumption

The feast of the Assumption is a popular Catholic event also celebrated in Seychelles during August. Celebrations kick off with lots of fireworks, pageantry,  street processions, bicycle tours, and wonderful family dinner! With Catholics making over 75% of Seychelles' population, the event is quite prominent in this town.

This event is held annually on the 15th of August. The whole town is usually in attendance to participate in this ceremony and various activities. It is undoubtedly a particular time when many people in different parts of the world come together to celebrate and say a prayer of peace.

  • Diocese of Port Victoria
  • Beauty Pageant

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September: Beau Vallon Regatta

September is a perfect time to experience the Beau Vallon Regatta. It is one of the most thrilling events of the year and packs loads of fun water-related activities on the island, such as beach games, swimming competitions, or a Regatta tour—Anything to get your feet wet!

The beach is packed with many activities for a whole day. There's a mini-market that sells juice and cocktails. The sea is shallow, so it's safe for swimming. Enjoy the sunset view.

The Beau Vallon Regatta is a must-see for anyone visiting Seychelles.

  • Beau Vallon Regatta
  • Beach

October: Visit Pink Sand Beach in La Digue

Seychelles is known to have some of the world's finest sand beaches. October is a beautiful time to check out the Anse Source d'Argent in La Digue. It is usually not crowded during this time of the year, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of this place.

This has been described as the world's most photographic beach for a good reason. The distinctive pink sand, coral reef, and enormous granite boulders all come together to give the beach an aesthetically pleasing view. It's undoubtedly one of the perfect places to snorkel in Seychelles.

  • Anse Source d'Argent
  • Snorkeling in Pink Sand Beach

November: Rock Climbing on La Digue Island

November is a great time for rock climbing on La Digue Island, just before the trade winds shift to the North-East. There are fewer crowds during this period, making the island less crowded; an opportunity for bouldering enthusiasts to engage in this activity without the typical business on the island.

So grab your climbing shoes and experience the thrill of bouldering rocks. You can also rent some boulder pads on the island.

  • La Digue Island

December: Best Time For Holiday Festivities

The month of December welcomes the Rainy season and more tourists. Visitors begin to make the trip down in time for the holiday celebrations and other festivities.

The Seychelles Ocean Festival is held annually this month to celebrate the holiday season. This event showcases the diverse cultural heritage of Seychelles and creates awareness of the town's effort to protect the Ocean.

The ocean-inspired festival includes fun activities such as a communal clean-up of the Beau Vallon beach, Offshore Fishing Competition at La Digue, raft race at Bake Ternay, exhibitions, and dinners for tourists to enjoy. Stick around for the Christmas celebrations in Seychelles, as tourists want a wonderful time with friends and family on the Island, sipping wine.

  • Seychelles Ocean Festival
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Christmas Celebrations
  • First communion

What Is The Best Time To Visit Seychelles For Scuba Diving?

The best months to visit Seychelles for Scuba Diving would be April, May, October, and November. Temperature levels are usually stable in these months, with little to no shifts in trade winds.

There are several fantastic spots for scuba diving in Seychelles. Luckily, the pleasant weather on the Island is quite suitable for most activities all year round.

Best Time To Visit Seychelles In Summer

However, June is the preferable summer month to visit Seychelles. During this period, you get almost no change in trade winds and few tourist visitations.

Seychelles is a great place to visit all through the summer months. Temperature levels are usually between 82 to 86 degrees. Seychelles has become a pretty popular tourist attraction for people in Europe,

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Best Month To Visit Seychelles To Avoid Crowds

If you're looking to avoid the busy crowd in Seychelles, it would be best to visit during the low season; February, March, and June. This is the perfect time to experience the islands in their pristine and serene state while also taking advantage of the low hotel and flight fees.

However, there's a good chance you'll encounter constant tropical showers. Regardless of this climate change, so many fun activities are loaded each month.

Best Time To Visit Seychelles For Helicopter Tour

The best time to visit Seychelles for an exclusive Helicopter tour is between 1 and 3 pm, any time of the year. This gives you a chance to get a lovely scenic view and take good photographs under the warm sunlight.

Enjoy a scenic flight tour in Seychelles as the helicopter hovers across the gorgeous islands, giving you an incredible view of the beautiful beaches, mountains, birds, coral reefs, and Marine Park. The ZilAir helicopter takes off from Mahé Island, offering lovely flight service throughout your 15 to 30-minute tour.

Article updated:
January 5, 2024

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