Scattered 932 miles off the east coast of Africa you will find the picture-perfect archipelago of the Seychelles. Evolving in isolation for the past 200 million years, the Seychelles archipelago are the oldest oceanic islands on earth. The 115 granite and coral islands cover an area of 175 square miles, stretching 150,000 square miles across the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The islands are home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the ancient forests of Vallé de Mai and the raised coral atoll of Aldabra.
What type of wildlife will we see?
Far from the dangers of natural selection, the endemic fauna and flora of the Seychelles have flourished. The islands are home to over 220 species of birds and 30 species of reptiles, including the world-renowned giant Aldabar tortoise. Beyond the shores, the coral reefs of the archipelago are abundant with marine life, from several species of sea turtles to over 1000 species of fish.
Best time to go and why?
Located just south of the equator, the Seychelles archipelago is a year round destination. No stranger to the heat, the Seychelles reaches a peak temperature from December to April with short tropical downpours hitting the islands from January to February. The best time of the year to travel to the Seychelles depends on what activities you would like to tick off your list. Experience top-notch diving visibility over the months of April and October, swim with gentle whales shark from the months of September to November, and watch turtles hatch on the islands’ shores from January to March.
When is high season?
The islands’ peak season falls over the months of December to March and again from July to August over the European school holidays. From December to March, the northwest trade winds bring in the islands’ rainy season and a rise in humidity. However, this doesn’t keep visitors at bay. If you’re traveling to the Seychelles over peak season, make sure to book your accommodation in advance as rooms fill up quickly.
When is low season?
Low season falls over the months of June and September. Expect cool, dry weather and uncrowded beaches before the rush of the peak season hits.
When is the best weather?
The months of April, May, October and November experience fewer visitors and the temperatures remain warm with little to no wind. October to November welcomes a few scattered showers on the islands, but you can still expect plenty of beach weather with the bonus of avoiding the peak season crowds. Diving in the Seychelles is a year round activity, but the shoulder season promises visibility of over 30 meters.