Best time to visit Seychelles

The best time to visit the Seychelles for a beach holiday is from June to August when the weather is mainly dry and sunny and the high temperatures are cooled by sea breezes.

The Seychelles is a year-round destination despite occasional rain showers, which generally fall as sudden heavy downpours that quickly clear leaving sunny, blue skies.

Seychelles weather

The Seychelles experiences a hot tropical climate year-round, that is governed by the trade winds, with an annual temperature range between a high of 31°C (87°F) and a low of 24°C (75°F), with humidity around 100 per cent all year round.

The southeast trade winds blow regularly from May to November, and this is the most pleasant time of the year.

Here are the averages for Victoria, the capital, located on Mahé Island. The nearby islands of Praslin and La Digue share a similiar climate.

What is the best month to visit the Seychelles?
June, July, August and September are the best months to visit the Seychelles – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

However, it really depends on what you want to do during yout visit.

What month is best for activities in the Seychelles?
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Hiking, surfing and windsurfing in the Seychelles are best at the start and end of the trade winds, usually around April and October.

Diving, swimming and snorkelling in the Seychelles are best during April and May as well as October and November when the water temperature averages 28°C (82°F) and visibility is often more than 30 metres.

Bird watching in the Seychelles is best in April during the breeding season, between May and September for the nesting of sooty terns, and in October during migration.

Game fishing in the Seychelles is best between October and April.

Which is the hottest month in the Seychelles?
The hottest month in the Seychelles is usually April, with an average high daytime temperature of 32°C (89°F), with high heat and humidity and a night-time low of 25°C (77°F).

The hot season lasts from early-March to mid-May, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (87°F).

Which is the coldest month in the Seychelles?
The coldest month of the year in Seychelles is July, with an average high of 28°C (82°F) and an average night-time low of 24°C (75°F).

The cool season lasts from around mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature below 29°C (84°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the Seychelles?
The sunniest time of year in the Seychelles is usually May with an average of eight hours of sunshine per day; that's around 68% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in the Seychelles?
The Seychelles experience little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 79% – 82% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in the Seychelles?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature.

The average annual dew point in the Seychelles is 23°C (73°F), and varies over the course of the year from humid at 22°C (71°F) to muggy at 24°C (75°F). 

Typically, it's humid all year round – almost every day feels muggy or worse.

When is the sea warmest in the Seychelles?
The sea is usually at its warmest in the Seychelles in April when the water temperature reaches 30°C (86°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

In the Seychelles, the sea temperature is always warm enough for swimming.

Which month has the most rain in the Seychelles?
January is usually the wettest month in the Seychelles with 175mm (7in) on average. There are usually around 17 days in January with some rain.

The rainy season usually lasts from mid-October to mid-March, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. While downpours can be heavy, they rarely last long. The wettest months are December and January.

The drier season lasts from mid-March to late-October. The month with the fewest wet days in Seychelles is July, with an average of 3 days with at least 1 millimetre (‹1in) of precipitation.

From May to October, the southeast trades bring cooler, drier weather which is also quite windy. June, July and August are the driest months.

Which is the windiest month in the Seychelles?
The windiest month of the year in the Seychelles is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 27 kilometres per hour (17 mph; 15 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from around mid-May through to mid-October, with average wind speeds of more than 19 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 10 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from mid-October through to mid-May. The calmest month of the year in the Seychelles is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 12 kilometres per hour (7.5 mph; 6.5 knots).

The predominant wind direction is from the south from early-May to late-November; and for the remainder of the year the wind direction varies from north to west.

Seychelles Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
30 30 31 32 31 29 28 28 29 30 30 30
Average low temperature (°C)
24 25 25 25 26 25 24 24 24 25 24 24
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
5 6 7 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 5
Comfort level – heat
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Average dew point temperature (°C)
24 24 24 24 24 23 22 22 23 23 23 24
Average relative humidity (%)
82 80 79 79 78 79 79 79 79 78 79 80
UV Index (max)
11 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 11 11
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
16 10 10 9 8 5 3 5 8 9 11 15
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
175 104 78 72 70 43 21 41 70 83 96 144
Average wind speed (km/h)
15 15 12 12 18 25 26 27 25 18 13 14
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 29 29 30 29 27 26 26 27 28 28 29
Victoria, Mahé Island, Seychelles

Holiday seasons

High season: Typically, the peak season runs from mid-December to mid-January, the Easter holidays and from July to August.

Seychelles weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for the Seychelles is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1992 to 2021 by the Seychelles National Meteorological Services from the closest weather station: Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located around 10km (6mi) south of the capital, Victoria, on Mahé Island.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: When to visit the Seychelles: 16 May, 2024

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