When should I visit the Seychelles?
The Seychelles' climate
The Seychelles is a tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean, which means it generally experiences warm weather all year round. Temperatures rarely drop below 24 degrees Celsius and go up to around 32 degrees Celsius in the peak of summer.
The islands experience periods of rain, which is how their tropical forests stay so lush and green. The wettest and warmest weather comes between October and April, although January is when the most rain falls. That said, the rain typically comes in short, heavy showers that don't last long, so you can still enjoy a sunshine-filled trip during this period.
July and August are the driest months and also one of the busiest holiday periods, when most tourists come to stay. May to September is when the islands experience drier, cooler weather. The other peak travel times are over Christmas - December to January - and around Easter.
When is it best to travel?
The best time of year to travel will depend on what you want to do during your holiday in the Seychelles, as certain months are better than others for particular activities. If you're simply looking for a warm, sunny getaway on a tropical island then it's best to avoid January and travel during the drier period from May to September.
Temperatures at this time of the year will still be in the mid to high-20s, so it's definitely warm enough to make the most of the Seychelles' stunning beaches. One of the best activities to try in the Seychelles is sailing, as there are reliable winds throughout the year that mean you can easily explore between the islands in a yacht.
If you're keen to see some of the Seychelles' incredible bird life, there are a few months that you should look out for. For instance, October is the best time to travel if you want to see migratory birds, while April is the main breeding season.
When is best for getting active in the Seychelles?
There are many water sports that you can try in the Seychelles and different times of year are suitable for different activities. For example, if you want to go scuba diving, it's advisable to book between March and May or September and November, as this is when the sea is at its clearest and calmest.
You can discover the colourful underwater world around the coast of the Seychelles at any time of the year by snorkelling.
The peak fishing season, meanwhile, is from October to April, while anyone who wants to catch some waves on a surfboard should travel between May and September, as the stronger winds mean there is excellent surf. This is also the ideal time for windsurfing.
Should you wish to go hiking and explore some of the Seychelles' picturesque mountain scenery, you also ought to travel between May and September, as the weather is cooler and less humid than at other times of the year, making it perfect for adventurous pursuits.
Public holidays in the Seychelles
The major religion in the Seychelles is Christianity, with 90 per cent of the population being Roman Catholic, so the majority of the country's public holidays are based around religious celebrations such as Christmas and Easter. Other festivals, including Assumption, All Saints Day, Corpus Christy and Immaculate Conception are also marked in the Seychelles, so look out for the local celebrations that take place at churches across the islands.
Independence Day is one of the liveliest public holidays in the Seychelles. This is held every year on 29th June and sees the locals take to the streets for parties and gatherings. The parks are usually packed with people enjoying picnics, while nightfall brings spectacular fireworks displays.
It's said that when the Seychelles gained its independence from the British in 1976 the people had a three-month long party to celebrate.
Another holiday to look out for is National Day, which is held on 18th June and marks the establishment of democracy in the country. There are parades and parties on this day too, as well as beautiful flower shows.
Labour Day, celebrated on 1st May and Liberation Day on 5th June are the other main non-religious holidays in the nation.
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