​Overview – Seychelles

Anthony Ham
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By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to the Seychelles.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to the Seychelles.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to the Seychelles.

Seychelles really does have it all. Here you can swim or snorkel in waters in impossibly vivid shades of blue, that lap at powdery white sand beaches. Diverse marine life, noisy colonies of seabirds and forests climbing volcanic hillsides provide so many scenes of natural wonder. And the sensory overload of fragrant Creole cuisine, aromatic spice gardens and the pampering of exclusive resorts all go especially well with the Seychelles’ far-from-the-world magnificence.

Rates (USD) $168 to $835 pp/day
Best Time to Go March, April, October and November (Shoulder months)
High Season December to February
Size 459km² / 177mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Plenty of accommodation options
  • Great snorkeling and diving
  • Romantic getaway
  • Lots of marine wildlife
  • Degraded coral reefs
  • More expensive than Mauritius

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Weather & Climate

Seychelles’ tropical climate is hot and humid throughout the year. Due to the proximity to the equator, temperatures don’t change much. You can expect afternoons to be 30°C/84°F and nights to cool down to about 24°C/75°F. Rainfall is high; December and January are the wettest months.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit the Seychelles at any time. Lots of sunshine throughout the year makes the islands ideal beach destinations. Hiking is most pleasant in the cooler months from May to September when rainfall decreases. This is the time when the southeast trade winds blow and underwater visibility might be compromised. Diving and snorkeling conditions are best from March to May and from September to November.

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