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This collection of islands have a distinctly tropical climate, so you can expect high temperatures throughout the year, rarely dropping below the mid 20s and a typical rainy season, in the summer. Rain is possible throughout the year however it is especially prevalent between November and March, peaking in December and January. The driest times of year of June, July and August.
There are numerous festivals and holidays which take place on the islands throughout the year but one of our favourties is the Seychelles Art Festival in May. It is a combustion of music, culture, food and of course art. Local artists exhibit their work and also offer courses while talented chefs keep you fed with outstanding creole dishes and dance and music put on performances.
From January to March the Seychelles is extremely wet as this is season of the Northwest Monsoon, although the vegetation is lush, the sun strong and the winds generally light, as primarily a beach destination it is not an ideal time to visit. This is also cyclone season although it is rarely hit by cyclonic weather as only the most remote southern islands are within what is known as the cyclone belt.
During this time of year you might also find that the north-west trade winds bring more seaweed to the Praslin’s Côte d’Or beaches on La Digue as well as Mahe's north-west coast.
April is one of the best times to visit the Seychelles and also a popular time to depart from colder western climes looking for some early sun. There still might be some rain in the air and the humidity can be quite high but it is a very clam month and normally the warmest month of the year with temperatures peaking into the 30s.
The south-east trade winds that commence in May beckon in a relatively dry period in the Seychelles and this is popular time to visit as it also coincides with school holidays. It is best to stick to a resort on the west of the islands because of the incoming winds. The winds also bring with them choppy seas and seaweed to the south-west of Mahe and Praslin's south coast. Although seaweed is harmless it can be unpleasant to swim in and detract from the picturesque beaches and coastline.
October is another popular time to visit, especially for those looking to explore the udnerwater world as the visibility for diving and snorkelling is often the best at this time of year. It tends to be less windy as the tropical trade winds switch from the south-east to the north-west. Hawksbill turtles also come to shore to lay their eggs so October offers a lot for the potential visitor, but towards the end of the month the rain can increase.
November commences the start of the north-west trade winds and the rainfall increases throughout November and into December. Because of the winds it is best to stay on the east side of the islands. Although the weather can be changeable it is still a popular time to visit, particularly in December for those looking for a festive getaway and a break from a cold, dark winter