The best time to visit Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These months represent the transition times between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds that define April through October. A visit during these shoulder months offers more mild conditions ideal for sunbathing, wildlife watching and scuba diving. No matter when you visit, you’ll encounter temperatures averaging in the 80s. But by frequenting the islands in the spring and fall, you’ll also avoid the heavy tourist crowds that descend on the islands in December, January, July and August.
As the humid northwest trade winds give over to the dryer southeast ones, Seychelles experiences warm, mild weather. Rainfall becomes slightly less prevalent than it is in the autumn and winter. You’ll also find lower hotel rates, since the summertime tourist season has yet to kick off.
These months (particularly July and August) usher in cool, dry weather and crowds touching down on Seychelles’ shores. If you’re planning a summertime visit, book your accommodations at least several months in advance and expect to pay high-season prices. You can expect tourists to flock to popular areas, but the islands’ beaches remain vacant and peaceful.
If you don’t mind getting a little wet, wait until after the summertime high season to visit Seychelles. You’ll save on your hotel and airfare costs and you’ll find more options available. And although your chances of encountering a scattered shower or two will increase, you can still bank on plenty of beach weather.
As the northwest trade winds usher in the rainy season, humidity levels rise and rainfall becomes more prevalent, but that doesn’t keep visitors from coming to the islands in late December and early January. Hotel and flight prices can be inflated during the winter holidays in Seychelles, so book several months in advance to ensure the best rate and availability.