When people think of Seychelles, they think of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. They think of a rich culture and traditions, food and art. What they forget about is the perfect time to visit. This doesn’t mean that it’s not beautiful all year round, but certain people prefer certain things.
The golden rule of traveling to anywhere in the world is that you make sure you know what the weather is going to be like. You need this information so you can pack accordingly of course.
Now just because we have gorgeous beaches doesn’t mean they can’t get a little rough at times, which is why it is important to take into account the wind patterns and their effect on the seas.
We have two opposing trade winds that are in charge of the weather here. From May to October you can get the south-east winds coming in that bring about a relatively dry period on the islands. The southern beaches of Mahé get rougher during this time as well and it is always advisable to be on the safe side when going swimming.
The north-westerly winds begin in November, making December to March the wettest times of year and April being the calmest month of the year. The northern beaches of Mahé tend to get rougher during these months.
Another factor that plays into the interests of tourists, is events occurring around specific months. Sailing and snorkeling are a year round thing that no one ever really misses out on. Diving however, is preferable around March to May and September to November. The fishing season becomes popular around October all the way to April and hikes are recommended during the dry season. The bird watching on Bird Island has a couple of popular times; April is the peak breeding season making May to September the nesting months followed by migration in October.
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