The Seychelles is as most people would expect first and foremost a beach destination. That said, one must not overlook such gems as "Valle de Mai" a Unesco World heritage site and/or the trails and wildlife to see and visit. If it's the beach you crave and relaxation then the Seychelles will be top of your bucket list, but don't take our word for it.........just AsktheTraveller.
Local weather information
When is the best time to travel
Lying just below the equator, the Seychelles is a year round tropical destination with temperatures consistently between 24-32 degrees centigrade.
The highest rainfall is between Nov-Feb with afternoon downpours. Peak season is April to September when the drier months have perfect beach weather. However, even the driest month of July still receives 70 mm of rainfall.
Alternative: For divers, March-May & September-November have the best conditions.
Travellers interested in fishing should visit October-April.
April to September
October (usually just before the monsoon seasons)
Seychelles in brief
This archipelago of more than 100 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean is home to beautiful beaches, vibrant flora and fauna, and grand old plantation houses. While each island has its own unique charm, the Seychelles is roughly divided into the ‘Inner Islands’ and ‘Outer Islands.’
The Inner Islands are considered the centre of the country, with Mahé, Praslin and La Digue making up the main economic and cultural hub. These islands possess the majority of the hotels and resorts, as well as a more vibrant social scene. At about 27 miles long and 8 miles wide, Mahé is the largest of the Seychelles islands and home to Victoria, the island’s capital. With a lively open air market and some truly impressive restaurants, this is a great choice for those wanting to enjoy the colourful island culture. For an extra treat, take a glass-bottom boat out to the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, located about 5 km from Victoria, and enjoy the clear water, green turtles, and a seagrass meadow. If rustic island charm is what you’re after, try La Digue, where ox-carts and bicycles are the main form of transportation. For nature-lovers, Praslin is home to the rare Seychelles Black Parrot and what is arguably the most beautiful beach in the world: Anse Lazio.
The Outer Islands are more remote with fewer hotels, towns, and generally, fewer people. However, for those wanting either luxury accommodation in near-perfect seclusion or to simply really get away from everything, the Outer Islands are a perfect choice. Take the effort to go that extra mile and you will be rewarded with unparalleled fishing, sailing, and diving in incredible marine diversity at one of nature’s mostly untouched destinations.
If a private island is your idea of heaven, the Alphonse and Desroches Islands are for you. These exclusive resorts will have you feeling like Robinson Crusoe but with a spa and high thread-count sheets.
Whatever you choose, you’ll come away refreshed and happy – and longing to return.
Seychelles history & Culture
The languages of the Seychelles are Creole, French and English. The Seychelles date back to 1770 when the French claimed Mahe for France. After 44 years of rule, the British took power under the treaty of Paris in 1814 following the defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. Independence was gained from Britain in 1976 and today, Seychellois culture retains a strong link to its multicultural roots. The archipelago can be explored to experience varied culture in the form of art, dance, music, food and local architecture.