The African island nation of Seychelles is a tropical getaway for the traveler looking for some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Thanks to its incredible tourism, Seychelles boasts the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa. Here, you can find an eclectic mix of people from all over the world, but mainly of British, French, and African influence.
One of the smallest countries in the world, Seychelles packs a lot in its small size and has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Aldabra Islands – home to thousands of native giant tortoises.
If you are planning a trip to Seychelles, here are the best times to visit based on your travel needs.
For the best weather
Although Seychelles is known for its pleasant tropical weather year-round, there are better times of the year to visit to ensure you have the best conditions.
Temperatures stay consistent throughout the year, averaging between 82-86°F (28-30°C). Thus, visiting Seychelles depends heavily on the direction of the trade winds during a given time of the year.
The wettest times of the year fall between December and February, with between 5-10 rainy days per month.
If you want to avoid the rain at all costs, visit between the months of June and August, which receive between 3-4 rainy days a month on average. This also marks peak season, so in terms of weather, these are the best months to go.
For the lowest prices
The cheapest time to visit Seychelles is during its off-season months between November to January. This is the time of the year that the island receives the most rain. During this season, you will find the lowest prices on flights, accommodation, and other attractions due to low tourism.
Although you will encounter more rain since this season is the wettest in Seychelles, rainfall usually only lasts for a few hours, so there are still opportunities for sunshine during the day. Make sure to pack a rainjacket and umbrella, so that you can still enjoy other activities through the rain!
For cultural events
Seychelles is a hidden gem of culture on the African coast, and if you want to take advantage of the many cultural celebrations on the island, make sure to visit during one of its national holidays. Here are the best holidays to observe if visiting Seychelles if you want to experience more of the authentic culture of the country.
Festival Kreol (Creole Festival) – October
During the last week of October, the Mahé island of Seychelles celebrates Festival Kreol, which is a festival paying homage to the island’s Creole heritage. In the foundation of the islands, settlers and slaves from Africa, France, India, and China intermixed to create the Creoles. Being that the majority of the population in the Seychelles islands is Catholic, the festival is the only major non-religious festival during the year. One of the highlights of the Creole Festival is Bal Asosye, which is an all-night party from 6 PM to 7 AM.
During the Creole Festival, you will be able to see many of the traditional dances of Seychelles, such as Kamntole, Sega, and Lakadan. You will also be able to sample some authentic Creole cuisine, such as papaya chutney, grilled breadfruit, grilled fish, and a dessert named ladob.
International Carnival of Victoria – April
Also known as the Victorian Carnival, this holiday is one of the most vibrant and exciting on the island. The carnival celebrates the diversity, culture, and history of Seychelles, with typical carnival attractions like floats, intricate costumes, parades, and music. Hundreds of tourists come to Seychelles for the event, as it is a truly spectacular display of color, costume, and music.
The carnival celebrates the multiculturalism of Seychelles, and goes on for three days. Make sure to check out the opening and closing sessions, as well as the multitude of parades and floats that go on all day.
Seychelles Independence Day – June
June 29th is the national Independence Day of Seychelles, when they celebrate the nation’s independence from British rule. During this holiday, locals celebrate days before the actual holiday, decorating the streets with the country’s flag and lights.
On the day of the holiday, there are many gatherings throughout the country of friends and family, such as pincnics and barbeques. You are also sure to find plenty of live music and entertainment, with an impressive fireworks show in the evening.
The Seychelles islands are the perfect tropical haven for the traveler looking for an unconventional destination. Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles has some of the most pristine beaches and nature in the world.
If you are looking for culture, you will also be in luck in Seychelles. The nation maintains a strong connection to its Creole heritage, and you are able to encounter some of the authentic festivals on the islands depending on the time of the year you visit, such as the Creole Festival, the International Carnival of Victoria, and Seychelles Independence Day.
For the best weather and the least rainfall, visit Seychelles between June and August. For the cheapest prices, consider visiting during its low season of November to January.