When to go to the Seychelles?
Famous for its beautiful beaches framed by rocks and luxuriant vegetation, the Seychelles archipelago is a tourist dream. Many of them come to discover it. It must be said that the country has several tourist attractions. A catamaran cruise is one of the recommended ways to discover all the magical places of the Seychelles. Of course, if you want to enjoy the trip, you have to choose the date of your stay seriously. The following information will help you make a reasonable choice.
The climate in Seychelles
To know the right time to travel to the Seychelles, you must first know its climate in general. The goal is to find the perfect season for your favorite activities.
First of all, the Seychelles is in the southern hemisphere. The archipelago benefits from a tropical climate. It is rarely on the path of cyclones, which is a real advantage for this tourist country. This kind of natural disaster only affects the southern islands such as Farquhar, Aldebaran and Cosmolédo. In these regions, the sea currents are also strong.
Note that the Seychelles only has two major seasons. They differ in wind influences and precipitation rates.
There is the rainy season or the hot season that runs from October to April. During this season, the northwest wind is present. It’s pretty light. Temperatures are often high, as they can reach 31°C in some islands. In other words, the heat is there. Also, influenced by northwest trade winds, the atmosphere is humid. As a result, it rains a lot, especially in December and January. It should be noted, however, that the colour of the sky can change from one island to another.
The second major season is the cool or dry season, which runs from May to October. It’s the southern winter. This time, the wind comes from the southeast with quite strong gusts. The sea is often rough. The temperatures are mild, especially from July onwards. Of course, it rarely rains during the fantastic season.
It should be noted that Seychelles is one of the countries suffering from the effects of global warming. For example, the archipelago sometimes faces periods of intense rainfall that can cause severe flooding and droughts. In any case, you can visit the Seychelles all year round.
Average temperatures in Seychelles
In the Seychelles, temperatures are relatively stable, regardless of the season. They vary between 25 and 30°C. That’s why people say Seychelles is summer all year round. They are often high between October and May, especially in December, January and February.
The temperature of the water is between 26 and 29°C. It is exceptionally high in March and April, as it can reach 30°C.
It should be noted that these are approximate weather data. Temperature and precipitation vary from island to island. The same applies to the duration of sunshine. The sun is present for about 12 hours daily on islands near Ecuador.
What season do you have to visit the Seychelles?
Even though you can visit the Seychelles all year round, there are still good times for tourists to enjoy their trip. Ideally, you leave between October and May. During this time, the air is cool and dry.
Leaving during the shoulder seasons, from March to May or September to November. There are fewer tourists. Thus, the beaches are relatively deserted.
You can also enjoy beautiful sunny days and pleasant temperatures from June to August. However, you should avoid going there in December, because the rain is too abundant.
But as mentioned before, the best thing to do is to schedule the Seychelles visit according to the activity you want to do. So if you want to discover the natural heritage, the ideal time to visit the archipelago and its islands will be between January and April.
Indeed, the rain makes the vegetation greener and thriving. If the idea is to admire migratory birds, it is better to go to the Seychelles in April.
Boat cruise and scuba diving enthusiasts should leave in January or February when the ocean is calmer. Since the water is calm, you can better see the seabed.
If you like windsurfing, surfing or kitesurfing, you should plan your trip to the Seychelles between May and October. The same is true for big-game fishing fans.
What’s in his luggage?
Ready to board for the Seychelles islands? It is worth remembering that temperatures are almost constant all year round in this beautiful Indian Ocean country. They rarely drop below 20°C, even during the fantastic season.
For this reason, preference should be given to light clothing, preferably made of cotton. This material can guarantee comfort in the face of rising heat. Light sandals are also necessary. Wear proper shoes to protect your feet from moisture and injury if you plan hiking. When visiting natural parks or forests, mosquito-repellent products are required.
It is also advisable to wear a few chic clothes, as some restaurants require a dress code. You should also remember to slip warm clothes into the suitcase to avoid catching a cold when the temperature drops.
If you decide to go to the Seychelles during the rainy season, you must bring a raincoat and an umbrella. Of course, swimsuits, hats and sunglasses must also be among your belongings. To protect the skin from UV rays, you must have sun protection.
What type of trip should I choose?
The activities to do depend on the type of trip chosen. Stays combining several islands are ideal as they allow a rich discovery.
A catamaran cruise meets this criterion. This type of boat is best suited for cruising under the equator. The advantage of this trip is that you can make many discoveries in just a few days.
A cruise aboard a catamaran is a sovereign solution if the stay lasts only one week. It is too short to visit the archipelago’s most beautiful islands by car. In addition, you will be entitled to more choice of routes. You should also know that some of the most beautiful destinations of the archipelago are only accessible by boat.
If you want more privacy and comfort during a stay with your family or as a couple, consider opting for the privatised. By choosing this formula, you can choose the stops and places to visit.
Usually, tourists begin their journey in Mahé. This is the ideal starting point. However, before reaching the port, you should visit the local market to shop and discover local products.
You can then go out to sea and go to the marine reserve of Saint Anne. It is renowned for its superb seabed. You will encounter small colourful fish and grey sharks.
Among the must-see stopovers during a is the Mai Valley in Praslin. It is a tropical forest with abundant and diverse flora and fauna. This is why it is called the Garden of Eden.
In this place, you can admire beautiful waterfalls and hear birdsong. You can then head to the island of La Digue to relax on the beach of Anse Source d’Argent, one of the tourist gems of Seychelles.
The diving session at Coco Island must be added to the list of activities. The marine park of this island is impressive. It is populated by numerous fish species with captivating colours and beautiful corals. Do not forget to detour to Curieuse Island to observe the giant tortoise and Cousin Island to observe its authentic beaches.
Catamaran cruise aboard the Aquatic 2
If you want to take a catamaran cruise to the Seychelles, we guarantee a service matching your desires and budget. You can board a Lagoon440, the ideal boat for a family trip.
Equipped with a lounge at the front with a 360° view, the Aquatic 2 will allow you to admire the landscapes. Moreover, it should not be forgotten that the catamaran sails flat. The risk of sea sickness remains low on board this type of gear. Young and old can, therefore, fully enjoy the trip.
By choosing the “all-inclusive” package, you will be entitled to a full service, including walking, accommodation and meals. During the cruise, you will benefit from the service of a professional skipper. Knowing the archipelago well, he can guide you in choosing your itineraries. In addition, it will inform you about places that are worth a detour and those that should be avoided.
You should also know that a cook will board the Aquatic two at your service. Its mission is to make you realise the most beautiful gastronomic discovery you have ever had. You can taste the famous dishes in Seychelles, like azurite, freckle, and fish curry.