SEYCHELLES TRAVEL GUIDE
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria.
With a fabulous variety of marine, plant and insect species, this little archipelago of islands called Seychelles is prettily scattered over the Indian Ocean and justifiably earns the tourist-brochure epithet of ‘paradise on earth’. Tourist infrastructure is very well developed by African standards, the opportunities for outdoor activities, both on land and in the sea are innumerable and the people are friendly and welcoming.
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SEYCHELLES QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Victoria
- Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)
- Area: 455 km2
- Population: 96 762 (2018)
- Language: English (official), French (official), Creole (official)
- Religion: Roman Catholic 86.6%, Anglican 6.7%, other Christian 2.5%, other 4.1%
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SEYCHELLES PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 5 June, Liberation Day
- 18 June, National Day
- 26 June, Independence Day
- 15 August, Assumption
- 1 November, All Saints’ Day
- 8 December, Immaculate Conception
Also, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, and Corpus Christi.
SEYCHELLES WEATHER SYNOPSIS
The climate of the Seychelles archipelago is strongly influenced by the ocean, especially through changes in monsoonal winds, ocean currents and sea surface temperature patterns, hence a tropical maritime climate. The temperature varies between 25°C and 26°C in July and August, and between 27°C and 28°C in March and April. The temperature varies between 25°C and 26°C in July and August, and between 27°C and 28°C in March and April. Near sea-level, the maximum temperature is about 4°C higher than at higher altitude, reaching an average of 31°C at mid-day in April. The topography of the Seychelles strongly influences rainfall patterns. The rainfall varies according to the height above sea level, and ranges from 76.2 mm in July to 404.8 mm in January. The mean annual rainfall total for Mahe is 2369.4 mm over the coastal areas but it is expected to exceed that amount over most of the hilly interiors.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN SEYCHELLES
The best time for outdoor activities in Seychelles is from May to September. The wet monsoon season leaves paths muddy and slippery.
BEACH OPTIONS IN SEYCHELLES
Seychelles is packed with plenty of stunning beaches and it's always beach season! You might want to avoid the peak tourist months of June to August or the rainiest month of January.
SURFING IN SEYCHELLES
You can enjoy pretty good laid back surf in the Seychelles from April to October. Most waves are fairly small, but you'll get the odd bigger swell from time to time.
KITESURF IN SEYCHELLES
Seychelles has fairly good wind for wind and kitesurfing from May to September with the most consistent winds found from July to September. The most popular spots for kitesurfing are Anse aux Pins on Mahe and Anse Source d'argent on La Digue.
For more details on kite surfing in Seychelles expand this section!