Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago is 115 islands scattered across the western Indian Ocean, 115 islands of pristine beauty unaltered since the dawn of time. Islands where magnificent granite boulders amongst the oldest on Earth, flank powder-soft beaches often rated among the most beautiful on the planet.

Climate

Lying just south of the Equator, in the Indian Ocean, the islands of Seychelles enjoy a tropical climate, heavily influenced by the surrounding ocean and trade winds. Temperatures are consistently 24-32°C, and, whilst the humidity is never absent there are drier and wetter months as outlined below. Being tropical though, the rains bring much relief to the islands. *NOTE: the weather in Seychelles can vary markedly between different islands. ie The outer coral islands usually have less rainfall than the inner granitic islands.

Temperatures 
The north-west trade winds blow between November to April - bringing more humid warm tropical weather, peaking in April

Dry Season
May - September, the southeast trade winds bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas. The sea is usually at it choppiest in July & August.

Wet Season
Dec-March the northwest trade winds bring heavy spells of rain, warmer weather & higher humidity. Even in these 'wetter' months, there is usually c.6 hrs of daily sunshine.

Best known for:  for honeymoons and weddings, romantic getaways for couples, the most beautiful tropical beaches and exclusive resorts.

Lesser known for: for hiking and nature trails (eco-tourism) and as a family destination. 

Dates for the diary

Best time to visit the Seychelles for...

  • Snorkelling | Year Round
  • Surfing and windsurfing| May - Sept
  • Sailing | Year round
  • Diving | Feb - May & Sept - Nov with the best visibility in April & October
  • Walking & Hiking | May - October

Bird Watching

Breeding Season
April & May | Annual
Best months for birds coming in to breed across the islands.

Migrant Birds
May | Annual
Brought in by the south east winds.

Sooty Terns
March - September | Annual
March & April Breeding season. By end April hundreds of thousands will have established their territory.
May Sooty terns present all day on the ground
June & July Hatching begins
August & September Chicks start to fledge and usually depart by late October.

Whale Sharks
October - November | Annual
Whilst Whale Sharks frequent the Seychelles waters, they are most abundant in Oct - Nov.

Green Turtle Nesting Season
June - September | Annual
Typically nest during the night. Eggs take 2 months to hatch.

Hawksbill Nesting Season
November - January | Annual
Typically nest in the daytime and take 2 months to hatch.

Seychelles Creole Festival
October | Annual | Mahe
Seychelles’ Creole Festival is a celebration of the island nation’s culture and tradition. The festival remains one of the major cultural events on the Seychelles' calendar, it is at it’s core, a manifestation of Seychellois and creole identity. A celebration of the islands culture experienced through music, dance, arts, craft, cuisine, customs & general way of life.

 

 

Tourism Seychelles contact information

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Email: [email protected]
Tel: +248 272 4257
Address: PO Box 1262, Botanical House, Mont Fleuri, Mahe
Web: www.seychelles.com

Seychelles COVID Protocols Seychelles COVID Protocols

Seychelles COVID-19 Travel Protocols

Updated: 05 September 2022

Pre-Departure Requirements

  • Seychelles is open to all visitors irrespective of their vaccination status.
  • All fully immunised visitors will be exempted from pre-travel PCR test requirement, while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test done in a certified laboratory within 24hrs before departure to Seychelles.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from PCR or Antigen testing requirements
  • Potential visitors having tested positive to the COVID-19 virus -between 2 to 12 weeks prior to travel – are also exempted from pre-travel COVID-19 testing upon provision of proof of infection and recovery.
  • All travellers must apply for a Health Travel Authorisation (HTA) only submittable within 72 hrs of departure

Full immunisation will entail that any visitor over 18 years, have received the first two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine including a booster dose after 6 six months since completing the primary series. For visitors aged 12 to 18 years to be considered full immunised, they only necessitate the completion of two vaccine doses.

On Arrival

  • Travellers MUST present a COVID-19 vaccination or PCR -ve certificate, HTA form and proof of valid Travel & Health insurance to cover COVID-19 related quarantine, isolation and treatment.
  • No quarantine required but travellers are strongly encouraged to be fully immunised before travel.
  • Must stay at any of the Certified Tourism Accommodations (and show proof of this at immigration on arrival)

On Departure

  • PCR testing is not required to depart Seychelles. If your airline/final destination require it, PCR test facilities are available on Mahe, Praslin & La Digue (SCR2, 500.00 per test).


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