The Seychelles Archipelago are situated 4° south of the equator. This blessed position ensures that Seychelles has a warm tropical climate all year round and is not affected by cyclones.
Temperatures seldom drop below 24°C or rise above 32°C.
Being located so close to the equator, the equatorial climate gives Seychelles sunny warm weathers all year through, but there are occasional rainfalls. Experiencing convectional rainfall, this means that precipitation ranges from light drizzles to heavy downpours.
Dry spells are common in March and April, during these times temperatures are fairly high in the 30°s, it is during this time that many people choose to relax and cool off at the beach. The cool onshore breeze and refreshing waters will guarantee a comfortable holiday.
Rainy seasons are from October to January. During this time rain can be very heavy or light, visitors are encouraged to carry around an umbrella, even if it looks sunny in the mornings, the weather can quickly change by mid or late afternoon.
Seychelles does not have any seasons (Spring to Winter) and because of this the vegetation are evergreen. Perfect for botanical enthusiasts to hike through the mountains at any given time.
The dominant winds over Seychelles are the South East Trade winds from April to October and North West Monsoon from November to March. These are the only two factors that determine the seasons of Seychelles.
In the southeast trade wind or monsoon, the wind is strong enough to make the sea very choppy. Local Fishermen stay close to the coast for fishing, and this sometimes makes fish a rare and pricy commodity. However vegetables are in abundance. If you are not a sea person but wish to experience a live aboard vacation, it best to plan your holiday for a later period. During this time tourists are advised to stay away from the north western beaches, but these are the ideal locations for the expert surfer.
The Northwest tradewinds are relatively calm, without much wind, but do cause the heaviest rainfall in Seychelles, despite this the weather is rather pleasant. The dense forest vegetation in Seychelles owes itself to the northwesterly. This is the best time for live aboard vacations. For those renting a yacht, it is advisable to research in detail about the areas you will be visiting and make your course known to the Seychelles Port Authority.