The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, known for its beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises.
Mahé island, with an international airport, is a key transport hub, home to capital Victoria, the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and white-sand beaches including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
The Inner Islands are centred on the main islands of Mahe, Paslin and La Digue and include North Island and Silhouette Island.
Lying 4 degrees to 11 degrees of the Equator in the western Indian Ocean, Seychelles has a tropical climate, warm and humid with strong maritime influences. The temperature is consistently 24-32 degrees celsius.
There is no distinct dry season but there is some humidity throughout the year
Many of the granitic inner islands have dramatic terrain with Mahe hills rising to 900m. Rainfall increases with altitude but ultimately the winds will dictate the weather and seasons.
May to October: The south-east trade winds or Southern Monsoon brings a more dry period.
July to August: The dry period reaches its peak with little precipitation and average temperature of 27 degrees celsius and the seas being slight more rough.
November: Pre North-West Monsoon – Winds start to change becoming lighter and warmer and the rainy season begins.
December to January: Seychelles becomes extremely wet which is beneficial for the vegetation, the winds become lighter and the sun is at its warmest. This is also cyclone season with the most remote southern island are within the cyclone belt.
January to March: Seychelles becomes less wet.
April: Pre-South-East Monsoon – The calmest and warmest month as the winds die down and start to change direction.
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