Where are the Seychelles?

Seychelles is located four degrees South of the Equator to the northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles Archipelego is made up of 115 islands (but the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155); some granitic, some coraline. The inner islands which are mostly granitic, cluster mainly around the main islands of Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette and La Digue, which are the 4 major islands of the Seychelles as they are constantly populated.

Weather and Climate

Seychelles lies beyond the cyclone belt, that’s why high winds and thunderstorms are not common at all and very rare. All year round the sun rises around 6 am and sets around 6pm.
The Seichelles have a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 24-30°C all year round. The peak temperature in 2013 was 34,8°C.
It is very easy to „cope“ with the heat in Seyshells, because there is always a fresh cooling breeze from the ocean – no matter where you are.
Sometimes there are passing rain-showers lasting 5-10 minutes, depending on the season. Rarely there are longer rainfalls.

Beaches exposed to the South East winds are not very pleasant, as there is a high incidence of seaweed beeing washed ashore.
The South-East Trade wind is present from May to October. The opposite, the North-West Trade wind blows from November to March.

July is the coolest and driest period of the year. It is very windy. The sea might be rough, despite this, you can always go to the beach especially in the North of Mahé (Port Launay, Beau Vallon Bay).
You will find calm seas and clean beaches (no seaweed). For those who gets seasick easily, it is better to avoid boat trips in between the Islands Mahé – Praslin during this period because of the shaky sea.
Instead you can just take a domestic flight by Air Seychelles which takes only 8 minutes or use a helicopter by Zil Air (expensive).
In December it is generally wet and humid, but it is a very popular travelling time for European tourists coming to the Seychelles.
January is the peak of the rainy season.

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