Understanding Seychelles - Part 2 - General Introduction

International Travel | Seychelles

Ox-Cart Tour of La Digue (Photo Courtesy: Dino Sassi)
Anse Source D’Argent (Photo Courtesy: Brocken Inaglory)
Victoria (Photo Courtesy: Benutzer-Esskay)
Ste Anne National Marine Park
Rosewood Trees in Morne Seychellois National Park (Photo Courtesy: Dino Sassi)
Beau Vallon Beach (Photo Courtesy: Welcomematt22)
Anse Intendance Beach (Photo Courtesy: Waltermera182)
Vallée de Mai
Cousine Island
Aride Island
Anse Lazio
Aldabra Giant Tortoise in Curieuse Island (Photo Courtesy: Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Seychelles is a group of islands in Indian Ocean and a destination known for its picture perfect beaches and warm weather all through the year. Seychelles is visited for a secluded and peaceful beach holiday, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and a unique island experience.

As the Seychelles islands are blessed with a year-long warm, tropical climate, it's always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests.

Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing.

The periods of calm between the trades produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions throughout April and also in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29ºC and visibility is often 30 metres plus.

The SUBIOS Underwater Festival, showcases Seychelles extraordinary underwater world through a series of film shows, talks and competitions, while the 'Festival Kreol' (a week-long celebration of Creole heritage and traditions) is held in March and October respectively of each year.

The Seychelles Sailing Cup, an international sailing event, is held in January and the International Fishing Competition in March. Further local fishing competitions are held throughout the year.

Activity Period 

* Bird-watching April (breeding season), May - September (nesting of Sooty Terns) October (migration) 
* Diving March - May / September - November 
* Fishing October - April 
* Hiking/Walks & Trails May - September 
* Sailing Year-round 
* Snorkelling Year-round 
* Surfing/Windsurfing May - September 


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