Seychelles Geography and Climate

The Seychelles is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This is a real paradise on earth, where there is no city bustle and crowds of tourists. It is here, in one of the picturesque bays with palm trees descending to the blue sea water and pink coral sand, that you can relax your soul and completely reunite with nature. Holidays in the Seychelles – holidays for every taste. The colorful underwater world attracts diving enthusiasts from all over the world, thrill-seekers soar over the islands on a hang glider or paraglider, and luxury connoisseurs go to uninhabited islands on yachts.

It is best to go to the Seychelles between the dry and wet seasons – from April to June and in September, October. The most suitable months for diving are April, May, October and November.

The Seychelles has three official languages – English, French and Creole. Most of the local population speaks the Seselva Creole dialect, which was formed on the basis of the French language.

Geography in Seychelles

According to top-engineering-schools, the Seychelles are located in the west of the Indian Ocean in tropical latitudes south of the equator, and in the southwest, 950 km away, is the island of Madagascar. The archipelago consists of 115 islands, the total area of which is 455 sq. km. By origin, they are volcanic-granitic (mostly large islands) and coral (small islands in the north). There are only about 20 inhabited islands. The largest island is Mahe, the capital of the state is located on it.

Climate in Seychelles

The climate of the Seychelles is tropical, however, the influence of the ocean has a softening effect. Throughout the year, the air temperature here is quite high, but, depending on the prevailing winds and the amount of precipitation, two seasons can be distinguished – dry and wet. The dry season lasts from June to October. During it, it is relatively cool, dry southeast winds blow, and there is little precipitation. Daytime temperatures reach 29 degrees, at night they drop to 24 degrees. The driest month is July, when about 70 mm of precipitation falls. The wet season is from December to April with northeasterly winds that bring hot weather with frequent but brief tropical downpours. From November to February there are monsoon rains, in the rainiest month – January – up to 400 mm of precipitation falls. In this regard, the humidity of the air also increases, during this period it is 82%. In the daytime, the air warms up to 31 degrees, at night it is quite warm – about 26 degrees.

The temperature of coastal waters varies little depending on the season – in August it warms up to 26 degrees, and in April – up to 30.

Best time to visit:
It is best to go to the Seychelles between the dry and wet seasons – from April to June and in September, Oct. The most suitable months for diving are April, May, October and November.

History in Seychelles

The Seychelles were discovered by the Portuguese traveler Vasco da Gama in 1501. Until the 18th century, the islands did not have a permanent population, only sometimes pirates hid here. In 1756, French colonists settled in the archipelago and began to import slaves from Africa and Madagascar to local plantations. It was they who named the islands in honor of the French finance minister Moreau de Seychelles. After the Napoleonic defeat under the Treaty of Paris, the Seychelles came under the control of the British. In 1835, slavery was abolished in the archipelago, but the export of copra, guano and cinnamon remained the basis of the colony’s economy. In the 20th century, economic stagnation led to the emergence of strike movements and in 1976 the Seychelles became an independent republic. Now the Republic of Seychelles is a member of the UN.

Seychelles Geography