One of the most idyllic, unspoilt and exclusive island groups on earth, its postcard pretty pristine beaches and tropical jungle have secured it as a romantic getaway hotspot. It’s also incredibly fierce about protecting its natural beauty – Seychelles is big on ecotourism with more than 50% of its territory preserved, and many of the activities on offer celebrate its rich natural resources – jungle and coast walks, dive tours with whale sharks, boating adventures and snorkeling. While it’s made up of 115 islands – many inaccessible and uninhabited – separated roughly into inner and outer island groups, all visitors will first fly to Mahé International Airport, and then transfer to their chosen island. You can decide just how remote and Robinson Crusoe you’d like to go.
The Seychelles has a tropical climate – warm and humid – with temperatures hovering consistently between 24º C and 32º C. The winds dictate the climate and seasons here. From May to October, the south-east trade winds bring a relatively dry period. Reaching its peak in July and August, there is little precipitation, with temperatures averaging 27º C, and seas can be choppy. November heralds the start of the main rainy season (with December to March being the wettest). This is also cyclone season – although only the remote southernmost islands fall within this area. April is the calmest, warmest month, as the winds die and change direction.
The untouched beauty and remoteness of the Seychelles comes with a price – with a focus on resorts, the sky is the limit if you’re looking for exclusivity and luxury. But, while self-catering and budget accommodation are not this destination’s forte, there are options for a more affordable way to experience the islands – from Air Bnb to self-catering or small hotels. Flights, likewise, will depend on the time of the year, even the time of the week you fly, and so it pays to be flexible.