Overview for Seychelles
Seychelles’ main island, Mahé, is home to the majority of the country’s inhabitants, and its bustling capital, Victoria. One of the world’s smallest capitals, Victoria is easily explored on foot, where tropical vegetation and exotic fruits and spices nestle alongside internet cafes, banks and inviting restaurants.
The second island of Seychelles, Praslin, is home to the Vallee de Mai, once believed to the be the site of the Garden of Eden and the home of the Coco-de-Mer, a palm unique to Seychelles.
La Digue remains the most traditional of the main islands. With paved roads and time-honoured architecture, the favoured mode of transport is the ox cart and bicycle. It is also known for the red granite rocks which frame the spectacular white sands of Source A’rgent.
Best Time to Travel
The climate in Mauritius, Seychelles and Mozambique is similar, with coastal temperatures rarely dropping below 20º in winter and reaching 33º – 36º in summer. The islands are influenced by the trade winds and hence bring some rain during December to March.
When to go
The seasons in the Seychelles are defined by the trade winds. These bring warmer, wetter airstreams from the northwest from October to April. From May to September the southeast trades usher in cooler, drier weather but the winds whip up the waves and you’ll want to find protected beaches.