Seychelles: Holidays

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Backpacking in Seychelles

Planning a true backpacker's holiday in Seychelles is extremely difficult. Prices reflect both the country's isolation and the prevalence of luxury tourism options. There is no backpacking accommodation in Seychelles: hostels are non-existent and camping is forbidden. Flights into the only international airport near the capital of Victoria are generally expensive enough to discourage backpackers in Seychelles. Those arriving without accommodation or a return flight booked will be required to make reservations before they leave the airport. At € 60 – 150 for a modest, double-occupancy room, bungalows, B&B's and self-catering guest houses are the cheapest accommodation options available. Realistically, accommodation and food will cost € 100 – 150 per person per day. Island-hopping, excursions and other activities will elevate costs further. On the plus side, public buses on Mahé and Praslin are very cheap, if somewhat infrequent.

Beach in Seychelles

Beach holidays are what the Seychelles do best, and few, if any destinations in the world do them better. Glistening with powder-soft white or golden sands and bordered by tropical foliage, beaches in Seychelles will impress the most well-travelled sand seeker. The three largest islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue all boast a world-beating collection of beautiful beaches, and many other Seychelles islands offer equally stunning, but more isolated spots to slather on the sunscreen and soak up the sun. Seychelles beach vacations are great any time of the year, although prevailing winds will affect the choppiness of the sea and the frequency of quick, but intense cloudbursts.

With your own snorkel gear and beach towel, you'll have all you need to enjoy postcard-perfect stretches of Seychelles sand lapped by warm, clear waters brimming with colourful fish. Considering their unspoilt beauty and year-round appeal, Seychelles beaches are remarkably crowd-free compared to most popular sun n' surf destinations. Some Seychelles beaches are bordered by tide-buffed granite boulders in unique formations, while others epitomize a perfect tropical paradise, fringed by palm trees and deserted except for the odd sand-crab. Seychelles beach holidays are perfect for honeymooners, water sports aficionados and anyone looking for an idyllic, relaxing spell of sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.

City Breaks in Seychelles

Seychelles is known for stunning beaches and laid-back, tranquil villages – not for cosmopolitan urban centres full of amenities. That being said, a Seychelles city break to the capital of Victoria, combined with some rest and relaxation on a nearby white-sand beach, is only a short flight from many airports in the Middle East and Africa. With a population of just 25,000, Victoria is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and the only international gateway for a Seychelles city break. It is located on the main island of Mahé where there are paved roads and reasonable transportation options. Set against lush jungle and towering granite peaks, Victoria offers wonderful views of the Indian Ocean.

City breaks to Seychelles might include a half-day exploring Victoria's colourful market, botanical gardens and elegant colonial architecture before you head out of town to a beach-side resort or guest-house. After an idyllic day or two basking in the sun, return to Victoria for exquisitely fresh seafood dining and your flight home. A Seychelles city break is a memorable tropical getaway, but you'll be tempted to return for a longer trip to experience the country's other islands, teeming with unique wildlife and offering exceptional diving, snorkelling and fishing.

Corporate Weekend in Seychelles

There's no denying that the fabulous beaches and tropical ambiance of Seychelles would provide a memorable setting for any gathering, corporate or otherwise, but a Seychelles business retreat is probably too difficult to arrange from most starting points. Hotels and resorts on the islands are generally designed with exclusivity and pampering in mind, and are not suited to large conferences or ideal for those requiring business amenities. As relaxing as a corporate weekend in Seychelles would be, anyone planning such a trip needs to strategize on how to entice participants to the meeting room with all those splendid beaches just outside!

Cruises in Seychelles

Several companies offer cruises with a Seychelles port of call, primarily between November to March. Itineraries vary from one year to the next, so you will want to work with a travel agent to find the best Seychelles cruise for you. Cruises to Seychelles often anchor between the two largest islands of Mahé and Praslin, giving passengers access to both. Mahé offers many easily-accessible beaches with soft, white sand and warm waters teeming with colourful sea-life. The sea averages between 27 and 29 °C all year, so you can count on swimming or snorkelling in Seychelles. Day trips to the primeval forest of Vallée de Mai, once described as the original Garden of Eden, are popular on the island of Praslin, which also boasts an impressive collection of gorgeous beaches. Seychelles cruises also typically offer excursions to La Digue, a laid-back island where everyone cycles and the locals use ox-carts.

Seychelles are multi-lingual (Creole, French, English) and friendly, so be sure to chat to some locals when you're ashore. Cruising in Seychelles is one way to sample the beauty and tranquility of the islands, but no doubt you'll wish you could stay longer, explore more beaches, and enjoy the Creole-flavoured ambiance for a few nights. As a cruise-ship destination, Seychelles is a gem that will leave you wanting more.

Culture and Arts in Seychelles

In terms of major museums and historic monuments, Seychelles is not a top destination. However, these tiny tropical islands with their vibrant Creole culture honour a melange of traditions that enliven daily life. The Creole Festival, an international celebration featuring music, dance, poetry, art exhibitions, concerts and cuisine, is ideal for immersing oneself in Creole-flavoured artistic expression. This festival takes place in October every year; contact the official tourism board for specific dates. Of course, visitors interested in arts and culture in Seychelles will also observe many informal artistic and cultural pursuits as they explore the islands.

Year-round, small art galleries and private studios are intimate settings where visitors can often meet and chat to working artists. No doubt you'll be tempted by a certain piece that captures the essence of Seychelles culture for you. Artisans also produce a range of treasures, including wooden items and jewellery made from the stunning pearls nurtured just off-shore. History buffs will be fascinated by colonial-era remnants on Seychelles islands, including various plantation houses, the site of a former leper colony, and a settler's cemetery. In this vein, the National Museum in Victoria is a worthwhile stop for an overview of Seychelles' natural wonders and some interesting artifacts.

Disabled Needs in Seychelles

Disabled visitors in Seychelles will encounter significant challenges. Sidewalks are rare, the majority of buildings and attractions are not ramp-accessible, public buses do not have lifts or modified seating, and visiting most of the smaller islands requires a great deal of walking over uneven terrain. By working closely with a travel agent and a specific resort or hotel, it is conceivable that a person with disabilities could visit Seychelles and enjoy the experience – but a significant amount of pre-planning and compromise would likely be necessary.

Family Holiday in Seychelles

A family holiday in Seychelles is a sandy, sunny experience filled with gecko sightings, ferry rides, swimming and low-key exploring. Buses, inter-island ferries and many tourist attractions offer reduced fares/entrance fees for children. Likewise, a significant number of hotels and resorts in Seychelles offer free or reduced accommodation and meal plans for youngsters under a certain age.

Alternatively, renting a self-catering establishment will enable families visiting Seychelles to save on food costs and cater to the picky eaters at the table. You may choose to hire a vehicle on the main islands of Mahé and Praslin and spend lazy days visiting beaches at your own pace, eating ice cream and fresh fruit, and enjoying the relaxation of Seychelles' family-friendly atmosphere. Your travel agent or accommodation proprietor can help identify beaches that are best for children at the time of your visit; prevailing winds will naturally affect the choppiness of the sea.

Those with a larger holiday fund can make one of the smaller Seychelles islands their home-base, where many luxurious resorts offer kids' clubs and/or assistance planning excursions appropriate for families. Visitors travelling with older children will find plenty to keep their teens busy, from water-sports like windsurfing, diving, snorkelling and para-gliding to petting giant tortoises. Overall, family holidays in Seychelles will leave you with warm, sunny memories of beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and the fun of exploring a tropical paradise together.


Gay and Lesbian in Seychelles

Gays and lesbians in Seychelles will enjoy the laid-back vibe and tropical beauty of the islands just like every other visitor. Homosexuality is illegal, but various web sources report that gay and lesbian visitors experience no problems travelling and staying in accommodation together. As a generality, Seychellois respect and value personal privacy. Over-the-top public displays of affection will offend many Seychellois, regardless of one's sexual orientation, so it's best for all visitors to limit sidewalk caresses to hand-holding and the odd peck on the cheek.

There are no gay and lesbian night-clubs in Seychelles, and overall, the clubbing scene is fairly tame and primarily confined to the largest island of Mahé. Online searches will assist in identifying which establishments are open for business and most popular with local gays and lesbians. Gay and lesbian tourists in Seychelles who are seeking an edgy, all-night party scene will likely be disappointed, but if peaceful, secluded beaches, rare wildlife and delicious Creole cuisine sound good, Seychelles is an excellent choice for a tropical holiday.


Honeymoon in Seychelles

Whether you're splashing out or honeymooning on a budget, a Seychelles honeymoon promises to be one of the most relaxing and romantic holidays of your lifetime. Although tourism here is well-established, the natural beauty of the islands is unspoilt. Seychelles authorities are focused on protecting the fragile ecosystems of their island nation; as a result, Seychelles honeymooners can look forward to a beautiful setting, where crowds are few and picturesque tropical scenes abound. Imagine sunset strolls down secluded, white sand beaches, breakfasts and dinners on sea-view terraces, and built-for-two hammocks swinging between graceful palms. Many premiere resorts and hotels offer excellent Seychelles honeymoon packages; most include airfare, meals and accommodation, and many offer extras like drinks, in-suite flowers, champagne and gift baskets. Transfers are also typically included in all-inclusive Seychelles honeymoon packages, so you won't need to worry about getting from point A to point B.

If you're seeking an active holiday together, you can island-hop to varied attractions, hike in beautiful forests, and try any number of water-sports in addition to swimming, snorkelling and scuba-diving. Alternatively, if relaxation and pampering is your focus, book into a Seychelles spa resort for a rejuvenating island sojourn. Many properties offer special activities like dinner for two on the beach or sunset cruises.

A number of Seychelles hotels and resorts are located on ultra-exclusive private islands where honeymooners will feel like the only two people in a tropical paradise. Charming guest-houses also offer privacy and comfort, for more affordable prices. Regardless of your Seychelles honeymoon accommodation, you will have easy access to quiet, perfect beaches where you can bask in each other's company...not to mention the year-round sunshine.

Naturism in Seychelles

Seychelles is not a recommended destination for nudists and naturists. Although some women do sunbathe topless on more secluded beaches, such activity is generally frowned-upon, and even wearing a bikini while riding a public bus, or walking around a Seychelles village, is inappropriate.

Party Holiday - Singles Life in Seychelles

Seychelles is not geared toward night-clubbing or singles scenes. Although there are some clubs on the main island of Mahé and a smattering on Praslin, Seychelles is not an all-night, party-'til-you-drop destination. Single holidayers seeking edgy discotheques, DJ's and a vibrant after-dark social scene are wise to seek a different destination.


Couples Holiday in Seychelles

A couples holiday in Seychelles is a wonderful option for a laid-back, romantic trip filled with natural beauty and sun-soaked activities. If the two of you are just looking to relax, you'll find wonderful, white-sand beaches with warm, inviting water within range of your accommodation, whether that's a 5-star villa or a cozy guest-house. From € 60 per night for a double-occupancy guest-house or B&B to 5-star prices for exclusive resorts and hotels, couples' vacations in Seychelles are available at multiple price points.

Active duos will find plenty to occupy their time, from island-hopping and exploring rare wildlife habitats through a range of exciting water-sports. Couples visiting Seychelles will also enjoy great meals together, whether at takeaway eateries featuring Creole favourites to higher-end restaurants offering fresh seafood al fresco. There's nothing quite so romantic as a stroll on a secluded Seychelles beach, whether the sun is sparkling off the water or the sky is filled with stars. Couples holidays in Seychelles allow you and your partner to escape the stresses of everyday life and enjoy each other's company in a tranquil, tropical setting: what could be better?

Golf Activity Holiday in Seychelles

Although Seychelles golfers are not spoilt for choice, there are a two notable locations that offer a fine day at the links: a 9-hole course on the main island of Mahé, and an 18-hole championship course on the second-largest island, Praslin. The Mahé course is built on a former coconut plantation and offers a pleasant afternoon of golf for reasonable green fees. The Praslin course, located at the 5-star Lémuria resort, was designed by famous architect Rodney Wright. Lessons, rentals, caddies and a Pro Shop are available. This course charges pricier green fees in exchange for palm tree-lined fairways and breathtaking views; it's been called one of the 10 most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in Seychelles

Following in the ancient wakes of the first mariners to visit Seychelles, holidayers who choose to sail these islands will be enchanted. Cruising the warm, bluer-than-blue waters that separate the archipelago's 115 islands, you'll visit hidden coves and divine, white-sand beaches where your only competition for a sun-bathing spot will be a nervous resident sand-crab. Views of Mahé and Praslin's craggy, jungle-swathed peaks are stunning from the water, and you can't beat watching the multi-coloured majesty of an Indian Ocean sunrise or sunset from the deck of a gently rocking yacht or sailboat.

From pre-planned half-day or full-day trips to individually-tailored, multi-day itineraries with full catering, many options are available for sailing trips in Seychelles. Operators offer cruises, captained yachts and other boat rental plans so you can choose the Seychelles sailing trip that's right for you. Sailboat and yacht charters in Seychelles are not cheap, but the costs are much more reasonable when shared amongst a group travelling together.

Sailing charters in Seychelles allow you to visit the top beaches on the three main islands, as well as the untouched sands of many other islands in the archipelago. Curieuse is known for its population of giant tortoises, and coral islands like Bird and Denis shelter seabird colonies and nesting turtles. These islands are located at the edge of the shallow Seychelles bank where the ocean floor plummets and where world-class fishing, snorkelling and scuba-diving will impress the most well-travelled visitors. When it's dinner time, those on a sailing vacation in Seychelles can fry up their very own catch-of-the-day in Creole spices, or drop anchor and visit an al fresco terrace on-shore. Whatever the length of the journey, sailing holidays in Seychelles are a unique and unforgettable tropical getaway.

Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Seychelles

Seychelles is one of the world's top 10 scuba-diving destinations. From wreck-dives and night-dives for the experienced to PADI courses and beginner dives for the novice, diving in Seychelles is simply superb. Although you can experience excellent diving trips year-round, the very best months are April, May, October, and November when visibility can be more than 30 metres. The reefs off some islands have suffered from coral bleaching, but myriad types of sea-life and thriving coral beds are definitely the norm.

Diving in Seychelles is facilitated by a number of operators, both land-based and live-aboard, and Seychelles diving excursions can often be organized through hotels and resorts. In fact, a number of Seychelles resorts have PADI certified dive shops on-site. Most of the dive centres in Seychelles have modern equipment for rent. If you're learning to dive, consider completing some of the paperwork and classroom modules before you leave home so you can maximize your diving time in Seychelles. Each dive centre will have recommended trips featuring extraordinary scenery and amazing marine life, and most centres are located right on the beach.

Seychelles divers are spoilt for choice. The Inner Islands, like Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, all boast exceptional dive sites with true coral reefs. These islands are also known for their granite reefs, which form on submerged boulders. The fish species are abundant around the Inner Islands, and divers will spot a variety of colourful sponges as well. Denis Island offers dramatic ledges that suddenly drop into the depths. 'Turtle' rocks, also just off Mahé, is known for its stingrays, sharks and soldier fish, while the 'Vista' and 'Sunset’ rocks to the north-west are home to octopus, snapper and scorpion fish.

If you want to visit some of the smaller Outer Islands, you’ll probably need to book a stay on a live-aboard dive boat. The Outer Islands are where divers can see manta rays, beautiful gorgonian fans, sharks, barracuda and grouper fish. Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest coral atoll on earth, offers some of the most stunning seascapes and dense populations of marine species in the world, not to mention thousands of land tortoises. The Outer Islands, Desroches in particular, are also ideal for drift diving along sea walls and canyon formations. Both the Inner and Outer Islands of Seychelles offer spectacular wreck diving; near the Inner Islands, the Ennerdale Wreck is perhaps the most renowned wreck diving site in the Seychelles. And, if you plan your Seychelles diving adventure between the months of October and April, you may see and even swim with whale sharks.

Hiking Activity Holiday in Seychelles

Hiking and trekking in Seychelles are terrific ways to experience the natural beauty of these unspoilt tropical islands. You'll find deserted beaches and spectacular view points without too much effort, although challenging routes do exist. A good way to start planning your Seychelles trek or hike is to peruse the "Nature Trails" guide published by the tourism authority. This guide describes the local plants and animals found on popular treks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

Mahé, the main island, is still a relatively undiscovered destination for trekkers. You will often find yourself walking alone along the marked mountain paths that traverse the lush interior forests, listening to bird song, spotting rare plants and scattering geckos.
The Seychelles archipelago has an abundance of fruit growing wild, so with a reliable field guide or local assistance, you'll be eating fresh star fruit, mangoes and other tropical treats as you wander.

On Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette, as well as on several neighbouring islands, there are well-marked nature trails. Visitors can learn about such natural curiosities as the rare Seychelles Scops Owl, insectivorous Pitcher Plant and Jellyfish Tree. One must-do hike involves a visit to Praslin's Vallée de Mer, a primordial forest that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tangled, entrancing valley is home to the famous coco de mer, or double coconut, one of the Seychelles' cultural icons.

Seychelles hikers looking for a real challenge will tackle the nation's highest peak of Morne Seychellois (905 metres, located on Mahé). Note that tracks in the national park where the mountain is located may be overgrown and particularly slippery after heavy rains. Another challenging Seychelles trek is up to Nid d'Aigle, La Digue's 333 metre peak, offering spectacular island and sea views. For difficult treks in Seychelles, consider hiring a local guide and remember that night falls a half-hour after sunset in the tropics.

Cycling Activity Holiday in Seychelles

Cycling in Seychelles is more or less limited to the three main islands. Mountain bikers may find tempting tracks through the jungle in many locations, but specialized rental bikes are usually only available through larger hotels and resorts. On La Digue, bicycles are the main method of transport. Cyclists will share the winding roads with ox carts and a small handful of vehicles. Most able visitors will be able to handle the gradual changes in elevation on this slow-paced island, perhaps with a little huffing and puffing at points. On Praslin, rent your two wheels at Anse Volbert (Côte d’Or) or through your accommodation. You'll face more hills and barrelling buses, but fit and confident bikers will have fun. On Mahé, cycling is not a very viable transportation option.

Cyclists must share the very steep, winding roads with considerable vehicle traffic, and since most visitors prefer car rental, it's difficult to even find a bike to rent. When planning a cycling trip to Seychelles, remember that (apart from La Digue) cyclists are relatively few, there are no bike lanes, and other traffic combined with difficult hills will present a significant challenge.


Shopping Holiday in Seychelles

The most infamous and unique Seychelles souvenir has to be the suggestively curvaceous coco de mer nut, thought by olden-time sailors to be shaped like a woman's nether regions. Export of these rare nuts is strictly controlled; if you purchase one, make sure it has government tags and identification papers, and be prepared to exercise your credit card.

Coco de mer purchases aside, shopping in Seychelles can be rather uninspiring. Many souvenirs are generic creations from overseas affixed with a Seychelles sticker, and items like tee-shirts can be more expensive than expected due to import costs. However, there are a number of locally-made goods that savvy shoppers in Seychelles would do well to seek out. For example, items made from coconut-palm components, pearl jewellery and hand-dyed pareos can be excellent buys.

Likewise, paintings, sculptures, pottery, and other hand-made, original creations by local artists can capture your imagination and be a compelling memento of your Seychelles holiday. If you take the time to visit local galleries, you'll often have a chance to meet the artist and perhaps see him or her at work. On Praslin, visit the George Camille Art Gallery at Anse Volbert (Côte d’Or) for a range of paintings showcasing the stunning natural beauty of the islands. On La Digue, Barbara Jensen Studio at Anse Reunion also offers some remarkable pieces.

Even if you don't buy anything, local markets are worth a visit if you enjoy the bustle and flavour of vibrant local shopping scenes. Victoria Market, officially known as the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, is the hub of the capital. Upstairs, the boutique units are mainly aimed at tourists, but downstairs, local foods such as Hellfire chilli sauce, whole spices and citronella tea can be found. There are also many small stalls selling fruit, vegetables and spices, and a large fresh fish market; this is the place to go if you're gathering supplies for self-catering.

Victoria also offers some interesting destinations for shoppers with particular interests. Stamp collectors may wish to visit the Seychelles Philatelic Bureau in the main post office, and those who want to take some island rhythms home should drop by Ray's Music Room on Albert St. for a wide selection of Creole music. Camion Hall, also on Albert Street, is the major arts-and-crafts centre of the Seychelles.

Other good shopping deals in Seychelles include colourful sarongs and batiks, model ships, gold and pearl jewellery, spices such as fragrant vanilla pods and cinnamon oil, island tea, island perfumes and Coco d'Amour, a tropical Seychelles liqueur in a bottle the shape of the coco de mer.

Shopping hours in Seychelles are approximately 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday, and 8am – 12pm, Saturdays. Kiosks, small grocery stores and some tourist shops keep later hours, but other shops close for lunch between the hours of 12pm and 1pm on weekdays.

Well-being and Spa in Seychelles

Whether you're cocooned in a secluded mountain-side spa overlooking the ocean or wrapped in 5-star resort luxury, Seychelles’ spas offer the ultimate in rejuvenating holidays. What better place to relax and refresh yourself, body and soul, than an unspoilt tropical paradise? Seychelles spa holidays have it all: exceptional treatments, stunning locales, year-round vitamin-D streaming from the sky and fresh, tropical fruit hanging from virtually every tree. You'll begin to de-stress the moment your plane touches down, and as the laid-back Creole culture enfolds you, you'll wonder why you waited as long as you did to book your Seychelles well-being retreat.

Offering blissful massages, scrubs, facials, detoxification baths and invigorating wet-treatments, not to mention a full range of beauty and grooming services, Seychelles’ spas are world-class. Prices range depending on the establishment; note that visitors must pay in euros at hotels and resorts, so factor in the exchange rate, if necessary, when you're planning your Seychelles spa holiday budget.

To find the perfect Seychelles spa getaway, research hotels and resorts on-line. Perhaps you want a location on an exclusive tropical atoll, where you can practice yoga on deserted beaches with just a few timid sand-crabs for company. Or, maybe you want accommodation that's closer to nature reserves, hiking trails and local restaurants. Whatever amenities you seek, you'll find the perfect place to enhance your well-being in Seychelles.

Touring - Driving holiday in Seychelles

Visitors who want the convenience of exploring at their own pace, who have limited time and/or who are travelling with small children will benefit most from renting a car in Seychelles. There are over 550 cars and mini mokes (small, often topless jeeps) for hire on Mahé, and a limited number on Praslin.

You can choose from several scenic drives during a touring holiday in Seychelles. Mahé, in particular, offers a number of picturesque roads studded with beaches and other attractions. The Sans Souci road crosses the Morne Seychellois mountain and passes through vast tea plantations en route to Port Glaud. Also notable is the winding coastal road that follows Mahé's southern shores, passing by outstanding beaches like Intendance, Takamaka and Soleil.

Driving is on the left in Seychelles, and is not for the timid. Bear in mind that road beds, while in relatively good shape, can be 30-40 centimetres above the shoulder. Mountain roads are very narrow and twisty, corners are often blind, and local buses come fast and furious – in fact, you may have to stop and reverse to allow buses past the most constricted switch-backs. Be prepared for a lack of road discipline and often oblivious pedestrians.

Advance reservations with rental companies are wise, especially during busy periods. Hire is on an unlimited mileage basis and the price usually includes Third Party insurance and tax. Expect to pay € 40 - 50 a day for a modest hatchback on Mahé; add about € 10 to € 15 per day on Praslin. Prices will be lower for mini mokes and higher for SUV's and chauffeured vehicles. Victoria's tourist centre has a list of companies, or you can book through your hotel or guest-house. The major companies also have offices at the airport. Pay for your rental in cash, preferably euros.

Winter Sun in Seychelles

Seychelles enjoys year-round sunshine, so it's an ideal destination for those looking to escape cold winters. Shimmering with powder-soft white or golden sands and bordered by tropical jungle and palm trees, beaches in Seychelles will impress the most well-travelled sun seeker. The three largest islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue all boast a world-beating collection of beautiful beaches, and many smaller Seychelles islands offer equally stunning, but more isolated spots to slather on the sunscreen and soak up the sun. For those looking for a more active holiday, Seychelles offers exceptional diving, snorkelling and fishing, not to mention unique wildlife, exquisite primeval forests and laid-back villages filled with Creole flavour.

For some winter-time fun in the sun, Seychelles is hard to beat. Temperatures range between 24°C and 32°C throughout the year. Trade winds do bring warmer, wetter weather between October and April, with January being the rainiest month. Although tropical rain showers can be sudden and heavy, they often affect only one side of an island so they can usually be escaped.

Overall, November through March in Seychelles is a world away from the cold dreariness of the northern hemisphere during the same time. And by travelling to Seychelles in winter, you'll be visiting at a different time than many European holidayers, so you're apt to have many gorgeous beaches to yourself, as well as a good chance of securing a discount at many guest-houses and self-catering chalets. Winter-sun escapes to Seychelles are a great option for most holidayers.