Seychelles has its major period of monsoon season during December and January making January one of the wettest months of the year. Although it is the season of monsoon, the temperature lingers around the average temperature of 27 degrees Celcius, thus sustaining the amazing weather. The rain showers themselves often occur in short and brief bouts and intervals, not lasting for too long and are short-lived. Thus, one can enjoy the golden sunshine before and after the showers, although the cloudy and overcast skies combined with temperature themselves make it very pleasant.
Despite it being the season of monsoon and rain, the time between December and January is considered peak tourist season since this time coincides with holiday season across most of the world. Another factor contributing to this is the amazing temperature in Seychelles in comparison to the rest of the world.
What To Do & Where To Go?
Festivals and Events
Being, the first event, and festival of the year, New Years is a big affair in Seychelles. 1st and 2nd January that is the New Year's Day and the day after that are both national public holidays throughout the country. Like all Creole celebrations which are colourful, energetic and vibrant along with good food, lots of music, dance, laughter and fun, New Year's is no exception.
The New Year is ushered in with large parties on the street where people let loose to dance and party amidst colorful lights and an extremely energetic vibe. The festivities don't stop after the clock strikes 12 and continue into the early hours of the morning. The next two days are home to a lot of families get-togethers, special meals and even beach barbeques! A great way to bid adieu to the year past and welcome the new one!
Seychelles Sailing Cup
Every January, a large number of different types of yachts, canoes, catamarans and other traditional boats assemble near the island of Praslin for the Seychelles Sailing Cup hosted there by a Belgian company. Held as either a single race or a number of multiple small races, the cup has spectators gathered to watch these competitions under the blue skies amidst the beautiful and picturesque locales of Praslin. There is also a deep-sea fishing competition alongside the sailing competition.
What To Bring?
Although January is the season of rains in Seychelles, one must still keep in mind that it is an island with lots of beaches and lots to do. Thus, one must be beach ready and bring their swimming wear, sunscreen, hats and caps. Along with a pair of footwear for the beach, consider carrying their sports shoes since there are a lot of mountains and nature trails waiting to be explored and hiked!
Tips For Travelling To Seychelles In January
It helps if one plans their trip in advance as January is the time when most people are travelling as a result of which it might be harder to reserve the accommodation and flights that one wants, but also the prices skyrocket. To avoid these, it is best if the trip is planned in due advance.
And the last and most important, no matter what always pay heed to the weather and meteorological forecast to avoid ruined plans and stay away from potential areas of danger. The forecast and warnings are essential, and their ignorance can pay heftily! Tune in to the radio stations or just check the forecast online in advance though!