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What weather awaits tourists in the middle of winter and what to do during a January holiday on the paradise islands of Seychelles.

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Beautiful beaches with turquoise water and white sand, lush green palm trees, mysterious jungles and rare inhabitants - it's easy to understand why the Seychelles archipelago is one of the most famous and sought-after holiday destinations in the world. The perfect place for any trip, whether it's a honeymoon, family vacation, or vacation with friends. But what will the winter holidays be like in the Seychelles?


Weather in the Seychelles in January

Located about 1500 kilometers east of the African mainland, the islands are located just below the equator, in the tropics. Due to its location, the tropical paradise of the Seychelles is famous for its pleasant weather throughout the year. With an average temperature of about +27C throughout the year, the temperature rarely rises above +32C or drops below +24C.

In the Seychelles, the main rainy season is in December and January, making January one of the wettest months of the year. But the temperature is ideal +27 degrees. Showers are brief but heavy. You can enjoy the golden sun before and after showers.

Even though it is the rainy season, January is considered the peak tourist season as this time coincides with the holiday season in most countries of the world. Another factor favoring tourism is the warm weather in Seychelles in January compared to most of the world. Book accommodation and flights in advance. Rushing out to find a hotel in the Seychelles in January is a bad idea. Good options are sold out quickly, and closer to the date, housing and airfare prices are skyrocketing.


Things to do in January in the Seychelles

The New Year is of great importance in the Seychelles. January 1 and 2 are national holidays throughout the country. Like all Creole holidays, New Year's festivities are colorful, energetic and vibrant. Plentiful feasts, music and fun await guests.

  • The New Year starts with big parties on the street where people dance and have fun among the bright lights. The next two days are full of family reunions, special dinners and even a barbecue on the beach! A great way to say goodbye to the past year and welcome the new one!
  • Seychelles Cup. In January, a large number of different yachts, canoes, catamarans and other traditional boats gather near Praslin Island to participate in the Seychelles Sailing Cup. The event attracts a large number of spectators. Along with sailing competitions, deep sea fishing competitions are held.
  • Tasting of local cuisine. Get to know Creole cuisine: it's a mix of many cultures. She has a special taste. You can find everything from bat curries to shark skewers, breadfruit chips and coconut milk banana dessert. Seychellois cuisine will amaze you with its unique ingredients and amazing taste. Don't miss grilled fish fresh from the ocean, barracuda, tuna or octopus with exotic spices. Many tropical fruits are grown on the island - papayas, mangoes, bananas and the universal breadfruit.
  • Snorkeling and diving. Dive into the turquoise blue waters and explore the hidden mysteries of the ocean. The islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue offer scenic spots for exploring the underwater kingdom.
  • Take a photo with Coco de Mer. The Seychelles are world famous for their giant Coco de Mer, a fruit that can grow up to 30 kg. Head to the Vallee de Mai for the ultimate selfie of your trip.
  • Island travel. As you know, the Seychelles is an archipelago of virgin islands. Traveling around the islands is an unusual adventure. Find out where the pirates hid their treasures and see the amazing inhabitants of the Seychelles! Such biodiversity is not found anywhere else in the world.


What to bring with you to the Seychelles in January

Although January is the rainy season in the Seychelles, you need to remember that these are islands with many beaches and activities.

  • Bring swimwear, sunscreen, hats and caps. Along with a pair of beach shoes, consider bringing athletic shoes for hiking and exploring.
  • If you plan to go diving or snorkeling, please bring your own equipment. This will save you money as January is high season and equipment rental prices go up.
  • Don't forget to bring an umbrella and a raincoat with you to be ready for any eventuality.
  • Take a change of clothes, you will need it if you get wet.

Winter is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles if you want to see all the lush greenery of the Seychelles. Rain has never stopped tourists from visiting the islands and January is one of the most popular months for tourists. After all, despite short showers, on Seychelles is warm, so you can get rid of annoying jackets and boots.

But remember that booking accommodation for a holiday in Seychelles in January is worth it in advance: good options disperse quickly!



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