The Maldives islands are home to some of the very best scuba diving in the world. Even if you’re not a diver, snorkelling in the warm waters offers wonderful opportunities to spot a wide variety of marine life. Some resorts have their own diving schools, whilst others have their own reefs and you may even see whale sharks.
Made up of 115 glittering islands, each with its own charm, it’s not easy to decide where you’re going to spend your time in the Seychelles. With so much variety on offer, this is certainly not a case of once you’ve seen one island, you’ve seen them all.
A combination of the two largest islands of Mahé and Praslin is the perfect option for those that want to experience the Seychelles’ varying landscapes and spectacular beaches. If you’re after an authentic insight into island life, visit Praslin before heading to La Digue, where village life exists at a slower pace. Nature-lovers will get the most from a holiday that includes Mahé and Silhouette, where extraordinary national parks await.
Weather and when to go
The Seychelles enjoys gloriously sunny days throughout the year. Peak season here correlates with our summer months, where days are longer and the sun is cooler with only a little rain. April and November are hot, humid and wet, yet the temperate remains a balmy average of 30°C.
The wettest period is January and the driest is July. Temperatures reach up to 22°C in winter and up to 34°C in summer.
Beaches: you can find some of the very best beaches in the world in the Seychelles
Island hopping: explore islands of all sizes and find your favourite
Spas: there are plenty to choose from
Jungle interiors: go off the beaten track to spot wildlife and birds
Coral reefs: perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling