The Geography of Seychelles

Date Posted: 21/02/2017

Co-existing side by side, Seychelles has a number of contrasting environments - from beautiful golden beaches and coastal mangrove forests to the mountain rainforests, such as Morne Seychellois National Park. Seychelles is a tourist haven because its climate and wildlife pose virtually no threat to humans and it's free from most tropical diseases but perhaps even more importantly, the islands radiate an intriguing and captivating beauty.

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Climate

The Seychelles' climate never reaches extremes, remaining pleasantly warm throughout year. With temperature rarely rising above 32°C and seldom dropping below 24°C, all but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt so the weather is very stable. Despite the Seychelles being located near the equator, the coastal temperatures average approximately 27°C, while at higher altitudes the temperature is lower - especially after dark.

Annual rainfall on Mahé is 236cm at sea level, although in the mountains this can be as high as 356cm per year. Rainfall is lowest on the south-west coral islands, where it averages only around 50cm a year on Aldabra.

The driest and sunniest time to visit Seychelles is from May to October, when south-east monsoon winds prevent the islands from getting too hot and there are brief showers every couple of days. The north-west monsoon season starts in December, when the rainfall becomes heavier until March - coastal areas in particular experience high humidity at this time of year.

Flora and Fauna

Primarily forest on the islands north-east of Mahé - Praslin and Curieuse - Seychelles has a wide variety of flora and fauna. As the only place in the world where the palm continues to grow wild, Praslin has a number of native forests of Coco-de-Mer trees - these are a protected species and grow in small reserves. Bearing large coconuts, each weighing up to 18kg – Coco-de-Mer produces the biggest seed in the world.

At one time, there was an abundance of broadleaf evergreen rain forest in the Seychelles but today, much of this has been replaced by coconut plantations and the occasional vanilla plant. Thriving in the local climate, other trees native to the Seychelles include breadfruit, avocado, cinnamon, banana, papaya, mango, pineapple and native patchouli.

Once plentiful in the region, the giant tortoise population has now depleted in numbers. On land, there are no mammals or reptiles that are dangerous to human life, although there have been known to be sharks in the ocean.

For avid bird watchers, the Seychelles is a go-to destination! Home to a large variety of bird life that includes many rare species, these include the black parrot that resides mainly on Praslin. A few decades ago, the Seychelles warbler was on the verge of extinction, with only 26 birds surviving on Cousin Island in 1968. Conservation efforts have seen the population rising to more than 2500 species inhabiting Denis, Cousin, Cousine and Aride Islands. As one of the most endangered birds in the world, the magpie robin is found mainly on Cousine, Fregate and Aride and once hunted for food or shot by farmers that considered them a pest, the beautiful blue pigeon has fought its way back from the brink of extinction with an ever-growing population.

There are relatively few species of insect in Seychelles and the only dangerous snake is the yellow-bellied sea-snake, although this is very rare. The large lizards have become a tourist attraction, as have the marine turtles.

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A naturally beautiful destination, Seychelles completely eclipses anywhere else on the planet, assuring a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

As one of the finest luxury hotels in Seychelles, Savoy Resort & Spa will be happy to help you plan your awe-inspiring tour of our beautiful islands. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Paradise!