Seychelles is located about 1000 miles east of the African coast. The Republic of Seychelles is made up of 115 islands. This archipelago is one of the most isolated place on earth. History of the Seychelles dates back to around 800 AD. In early times Maldivian and Arab traders were the only visitor. They were followed by mainly European and Chinese sailors, however after 1700s with French influence Seychelles started to become more important in trade routes and population started to increase.
Seychelles is also one of the important geologic wonders of the world. Outer Islands is made up of 72 low-lying coral atolls, where Inner Islands are granitic high mountains. Due to its remote location and tropical forests Seychelles are home town for some endemic species.
During sailing around Seychelles you can enjoy with sea life, nature, geology, sandy beaches, coral reefs and crystal clear waters. You can meet with rare species of turtles, birds, lizards and plants. Snorkelling and scuba diving on the coral reefs are one of the main attractions of the islands.
Weather and sea state;
Seychelles are influenced by two distinct systems separated by a month with variable weather. Between May and October prevailing winds are from SE winds. From November this system starts to fade and NE winds becomes dominant. These north-easterlies also bring heavy rains. Heaviest rainfall occurs at January. From April southerly winds start to turn back. April and May are the sunniest months. Air temperature is almost stable during the year; between 28˚C and 30˚C.
Currents are also variable due to development of monsoons. NW monsoon builds up currents with an average of 1.5 knots from east between December and April. At April currents reverses. Between June and September westward currents (about 1.5 knots) are dominant. However, at shallow and flat passages currents can rise up to 4 knots.
At Seychelles there are about 6 hours gap between high and low tide. Tidal range changes between 1.4 – 1.8 metres. Tides can also increase the currents. Some lagoons can be completely emptied during low tides.