Are you wondering what to wear in Seychelles? This guide tells you exactly what to pack for Seychelles no matter the month you are visiting for sightseeing, dress codes, beaches, dinner and more.
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But before we get onto the specifics of what to wear in Seychelles along with some outfit inspiration we thought it would be worthwhile to talk about exactly how the seasons and dress codes will affect your Seychelles Packing List.
Where are the Seychelles?
So the first thing that you need to know is where exactly The Seychelles are. The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands located in the western Indian Ocean just to the North of Madagascar and over 1000km North of Mauritius off the east coast of Africa.
As such you can expect the weather to be pretty similar all year round.
Seychelles Weather Guide
As with all the tropical islands off the coast of Africa, the Seychelles have a different climate and weather conditions to the continent of Africa.
As such the Seychelles are not as affected by the seasons as other places in Africa. It is in fact pretty hot all year round with Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall all having similar conditions.
In fact the temperature year round in the Seychelles is pretty consistent hovering between 24C/75.2F -32°C/89.6.
Many people therefore think about the weather in the Seychelles as the wet and the dry season rather than the four traditional seasons. However it is worth noting that due to its humidity you can expect some rain whenever you visit.
It is worth noting that May, June, July, August, September and October tend to be slightly dryer due to the southeast trade winds. Out of these months July and August in Seychelles tend to the driest however this comes along with rougher seas.
November, December, January, February, and March on the other hand make up the wet season. Of these December and January tend to be the wettest months.
April is a great month to visit the Seychelles if you want to avoid the higher winds.
Therefore you should always prepare for hot weather when traveling to the Seychelles however depending on the month you travel you may need to have some lightweight waterproof wear too.
The other good thing about the Seychelles is that the sea temperature is pleasant all year round. On average the sea temperature tends to be 27 °C during summer and is nice to swim in throughout the year. However it is worth looking into the seaweed drifts which can be affected by the trade winds and can affect the pleasantness of ocean swimming.
Seychelles Dress Code
In most places in the Seychelles there are no dress codes i.e. in hotels and in resorts. Resort wear is commonly seen on the islands however you may want some chic casual outfits to wear in the Seychelles at night.
Considerations for your Seychelles Packing List
Before we get onto the exact items to include to make your Seychelles outfits, we thought is would be worth outlining some considerations for your packing list. These are:
As the Seychelles are a tropical island group you have the luxury of packing lightly as you won’t need lots of layers.
Also depending on the resort you are going to and the transfer you are taking you may be required to pack lightly.
For more information on how to pack light for the Seychelles we recommend checking out our guide on the 5 4 3 2 1 packing method or the sudoku method which will help you create the perfect Seychelles Capsule Wardrobe without overpacking.
Natural fabrics are your best friend in the Seychelles.
Cottons, silks and linen are well known for being more breathable than man made fabrics. Linen in particular is very in fashionable in the Seychelles.
Although many people who go to Seychelles are primarily going for the beautiful beaches, it is worth pointing out that there are other natural wonders in the Seychelles that are worth including in your itinerary.
Although there are many water based excursions available from most hotels and resorts and from Praslin and on Mahe, you should also consider visiting Vallée de Mai National Park. This jungle is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home Coco de Mer the world’s largest seed as well as the rare black parrot.
The Glacis Noire Trail offers amazing views but will require you having some active wear not just resort wear with you.
What to wear in Seychelles
Dresses and Skirts
As I mentioned above there is lots of beach wear and resort wear seen in and around the Seychelles. And there aren’t a lot of dress codes that you have to worry about.
Therefore maxi dresses are one of my favorite things to wear in the Seychelles. Loose and flowing dresses are better for the Seychelles than tight fitting ones made of man made fabrics as they will keep you cooler. They are also great for wearing down on the beach and out for dinner.
Tank Tops and T Shirts
These are perfect for out exploring the Seychelles and can be paired with skirts, trousers or shorts.
Tank tops are also acceptable in most places in the Seychelles.
Trousers and Blouse
Trousers and blouses are a great alternative to maxi dresses for exploring Praslin and having dinner as they are a great day to night transition outfit. And might be easier to be walking around in when the winds are particularly strong.
Shorts (Quick Dry)
Shorts are great for the Seychelles both on the beach and in towns like Praslin. As the humidity in the Seychelles can be high we recommend packing quick dry shorts. Click here to shop quick dry shorts.
However if shorts aren’t your thing then running leggings are also suitable for trails and days when you are doing more active excursions.
Lightweight Rain jacket
Although the Seychelles are renowned for their beautiful beaches and good weather, you can always get rain in tropical places like Seychelles.
For this reason, especially if you plan on visiting the national parks etc, we recommend packing a compact and light weight rain jacket or a poncho for these excursions.
Convertible Walking Trousers
If you are going on longer hikes and don’t want to wear shorts or athleisure then convertible walking trousers are a great pick. These are good if you start a hike early when it may still be chilly, but can be unzipped for when the heat picks up. Click here to shop convertible walking trousers.
I never travel to any tropical island without a pashmina. It is great in the evenings in case you get chilly, especially during the cooler months and for dining al fresco. They can also be used to make an outfit more modest for visiting religious sites. Click here to shop pashminas.
If you are visiting the Seychelles chances are you will be spending a LOT of time on the beach, on a boat, or around a hotel pool. Therefore you will want to have some stylish swimwear with you.
Depending on how long you plan to spend on the beach here depends on how many pieces of swimwear you will need.
I would recommend packing at least two swimwear pieces so one can be drying while you are wearing the other if you are going to the Seychelles for a week. Click here to shop swimwear for the Seychelles.
Also if you plan to snorkel in the Seychelles (you definitely should) we recommend having a rash vest with you as it is very easy to burn your back while snorkelling.
Most people visiting the Seychelles when not swimming or sunbathing will put on a beach cover to head to bars or local amenities so we recommend adding one or two beach covers to your packing list.
Sun hats are a staple on any Seychelles packing list. Be sure to pick a wide brimmed straw hat for maximum sun protection. Click here to shop sun hats.
For more information on how to pack sun hats for travel check out this post.
Goes without saying
We recommend packing lightweight PJs for the tropical island.
Best Shoes for the Seychelles
Sneakers are great for the Seychelles whatever time of year you visit. If you pack a lightweight pair they can cope well in the heat and are also good for your feet on uneven surfaces around the island.
However we do recommend wearing sneaker socks in the summer with them to reduce sweat and odour in your shoe.
Sandals are a definite must for the Seychelles. I would pick a pair with arch support and without a heel.
Espadrilles or wedges are a great evening shoe choice particularly for nicer restaurants.
The water in the Seychelles is beautiful almost year round however it can have hazards by way of coral and sharp rocks. For these reason we recommend packing water shoes with you.
Although I don’t recommend these for walking in Praslin or in the jungle these are useful for on the beach and round by the hotel pool.
What to Pack for Seychelles (non-clothing)
So know you know what to wear in Seychelles in both the rainy and dry season, we will turn our attention for what to pack for Seychelles.
Travel adaptors are always on my international packing lists. These are required to make any electronics you bring work. The Seychelles uses plug type G.
On top of the travel adaptor you will also need
Step Down Voltage Converter
The local voltage is 240V. If your electronics are not this voltage which most Western electronics aren’t, they are usually higher, you will need a step down voltage converter to use them.
No matter whether you are traveling in the rainy or dry season you will need sun cream with you. We recommend getting a high SPF, we recommend SPF 50, as the sun is always strong in Seychelles being so close to the equator.
Also as you are going to spend a lot of time in the water we recommend only bringing reef safe sunscreen with you to help protect the beautiful marine life of the Seychelles.
No one wants to get burnt on vacation but the strength of the sun can take some people by surprise in the Seychelles. Therefore we recommend packing aloe vera / aftersun.
Lip Balm with SPF
Although it is very important to protect your skin from the sun, it is also important to protect your lips. For this reason we recommend packing a lip balm with SPF. Our current favorite lip balm with SPF is Sun Bum. Click here to shop lip balm with SPF.
You can get mosquitos and insects in the Seychelles at any time of year. Therefore we recommend packing strong insect repellant to help prevent getting bitten.
As with any tropical island destination you will find that things like toiletries are expensive. The Seychelles are no exception to this so it is one of the few places we recommend adding toiletries to the packing list
I always bring shampoo and conditioner that is reef safe but also can help calm by hair from the humidity and to cope with damage from sea water.
Also when looking at packing makeup remember to pack waterproof mascara as you will be spending lots of time in the water.
Although you will be able to rent snorkel gear in most hotels and resorts in the Seychelles you never know the quality. For this reason we recommend bringing your own snorkel gear with you.
Quick Dry Towel
Although hotels will obviously supply towels for on resort, if you plan on doing excursions on the water or to a national park we recommend bringing a quick dry towel with you.
We only recommend quick dry as the humidity in the Seychelles can make it difficult to dry regular towels quickly. Shop quick dry towels here.
A backpack is good for excursions and if you are traveling during the rainy season you may also want a waterproof cover. Click here to shop backpacks for the Seychelles.
For use on the beach.
If you like to use swim aids or inflatables in the pool we recommend bringing these with you as they will be more expensive in the Seychelles especially if you have to buy at one of the resorts on its own island.
The Seychelles are some of the most beautiful islands in the world so it should come as no surprise that you will want to take a lot of photos. Be sure you have a good quality camera with you.
On top of the regular camera we also advise packing a go pro or another underwater camera. The underwater scenery is amazing in the Seychelles. To capture the beauty of it we recommend using a go pro. Click here to shop underwater cameras.
Waterproof Phone Case
If you plan on using your phone on the beach we recommend taking a waterproof phone case with you. This will not only keep your phone safe from water but is also a good theft deterrent. Click here to shop waterproof phone cases for travel.
A requirement of any packing list. Click here to shop battery packs.
What not to wear in the Seychelles
We recommend sticking with natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton for The Seychelles. That is because synthetic fabrics actually make you hotter and sweat more.
Jeans are too hot in the Seychelles even lightweight ones or ripped ones. Instead we recommend packing linen or cotton trousers.
Heels are not that useful in The Seychelles except in restaurants at night. Instead of heels we recommend packing a more versatile shoe such as a wedge or just a dressy pair of sandals.
What to wear in Seychelles FAQs
What to wear in the Seychelles at night?
If you are wondering what to wear in Seychelles at night I would advise that you dress comfortable for heat and to protect against mosquitos.
For me the perfect outfit for the Seychelles at night is a maxi dress with a pashmina or some long linen trousers with a long sleeve blouse that can protect against mosquito bites.
Do you need beach shoes in Seychelles?
Yes we definitely recommend wearing beach shoes or water shoes in the Seychelles. You will be spending lots of time in the water and there can always be hazards by way of rocks and coral. For that reason water shoes are a good addition to your Seychelles packing list.
Can you wear shorts in Seychelles?
You absolutely can wear shorts in the Seychelles. We recommend quick dry pairs for excursions and on the beach as these will dry quicker even in the humidity of the Seychelles.
Planning on visiting other regions of Africa on the same trip? Be sure to check out our other Africa packing lists:
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- What to wear in Tanzania on safari
- Safari capsule wardrobe
- Best colors to wear on safari
- What not to wear on safari
Have you been to the Seychelles? What else would you add to our Seychelles packing list? Let us know in the comments below.