If you’re planning a trip to Seychelles, you may wonder whether there are mosquitoes on this beautiful island nation.
Mosquitoes can be pretty annoying creatures that can not only destroy your lovely time on your vacation but in the worst case can transmit dangerous diseases like malaria or dengue in some parts of the world.
And if you are someone like me who is always the first choice of drink for mosquitoes, you would like to be prepared and informed before you go.
In this blog post, I will provide you with information about the mosquitoes in Seychelles, whether they are dangerous, when and where they are present, and how to protect yourself so you make the most out of your trip.
Are There Mosquitoes In Seychelles?
Seychelles is a tropical country, therefore presence of mosquitoes is expected there. Fortunately, the Seychelles is free of tropical diseases like malaria.
It is well known that mosquitoes love wet environments and come out mostly at dusk. The climate in Seychelles is tropical with temperatures between 24-30 degrees Celsius with a present rainfall mostly at night.
There are a few rainy months, December, January, and February when the presence of mosquitos is higher than during the rest of the year.
Are mosquitoes a problem in Seychelles?
Mosquitos in Seychelles are not a big problem even though we can’t say that there are not any mosquitoes.
It really depends on which months of the year you are visiting Seychelles and also where you are staying. If you are staying in an air-conditioned hotel, you will not have any problems with mosquitoes.
In case you are someone who attracts mosquitoes, it is better to avoid visiting Seychelles during the rainy season and also avoid going out at dusk when mosquitos are most active.
We visited Seychelles during the dry season in August, stayed in a hotel on Beau Vallon Beach, visited Praslin and LaDigue Islands, different beaches, and hiked Morne Seychellois, also stayed out at night at the beach but I didn’t see one mosquito. In case there were any, I would definitely be beaten.
As previously said Seychelles is free of Malaria. The survey that was taken in December 2008 during the rainy season from several islands in Seychelles proved that there is no presence of Anopheline mosquitoes (mosquitoes that cause malaria) in Seychelles. More about the survey here.
Despite no malaria in Seychelles, there is the existence of dengue fever in Seychelles. However, it is very occasional and varies on seasons and areas. In rural areas is a higher possibility than in tourist places. The same applies to chikungunya disease.
Do I need to bring a mosquito repellent to Seychelles?
As I always say, rather do it than be sorry. The same is true with mosquito repellent. There is no harm in packing one in your luggage even if you are going just for a relaxing gateway. In the best-case scenario, you will not use it at all. And if you need it, you will not have to search for one during your vacation.
In case you are coming during the rainy season, planning to stay out at night, or visiting rural areas, you must take it.
Are there any dangerous animals in Seychelles?
The islands of Seychelles have amazing fauna and flora with mountains and lush tropical forests. Therefore Seychelles is home to many wildlife species.
Luckily there are no poisonous snakes, spiders, or scorpions in Seychelles. The only thing you should be afraid of is a 10 cm centipede. However, it is very rare and comes out mostly at night. The bites are painful but can be treated easily in the hospital.
You can also see huge palm spiders or ants and sand fleas, but they are not dangerous.
When should you avoid Seychelles?
If you are afraid of mosquitoes, you should avoid visiting during the rainy season from December to February, when January is the wettest month of the year.
In order to protect yourself from mosquitoes, use repellent and wear clothes from cotton material to cover your body. Avoid staying out at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
FAQs: Are there mosquitoes in Seychelles?
Now you know all about mosquitoes in Seychelles. For more questions check out the FAQs below.
Do I need any vaccination to go to Seychelles?
There is no mandatory vaccination when going to Seychelles except Yellow Fever in case you are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is present. However, when traveling anywhere in the world you should have the basic vaccinations like Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus.
When is the best time to visit Seychelles?
The best time to visit Seychelles is between May and October.
Are sharks a danger in Seychelles?
The waters in Seychelles are shallow and protected, therefore Seychelles is very safe when it comes to sharks.
Is Seychelles worth visiting?
Yes, Seychelles is definitely worth visiting. This tropical paradise must be on your bucket list. Check out my article here.
Conclusion: Are there mosquitoes in Seychelles?
In conclusion, while mosquitoes can be found in Seychelles, they are not a significant threat to travelers. If you are coming to Seychelles during the rainy season and you are afraid of mosquitos, you can take precautions such as using mosquito repellent and covering up exposed skin to avoid bites or try not to stay out at dusk.
By being informed and prepared, you can enjoy all that Seychelles has to offer without worrying about mosquitoes. Enjoy your vacation to the fullest.