With temperatures and rains not presenting any challenges when planning a trip to the Seychelles, it is important to look at the trade winds. Thirty degrees north and south of the equator, the Earth’s rotation produces belts of wind, known as trade winds, which are constantly slanted towards the equator. From the northern hemisphere the wind blows in from the northeast, whereas from the southern hemisphere it blows in from the southeast.
Ship’s captains have used the prevailing east-to-west winds and their associated ocean currents for centuries. Indeed, it was these winds that opened up trade routes across the oceans and helped with the expansion of the European Empire. To this day, many ships still make use of the trade winds to speed up their journeys across the ocean.