The best time to visit the Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives

The weather in the Maldives is warm throughout the year. You can spend a great holiday every season on the Islands in the Indian Ocean – both in the peak season as well as in the low season. With an air temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius and water temperatures of an average of 28 degrees every month has perfect conditions for your Maldives holidays. However, the best time to visit the Maldives is the dry season between November and April. You don’t need to worry about rain showers and you will be able to enjoy a lot of sunshine on your holidays during these months. I will show you in detail when it’s the best time for a beach holiday, scuba diving and surfing in the Maldives. In addition, you will get all information on the weather in the Maldives and its prevailing climate.

The best months to travel | Beach holidays | Diving & Snorkeling | Surfing

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The best time to visit the Maldives – the best months to travel

The best time to visit the Maldives
November Beginning of beach holiday season with 31° C and 7 rainy days only; best time for snorkelling with visibility up to 40 metres
December Best conditions for a beach holiday: 30°C, 8 hours of sunshine, a calm sea and only 4 rainy days; the perfect destination for Christmas holidays
January Ideal travel time for a beach holiday, snorkelling and diving in the Maldives; the sea is calm, the weather is sunny with 30°C and there are only 3 rainy days
February 9 hours of sunshine per day at 31°C and only 3 rainy days provide perfect conditions for a beach holiday as well as for diving and snorkelling
March With a humidity of 61% and temperatures around 32°C, March is the best time to go for a beach holiday in the Maldives
April Due to the monsoon, April is the optimal travel time for diving at 33°C and there are only 8 rainy days; perfect for a beach holiday

The best time for beach holidays in the Maldives

You will have the best weather for a beach holiday in the Maldives, with blazing sun and hot temperatures, in the months of January to March. An average of eight to nine hours of sunshine per day, temperatures of 30 to 32 degrees Celsius and a moderate wind will provide the perfect conditions for a relaxing holiday on the beach. The water temperature of the Indian Ocean is around 28 degrees Celsius during these months. If your idea of a Maldives holiday is all about pure pampering on the bright sandy beach, then the winter and the spring months are the best travel time for you. However, you should keep in mind it’s the peak season in the Maldives. In particular, the month of March is very popular amongst tourists, as it boasts the best weather conditions. This increases the prices for trips to the dream islands. If you want to travel more cheaply, then you can spontaneously decide on a Maldives holiday in the low season. The trick is to keep track of the weather during the rainy season and fly to the Maldives during the weeks when the least rain is forecasted. So, on one hand, you will be able to save money with last minute holidays and on the other hand because it is the low season, which is cheaper anyway. If it’s not raining in the rainy months, it is just as hot as in the dry season, so you will be able to enjoy a fantastic beach holiday in the months of May to October as well.

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The best travel time for diving and snorkelling in the Maldives

In the months of December to April, you have the best opportunities to observe the marine life of the Indian Ocean. Especially in the dry months of January to March,  you can watch the various animals and plants on the seabed the best. The sea is quiet, there is no stormy weather and almost no rain showers. In the clear water, you can dive and snorkel with near-perfect visibility. It’s important to note the prices for Maldives holidays in the peak season are more expensive than in the low season. However, it’s worth to invest in your Maldives holidays if you want to experience this paradise on earth and its underwater beauty during the best time of year. Thanks to the calm weather, excursions by boat are particularly suitable at this time of the year. During the rainy season, you can also observe the sea creatures very well, but you’ll have to deal with a stormier sea. Professional divers also go to the Maldives during the rainy season, as they can observe whale sharks and manta rays at close range.

The best travel time for surfing in the Maldives

Most people consider the Maldives as dream islands for honeymoons or other special occasions. With magical views, you can rest peacefully on the velvety beach and the luxurious Island resorts. The islands in the Indian Ocean are also known as a paradise for divers and snorkelers, but did you know that you also have perfect conditions for surfing on the luxury islands? It is windier on the Maldivian islands during the southwest monsoon than during the northeast monsoon, making the islands great for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Since it rains strongly and storm clouds may raise in the months of June and July, I recommend the months of May, August, September and October for surfing. The wind is moderate and there’s almost no rain in the months of November and December. You also have good weather conditions for lots of fun on the surfboard. The biggest advantage of the Maldives for surfers is that the beaches are not crowded with swimmers. Especially in the rainy season, you have the waves for yourself and swimmers won’t disturb your free time activities.

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Maldives weather – Information on the climate and the rainy season

The weather in the Maldives is tropical all year round. Average temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius await you throughout the year. Wind force and rainfall depend on the prevailing monsoons. They determine the dry season and the rainy season in the Maldives. Learn more about the climate and weather in the Maldives below.

The climate in the Maldives

The climate in the Maldives is tropical. Its location in the Indian Ocean ensures high humidity and warm temperatures throughout the year. An average of 30 degrees Celsius prevails during the day, while you can still expect a warm 24 to 26 degrees at night. From November to April, the northeast monsoon determines the climate in the Maldives and brings you fantastic, sunny weather. From May to October, the climate is characterized by the southwest monsoon, bringing the rainy season to the Islamic island state. Especially in the months of June and July, you have to expect more rainfall and a stronger wind and thunderstorms. In the northern islands of the Maldives, it is stormier than in the southern islands during this time.

Climate data for the Maldives

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 30 31 32 33 32 31 30 29 29 30 31 30
Min. Temperature in °C 24 24 25 26 26 26 26 25 24 25 25 24
Hours of sunshine per day 8 9 8 7 6 5 6 6 6 7 7 8
Water temperature in °C 27 28 29 29 29 29 28 28 27 28 28 27
Rainy days per month 3 3 4 8 8 15 14 13 12 11 7 4

Rainy season in the Maldives

The period between May and October brings the rainy season in the Maldives and it rains quite often during June and July. In addition, it thunders more often and it can be stormy. Despite the rain, you can make great trips in the Maldives during the other months of the rainy season. After the short rain showers, the sky opens up and the sun comes out. Most rain showers happen in the evening, so you have wonderful swimming weather in the morning and at noon. In general, a change in the weather in the Maldives has been observed in recent years. Many days in the rainy season are tropical warm and are spared from rainfall. So here’s my tip: Monitor the weather on the Internet and book last minute in the rainy season! This is a good way to get luxurious holiday in the Island resorts for a bargain price.

Annual temperatures in the Maldives

The Maldives in January

With a Maldives holiday in January, you’re doing everything right. There are only about three days of rain and temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius.  January is one of the best months to travel to the Maldives. It’s perfect for a beach holiday, but also for diving and snorkelling.

The best time for:

Swimming, diving, snorkeling

The Maldives in February

February in the Maldives is one of the driest months of the year. The northeast monsoon brings you a dreamlike Maldivian weather as you know it from photos of paradise. February is a great time to go swimming, diving and snorkelling in the Maldives.

The best time for:

Swimming, diving, snorkeling

The Maldives in March

Sunny days and pleasant nights await you in the Maldives in March, when it is not too humid. March is not only great for a beach holiday, diving and snorkeling, but you can have fun on the surfboard as well.

The best time for:

Swimming, diving, snorkeling & surfing

The Maldives in April

April is the transitional month between the monsoons. This month offers great conditions to discover the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Despite the beginning of the rainy season, you do not need to worry about a major storm in April.

The best time for:

diving & sunbathing

The Maldives in May

Surfers and divers can look forward to the Maldives weather in May. The raging sea during the rainy season gathers large fish and whale sharks for curious divers and brings up waves that are perfect for surfing.

The best time for:

surfing & diving

The Maldives in June

June will see the most rainfall, with an average of 15 days. However, this makes it perfect for surfing and the rainfall only lasts a short while. Before and after, there is pure sunshine at 31 degrees Celsius.

The best time for:

surfing & for cheap Maldives holidays

The Maldives in July

If you want to travel cheaply to the Maldives, July is your travel month. As most holidaymakers spend their summer holidays in Europe, the resorts in the Maldives remain increasingly empty. The weather is perfect for surfers.

The best time for:

Surfing & for cheap Maldives holidays

The Maldives in August

August is the best time to visit the Maldives if you enjoy surfing. Most surfers are looking forward to these weather conditions for an unforgettable time on their boards. The Maldives weather is tropically hot and at the same time windy to stormy. Therefore, you will be able to travel cheaply to the Maldives in August.

The best time for:

surfing & for cheap Maldives holidays

The Maldives in September

In September, the surfing season in the Maldives is coming to an end. Surf pros make room for surf beginners who can practice in the smaller waves. Holidays to the Maldives in September are cheaper.

The best time for:

Surfing for beginners & for cheap Maldives deals

The Maldives in October

Before the prices for a Maldives holiday in November start to increase, you can still in October to fly cheaply to the island nation. If you’re lucky, the northeast monsoon will show up prematurely and you will experience a dream holiday for a great price.

The best time for:

Cheap Maldives deals, swimming & surfing

The Maldives in November

The best time to travel to the Maldives begins in November. The northeast monsoon brings out the dry season and allows fantastic beach holidays in the Maldives. You enjoy the bright blue sky with around 31 degrees.

The best time for:

Swimming, diving, snorkelling

The Maldives in December

Christmas in the Maldives is a great alternative to the traditional celebrations at home. The best weather conditions for holidays in the Maldives are in December – both for swimming and for snorkelling.

The best time for:

Bathing, diving, snorkelling

My conclusion on the best time to visit the Maldives

Determining the best time to visit the Maldives depends on what you want to do on your holidays. The islands in the Indian Ocean with their tropical climate are ideal for fantastic trips throughout the year. Depending on what is most important to you on your holiday, you can fly to the Maldives at many different times. The best time for a beach holiday and snorkelling are the months of January to March. However, this is peak season in the Maldives, which means higher prices and more tourists. The months of November, December and April also have a good climate for swimming. So if you want to save, you should travel during low season. Despite the rainy season, a holiday in the months of May to October is possible. This travel time is especially good for surfing, as the wind creates good surfing conditions. I hope this helps and I’ll make sure to share the best deals for your Maldives Holidays on my blog!