When is the best time to visit the Maldives?
The Maldives are renowned as a year-round destination, blessed with warm, sunny skies for the better part of the year. However, the country has two distinct seasons, with rainfall occurring throughout the middle of the year.
Dry Season in the Maldives (November to April)
The sunny, dry season is the best time to visit the Maldives, with temperatures rarely dropping below 25ºC and reaching average highs of 28-30ºC. The most divine weather happens between November and April, and you’ll have long stretches of blazing sunshine, perfect for lounging on the beach or taking a dip in the ocean.
These months also bring the best diving conditions, with excellent visibility, warm sea temperatures and colourful coral gardens lit up by the sun rays. Snorkelling and diving are at their best in February and March, with calm, clear waters offering incredible views of tropical fish, manta rays, sea turtles and whale sharks.
With the exception of November and December, there is little rainfall throughout this season and low humidity. The rainfall in November generally comes in short, refreshing showers and clears up by the end of December.
Due to the incredible weather and vacation season, December to March is the peak season for the Maldives. You’ll encounter larger crowds and higher prices, but it’s worth it for the heavenly beach conditions.
Wet Season in the Maldives (May to October)
Even during the wet season, the Maldives experiences warm weather. The temperatures average 27-30ºC, however, the rains can bring cooler nights averaging 25ºC. The wet season ramps up from May, with frequent, daily downpours and tropical storms occurring through to October.
Despite the monsoon, you’re still likely to encounter clear periods of sunshine. However, the weather is unpredictable. Swimming, snorkelling and diving are still possible during the wet season as the water temperatures are warm and the seas are mostly calm. However, diving visibility is greatly reduced from June to November due to a buildup of plankton brought on by the monsoon.
Those who venture out from September to November will have the best chance of spotting manta rays and whale sharks in Hanifaru Bay, which come to feed on the plankton. The wet season is also the best time for surfers, particularly in October.
The wet season is the low season for the Maldives, so those who brave the rain will be rewarded with fewer crowds and lower prices. Take advantage of this peaceful period and while away a rainy afternoon with a massage, a cocktail, or a movie.