Located in the dazzling Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a breathtaking destination renowned for luxury holidays and tropical romance. When planning a holiday to the Maldives, it can be helpful to know the best times of year to visit There are many factors which may influence your travel plans to the Maldives. Considerations such as weather & climate, peak seasons and pricing will affect your holiday planning. Consult our seasonal guide when deciding the best time to visit the Maldives.
Boasting picture perfect weather and clear blue skies, November to February is an amazing time to visit the Maldives. Visitors can expect little rain, low humidity and plenty of tropical sunshine, making it ideal for snorkelling, sunbathing and beach going. However, December to February is also the busiest time of year in the Maldives. As such, flights and accommodation prices are at their most expensive, especially over the Christmas and New Year period (many resorts also require minimum stays of 5 days or more during this time). While the Maldives are at their busiest, each resort inhabits its own island, so you won’t have to deal with the huge crowds you may experience during peak season in other holiday destinations.
Often considered shoulder season in the Maldives, March through to April is a great time to visit the Maldives. This time of year brings more great weather with April being the hottest month. Visitors can expect temperatures around 28 °C to 29 °C and little average rainfall. The Maldives surf season also begins in March and lasts all the way through to October. During the season, winter low pressure systems in the southern Indian Ocean bring strong waves averaging from 4-5 ft sometimes even rising to 8-10 ft.
The Maldives’ monsoon season runs from May to October. This time of year can be characterized by heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough seas. Peaking in June, the monsoon season does however bring cheaper prices on flights and accommodation. Scuba diving is also at its best, as marine life is more diverse on the western atolls. Although, we do think it’s worth paying a little more and sticking to the dry season. There’s not a whole lot to do during the monsoon season except drink, sleep or scuba dive… but then again that doesn’t sound so bad!