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The Maldives

When is the best time to visit Indian Ocean?

Its sub-tropical climate means the Indian Ocean is blessed with warm, dry weather for much of the year, with near-perfect beach conditions available somewhere in the region at all times.

If you have your heart set on the Seychelles, we’d advise going in April and May or October and November. The Maldives make a great escape from the northern European winter between November and April, while October and December provide the best weather in Mauritius. Sri Lanka is a year-round destination, with the southwest coast at its best between December and April, and the east coast and the north from May to September.

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Our recommendations for when to visit Indian Ocean

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Madagascar climate guide ›

Travel is not recommended

Travel is not recommended

Travel is not recommended

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The Maldives climate guide ›

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Mauritius climate guide ›

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Sri Lanka climate guide ›

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The Seychelles climate guide ›

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

The best time to travel

Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year

Zanzibar Archipelago climate guide ›
Best time to visit

Best time to visit

Good time to visit

Good time to visit

Travel possible

Travel possible

Not recommended

Not recommended

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Indian Ocean

Fishing dhow, Zanzibar

Visiting Indian Ocean in January

The Maldives and Zanzibar make great destinations in January with balmy temperatures, clear skies and good visibility for diving and snorkeling. It’s also a very popular time to visit, so book well in advance. Sri Lanka is another good option at this time of year, when the southwest and central hills are warm and dry and the seas are calm.

Events & Festivals

  • Galle Literary Festival (end of January/early February): Talks, workshops and author events in the town’s old Dutch Fort.

Indian Ocean trip ideas and travel guides