When is the best time to visit the Maldives?
The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April. The climate is warm and tropical, with average highs at a consistent 29°C to 31°C year-round and average lows rarely falling below 24°C.
January to April are the driest months, with little rain and low humidity, making this peak season at the resorts. Temperatures are still warm from May to December, but rain is more likely and there is a risk of storms. However, even during this period there are usually long spells of bright sunshine. Attractive prices and offers mean this is still a common time to visit.
Matt, Hidden Beaches Specialist
There are only a few places around the world where you can see whale sharks, which is a truly memorable experience, so it's definitely worth visiting the Maldives in October or November.
Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Maldives
- January Jan
- February - March Feb - Mar
- April Apr
- May - September May - Sep
- October - November Oct - Nov
- December Dec
Visiting the Maldives in January
With plenty of sunshine and warmth, this is a great time for a beach holiday. There is also great visibility for diving and snorkelling. This is a very popular time for travelling and booking in advance is advised.
Visiting the Maldives in February - March
These are the driest months, with warm temperatures, low humidity and great visibility for diving and snorkelling. This is a very popular time for travelling and booking in advance is advised.
Visiting the Maldives in April
Another good month to travel, with plenty of sunshine and good water visibility; however, there is a slightly increased risk of rain, especially towards the end of the month.
Visiting the Maldives in May - September
These months are still warm with long periods of sunshine, but rain is more likely and there is a risk of storms. In addition, the presence of plankton means diving visibility is slightly reduced. However, lower prices and attractive offers make it a great value time to visit and August in particular is still a popular month to travel.
Events & Festivals
- Independence Day (26th July): The Maldives' independence is celebrated in style each year, with various festivities taking place, including parades and performances.
Visiting the Maldives in October - November
As with the preceding months, warm temperatures and long periods of sunshine are balanced with an increased chance of rain and storms. October and November are a great time to see whale sharks and manta rays, which come to feed on the plankton. There are plenty of great offers to take advantage of at this time of year, making it a great value time to visit.
Visiting the Maldives in December
December is warm with long periods of sunshine, but there is an increased likelihood of rain and storms. Hotels usually continue great offers until just before the Christmas peak, so earlier in the month is a good value time to travel.
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