The Maldives is idyllic beyond belief, and its magnificence is reflected in its weather. With near-perfect temperatures and a generally dry climate, it is truly a year-round destination, which means you have great flexibility when planning your luxury Maldives holiday. If you would like to discover The Maldives in combination with Sri Lanka, you might also want to consider the best time to visit Sri Lanka.
If you are in the early planning stages, we've made a comprehensive Maldives FAQ guide. You might be wondering whether the seaplane transfer is really worth it? What board basis is right, whether style and vibe are important considerations or where best to take your family? Not to be missed for anyone planning a Maldives holiday now.
PLANNING A HOLIDAY TO THE MALDIVES?Definitive FAQ QUIDE
When to visit the Maldives
May - October (wet season)
All Year (marine life)
Weather in The Maldives Throughout the Year
January - April
This is one of the best times to go to The Maldives: minimal rain, brilliant blue skies and warm sunny days. Temperatures in The Maldives in January are around 28ºC, increasing slightly by April to 29ºC on average. The sea will be clear and calm too, which makes it ideal for sun-seekers and snorkelers alike. Perfect for some late winter sun or an Easter break for families.
May - September
Don't be put off that May to September is the wet season for the Maldives - it's still a period for travel. Humidity and rain do increase over these months, but as the islands are so low-lying, rain clouds blow over very quickly so rain will usually be short-lived. Plus, there will be fewer travellers and excellent "low season" offers so you may find the utmost peace as well as a great value Maldives experience.
October - December
Hot, dry weather returns to the Maldives as the wet season ends in October. Expect long days of brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the high 20°Cs - low 30°Cs. Visiting The Maldives in December can make for a brilliant Christmas holiday - though do be warned, this is a popular time to travel, so it’s worth booking early!
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Dry and Rainy Seasons in The Maldives
There are loosely two seasons in The Maldives. The dry season, or just “best of the best” in terms of weather, runs from October through to April. In this period, the 26 atolls of countless sandy coral islands see minimal rain, bright sunshine, clear blue skies and calm seas with excellent visibility for snorkelling and scuba diving. The weather in December is beautiful, making The Maldives the perfect Christmas getaway.
Though May - September is known as the ‘monsoon season’, don’t be deterred. Rains in The Maldives are usually short-lived and, by travelling during this time, you can get some fantastic value offers. There is a risk of storms, but clouds pass over the low lying atolls quickly, and during this season, there are also long spells of brilliant sunshine.
Key Dates, Events and Festivals
For snorkelers and divers, the best time of year to visit the Maldives is from June to November. This is the best time to swim with large marine life, especially in the Baa Atoll when hundreds of manta rays and whale sharks gather every year to feed on the plankton trapped in the atoll’s bays.
Another natural phenomenon the Maldives is famous for is the sea of stars or bioluminescence. The warm Indian Ocean and dark nights are perfect conditions for the phytoplankton, and with a little luck, you may witness this wondrous display. Take a moonlit stroll in the shallow lapping waves or dangle your feet over the jetty or from your overwater villa’s deck into the lagoon waters to create the bright blue, glowing traces. The best time to go to the Maldives to see bioluminescence is between June and December, but it can appear at any time.
Some wonderful festivals are celebrated on Maldives residential islands. Two festivals that offer great cultural insight are National Day on 17th-18th October and Republic Day on 11th November. On National Day there are military parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and fireworks whereas Republic Day is marked by a feast of Maldivian dishes like Huni Hakuru Folhi, Bodibiday, Masroshi. You can combine your luxury stay with a visit to one of the local islands or stay in one of the guesthouses for a cultural experience.
Meet the The Maldives experts
Becky joined the Experience Travel Group team in July 2012, but was an explorer from a young age, thanks to her globe-trotting parents. Southeast Asia was where her young journeys began and later, combining her passion for history with travel, she delved into the culture, religions and traditions of Asia and the Middle East. Becky also spent a year studying at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, as part of her History degree.
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Our Head of Travel, Nick loves exploring life in Asia and over the past decade he has spent a great deal of time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. To add to his impressive repertoire, Nick also pioneered our Indonesia holidays and having done exhaustive tours to Bali, Java, Flores and Indonesian Borneo he is passionate about extolling the virtues of this often overlooked country.
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Holly’s first job in travel was in a marketing role. However, it didn’t take her long to decide to exchange inspecting photographs of amazing destinations for being in them herself.
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Sara was bitten by the travel bug straight after university, and her working life has been peppered with sabbaticals before deciding on a career in the Travel Industry in 2012. She worked for two of the UK’s leading tour operators organising tailor made trips to India and Sri Lanka, before joining ETG.
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