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Best Times To Visit Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April, when there is little precipitation and warm temperatures, ranging between the high 70s and mid-80s. The island nation is warm and sunny year-round, but it does experience a dry season and a rainy season, and there are pros and cons to each. Though the period between November and April promises the best weather, this is also the busiest time of year and, as such, the room rates at resorts are expensive. However, since each resort inhabits its own island, you won't have to contend with the same intensity of crowds like you might during the high season in another tropical destination with more public facilities. Check the number of villas and size of the island before you go, so you can get an idea of how tranquil the island will be.

May to October is considered the rainy season, with the southern atolls experiencing the most rain. During this time, islands see between 7 and 8 inches of precipitation monthly and often strong winds. However, showers tend to be short and punctuated by sunshine. Some days, it only rains overnight, while there can be many hours of sunshine through the day, if you're lucky. Some travelers find the better deals available during rainy season make it worth the gamble of visiting, although July and August are the riskiest months. However, the term "deal" is relative, since the Maldives is a pricey location year-round. This time of year is also popular with surfers because the area sees bigger waves and better swells for surfing during these months.

Note that the private resorts are permitted to celebrate non-Islamic holidays, including Christmas, Easter and Diwali, but you will not find them celebrated on inhabited islands.

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The Best Time to Visit the Maldives

These are the best times to visit the Maldives for great weather, fun activities, and more.

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A tropical paradise in the northern Indian Ocean, the Maldives offers soft, white sands, bright blue waters, and a perfect place to unplug and truly relax in a luxurious setting. The archipelago gets more popular every year, so if you want to snag one of its famous overwater bungalows for yourself, you'll want to have an idea of the best and worst times to go. As a general rule of thumb, remember that the islands' high season runs from November to April, while low season lasts from May to October.

Whether you're looking for ideal weather, fewer crowds, or the perfect diving conditions, here are the very best times to visit the Maldives.

Best Times to Visit the Maldives for Smaller Crowds

Since the Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands spread across 35,000 square miles, you can usually expect desert-island solitude here no matter when you visit. Popular resorts and dive sites can fill up in the high season, but outside the bustling capital city of Malé, truly large crowds are fairly rare.

That said, if you want the best chance of having an island (almost) to yourself, you might want to visit between May and October. This touristic low period coincides with the island's rainy season — so, while a trip at this time might mean less-than-perfect weather, it also means maximum seclusion. This is especially true in May and June, which typically see fewer visitors than any other months.

Best Times to Visit the Maldives for Good Weather

The Maldives offers tropical warmth throughout the year, so it may seem hard to call any one season better than the others. To understand the climate here, though, remember that the usual four seasons — spring, summer, fall, and winter — aren't as important as the archipelago's big two: dry season and wet season.

The dry season, between November and April, offers Maldivian weather at its best. Temperatures are almost always in the 80s, perfect for days spent relaxing on a beach, and rainfall is scant, particularly from January through March. Humidity can be expected in this season (and throughout the year), but otherwise, conditions should be ideal for a sunny seaside trip. Just remember that this pleasant weather does make dry season the most popular — and, therefore, expensive — time of year.

The wet season, meanwhile, runs from May to October, and its name is no joke — some islands can experience up to nine inches of rain per month at this time of year. While short afternoon storms are very common during wet season, back-to-back days of pure sunshine aren't unheard of. Because of this variability, rainy-season visitors should simply be flexible and ready to adjust plans on the fly in the event of inclement weather.

Most Affordable Times to Visit the Maldives

Yes, even a visit to the Maldives can be affordable if you know how to plan. Since most travelers visit during the dry season, the rainy season from May to October is the best time to save. At this time of year, airfare is less expensive, package deals are more common, and even those beloved bungalows (while still pricey) see significant markdowns in price. Booking in advance can also help reduce costs.

Even outside of the low season, though, some general tips can help you snag a Maldives vacation on a budget . When it comes to flights, try getting more creative than booking your local airline's most straightforward route. Low-cost carriers in Asia and even Europe offer bargain prices on flights to the Maldives, so flying to an international hub first and then hopping on a budget flight to Malé can net big savings. To save money on accommodations, try staying at an Airbnb or a locally run guesthouse instead of a traditional high-end resort. You might miss out on some luxury touches, but you'll still get to enjoy the islands' gorgeous beaches and stunning sea life for a fraction of the cost.

Best Times to Visit the Maldives for Diving and Water Sports

In addition to wet and dry seasons, there are also seasons in the Maldives when different water sports are most popular. There's no shortage of activities to enjoy here in or on the water, from surfing to boating to scuba diving, but the best time of year for one won't necessarily be the best time for all.

If you're interested in an action- and adventure-packed surfing trip, you'll want to plan your visit for a time with choppier waters and bigger waves. The May-to-October wet season is best for this, but February through April can also see good swells if you'd rather travel without the risk of rain. For snorkeling and kayaking, the opposite rules apply. The best time for these slower activities is December and January, when waters are calm.

Diving, though, is the true king of Maldivian water sports. The archipelago is famous for its hundreds of dive sites, from colorful coral reefs to offshore shipwrecks. Whether you want to try a beginner-friendly spot like the UNESCO-recognized Baa Atoll or a more advanced environment like the shark-filled Fuvahmulah Atoll, you'll want to schedule your trip for a time with good underwater visibility to make the most of the country's world-renowned diving . For the best conditions, try visiting between January and April.

Best Times to Visit the Maldives for Bioluminescence

You can also see bioluminescent plankton while in the Maldives. These naturally glowing organisms make nighttime on the islands particularly magical when they light up the archipelago's beautiful beaches . Bioluminescence is typically most common during the rainy season, since that's when the most plankton are around — but this phenomenon is more tied to environmental factors like water temperature and salinity than to a particular time of year. (In 2022, for instance, holiday visitors got a special treat when the islands lit up with plankton around Christmas and New Year's.) For the best views of bioluminescence, aim not for a time but for a place: Vaadhoo Island, home to the world-famous "glowing beach."

Worst Times to Visit the Maldives

Some visitors attest that August is the worst time to visit since it's smack-dab in the middle of the wet season. However, October is generally the rainiest month, so avoiding either of these times might be best for your trip. While those little bungalows can be luxurious, it would probably put a damper on your island vacation if you never got to leave the room.

If you're on a budget, though, the popular dry season may be the worst time for you to visit. While a trip to the Maldives is almost always pricey, costs are highest in the peak months of November to April — making the rest of the year a better bet if you're in search of good deals.

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Paradise personified. Heaven on earth. Screensaver goals. The Maldives has earned a lot of monikers since it opened to tourists in the 1970s.

Over the past 50 years, it’s become known as a honeymoon hot spot, a family-friendly getaway and one of the world’s most coveted vacation destinations.

And while it may seem like a lot of hype for one small, spread-out island nation in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives really does live up to it. From coconut-fringed islands and colorful reefs to warm smiles and even warmer curries, it’s often a once-in-a-lifetime getaway for travelers. Whether you’re heading off to a ritzy private island resort or a more affordable local island, there’s a handful of things to know before departure. Here are our top tips and best advice ahead of a trip to the Maldives.

1. Plan for at least 5 nights in the Maldives

For all travelers, it takes a plane ride or three to land in this far-flung slice of paradise. So, while a weekend to the Maldives may work for travelers based in Asia, five nights will suffice if you’re crunched for time and budget. And if neither is an issue, plan for at least a week to fully unwind and embrace island life.

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2. You can get around via seaplane or speedboat

When choosing your island resort, pay attention to whether it’s reachable by seaplane or speedboat. Although seaplane transfers give picture-worthy views of the pearl-shaped atolls, they often cost much more. And be aware there’s a 25kg (55lbs) total luggage per person allowance on seaplanes. So, if you’re looking to save money, pick a resort closer to Male that you can transfer to via speedboat. You can also take a domestic flight to another atoll in the Maldives and a speedboat to the resort.

3. Island-hopping is doable (and encouraged)

Many travelers spend weeks poring over which private island resort is the best for them, but you don’t have to choose one. Beach bums can split their time between resorts. You’ll need to travel back to Male airport, where a representative from your next resort will meet you and transfer you there via seaplane or speedboat. If the resorts are close together, you can charter a speedboat from one resort to another.

4. Aim to land in Male in the morning

If you’re staying at a resort accessible by seaplane transfer, arriving in the morning is crucial. Once the sun sets, seaplanes stop flying, so you’d need to stay overnight in Male or Hulhumale to wait for the next seaplane. If your resort is accessible via a speedboat or water taxi, arriving at night is less of an issue, but the Maldives scenery is so stunning you’ll want to be able to see it.

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5. Understand “island time”

These tiny private islands operate by their own rules, including their own time zones. Some resorts will ask guests to set their clocks to “island time,” an hour forward to give them an extra hour of sunlight for snorkeling or swimming .

6. Stock up well (there are no grocery stores for tourists)

There are no grocery stores or Walmarts on these tiny private islands. So, triple-check that you’ve got everything you need, including reef-safe sunscreen to help protect one of the Maldives’ most precious natural habitats. Every resort has a boutique store where you can pick up necessities you may have forgotten, but prices are often insanely expensive.

7. Familiarize yourself with the prohibited items list

The Maldives is a devout Muslim country with strict rules. So travelers entering cannot bring alcohol, pornographic materials, pork products or idols of worship  among other things . If anything prohibited is found, it will be taken away on arrival.

8. Local islands are a bargain but come with caveats

The local islands are a great and safe option for travelers on a budget and those not willing to shell out thousands for an island getaway. Small Maldivian-run guesthouses offer a much more intimate look at daily life, but there are a few things to know first. Alcohol is illegal on local islands, so don’t expect to enjoy a beer by the beach. Travelers must also dress conservatively on local islands by covering their shoulders and knees. Women don’t need to cover their heads, but wearing a bathing suit outside of designated “bikini beaches” is not allowed and could land you with a fine.

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9. There’s no standard tipping etiquette

Tipping on top of your restaurant bill at the resort is not expected because a 10% tip is already included. However, if you want to leave something for your favorite server at the end of your stay that is more than OK. Guests can also write a review calling out their favorite team members; management often rewards staff for stellar service. Leaving a tip ranging from US$2 to US$10 per day for housekeeping is also customary. And if you have a butler, tipping 10% of the cost of your stay is a good rule.

10. You can pay in USD

The local currency is the Maldivian rufiya, but US dollars are also accepted. You can get some local currency from the ATM at the airport on arrival. If you want to exchange money for rufiya, you can do so in the airport at the Bank of Maldives Foreign Exchange. Keep your receipt with you so you can change anything extra back into your local currency when you leave.

11. Resort doctors can help with health concerns

The vast majority of travelers will go straight from the plane to a private island resort. Should you have any health issues during your stay, the on-island doctor will be able to assist you.

12. There is a “green tax” for tourists

Every tourist is charged a government tax to stay in a hotel, liveaboard or guesthouse. The tax is US$6 per day unless you’re staying in a guesthouse on a local island with 50 or fewer registered rooms, then the tax is US$3 per day. The charge will be included in your overall bill.

13. Sustainability initiatives are everywhere 

As the world’s lowest-lying country, the Maldives is under serious threat from climate change. Nearly every resort has sustainability initiatives, which might include coral regeneration, onsite gardens, turtle rehabilitation and/or unique mosquito trapping methods instead of chemical spraying. A few of the more sustainable resorts to choose from are Soneva , Six Senses , Four Seasons , Kudadoo and Gili Lankanfushi . Beware of greenwashing , where organizations claim sustainability credentials that aren't as impactful as they suggest.

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When Is the Best Time to Go to the Maldives?

By Anna Prendergast

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Some destinations are just gorgeous year-round, but when is the best time to go to the Maldives to make the most of the weather in this dream destination? Whether your goal is to relax with perfect sunshine, or you'd ideally like to skip peak season to avoid crowds, planning in advance is important ahead of a trip as big as this.

Chances are, you want to go the the Maldives because you've seen how truly beautiful it is. Dotted like ink blots in the clear, tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an archipelago made up of more than 1,000 islands, 200 of which are inhabited. Historically a honeymoon destination , the best hotels in the Maldives have shifted the destination up a gear, opening it up further to the realms of solo travel and multi-generational holidays. Between the consistently hot weather, unspoiled sandy beaches , high-design hotels, and award-winning restaurants, it’s hard to find fault with this small but mighty contender for winter sunshine.

But there's no denying that it's a bucket list destination for many, so it's understandable that you'd want to plan as much as possible to find the perfect time to go. Here's what you need to know.

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When is the best time to go to the Maldives?

There’s no bad time to visit the Maldives, but few places offer such a perfect antidote to the UK ’s long, dark winters. It really does have it all: upwards of eight hours of sun per day, average temperatures of around 82°F, an ocean teeming with wildlife and some of the smartest hotels in the world.

For many, the best time to visit the Maldives is December to April, as that's dry season, with little rain and low humidity leading to bright blue skies, cloudless days and still, balmy evenings. Wet season starts in May and ends in October, with considerably more rain and occasionally strong winds. For scuba divers and snorkelers, visibility is particularly good during the dry season, too, as a result of currents flowing from the northeast (the eastern atolls enjoy the best visibility, with whale sharks and manta rays most commonly spotted between August and November).

November and April are considered ‘shoulder season’, when room rates and flight prices are lower, travelers can make serious savings and weather still averages 88°F.

When is the cheapest time to visit the Maldives?

The cheapest time to visit the Maldives is during the low season, which is May to November. The low season sees hotel rates drop substantially, with free transfers, free nights and room upgrades thrown in regularly. You risk some cloudy days and light showers, but temperatures remain in the mid-80s, so you're still in for a treat of a trip. If you're looking for more tricks, then take a look at our guide on how to have a cheap holiday in the Maldives.

A few extra tips: swap the seaplane for a speedboat to save yourself more than $250, and be on the lookout for new hotels, which offer introductory deals in the first few months of opening.

What's winter like in the Maldives?

Whether you’ve got your PADI or you just fancy a fun dive, dipping beneath the archipelago’s surface is a magical experience. From the native corals, colorful anemones and otherworldly nudibranch to the docile sea turtles, swooping manta rays and curious (but harmless) whale sharks, the excellent visibility here makes it one of the best places to witness marine life in its natural habitat. Many resorts have in-house marine biologists who enable budding conservationists of every age to learn more about the environment and help make a positive impact on it. Indulgent infinity pools and white sandy sweeps descending into shallow, sparkling waters are primed for a paddle; secluded picnic spots and private terraces make for the finest of dining experiences; overwater villas make even your down-time up-market; wellness centres and bespoke spa experiences help you to fully embrace the go-slow pace.

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What are the Maldives like during Christmas and New Year?

During the festive season in the Maldives, Santa doesn’t use a sledge, he flies by seaplane. And despite the Maldives’ quiet, low-key attitude, many of the resorts still know how to throw a party and get guests in the festive mood: Gili Lankanfushi kicks off the season with a ​​Christmas tree lighting ceremony, whilst the The Nautilus hosts Santa hat-making classes for kids and Father Christmas drops off gifts for adults and kids at Joali . From Christmas movies on the beach to New Year’s celebrations under the stars, even those trying to escape all the duties that holiday season can bring can’t help but get into the festive spirit.

Where to stay in the Maldives

Truly, it's hard to find a bad resort in this slice of paradise. Where you choose to stay will depend on your budget, but Kudadoo , the country’s first solar-powered hotel and its first all-inclusive luxury hotel, is a good place to start. Arranged around a circular wooden walkway out at sea, its 15 rooms conjure spacious Japanese ryokans, fronted by a wide deck, plunge pool and ladder into the swirling blue sea.

Gili Lankanfushi is set in one of the most eye-wateringly beautiful lagoons in the country, a vision of broad white beaches, and all the villas here are stilted over the water, keeping the island wild and the beaches on full dazzling display.

At the JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa , an Indian Ocean version of the white-picket perfection of the Hamptons , there isn’t a hibiscus out of place or a palm that hasn’t been preened. This is an ultra-slick take on the tropical paradise blueprint.

A version of this article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveller .

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While there’s never a bad time to be in the maldives, if you’re spending a small fortune on a holiday, you want to make sure it ticks all of your boxes here’s the lowdown on the best time to go..

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the best time to visit the Maldives – what’s right for one person could be completely wrong for another. It all depends on what you want from your holiday. Some people crave guaranteed sunshine, others want pumping surf or superb visibility for diving and snorkelling, and some people simply want to maximise their budget.  

Whatever you want from your time in paradise, our month-by-month guide will help you get it. And to make it even simpler, we created a quick reference guide or cheat sheet that you can download and save for later.

The best time to go to the Maldives at a glance

The Maldives has a tropical climate and is hot year-round, with daytime temperatures consistently between 28 and 31ºC (82 and 88ºF). The best time to visit is largely defined by the country’s two distinct seasons – the dry season (northeast monsoon), which runs from January to March and the wet season (southwest monsoon), which spans May to November. December and April are transitional months.

  • Dry season in the Maldives: January – March (northeast monsoon)
  • Wet season in the Maldives: May – November (southwest monsoon)
  • Transitional months for weather: April and December
  • Best weather in the Maldives overall: January – March
  • Month with the least rainfall: February
  • Month with the most rainfall: October
  • Best time for surfing in the Maldives: March – November
  • Best visibility for diving in the Maldives: December – April
  • Most affordable time to visit the Maldives: May – October

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Month-by-month guide

January in the maldives.

Why visit in January: January consistently serves up excellent weather with plenty of sunshine and gentle breezes. It’s the perfect time to visit if you’re hoping for clear skies and warm temperatures. The ocean tends to be calm and visibility is superb, making it an ideal time for snorkelling or a stay at one of the Maldives’ top diving resorts .

Weather in January: Expect average high temperatures around 29°C (84°F) with the possibility of showers, particularly in the southern atolls. 

Top activities: Snorkelling, diving, watersports, and outdoor activities like excursions, sunset dinners, stargazing, and open-air cinema.

February in the Maldives

Maldives best weather January to March

Why visit in February: February typically offers the Maldives’ best weather, with long days of sunshine and rainfall at its lowest level for the year. Light winds, calm water, and excellent underwater visibility make it a great time for water-based activities and excursions. It’s also the ideal month for couples looking for a romantic retreat, with many resorts offering special packages for Valentine’s Day.

Weather in February: Temperatures are pleasant, with highs around 29°C (84°F) and minimal rainfall.

Top activities: Snorkelling, diving, watersports, and outdoor activities like excursions, sunset dinners, stargazing, and outdoor cinema, plus couples’ spa treatments.

March in the Maldives

Why visit in March: The dry season continues throughout March with hot, sunny days and little rainfall. March is also the beginning of the surf season in the Maldives, so if you’re looking for a combination of waves and great weather, now’s the time to head to a luxury surf resort . That being said, as March is part of the shoulder season for surfing, you might find that swells are not as consistent as later in the year, so if guaranteed waves are your priority, it could pay to wait a little longer.

Weather in March: Days are typically dry and sunny with highs of around 31°C (88°F), but you may experience the odd rain shower.

Top activities: Snorkelling, diving, surfing, watersports, and outdoor activities like excursions, sunset dinners, stargazing, and open-air cinema.

April in the Maldives

Best season to visit Maldives for diving and snorkelling

Why visit in April: April is the last month of peak season in the Maldives and continues to offer lovely weather and great conditions for water sports, with good visibility for diving and snorkelling. Towards the end of the month, the dry season gives way to the southwest monsoon season and you may experience higher rainfall.

Weather in April: Average high temperatures hover around 31°C (88°F), with occasional rainfall, particularly later in the month. 

May in the Maldives

Why visit in May: As the southwest monsoon takes over, perfect weather trades places with perfect waves, so if surfing in the Maldives is on your bucket list, start packing. May marks the beginning of the low season, with fewer crowds and cheaper deals available. This is also a great time to spot manta rays and whale sharks in the central atolls. 

Weather in May: Expect the wind to pick up, along with occasional heavy rainfall and overcast skies. Temperatures remain warm at around 31°C (88°F).

Top activities: Surfing, kitesurfing, swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, spa treatments, and wellness experiences.

June in the Maldives

Best month to go to Maldives for spa and wellness

Why visit in June: June continues the monsoon season, but don’t let the possibility of rain deter you. It’s a great time for guilt-free relaxation and rejuvenation, with luxury resorts offering world-class spa treatments and wellness experiences, many in stunning overwater spas. Resort prices are among the lowest in June, making it a fantastic time to visit the Maldives on a budget .

Weather in June: Sunny periods are usually interspersed with rainfall. Temperatures remain around 31°C (88°F).

Top activities: Surfing, kitesurfing, swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, spa treatments, and wellness sessions like yoga and meditation.

July in the Maldives

Why visit in July: July is ideal for a diverse range of travellers seeking relaxation and adventure. Rain may feature in your itinerary, but so will the opportunity for encounters with breathtaking marine life, nourishing wellness experiences, and watersports like surfing and kitesurfing.

Weather in July: Rainfall continues, but so do sunny breaks. Temperatures remain warm at around 31°C (88°F).

August in the Maldives

Maldives surf season March to November

Why visit in August: August is an excellent time to visit the Maldives if you don’t mind the possibility of rain. Resort and flight prices remain among their lowest, and many resorts offer perks like complimentary villa and meal plan upgrades. The surf season is in full swing, with consistent swells producing the biggest waves between June and August.

Weather in August: Occasional rain with sunny periods. Temperatures remain warm at around 31°C (88°F).

September in the Maldives

Why visit in September: September continues to offer lower prices and fewer crowds, along with the opportunity to witness incredible marine life, like manta rays and whale sharks. While the weather can be unpredictable, there are still plenty of sunny intervals to enjoy outdoor activities and water sports such as surfing and kitesurfing. 

Weather in September: A mix of downpours and sunny periods. Temperatures remain around 30°C (86°F).

October in the Maldives

Best time to go to Maldives - swim with whale sharks

Why visit in October: October is the start of the transitional period between the wet monsoon and the dry monsoon seasons. The weather is typically a mix of heavy rain and sunshine, but the warm waters of the Maldives remain inviting year-round and October offers excellent conditions for various water sports. 

Weather in October: Possibly abundant rainfall but a healthy amount of sunshine too, with temperatures peaking around 30°C (86°F).

November in the Maldives

Why visit in November: Weather-wise, November is similar to October in that you can expect a mix of rain and sunshine, but rainfall should start gradually reducing as we head towards the dry season, particularly in the northern atolls. 

Weather in November: Sunshine and showers, with daytime temperatures peaking around 29°C (84°F).

Top activities: Surfing, swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, spa treatments, and wellness experiences.

December in the Maldives

December in Maldives improving weather

Why visit in December: December is the beginning of the dry season in the Maldives and the weather starts to become more settled, particularly in the northern atolls, though showers are still possible. Many luxury resorts offer special packages for the festive period, including lavish celebration dinners. Underwater visibility also begins to improve in December, and it’s a great time to enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving.

Weather in December: Plenty of sun with occasional showers. Temperatures hover around 29°C (84°F).

Top activities: Special festive celebrations, water sports, and exploring the vibrant underwater world.

A caveat to the best time to visit the Maldives

When you’re weighing up the best time to visit the Maldives, it’s important to remember that all weather data is based on past conditions, and it’s impossible to predict the future. So while the wet season months of May to November typically see more unsettled weather with higher rainfall, you could have back-to-back days of sunshine. Equally, you could experience grey skies and showers in the dry season – there’s no way to know for sure what will happen. 

Bear in mind that the Maldives is a long, thin chain of islands spanning more than 500 miles from north to south. Just as you’d expect different cities to have different weather, the same is true from one atoll to another and even neighbouring islands! 

Finally, don’t forget that weather averages usually take account of the whole country and that regional variations, for example, higher rainfall in the southern atolls, may slightly skew the overall picture. Use the weather data as a guide, but don’t rely on it in absolute terms. 

And, as always, if you need help planning any aspect of your Maldives holiday, feel free to get in touch .

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Made up of nearly 1,200 coral islands strung north to south in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is one of the most popular beach destinations on the planet. Known for world-class diving, miles of empty white-sand beaches, and resorts oozing with luxury, the Maldives isn’t always the most budget-friendly destination (though bargains can be found). But if you’re looking for mind-blowing sunsets, sugary sand, and the most turquoise water you’ve ever seen, break out your credit card and book a flight. Read on for our complete Maldives visitor’s guide, and learn the best places to stay, eat, dive, and explore in this spectacular tropical locale.

Planning Your Trip

Best Time To Visit: In true tropical island style, temperatures in the Maldives average 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) year-round, and there are only two main seasons; dry and wet. The dry season comes in fall and winter, from November through April, with temperatures ranging from 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) to 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). The low, monsoon season runs from May through October, with the wettest month usually falling in June. Temperatures in the rainy season range from 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) to 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius).

Getting Around: As an island nation spread across hundreds of miles of the ocean, it’s only natural that boats are the country’s transport mainstay, so prepare your sea legs (or Dramamine). For those staying near the capital or attempting a more budget holiday, ferries are offered between some of the more populated islands in the Malé Atoll capital area. Speedboat taxis can be hired for short-distance island hopping, and private resort speedboats whisk guests away to properties in the immediate vicinity. For resorts set in distant atolls, further transport will be via seaplane or a domestic flight to one of the more far-flung airports followed by speedboat transfer to the resort.

Travel Tip: Many visitors to the Maldives must travel by seaplane to reach their final destination, so it’s important to note that seaplanes only operate during daylight hours. If your flight arrives after dark, consider staying at a nearby hotel on either Hulhulé Island or in nearby Malé city.

Things to Do

This is a country surrounded by water, water, and more water, so it's only natural that water sports have emerged as the leading activity in the Maldives. Landlubbers can bask in the sun on deserted sandbanks, or perhaps spend the day in one of the dozens of spas dotted at upmarket resorts throughout the nation.

  • Diving: Some of the world's best diving can be found in the Maldives' coral atolls. Spot whale sharks and manta rays from May through November in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, or dive deep with octopi and reef sharks to explore some of the area's famed shipwrecks.
  • Water sports: Snorkeling, stand-up paddle, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, and every other water sport imaginable are available year-round. Most resorts include access to non-motorized water sports equipment, and the larger populated islands generally have water sports rental facilities.
  • Spa experiences: The Maldives is home to some of the most indulgent hotel spas in the world. These havens of tranquility offer everything from Thai massages set in overwater villas, to underwater treatment rooms, to complete detox, rejuvenation, or restoration packages. Most resorts have a spa on the property, so it's only a matter of choosing which will best suit your budget and relaxation desires.
  • Nothing: Perhaps the ultimate activity of all in the Maldives is doing absolutely nothing. This definition of "nothing" means laying on a sun lounger on one of the country's best beaches , staring into the sea-green distance while sipping ice-cold coconut water and reading a novel.

What to Eat and Drink

Maldivian cuisine borrows mainly from India and Sri Lanka, which both highlight hot, spicy flavors. But in the Maldives, what you’ll eat largely depends on where you stay. High-end resorts offer a variety of a la carte local and international fare in a host of luxurious settings, including in overwater and underwater restaurants .

Budget resorts are more likely to provide buffet meals with both Western and Asian options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are also small local eateries and cafes on many of the inhabited islands, purveying specialties such as fish cakes, soups, and curries.

Alcohol is prohibited in the Maldives (except for tourists at licensed hotels and resorts), so don’t expect to wash down your curry with a beer in any of the local establishments. Many of the more upmarket resorts, however, have full bars, and even wine cellars with hundreds of vintages to choose from.

Where to Stay

If visitors stay in the city of Malé, it’s rarely for more than one night, as there’s not much going on in the capital other than commerce, a few restaurants, and a museum or two. Most visitors stay in one of the dozens of resorts, which are often set on private islands in one of the country’s myriad coral atolls.

Accommodations vary widely in the Maldives, from rustic local guesthouses to some of the world’s most expensive resorts. If you’re on a budget, there are a handful of guesthouses and small hotels in many of the inhabited islands, such as in the North Malé Atoll or Ari Atoll.

There are also a variety of all-inclusive resorts, which range widely in quality. Check out Adaaran Prestige Vadoo , which is only 20 minutes by speedboat from the airport and has overwater villas with private pools, or the chic design and five restaurants at LUX* South Ari Atoll .

The Maldives’ lineup of five-star resorts are the stuff holiday dreams are made of. Postcard-perfect beaches, overwater villas, serene spas, and private butlers are only a taste of what to expect should you choose to splurge. Some of the most popular (and expensive) options include chains such as the Four Seasons , St. Regis , and the Six Senses , plus properties like Soneva Jani , which features massive overwater villas with private pools and waterslides, or Huvafen Fushi Maldives which has the world’s first and only underwater spa.

Getting There

The gateway to the Maldives is Velana International Airport (MLE), formerly Malé International Airport, which is set on an island adjacent to the capital city of Malé. Upon arrival, the best transport mode depends on where you’re staying. A bridge connects the airport (on Hulhulé Island) to adjacent Malé city, or there are taxis, speedboat taxis, and regularly scheduled (though not always on time) ferries.

The Maldives’ seafaring past and Indian Ocean location means the remote country has been heavily influenced by its closest neighbors, India and Sri Lanka, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Africa. Many visitors will only see the surroundings of their chosen resort, but the Maldives possesses cultural treasures on the local islands and in Malé that are also worth exploring.

  • One of the oldest mosques in the Maldives is the Malé Hukuru Miskiy, or Old Friday Mosque, which was built from ornately carved coral in 1658. The mosque is set on Hulhulé Island, an easy taxi ride from the airport.
  • The Maldives National Museum in Malé is a compact yet illuminating repository for the country’s prized artifacts. Displays range from ancient to modern times and contain everything from religious carvings to whale skeletons to lacquered wood boxes handmade by Maldivian craftspeople.
  • Across Sultan Park from The Maldives National Museum is The National Art Gallery. Established in 1999, this relatively new museum houses collections of Maldivian art from both past and present.

Money-Saving Tips

  • May through October is monsoon season in much of Southeast Asia, and the Maldives is no exception. Although summer can sometimes bring heavy rainfall and severe storms, most often there are only afternoon showers, and risking a visit during these monsoon months (particularly June, considered the wettest month) means deep discounts compared to visiting the country during the peak season.
  • Since alcohol is heavily taxed and marked-up in the Maldives, a drinks bill at the end of your trip can pose a hefty surprise. To keep the holiday stress-free and the umbrella drinks coming, consider choosing an all-inclusive package if you plan to indulge in adult libations during your stay.

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The Maldives is a destination that has a starring role in many vacationers’ dreams. White sand, crystal clear water, and a remote location make it an exotic playground that many of us have at the top of our bucket lists.

When planning a trip to the Maldives, there are a lot of things to take into consideration, including what resort you’ll stay at, how you’ll get there, how much money you plan on spending, and of course, what time of year you want to visit.

While the Maldives is a year-round destination, there are 2 distinct seasons that offer different benefits and drawbacks. In this guide, we’ll explore the best times to visit the Maldives, both by season and by interest. So, if you’re wondering about the best time to visit the Maldives for snorkeling or the best time to visit the Maldives to save money, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s get to it and start exploring the best (and worst) times to visit the Maldives.

The Maldives is an archipelago made up of over 1,000 islands located in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka and India. Since it’s situated just north of the equator, the temperature stays relatively constant throughout the year with high temperatures in the mid-80s and low temperatures in the mid- to high 70s.

Maldives location on a map

Of all the islands in the Maldives, only about 200 are inhabited. These islands are separated into 26 atolls — ring-shaped islands or chains of islands — spread out over 500 miles north to south and 80 miles east to west.

The Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world , with not a single island sitting higher than 6 feet above sea level. The capital, Malé, is only 3.2 square miles and is home to over 250,000 people, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Hot Tip: Learn about the best ways to fly and stay in the Maldives with points and miles in our detailed guide!

The Maldives is a bit unique because it doesn’t experience 4 seasons like many places around the world. Instead, it has 2 — a dry season and a wet season.

Let’s take a look at the difference between these 2 seasons, as well as the weather in the Maldives each month. Keep in mind that the islands and atolls are spread out over about 500 miles north to south, so the weather can vary throughout the country.

Wet Season in The Maldives

Maldives in rainy season

The wet ( southwest monsoon) season in the Maldives is from May to October . Each island can see up to 9.5 inches of rain in a single month, making it a less popular time to visit for many tourists. However, just because it’s the wet season doesn’t mean there aren’t any sunny days. The weather during this time period is unpredictable and can include a combination of massive rainstorms with multiple sunny days.

The southern atolls see more yearly rainfall overall than the northern atolls, but storms are less frequent there and it’s less windy and sunnier overall.

Dry Season in The Maldives

Palm tree in the Maldives

The dry (northeast monsoon) season in the Maldives is from November to April . This is generally thought of as the best time to visit. While this is considered the dry season, it can still rain during this time period. November and December can actually see quite a bit of rain, mostly in the form of brief afternoon or evening thunderstorms, so keep that in mind when planning your trip to the Maldives. For the best chance of dry weather, plan your vacation for February or March.

Overwater bungalows in the Maldives

The Maldives in January

January is a peak time to visit the Maldives. Temperatures range between 77 and 84 degrees. The days are mostly sunny with an average rainfall of about 2.95 inches. Prices can be high, especially at the beginning of the month around New Year’s Day.

The Maldives in February

February is one of the best months to visit the Maldives. With less than 2 inches of rain, it’s also the driest month of the year . The temperature ranges from 79 to 84 degrees and the warm waters are crystal clear. February is prime time for romantic getaways, so expect high prices, especially around Valentine’s Day.

The Maldives in March

March is also a popular month to visit the Maldives. Temperatures range from 81 to 86 degrees and rainfall is at a minimum. It’s a great time for snorkeling and scuba diving since the waters are still calm and clear during this time. Prices can still be pretty high during March, especially when Easter falls during the month.

Hot Tip: The Maldives lies just north of the equator, so the sun can be intense. If you plan to spend lots of time outside, be sure to protect your skin with a rash guard and lots of sunscreen.

The Maldives in April

April is a transition month in the Maldives. This time between the dry and wet seasons can see unpredictable weather, including frequent afternoon storms, although there are still plenty of sunny days to be had. Water temperatures are at the highest of the year, averaging 86 degrees, so it’s a great time for activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. Air temperatures are also at the highest of the year , ranging from 81 to 88 degrees.

The Maldives in May

May marks the beginning of the wet season in the Maldives. This means there will be fewer crowds and lower prices, but also a higher chance of a lot of rain. Water visibility reduces and sea conditions can become a bit rougher. While that’s not great for scuba diving and snorkeling, it’s perfect for surfing. The temperatures in May drop from their April peak but are still warm with averages between 79 and 86 degrees. May can be quite a wet month, averaging over 8 inches of rain.

The Maldives in June

June can be very rainy in the Maldives which often receives almost 7 inches of rain, leading resorts to offer lower prices . This is great if you’re trying to save money, but set your expectations to include the possibility of some massive storms. While it can be wet anywhere in the country in June, the southern islands and atolls tend to be a little drier than the northern ones. Temperatures range from 79 to 84 degrees.

Paddle board in Maldives

The Maldives in July

While July is a rainy month in the Maldives, prices can increase slightly due to summer vacations. Temperatures remain steady between 79 and 84 degrees. July is a great time for surfing in the Maldives .

The Maldives in August

While still part of the wet season, August is a popular time to visit the Maldives due to school vacations. Temperatures are similar to June and July, ranging from 79 to 84 degrees. Rainfall can be a little less in the north than in the south, with the country seeing about 7.5 inches of rain in August.

The Maldives in September

September is the wettest month in the Maldives and the peak of the low season. Rainfall averages about 9.5 inches and downpours can be heavy. While this can be a good time to visit for surfers or those looking for low rates, it’s not ideal if you want to soak up the sun or float in calm waters outside of your overwater bungalow. Temperatures are still warm though, ranging from 77 to 84 degrees.

The Maldives in October

October is another transition month in the Maldives, with the wet season coming to an end and the dry season emerging toward the end of the month. Rainfall averages between 8.5 inches and 9 inches in October. There’s still great surfing during this month and temperatures remain steady between 77 and 84 degrees. Prices should still be relatively low since the weather can be unpredictable .

The Maldives in November

November is the coolest month in the Maldives , although it’s far from cold with temperatures ranging from 75 to 84 degrees. It’s the end of the surf season and the beginning of the peak season in the Maldives. Average rainfall drops below 8 inches but heavy downpours can still be common. Resort prices start to creep back up this month.

The Maldives in December

December is the beginning of peak travel times in the Maldives, although it’s actually one of the wettest months! December can see over 9 inches of rain, but it tends to happen at the beginning of the month. Temperatures remain balmy, fluctuating between 77 and 84 degrees. The Christmas and New Year holidays at the end of the month are popular times to visit the Maldives and therefore prices can be sky high. Some resorts may even have minimum stay requirements if you’re visiting during the holidays.

Bottom Line: The temperature is fairly consistent year-round in the Maldives, so you’ll want to pay attention to the wet and dry seasons when choosing when to plan your trip. The most popular time to visit the Maldives is during the dry season from November to April. If you’re trying to save some money, aim to visit during the wet season from May to October, but be prepared for some potentially wet days.

The Best Times To Visit the Maldives for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Manta Rays in Maldives

The Maldives is a great location for scuba diving and snorkeling. While these are year-round activities, the water tends to be calmer, making the visibility better, from January through April . However, some wildlife, like manta rays and whale sharks, make more frequent appearances during the wet season.

Water temperatures are nice and warm throughout the year, ranging from about 80 to 86 degrees. The warmest water temperatures in the Maldives occur between March and June.

Hot Tip: Even in warm water like you’ll find in the Maldives, it’s always a good idea to wear a wetsuit if you plan to scuba dive. Make sure to check out our guide to the best snorkels, masks, fins, and snorkel sets if you prefer to travel with your own gear.

The Best Times To Visit The Maldives To See Bioluminescence

Did you know that bioluminescent plankton can make the nighttime sea glow in the Maldives? This phenomenon occurs when these microorganisms emit a blue light underwater. This beautiful display is actually thought to be a defense mechanism. Whatever it is, count yourself lucky if you get to witness it.

While it’s hard to predict when bioluminescence will be visible in the Maldives, your best chances of seeing it are between June and November when the skies are darkest and there is the largest amount of plankton in the sea. The hotspot to see bioluminescence in the Maldives is the “Sea of Stars” on Vaadhoo Island in Raa Atoll.

The Best Times To Visit The Maldives for Surfing

Surfing in Maldives

The best time for surfing in the Maldives is from February through November . While many tourists want to avoid the wet season from May to October in the Maldives, it’s actually a popular time to visit among surfers since the waves and swells can be bigger during this time.

The Best Times To Visit The Maldives for a Honeymoon

If you’re lucky enough to be planning your honeymoon in the Maldives, you’ll want to put some thought into when you’ll be visiting. For the best weather, shoot for a trip between January and April. February and March are the months that tend to be the driest. However, if you are trying to save some money, consider visiting during the wet season from May to October. While you may have some rainy days, resort prices will be cheaper. And relaxing in an overwater bungalow with your new spouse during a tropical rainstorm can be a romantic way to spend the afternoon!

The Cheapest Time To Go to The Maldives

Let’s be clear — it’s never really “cheap” to go to the Maldives. However, you can save a little money by visiting during the wet season from May to October.

According to Google Travel, hotels are the most expensive in December and January, so avoid those months if you’re trying to save money. April through October will have the lowest hotel prices of the year .

Another great way to save money on your trip to the Maldives is to use points and miles for your hotel and flights .

The Maldives is a tropical destination at the center of many travelers’ vacation dreams. It’s exotic, remote, and picture-perfect. However, there are things to consider when planning a trip to the Maldives, like the different seasons and the high prices.

The best time to visit the Maldives depends on what you’re looking for and what your budget is. For the best weather, visit during the dry season from November to April. If you want to save some money, aim for the wet season from May to October.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best month to go to the maldives.

The Maldives is a year-round destination, but overall, the best months to visit are January to April, with February and March being your best bets for the driest weather.

When should you avoid the Maldives?

While there is no specific time when you should absolutely avoid the Maldives, September and October tend to be the least popular months to visit the island nation. Both of these months are very rainy and can see up to 9.5 inches of rainfall, on average.

What is the hottest month in the Maldives?

While the temperatures don’t fluctuate too much throughout the year, April tends to be the hottest month in the Maldives with temperatures ranging from 81 to 88 degrees.

What is off-season in the Maldives?

The wet season from May to October is considered the off-season in the Maldives. Weather during these months can be unpredictable with heavy afternoon thunderstorms.

Does it get cold in the Maldives?

No, the Maldives is a nation that lies very close to the equator so it never really gets cold. Temperatures rarely dip below 75 degrees.

What's the cheapest time to go to the Maldives?

Generally, the wet season from May to October is the cheapest time to visit the Maldives. It’s also good to avoid holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, and Valentine’s Day to help keep costs lower.

What is the rainy season in the Maldives?

The rainy season in Maldives is from May to October. Weather during these months can be unpredictable with heavy afternoon thunderstorms. However, November and December can get quite a bit of rain, too, so avoid those months if you prefer drier weather.

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Traveling to the Maldives – A Month-by-Month Guide to the Best Times to Go

The Maldives is hot and sunny all year, with average temperatures of between 23ºC / 74ºF and 31ºC / 88 ºF, making it an ideal year-round destination for some fun in the sun. There are, however, better times of the year to travel to the Maldives, as some months see higher rainfall and winds than others. The island nation enjoys the best weather between November and April with full days of sunshine, warm air and sea temperatures, and very little rainfall. The monsoon season runs between May and October, peaking around June, with the northern atolls seeing the highest rainfall between May and November, and the southern atolls between November and March.

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Dry Season and Wet Season

The dry season in the Maldives typically runs from around mid-December through early May, but these tend to change each year. The Northeast Monsoon season, which is most prevalent in the northern atolls, actually occurs between November and March, but due to being the dry season, it rarely amounts to anything more than a quick downpour or shower,  a couple times a week. The rainy season in the Maldives runs from early May through mid-December, with the Southwest Monsoon season (in the southern atolls) officially being in July and August.

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Cloudbursts and Sunshine

Typical of the tropics, when it rains in the Maldives, it pours down heavily for a short time and then clears up just as quickly. Even during the dry season, it is not unusual to have a brief, torrential downpour in the afternoon, followed by a beautifully clear and balmy evening. During the rainy season, it tends to rain more at night, so days are sunny and bright with just a few interspersed clouds and some light rainfall. It’s rare to have more than a few cloudy days per week with sunny days in between.

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It is relatively humid all year round in the Maldives with a typically muggy tropical feel, which takes a few days to become acclimatized to. The temperature, however, rarely peaks much above the averages, so even the high humidity is never unbearable like it can be in Mediterranean Europe during the hottest summer months.

Being an archipelagic island nation strung through a vast portion of the Indian Ocean, steady winds cross through the Maldives throughout the year, bringing cool breezes to the islands. During the Southern Hemisphere winter, which lasts from March until October, the North-East and South-West monsoons bring off-shore winds that create beautiful, peaking surfing waves for those who are there to surf.

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Here is a month-by-month guide to the weather in the Maldives and the best times to visit.

  • The Maldives in January

The Maldives’ weather in January sees hot, sunny days with low humidity and plenty of sunshine. There might be a slight chance of some rain, but this tends to occur in the afternoons and passes over quickly. The ocean is clear and warm with excellent visibility and is perfect for snorkeling and scuba-diving .

The Maldives in January: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

High: 30°C/86°F

Low: 25°C/77°F

Rain: 76 mm/3″

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  • The Maldives in February

February is probably one of the best months to visit the Maldives. It’s the nation’s driest month, with less than 70 mm of monthly rainfall, around 10 hours of sunshine every day, and balmy temperatures of 30°C / 86°F plus. Visibility is excellent for snorkeling and scuba-diving .

The Maldives in February: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Low: 26°C/78°F

Rain: 51 mm/2″

best travel time for maldives

  • The Maldives in March

March in the Maldives sees temperatures rising to an average of 30°C / 88°F which are great for long, lazy days on the beach, sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming. There might be a few possible short bursts of rain, which offer relief from the steaming temperatures, and visibility is excellent for snorkeling and scuba-diving . March is also the beginning of the surfing season in the Maldives, which brings beautiful waves and last until October. During this ‘surfing season,’ the biggest waves are most likely to occur between June and August, caused by storms in the Roaring Forties bringing big swells to the archipelago.

The Maldives in March: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

High: 31°C/88°F

Rain: 74 mm/2.9″

  • The Maldives in April

This is another gorgeously hot month in the Maldives with temperatures reaching into the mid-30s / 80s. April is officially the end of the dry season, and frequent showers begin to occur around the middle of the month. The air also becomes more humid, however, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is excellent.

The Maldives in April: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Low: 26°C/79°F

Rain: 132 mm/5.2″

  • The Maldives in May

May is officially the beginning of the wet season with hot, muggy days, average temperatures of 31°C / 88°F, and a high risk of heavy rainfall and storms during the day. Due to the heavy rainfall and higher levels of plankton in the water, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is slightly reduced, but still enjoyable. Be aware that if there are thunderstorms in the area, it’s not a good idea to be in the water, so head down to the beach for some water-based activities. May also sees the start of the holy month of Ramadan (known as Ramazan in the Maldives), bringing some restrictions to local islands.

The Maldives in May: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

High: 31°C/87°F

Rain: 216 mm/8.5″

  • The Maldives in June

While June has a high chance of rainfall and reduced visibility due to the plankton in the water, this is a fantastic time to dive with manta rays and whale sharks that come to feed on the vast amounts of plankton in the water. This month sees many of the resorts offering special deals where visitors can enjoy the plethora of non-beach and water-based amenities that they have to offer. The holy month of Ramadan (Ramazan) continues into June.

The Maldives in June: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Rain: 173 mm/6.8″

  • The Maldives in July

The Maldives’ weather in July is hot and humid, with short heavy downpours. This is a particularly good time of the year for surfers with the largest waves stemming from the storms in the Roaring Forties bringing big swells to the archipelago. Swell is amazingly consistent during this time of the year, with the average wave measuring two to eight-foot in height. It is also still a great time to dive with manta rays and whale sharks that come to feed on the enormous amounts of plankton in the water. The 26th July is the Maldivian Independence Day and sees parades and public celebrations on most of the resort islands.

The Maldives in July: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Rain: 147 mm/5.8″

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  • The Maldives in August

August is hot, humid and wet, with an average of seven hours of sunshine each day and short heavy downpours throughout the day. Visibility is slightly reduced due to the plankton in the water, but many of the resorts offer enticing deals, making it a favorite time to visit.

The Maldives in August: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Rain: 188 mm/7.4″

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  • The Maldives in September

September in the Maldives is one of the wettest months with average maximum temperatures of 30°C / 86°F and around seven hours of sunshine each day. Due to the heavy rainfall and higher levels of plankton in the water, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is slightly reduced, but still enjoyable with excellent chances of seeing manta rays and whale sharks.

The Maldives in September: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Rain: 244 mm/9.6″

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  • The Maldives in October

October is the Maldives’ wettest month, with high humidity and full days of rain. This is the last month of the Maldives’ surfing season, with the South-West monsoons, which occur between May and October, providing outstanding surfing the Northern and Central Atolls. Due to the heavy rainfall and higher levels of plankton in the water, visibility for snorkeling and scuba-diving is slightly reduced, but still, a great time to dive with manta rays and whale sharks.

The Maldives in October: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Rain: 221 mm/8.7″

  • The Maldives in November

November in the Maldives is the end of the wet season with short showers in the afternoons and otherwise bright, sunny days. Temperatures average around 30°C / 86°F, and the visibility of the water begins to clear of the plankton, making for good scuba-diving and snorkeling.

The Maldives in November: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Rain: 201 mm/7.9″

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  • The Maldives in December

The climate in December is primarily hot and dry with showers around the middle of the month. This time of year is ideal for a mid-winter escape and some sun. Christmas and New Year are particularly popular and may include minimum stays at some resorts.

The Maldives in December: Average Temperatures and Rainfall

High: 29°C/85°F

Rain: 231 mm/9.1″

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The best time to visit the Maldives is between January and April, during the dry season. There’s little rain and low humidity, while the climate is warm and tropical. Average highs are a consistent 84°F to 88°F year-round.

Temperatures are still warm from May to December, with average lows rarely falling below 75°F, but rain is more likely and there is a risk of storms. However, even during this wet season there are usually long spells of bright sunshine. Attractive prices and offers mean people are still likely to visit outside of peak season.

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Visiting the Maldives in January

With plenty of sunshine and warmth, this is a great time for a beach vacation. There is also great visibility for diving and snorkeling. This is a very popular time for traveling and booking in advance is advised.

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Visiting the Maldives in February - March

These are the driest months, with warm temperatures, low humidity and great visibility for diving and snorkeling. This is a very popular time for traveling and booking in advance is advised.

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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 toward the end of the month.

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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.

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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.

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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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Best Time to Visit Maldives: Ultimate Travel Breakdown

Dreaming of a vacation in a resort or overwater bungalow by the clear blue waters of the Maldives? The stunning natural beauty of the Maldives makes it one of the most popular bucket list destinations for travelers. It’s a destination for ultimate luxury , but even offers some incredible budget travel possibilities when done right!

But what time of year is the best time to visit Maldives?

In this guide to the best time to travel to Maldives, we’ll cover each travel season, and break down the pros and cons of travel during each season in the Maldives. Month by month, we’ll show you what to expect from the weather, crowds, and prices.

Weight these pros and cons and book your trip to the Maldives!

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Best Time to Travel To Maldives

Maldives is a bucket list trip for many travelers, so as you prepare for your trip, make sure you have a chance to think through what time of the year you’d like to travel. When traveling to Maldives, this is important.

There are many factors for travelers to remember when trying to decide the best time to travel to Maldives, as seasonal changes can significantly affect your travel experience and expenses.

These are some of the most important factors you’ll want to consider as you decide when is the best time to plan your trip:

  • Expenses: While Maldives budget travel is possible, generally, travel in Maldives can be extremely expensive. If you’re cost-conscious or would just love to get a great deal, consider traveling during the shoulder season or off-season, when you can expect up to 50% savings on accommodations.
  • Weather: How important is it that you can expect perfect sunshine every day of your trip to the Maldives? If you can’t bear the thought of vacating the beach while a rain storm passes, you’ll likely want to travel during the dry season, which is the high season for travel in the Maldives. This is between December and March.
  • Crowds: While most visitors tend to stick to their lovely Maldives resorts – there aren’t any tourist places overrun with travelers here – if you’re looking for less crowded resorts or excursions, traveling during the shoulder seasons or off-season might be a good idea.

Maldives Weather

One of the most important factors for travelers in booking their Maldives trip is considering the weather.

The Maldives enjoy warm, tropical weather year-round, with little variation in temperature. Most days, you can expect to see the thermometer hovering between 84 – 88°F (around 28 – 31°C) , which means whenever you visit, you’re in for a warm-weather getaway.

The greatest variation in Maldives weather, and a chief factor you’ll likely use in determining when to travel to Maldives, is the distinct dry season and wet season. The dry season in the Maldives falls between December and late April, while the wet season falls between May and November.

Below you’ll find our month-by-month breakdown of what to expect from the weather in the Maldives. Though there are more factors to consider when planning your trip than just weather, this will give you a good idea about what to expect when traveling.

Maldives Monsoon Season

With its location in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives can and do receive monsoons during the wet season months of May through October, so it’s important to be aware of this possibility before booking.

You’re much more likely to experience passing rainstorms than a monsoon . If you don’t think passing rainstorms and more overcast skies will get you down on your vacation, in all likelihood, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

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Maldives Travel By the Season

High season.

The high season for travel in the Maldives corresponds with the best weather in the country, perfect for that relaxing beach vacation you’ve been dreaming of. You’ll enjoy warm water, perfect weather for laying out on the beach, and great visibility for snorkeling and diving.

It’s the best time of the year to visit the Maldives, weather-wise.

The high season also means high prices, and at many hotels and resorts in the Maldives you can expect to pay anywhere from 25-50% more than what you would in the months before or after the high season, with prices being at least 50%+ more than they would be in the low season.

You’ll pay for what you’ll guarantee in perfect weather in a more expensive trip.

December is the start of the high season in the Maldives, and though you can expect great weather with lots of sun, there is a slightly higher chance of storms this month than in the other high-season months.

The second half of December, about the week before Christmas, is also when hotels start raising prices on rooms precipitously, so if you can sneak in a trip at the beginning of the month, you may still be able to find some savings.

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January is perhaps the busiest time of year for travel to the Maldives . The weather is almost always sunny and warm, and you’ll have excellent ocean conditions throughout the archipelago if you’re looking forward to swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

You’ll also find the highest prices of the year in hotels and resorts around the country.

If you can’t stand the thought of getting rained out on your vacation, February is the best time to visit the Maldives for you. February and March are historically the driest months in the Maldives, with lovely, warm weather and sunny days.

Prices for activities, transportation, and accommodations are still as high as ever.

The weather in March is much like it is in February, with dry, warm, sunny days perfect for spending in front of the ocean. Traveling in March guarantees you excellent weather!

Depending on whether Easter falls in February or March, you can expect a surge of travelers from Europe around this time; many have breaks from school or work around this time. Travel costs are still as high as ever in March.

Ramadan in the Maldives

Travelers should be aware that Ramadan usually falls sometime between the end of March and the beginning of May, though the exact dates vary from year to year.

While Ramadan will mean that some restaurants and other facilities are closed on larger, populated islands like Malé, this won’t affect most travelers to the Maldives. Hotels and resorts operate as normal despite the holiday, including selling alcohol .

Spring Shoulder Season

Traveling in the shoulder season – the time between the high and low seasons – is one of the best ways to save money on travel no matter where you’re headed. You’ll often find much more affordable accommodation costs and activities.

This is especially true when traveling to the Maldives, where accommodations are the most significant item on your budget. This makes the shoulder season a great choice for travelers looking for a little more luxury that you might be able to splurge for during the high season.

The first shoulder season of the year in the Maldives is in the spring, usually corresponding with mid to late April and May.

April is generally considered the best time to visit Maldives if you’re looking for a combination of great weather and lower prices.

April sees the full resorts of the high season start to empty out, and prices start to decline slightly in hotels and resorts as a result.

The beginning of April might be a great time to squeeze in a trip if you’re concerned about weather later in the year, as wet weather doesn’t usually start until later in the month of April or the beginning of May.

You’ll start to see more frequent wet weather in the Maldives starting in earnest in May, so while you’ll still enjoy warm weather, you might have to head instead during afternoon storms. You won’t see as much rain this early into the summer as you will later in the year.

With the start of the rainy season, you’ll also see prices fall more significantly at hotels and resorts, and for seaplanes, activities, and more. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, early May can be an excellent time to plan a visit.

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The low season for travel in the Maldives coincides with the rainy season. Expect more humid and hot days and rain or storms more frequently. Generally, rain storms are passing and don’t last long, though days can be overcast.

You’ll find excellent deals in hotels and resorts throughout the low season, so planning a low-season vacation can be a great way to save money if you’re traveling on a tight budget. Or, enjoy a more luxurious vacation than you might otherwise be able to afford!

June – September

You’ll find much of the same conditions for weather and travel throughout the low season: a mix of overcast and sunny days with passing showers and storms. You can also expect slightly less visibility in the ocean at this time due to currents and plankton, though you’ll still enjoy incredible, warm waters.

Your reward for traveling during the low season is more privacy on the beach or at your resort and much, much lower prices than you could expect otherwise. Think nearly 50% off of high season prices! This means you could splurge and have a truly unforgettable, luxurious stay.

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Fall Shoulder Season

After the low season, travel slowly starts picking up again in the Maldives for the fall shoulder season, which corresponds with the months of October, November, and even the first week or week and a half of December.

This is an excellent time to visit Maldives if you’re looking for slightly nicer weather and lower prices! You’re not guaranteed the nice weather of the high season, but you can expect clear skies and warm weather.

The low season just starts to come to a close in October, so you can expect good prices on accommodation and weather to get better and better as the dry season approaches. Expect warm weather, mixed sunny and overcast days , and passing storms.

Water conditions will have improved from the low, wet season, and you’ll have a better chance of spotting wildlife and enjoying the ultra-clear waters you’re expecting in the Maldives.

November is a great shoulder season month, with warm, nicer weather and more clear days, though rain storms can still pass. Prices are starting to rise again at this point in the year, but still haven’t reached their high season peaks, so you can still expect to find some good deals.

November is also a great time of year to swim with whale sharks , the stunning gentle giants of the ocean. While whale sharks are present in the Maldives year-round in different regions of the country, November and the beginning of December is the best time to visit Maldives if you’re looking forward to swimming with them.

The ocean is quite calm, and their movements make them easier to find during these months.

Best Time to Visit Maldives

As you’ll see, there is no one best time to visit Maldives – choosing when is best to visit for you means weighing a variety of factors before you book your tickets and make your reservations. Are you determined to have gorgeous weather? Or are you looking for the most bang for your buck?

No matter when you choose to travel, you’ll find that the Maldives offers plenty for travelers – even on limited budgets! – if you spend a bit of time planning how and when to embark on this bucket list trip.

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These are the best times to visit the Maldives

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Situated more than 600 miles southwest of Asia in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Maldives consists of 26 natural atolls surrounding over 1,000 white-sand islands. The islands are framed by turquoise seas and lagoons, making it the perfect place to snorkel, dive and simply escape everyday life.

Because of its location among important maritime trading routes, the Maldives maintains a rich culture influenced by Arabs, North Africans, Sri Lankans and Indians. The blend of customs, religions and cultures forms an unmistakably Maldivian culture, which was shaped when Islam was introduced to the region during the 12th century.

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But what the Maldives is best known for is its luxury resorts with overwater bungalows and impossibly clear blue waters. In November, Marriott debuted its five-star JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa (with rooms available from 70,000 points per night on off-peak dates). Hilton also expanded its presence in the Maldives when it opened the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and SAii Lagoon Maldives, a Curio Collection resort, last summer, available from 120,000 and 85,000 points, respectively, for a standard-room reward.

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Whether you intend to spend your time sipping cocktails, scuba diving or simply learning about a new and exciting culture, here's our definitive guide to some of the best times to visit the Maldives.

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When to find the best weather in the Maldives

The Maldives is often warm and sunny throughout the year, but its climate is split into a wet season and a dry season. During the dry season, from November through April, temperatures hover in the mid- to upper 80s. Average precipitation is lowest from January through March, but even during the dry season, an afternoon rain is possible.

During the wet season, from May through October, some islands may experience upward of nine inches of precipitation in a single month. Although this sounds like enough to ruin a vacation , most rain comes from fast-moving afternoon storms, allowing visitors to enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures the rest of the day.

In the southern atolls, the wet and dry seasons become slightly less pronounced. Rainfall is fairly consistent (and on the higher side) throughout the year.

When to travel to the Maldives to avoid the crowds

The wet season generally tends to be the slow season. There might be slightly less sunshine this time of year and rates tend to be lower and the crowds thinner .

Even during the wet season, it's not uncommon for there to be multiple sunny days in a row — especially toward the beginning and end of the season (May and October or November) — so don't let the season deter you.

When to visit the Maldives for water sports

Thanks to the Maldives' geographic location, it's a popular destination for water-fueled adventure.

The surf season runs from mid-February through November, which is when the largest swells can be found. If you're looking to canoe or kayak offshore, you may want to avoid visiting during surf season. Waters are calmer during December and January.

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A number of remote islands and an abundance of marine life make diving and snorkeling popular in the Maldives. Diving is great year-round, but visibility increases slightly during the dry season — specifically, January through April.

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When to visit the Maldives for events

The Maldives, which is largely a Muslim country, has a number of religious holidays and events throughout the year. Many are based on the Islamic lunar calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar many of us are familiar with. If there's a specific religious event you'd like to experience in the Maldives, be sure to check the exact date before booking travel.

For Maldivians, Independence Day is one of the most important days of the year. The holiday is usually celebrated on July 26, which is when the country gained its independence from Britain in 1965. During Independence Day, there are festivities, parades and performances across all the islands. The capital city, Malé, is one of the best places to experience the holiday.

Republic Day, which occurs in November, celebrates the establishment of the Republic of Maldives in 1968. Festivities include marching bands, parades, speeches, ceremonies and children walking the streets wearing their best clothes — a true display of the country's culture, heritage and pride.

Huravee Day, which signifies the day Sultan Hassan Izzuddeen freed the country from the occupation of South India in 1752, is celebrated with dancing and traditional meals. The celebration date is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, so it varies annually. In 2020, Huravee Day was celebrated on Jan. 28. In 2021, the holiday will fall on Jan. 16.

Since the Maldives is a Muslim country, Ramadan is an extremely significant holiday. The actual date varies with the Islamic calendar (it takes place on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar). The holiday is usually celebrated for about a month in the spring. During Ramadan, locals fast during the day, but restaurants and resorts operate as normal. Many restaurants do offer special meals for Iftar — the evening meal breaking each daily fast — which often comprise local foods and juices not typically served the rest of the year.

When to visit the Maldives to see bioluminescence

In oceans and bays around the world, bioluminescent plankton illuminate the water, almost like an aquatic imitation of the aurora borealis. While many animals on both land and sea emit a bioluminescent light (think: fireflies and jellyfish), the plankton often appear at the water's surface, giving it a bluish glow.

One of the most popular places to view the plankton is off of Vaadhoo Island in the Raa Atoll, although it's possible to see the phenomenon in any of the atolls. Your best bet is to visit between June and October, which is when the plankton are typically present.

Bioluminescence can only be seen in turbulent water, such as in the waves on the shoreline or wake from a boat. It can also appear after stirring the water with your foot or hand.

Cheapest time to visit the Maldives

Affordable airfare.

Flights to Malé are generally cheapest in the late fall and winter, although the exact months vary depending on where you are flying from.

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According to Skyscanner.com , flights from Miami, New York City and Chicago are cheapest in February. Average airfare from New York is $642, $710 from Chicago and $739 from Miami.

Flights from the West Coast — Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles — are cheapest in November. Los Angeles is the cheapest city to fly out of overall, with the average cost of airfare around $385. From Seattle and San Francisco, expect to pay around $710 and $700, respectively.

Affordable lodging

Lodging prices vary, depending on exactly where you're staying, but it's a safe bet to say the wet season — specifically, May through August — is the cheapest time to stay in the Maldives. According to travel search site Kayak , average hotel prices are at their lowest in May, when you can expect to pay $369 per night. Prices peak at around $705 per night in December. With the exception of November, when prices are in the mid-$500 range, expect to pay in the mid-$600 range the rest of the year.

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Bottom line

Like travel to many tropical destinations, deciding when to book a trip to the Maldives requires prioritizing weather, prices and crowds. Your best bet is to book on the early or late end of the wet season to avoid crowds, find reasonable prices and increase the chances of maximum sunshine. Regardless of when you decide to go, an experience in the Maldives is bound to be unforgettable.

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[2023 GUIDE] The Best Times to Travel to the Maldives

The best time to travel to the Maldives largely depends on what you’re looking for in a vacation. The dry season, which runs from November to April, is generally considered the best time to visit the Maldives. You can expect sunny skies, low humidity, and minimal rainfall during this time. The weather is generally cooler and more pleasant during the dry season, making it the perfect time for outdoor activities like snorkeling and diving.

On the other hand, the dry season is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit the Maldives. Alternatively, you may want to consider traveling during the wet season when there is less crowd and it’s not as expensive. The wet season runs from May to October is perfect for those who prefer to avoid the crowd and get discounted rates on airfare and hotels . While the weather is generally hotter and more humid during the wet season, you may still be able to enjoy sunny days and clear waters. Ultimately, the best time to travel to the Maldives will depend on your personal preferences and travel style.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Times to Travel to Maldives

When choosing the best time to visit the Maldives , there are a few factors to consider. These include weather, crowds, and prices. Here’s a closer look at each of these factors:

rainy season and peak season

The Maldives experiences two distinct seasons – the dry season and the wet season – which can impact the weather and tourist activity in the region. The dry season, lasting from November to April, is typically the most popular time for tourists to visit due to the pleasant weather and low humidity. However, this period is also considered the peak tourist season, resulting in higher prices and more crowds. In contrast, the wet season, from May to October, is characterized by more rain and higher temperatures. While the weather may not be as ideal during this time, travelers may be able to find discounted rates and fewer crowds. If you don’t mind the heat and the possibility of rain showers, the wet season can be a good time to visit the Maldives.

surfing season and warm temperatures

The Maldives is a popular vacation destination, and the number of tourists can vary greatly depending on the time of year. The peak tourist season runs from December to March, so if you want to avoid crowds, you may want to consider visiting during the shoulder season (April to June or September to November). This can also be a good time to find lower prices on flights and resorts.

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The cost of your trip to the Maldives can be affected by the time of year you choose to visit. For cheaper flights and hotel rates, you may want to consider traveling during the wet season (May to October) or the shoulder season (April to June or September to November).

It’s also important to keep in mind that prices can vary depending on the resort you choose and the amenities and services offered. To get the best deal, you may want to consider being flexible with your travel dates the type of resort you choose. Ultimately, the best time to visit the Maldives for you will depend on your budget and travel preferences.

The Best Times to Visit the Maldives for Good Weather

The Maldives has two main seasons: the dry and wet seasons. The dry season, which runs from November to April, is generally considered the best time to visit due to the lower rain and mild temperatures.

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November to April: Dry season with less rain and mild temperatures

  • Mild temperatures: The average temperature in the Maldives during the dry season is around 30°C (86°F), with highs of up to 35°C (95°F) and lows of around 26°C (79°F). The dry season is characterized by sunny skies and low humidity, making it a great time to enjoy the beach and the water.
  • Low rainfall: Rainfall is minimal during the dry season, with an average of only 10-15 rainy days per month. This means you’re less likely to experience rain during your trip and can enjoy plenty of sunshine.
  • Clear waters: The dry season is also a great time to visit the Maldives if you’re interested in snorkeling or diving. The clear waters provide visibility of up to 50 meters, allowing you to see a variety of colorful fish, coral, and other marine life.

The dry season is also the peak tourist season in the Maldives, so you can expect higher prices and more crowds during this time. However, the dry season may be the best option if you’re looking for good weather and are willing to pay a premium.

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May to October: Wet Season With more Rain and Higher Temperatures

On the other hand, the wet season, from May to October, is characterized by more rain and higher temperatures. If you don’t mind the heat and the occasional rain shower, you may be able to find lower prices and fewer crowds during the wet season. While the wet season may not be the best time for snorkeling or diving due to the slightly murkier waters, it can still be a great time to relax on the beach or enjoy other activities such as fishing or island hopping.

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The Best Times to Visit the Maldives to Avoid Crowds

The shoulder season (April to June or September to November) can be an excellent time to visit the Maldives if you want to avoid the crowds and potentially save some money. While the weather may not be as perfect as it is during the dry season, it can still be a great time to relax and enjoy all the Maldives offers.

Avoid Peak Tourist Seasons (December to March) If You Want to Avoid Crowds

The Maldives is a popular vacation destination, and the number of tourists can vary greatly depending on the time of year. The peak tourist season runs from December to March, so if you want to avoid the crowds, you may consider visiting during the shoulder season (April to June or September to November).

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Consider visiting during the shoulder season (April to June or September to November) for lower crowds and potentially lower prices

Here are a few reasons why the shoulder season may be a good time to visit the Maldives:

  • Fewer crowds: The shoulder season falls between the peak tourist season (December to March) and the wet season (May to October). This means you may be able to avoid the crowds and have a more peaceful vacation experience.
  • Lower prices: Prices for flights and resorts tend to be lower during the wet season (May to October), but you may also be able to find lower prices during the shoulder season. This is especially true if you can book your trip in advance, as prices tend to rise closer to the travel dates.
  • Good weather: The weather in the Maldives during the shoulder season is generally good, with mild temperatures and low rainfall. You can expect sunny skies and low humidity, making it a great time to enjoy the beach and the water.

The Best Times to Visit the Maldives For the Best Prices

The cost of your trip to the Maldives can vary greatly depending on when you visit. Prices for flights and resorts tend to be lower during the wet season (May to October), so if you’re on a budget, this may be the best time for you to visit.

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Prices for Flights and Resorts Tend to be Lower During the Wet Season (May to October)

  • Lower prices: Prices for flights and resorts tend to be lower during the wet season due to the lower demand for travel. This means you may be able to save money on your trip by visiting during this time. It’s worth noting that prices can also vary depending on the type of resort you choose and the amenities and services offered.
  • Fewer crowds: The wet season is generally considered the low season in the Maldives, so you can expect fewer crowds and a more peaceful vacation experience. This can be especially appealing if you’re looking to avoid the crowds that typically flock to the Maldives during the peak tourist season (December to March).
  • Good weather: While the wet season is characterized by more rain and higher temperatures, it can still be a great time to visit the Maldives. The average temperature in the Maldives during the wet season is around 30°C (86°F), with highs of up to 35°C (95°F) and lows of around 26°C (79°F). The wet season is also a good time to visit if you don’t mind the heat and the occasional rain shower.
  • Consider visiting during the shoulder season (April to June or September to November) for potentially lower prices

Overall, the wet season (May to October) can be an excellent time to visit the Maldives if you want to save money and avoid crowds. While the weather may not be as perfect as during the dry season, it can still be a great time to relax and enjoy all the Maldives offers.

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How Long is a Good Time to Stay in the Maldives?

The length of your trip to the Maldives will depend on your personal preferences and the purpose of your visit. Some people stay in the Maldives for just a few days, while others opt for a more extended vacation of a week or more.

If you’re planning a short trip to the Maldives, a few days may be sufficient to relax, enjoy the beach, snorkel or dive, and experience some local cultures. However, a week or more may be better if you want to fully relax and unwind or explore more of the Maldives.

During a longer trip to the Maldives, you’ll have more time to relax, enjoy the beach, and participate in activities such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, or island hopping. You’ll also have more time to explore the local culture, try local foods, and visit local markets and shops.

Ultimately, the length of your trip to the Maldives will depend on your personal preferences and the purpose of your visit. Do some research and consider your budget and the type of vacation you want when deciding the length of your trip.

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The Best time to Visit the Maldives Depends on Your Personal Preferences and Priorities

When it comes to choosing the best time to visit the Maldives, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best time for you will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. Here are a few things to consider when deciding when to visit the Maldives:

The weather in the Maldives can vary greatly depending on the time of year. The dry season, which runs from November to April, is generally considered the best time to visit due to the lower rain and mild temperatures. On the other hand, the wet season, from May to October, is characterized by more rain and higher temperatures. The dry season may be the best option if you’re looking for good weather and are willing to pay a premium. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the heat and the occasional rain shower and you’re looking to save some money, the wet or shoulder season (April to June or September to November) may be a better fit.

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The cost of your trip to the Maldives can vary greatly depending on when you visit. Prices for flights and resorts tend to be lower during the wet season (May to October), so if you’re on a budget, this may be the best time for you to visit. You may also be able to find lower prices during the shoulder season (April to June or September to November). It’s worth noting that prices can also vary depending on the type of resort you choose and the amenities and services offered.

Ultimately, the best time to visit the Maldives depends on your preferences and priorities. If you’re looking for good weather and are willing to pay a premium, the dry season (November to April) may be the best option. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the heat and the occasional rain shower and you’re looking to save some money, the wet season (May to October) or the shoulder season (April to June or September to November) may be a better fit.

Research and compare prices to find the best deal for your vacation.

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When is the best time to go to the Maldives?

By Anna Prendergast

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Some destinations are just gorgeous year-round, but when is the best time to go to the Maldives to make the most of the weather in this dream destination? Whether your goal is to relax with perfect sunshine, or you'd ideally like to skip peak season to avoid crowds, planning in advance is important ahead of a trip as big as this.

Chances are, you want to go the the Maldives because you've seen how truly beautiful it is. Dotted like ink blots in the clear, tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an archipelago made up of more than 1,000 islands, 200 of which are inhabited. Historically a honeymoon destination , the best hotels in the Maldives have shifted the destination up a gear, opening it up further to the realms of solo travel and multi-generational holidays. Between the consistently hot weather, unspoilt sandy beaches , high-design hotels and award-winning restaurants, it’s hard to find fault with this small but mighty contender for winter sunshine.

But there's no denying that it's a bucket list destination for many, so it's understandable that you'd want to plan as much as possible to find the perfect time to go. Here's what you need to know.

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There’s no bad time to visit the Maldives, but few places offer such a perfect antidote to the UK ’s long, dark winters. It really does have it all: upwards of eight hours of sun per day, average temperatures of around 28°C, an ocean teeming with wildlife and some of the smartest hotels in the world.

For many, the best time to visit the Maldives is December to April , as that's dry season, with little rain and low humidity leading to bright blue skies, cloudless days and still, balmy evenings. Wet season starts in May and ends in October, with considerably more rain and occasionally strong winds. For scuba divers and snorkellers, visibility is particularly good during the dry season, too, as a result of currents flowing from the northeast (the eastern atolls enjoy the best visibility, with whale sharks and manta rays most commonly spotted between August and November ).

November and April are considered ‘shoulder season’, when room rates and flight prices are lower, travellers can make serious savings and weather still averages 31°C.

When is the cheapest time to visit the Maldives?

The cheapest time to visit the Maldives is during the low season, which is May to November. The low season sees hotel rates drop substantially, with free transfers, free nights and room upgrades thrown in regularly. You risk some cloudy days and light showers, but temperatures remain in the high 20s, so you're still in for a treat of a trip. If you're looking for more tricks, then take a look at our guide on how to have a cheap holiday in the Maldives .

A few extra tips: swap the seaplane for a speedboat to save yourself more than £200, and be on the lookout for new hotels, which offer introductory deals in the first few months of opening.

What's winter like in the Maldives?

Whether you’ve got your PADI or you just fancy a fun dive, dipping beneath the archipelago’s surface is a magical experience. From the native corals, colourful anemones and otherworldly nudibranch to the docile sea turtles, swooping manta rays and curious (but harmless) whale sharks, the excellent visibility here makes it one of the best places to witness marine life in its natural habitat. Many resorts have in-house marine biologists who enable budding conservationists of every age to learn more about the environment and help make a positive impact on it. Indulgent infinity pools and white sandy sweeps descending into shallow, sparkling waters are primed for a paddle; secluded picnic spots and private terraces make for the finest of dining experiences; overwater villas make even your down-time up-market; wellness centres and bespoke spa experiences help you to fully embrace the go-slow pace.

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What are the Maldives like during Christmas and New Year?

During the festive season in the Maldives, Santa doesn’t use a sledge, he flies by seaplane. And despite the Maldives’ quiet, low-key attitude, many of the resorts still know how to throw a party and get guests in the festive mood: Gili Lankanfushi kicks off the season with a ​​ Christmas tree lighting ceremony, whilst the The Nautilus hosts Santa hat-making classes for kids and Father Christmas drops off gifts for adults and kids at Joali . From Christmas movies on the beach to New Year’s celebrations under the stars, even those trying to escape all the duties that holiday season can bring can’t help but get into the festive spirit.

When is the rainy season in Maldives?

The rainy season typically starts in April or  May  and lasts until October or November. The rain is due to the South West monsoon, which causes stormier conditions that can last for days. However, you can expect plenty of dry and sunny periods to occur during this time too.

When is the best time to dive in the Maldives?

You can go diving year-round in the Maldives. The best underwater visibility and weather can be expected from December to  April . You can expect to see everything from manta rays to reef sharks.

Where to stay in the Maldives

Truly, it's hard to find a bad resort in this slice of paradise. Where you choose to stay will depend on your budget, but Kudadoo , the country’s first solar-powered hotel and its first all-inclusive luxury hotel, is a good place to start. Arranged around a circular wooden walkway out at sea, its 15 rooms conjure spacious Japanese ryokans, fronted by a wide deck, plunge pool and ladder into the swirling blue sea.

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Gili Lankanfushi is set in one of the most eye-wateringly beautiful lagoons in the country, a vision of broad white beaches, and all the villas here are stilted over the water, keeping the island wild and the beaches on full dazzling display.

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At the JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa , an Indian Ocean version of the white-picket perfection of the Hamptons , there isn’t a hibiscus out of place or a palm that hasn’t been preened. This is an ultra-slick take on the tropical paradise blueprint.

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The Best Time to Visit the Maldives for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

The best times to visit the Maldives for ideal weather are

August 6th to September 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Average temperatures in the Maldives vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 31st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above . If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit the Maldives, the hottest months are April, May, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid April where highs are regularly around 89.8°F (32.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 79.9°F (26.6°C) at night.

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The maldives temperatures (celsius), “feels-like” temperatures.

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

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Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

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If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in the Maldives are February, January, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of October 22nd.

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the Maldives has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is February (72.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (77.3%).

Wind in the Maldives is usually calm . The windiest month is May, followed by June and October. May’s average wind speed of around 7.6 knots (8.8 MPH or 14.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late October where average top sustained speeds reach 11.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

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Is it safe to travel to the maldives.

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are travel warnings for the Maldives; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories . This advisory was last updated on Oct 26, 2023.

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in the Maldives is February, followed by May and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit the Maldives in September. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

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Most popular months to visit, overall the maldives travel experience by season, spring (march through may).

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.8°F (32.1°C) and 88.1°F (31.2°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in the Maldives, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 88°F (31.1°C) and 87°F (30.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 3 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in the Maldives to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88.1°F (31.2°C) and 86.9°F (30.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

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Thinking of booking a trip to the Maldives? This is the best time to go

B elieve it or not, paradise gets even better at certain points of the year and it’s important when planning a trip to know the best time to visit the Maldives . Almost half the year (December to April ) counts as the dry season, although even when it’s officially the rainy season, there can still be plenty of sunshine in between the showers.

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Everyone’s idea of the Maldives invariably consists of dazzlingly sunny skies, white sugary sands, palm trees and tiny desert islands in the middle of the ocean – and no one wants a monsoon putting a (literal) dampener on their trip. Holiday snaps will undeniably be improved by bright blue skies and heavy grey clouds have no place in paradise, especially if you’re planning on some underwater activities.

But the destination is not just about sun and sand, even if it is the ultimate place on the planet to live out any stranded Robinson Crusoe fantasies. It won't be hard to locate a desert island to willingly shipwreck yourself on, since many of the country's islands have a total area of just one or two square kilometres.

As well as the classic beach lounging, the Maldives ’ many atolls are the perfect destination to scuba and snorkel, or to learn watersports such as surfing, paddleboarding and windsurfing – they’re also home to underwater spas and restaurants, over-water villas and bedrooms with slides leading straight into the sea. It’s not hard to see why the country is the dream honeymoon destination.

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You’ll also be able to enjoy sunrise yoga, sunset cruises and delicious food, from barbecued lobster on the beach, reef fish and super-fresh sashimi to spicy local flavours and classic Indian dishes.

And these days, desert islands come with a whole lot more luxury (sorry, Robinson) – the remote coral islets are home to some of the finest luxury resorts in the world.

When is the best month to visit the Maldives?

Luckily for northern-hemisphere dwellers who haven’t seen the sun in a while by this point, December, January and February in the Maldives have some of the islands’ warmest (and driest) weather, with dry days and clear blue skies. But the official ‘high’ season runs all the way up until April, when you can still expect consistently dry, sunny weather.

The warm, tropical climate means average highs of 30 degrees, with the mercury rarely dipping below 24 degrees. Hotels are at their busiest over Christmas and into New Year – and if you can’t handle the relentless grey days of January, it’s a whole lot brighter over in the Maldives.

Wildlife lovers coming in search of whale sharks should time their visit for October or November.

What is the rainy season in the Maldives?

The rainy season is between May and November , but don’t let that put you off – the islands will be quieter at this time of the year, with fewer tourists, and the temperatures are still high.

And there’s lots to do on rainy days, whether it’s a trip to the hotel’s spa – some of which are underwater, or have glass-bottom floors to look through while you’re face-down on the treatment bed, so you can watch the tropical fish flit by during your massage – or simply enjoying endless cocktails in a horizon-facing bar.

When is the dry season?

Officially, the dry season runs from December to April, so you’ll have plenty of time to get in a shower-free stay between these months.

This time of year also has the lowest humidity. Within this period, the driest months are between January and April, and this is when the resorts will be at their busiest. February sees the least rainfall (52mm), with the most precipitation occurring in October (224mm).

When is the hottest month?

Temperatures stay at around 30 degrees throughout the dry season. And it’s not all bad news during the wet season: it’s still warm between May and November, there’s just a higher chance of rain and more storms. But even at this time of the year, visitors still enjoy long spells of sunshine, along with lower prices.

Is there a worst time to visit the Maldives?

September and October see the most rainfall, which could class as a bad time to visit for some people (grey backdrops to your over-water villa may be a little crushing for such a bucket-list trip). The wet season is also known as the South West Monsoon and this is officially the worst time to visit the country, but since temperatures stay at a consistent 30-or-so degrees all year long, the outlook isn't all bad.

Keen divers should note that the presence of plankton may mean reduced visibility during the wetter months. However, even at this time of year, the showers can be short and the sun can find a way through. Plus, you’re more likely to have the islands to yourself – and hotel rates will of course be lower.

The best time to visit Maldives for honeymoons

For rain-free and tropical sunny days, a winter wedding followed by a Maldives honeymoon between December and February is your best bet. If you are having a classic summer wedding though, don’t despair – you’ll still enjoy the islands’ balmy beach life, just with more showers and clouds breaking up the blue skies, and bursts of sunshine.

Is December a good time to go to the Maldives?

December is one of the best months to visit the Maldives, but you'll have to book early, since the festive season is one of the busiest times of the year for the country. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays in paradise? Come Christmas, the tarmac at Malé airport is covered in private jets, and many families book for next December 25th as soon as they depart. This demand does of course mean prices will peak, so arriving earlier in the autumn could be a compromise. Visiting the Maldives in October is a good idea if you want to be in with a shot of seeing whale sharks, but be warned that this month does see the highest amount of rainfall. October is towards the tail end of the monsoon, which officially stops in November.

Where to stay in the Maldives

There are so many ultra-luxurious accommodation options in the Maldives and luxury brands clamour to have an outpost there. There are the pioneering, sustainability-focused resorts, such as Gili Lankanfushi , one of the original advocates for a ‘no news, no shoes’ approach on holiday, helpful for guests hoping to try out a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle during their desert-island experience. The butlers are called Man (or Ms) Fridays, and they will certainly be your prized companion, arranging buggies to whisk you to dinner, sleepovers under the stars, candlelit meals on the beach and everything in between.

Then there’s the adored-by-celebrities One&Only Reethi Rah , which even after all these years (it opened in 2005), is still one of the finest places to stay in the Maldives. We’re guessing this has something to do with the heavily skewed staff to guest ratio, which ensures superlative service, the incredible spa, the Japanese restaurant, the well-stocked wine cellar… we could go on. It’s just a swift speedboat ride away from Malé but may as well be another planet, such is the holiday perfection it offers.

Or for something a little different to the usual Maldives agenda of sun, sea and snorkelling, book a restorative retreat at Joali Being , an incredibly well-equipped spa island an hour-long seaplane ride north from the capital, in the Raa Atoll. If you’ve had a long journey (as many arrivals to the Maldives will have), there’s no better place to recuperate. It’s the dream destination for anyone suffering from burnout, since there are so many visiting practitioners on hand, alongside every piece of wellness tech imaginable, to ensure you leave feeling much better than when you arrived.

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the weather was the way you wanted it to be. The sun was shining and it was warm. In the evening when you wanted to go to the sea the weather was still very nice and warm.

Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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Constant 30 degrees for 14 days, in one day for 10 minutes of rain! Otherwise only sun!!!!

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One or two short rains. More often cloudy. Otherwise Top!

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It rained heavier for at least 1x day. On some days it rained from morning to evening, although it was usually very windy.

Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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Pleasant warmth. Mostly dry. Nights pleasant.1 day was rainy. Otherwise very nice.

During the 3 days only storm and rain. You couldn’t even go swimming in the sea.

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It was a mix of sun and clouds, but always pleasantly warm.

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Except for one day it was sunny and warm. Occasional showers came more at night. The water was pleasant and the air temperature too.

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We defied all warnings and advice and went to the Maldives in August, far away from the best travel season. Our wedding on 08.08. and the Maldives has always been a huge travel dream for us. So there was actually no alternative but to dare, because we did not want to wait until winter for our honeymoon. We flew with Emirates over Dubai and spent 10 nights in a pool villa on Baros Maldives. It was magical, magical, uniquely beautiful! Yeah, we had rain once. Usually it was heavy tropical showers that lasted about an hour. After that it cleared up and was sunny. Yes, it was a bit windy on some days, but nothing that would knock down a North German. And yes, in 3 days we had cloudy skies. This was not quite perfect for photos, but it was still hot and the Maldives Resorts also offer a lot of activities during the supposed “rainy season”. Above all, one thing must not be forgotten: For the fun of it, we had asked for an offer for the same flights and accommodation in December – the price was 2.5 times as high as in August! We got a real bargain and had a wonderful time.

We were on Holiday Island in June 2017 and the weather was very nice for 10 days. One day it was cloudy and my husband said: it was raining today. I was looking forward to it, wanted to stand in the rain on this beautiful island. The clouds moved on and it hasn’t rained a drop in 10 days. But we had fantastic pictures of the underwater world. We haven’t been there the last time….. bought us snorkel masks would like to go back to paradise?????????????????????????????

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At 16 days 2 short showers. 3-4 days more wind.

This was already the 3rd time in May in the Maldives and we always had very good weather. With 12 vacation days usually 1 day of bad weather (wind, rain and high waves), otherwise always sunshine and good visibility under water.

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How To Visit Maldives On A Budget

By: Author Ruben Arribas

Posted on May 16, 2024

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Who has not been dreaming about a trip to Maldives? Those Instagram photos showing luxury resorts and the most perfect beaches really make you think that you can’t afford a trip here, right?

But in this blog post, we will tell you how to visit Maldives on a budget. You will read things to do in Maldives, where to stay in Maldives and how to find cheap hotels in Maldives.

Maldives is a very beautiful country and it’s such a perfect honeymoon and travel destination. Since we both haven’t visited Maldives before, we decided that for this beautiful country and in this blog post, we will share all our helpful tips – where to go, where to sleep to in a budget, and more.

Read here  Maldives tourist sim card ,  what to wear in Maldives  and  Maldives itinerary !

Read Maldives food , what to wear in Maldives and 40 things to know before visiting Maldives !

After reading this post, we hope that you will be ready enough to visit Maldives on a budget so you can finally tick this country off your bucket list.

Actually, the reason why I haven’t visited this trip during my old backpacker years was because I always thought a trip here was a little bit outside my budget. Now, I’ve proven myself wrong and am here to tell you that there’s a way to travel to Maldives on a budget.

The first thing that we need to break to you is that should forget about Southeast Asian prices when visiting Maldives. You will not find a nice hammock or a bed in a dorm for $5 USD or even a nice room for $10 USD. The rates depend heavily on the season and can reach around $30-40 USD for a guesthouse. No need to get discouraged, though! A great tip to visiting the Maldives is to travel as a couple or a small group so you can have someone to split the expenses with.

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How to get to Maldives

Male International Airport is connected with Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Bangkok. If you are traveling around Southeast Asia, it is easy to find good deals to Maldives. We flew with Air Asia and a one-way ticket from Bangkok to Male cost us $120 USD each.

Visa and Currency

Maldives is Visa-friendly. You will get 30 days free visa when landing in Maldives. You just get a stamp and you’re good to go! The official currency in the country is the Maldivian Rufiyaa and the exchange rate is around $1=15.4 Rufiyaas. Click here to know the exact exchange rate before you visit.

Weather: Best time to visit Maldives

As a beach destination, you should make sure to visit Maldives on its sunniest months. The dry season begins in December and lasts until April, so this would be the best time to visit Maldives . This is the peak season for tourists and lands on important holidays like Christmas, New Year and Easter.

If you visit on May to August, you can experience Maldives’ monsoon season. The country may not be at its best but can still be enjoyed, especially if you’d like to get discounts in hotels for as much as 40% as this is Maldives’ low season.

This predictable weather makes Maldives a year-round destination for families, couples and solo travelers.

Click here to know when is the best time to visit Maldives !

Where to Stay in Maldives on a Budget

There are cheap hotels in Maldives starting from $30-50 USD depending on the season. Most of them included breakfast so take advantage of that freebie. Or an even better choice for your budget is Couchsurfing, one of the many ways to sleep for free with locals .

Click here to find the best hotel deals in Maldives with Agoda.

Transportation

How do we get to maldives’ towns from the airport.

-From the airport To Male

A local ferry costs 10 RFY (.60 USD) and the ride lasts for ten minutes. On the other hand, a speedboat costs around 25 RFY (1.5 USD).

– From the airport To Hulhumale

You can go to Hulhumale via bus from the airport for 10-15 minutes. The ride only costs 20 RFY.

– From the airport To Thulusdhoo

A speedboat to Thulusdhoo costs 30 RFY and lasts 30 minutes.

– From Male to Maafushi

A local ferry costs 22 RFY for a 1.5-hour boat ride. The boat departs at 10 AM and 3 PM. If you’re leaving Maafushi and heading back to Male, the boat leaves at 7:30 AM. A speedboat will cost around 25 RFY and lasts for 25-30 minutes.

– From Male to Thulusdhoo

The trip costs around 25 RFY and lasts an hour and a half. Departures from Male are at 3 PM and while boats coming from Thulusdhoo leaves at 7:30 AM. except for Fridays when the boats depart at 3 PM.

You are not allowed to bring alcohol to the islands but you can buy them in the private resorts. You can also have alcohol in the boats near the island. A bottle of beer costs somewhere between $6-9 USD.

Maldives is a paradise, but if you are working online like us, it isn’t the best place to do so. We had a few problems with internet connection during our stay in all the hotels and guesthouses. Internet was very intermittent! However, this is perfect for those who need a detox on technology and social media.

Quick Facts about Maldives

Is the island of Maldives so beautiful as seen in pictures? Yes, it most definitely is! You guys have to visit! We were surprised by the beauty of the beaches and the colors of the water. Honestly, we liked the beaches here even more than the ones we visited in  Thailand  and even one of our favorite places in the Philippines: Palawan .

Maldives is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka . A huge number of their population are Muslims. That’s why alcohol isn’t allowed in local spots in the islands, and can only be drank in luxury resorts.

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Things To Do In Maldives

Visit thulusdhoo.

This local island is popular for surfers. It´s very small, quiet, and beautiful. It´s full of guesthouses where you can sleep from $30-100 USD, with some hotels including meals. Here’s a tip: When walking around areas outside the beach, it is respectful to wear proper clothing over bikinis because the culture doesn’t allow too much skin exposure especially among women.

You can surf, rent a kayak, snorkel, and go on a day trip to the sandbar in Thulusdhoo. Most of the guesthouses and hotels offer food and there are a couple of places to eat in the island. There’s Contagious Pizza where prices are around $10 USD a meal. There is also a local restaurant in the ferry port where prices start from $2-3 USD for a simple, local meal.

The island is perfect for walking around, swimming, taking pictures, relaxing, flying a drone, and of course, enjoying gorgeous sunsets.

Where to Stay in Maldives: Cheap Hotels in Maldives and Mid-Budget Hotels in Maldives

We stayed in a few places and we recommend all of them for different budgets. We didn’t go to any of the luxury villas in Maldives at this time. We focused, instead, on the cheap hotels in Maldives and some of the mid-budget hotels in Maldives.

Mid Budget hotels in Maldives

Season paradise.

This is the biggest hotel in the island with an amazing rooftop pool. The beach near the hotel isnt a Bikini Beach so you have to be careful and respect the locals. It´s just a couple of minutes walking to get to the Bikini Beach, though. Season Paradise sells guests tickets for the speedboat going to the airport.

The food was really delicious. We tried Maldivian dishes and some Western choices as well. The room was big, has a balcony and provided all the comfort we needed, from toiletries, tea, and coffee in our room. The views of the beach were amazing, too!

Season Paradise is very close to the ferry port, just 2-3 minutes walking distance. Click here if you want to book a room in the hotel.

Canopus Retreat

This place is really nice because it’s next to the beach, has hammocks and tables, and a very welcoming vibe. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Their rooms are clean, spacious, and have stunning views of the beach, too.

The food was great! There were tasty pizzas and pasta dishes in the hotel resto. All the dishes are Western and we loved their house coffee so much!

Canopus Retreat is located 5-minute away on foot from the ferry port.

However, we had a small problem when we rented a kayak from the resort since the one they had was broken at the time. We went to Chicken Island on the kayak but on our way back, the waves were a little strong and the kayak capsized with very bad consequences. For one thing, we lost all our travel gear during that incident.

Ismail, the owner of Canopus Retreat, informed us that the kayak has been replaced. We were happy to hear that because what happened to us apparently happened to other people a week before our trip. So, when you’re traveling to any island, you better be careful with those kayaks!

If you want to enjoy the wonderful ambiance and delicious food of Canopus Retreat,  click here .

Cheap hotels in Maldives

It´s a very quiet place that has a nice playground. Here, you can have delicious meals and healthy juice drinks and just relax. This is a great option if for those visiting Maldives on a budget.

The rooms in Casadana are big enough and come with a private bathroom, TV and air conditioning. It´s just one minute of walking from the beach and 5 minutes from the port. If you want to stay here, click the link to book your a room at Casadana.

We really enjoyed our time in Thulusdhoo. The place is quiet, beautiful and it offers different activities to try. You can click here , to check other wonderful yet affordable places to stay in the island.

A few shots walking around Thulusdhoo:

Thulusdhoo is very serene place in Maldives. One of our favorite things to do in Thulusdhoo was meeting locals, watching sunsets, flying the drone and looking for local places to dine in near the port.

Visit Maafushi

Maafushi is one of the most popular destinations to visit Maldives on a budget. The place is really beautiful and most of the people hang around the bikini beach.

There are many day trips for snorkeling, diving and watching sharks in Maafushi. There are also several restaurants where you can have a meal starting at around $3-5 USD.

Alcohol is also not allowed in Maafushi but there is a boat here where you can drink alcohol.

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We stayed with our friend Ayoub, a local we met through Couchsurfing. As always, the experience was amazing. We enjoyed a lot of time with him and we learned many new things about Maldives and about his hometown in Lebanon. He was kind enough to take us to his plans in the islands. We did taekwondo with him and we met a few people while doing the activity.

Visit Hulhumale

This is another place to visit on a budget, where you can come by bus from the airport or by local ferry from Male. It’s just a 20-minute boat ride for just 5 RFY (0.33 USD).

The beach has a mix of locals and foreigners. We really loved the sunrise in Hulhumale. There are few places to eat local food on a budget and restaurants that offer other kinds of food. Hulhumale is really nice place to stroll around and explore.

You can rent boats to take you snorkeling or to try other water activities. The ocean was very calm and the beach was full of life!

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Where to Sleep in Hulhumale

We stayed at Planktons Beach, in a nice room with a view from the balcony to the beach. It’s a great place to sleep on a budget and it includes a wonderful breakfast on the beach. The staff was helpful and gave us good recommendations to move around Hulhumale and Male.

Maldives Food

Prices of Maldives food were on a budget and very affordable compared with the prices in many countries.

You can get snacks for 2-3 RFY ($1=15.4 RFY). It´s very common for locals have tea with these snacks. You can have rice with fish curry for 25 RFY  where they will give you a kind of chips for free, perfect for sharing the food. Most of the dishes have fish and curry but you can also find chicken here A  bottle of water costs10 RFY  while cookies and small snacks go for 5-10 RFY. Ice cream can be bought when the summer gets too hot at 20-25 RFY each.  Foreigners’ meals cost $7-10. It’s mostly just pizza and pasta, though. There is also Chinese food for around $5-6 USD per dish.

Tours in Maldives

There are many different tours in Maldives and the activities start from $15-50 USD depending on the duration. For $15, USD you can have a half-day trip with snorkeling and visiting a sandbar. For $30-50 USD, you can enjoy diving, watching sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and spending the day island hopping with lunch included.

Visiting Luxury Resorts?

Visiting luxury resorts on a budget? I think that is kind of impossible in Maldives. It´s not cheap but there are tours for $100   USD where you can spend the day in a resort if that´s your dream. If you followed all our tips going on a budget in Maldives, why not give yourself a luxury treatment for a day or two, right?

Festivals in Maldives

The festivities in Maldives are heavily influenced by Islamic traditions and are also centered on nationalistic events. For example, the country’s  National Day is celebrated on the first day of the third month of the Islamic calendar.  Independence Day is a different celebration held every July 26 and celebrates the country’s liberation from the United Kingdom. There are parades, performances and parties during these holidays that you can enjoy if you visit during these months.

Let us know in the comments if we forgot any nice place to visit Maldives on a budget and if you have questions for your next trip to Maldives.

Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas

About the Author : Ruben , co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues sharing his travel experiences with his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.

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    Best time to visit. The best time to visit the Maldives is between January and April, during the dry season. There's little rain and low humidity, while the climate is warm and tropical. Average highs are a consistent 84°F to 88°F year-round. Temperatures are still warm from May to December, with average lows rarely falling below 75°F, but ...

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    Weather in the Maldives in February. February is definitely the best time to visit Maldives. Like January, the temperatures in February stay pretty constant (during daylight hours at least) at around 30°C. Nights are a little cooler, being 26°C, but the sea is even warmer!

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    If you can't stand the thought of getting rained out on your vacation, February is the best time to visit the Maldives for you. February and March are historically the driest months in the Maldives, with lovely, warm weather and sunny days. Prices for activities, transportation, and accommodations are still as high as ever.

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    Lodging prices vary, depending on exactly where you're staying, but it's a safe bet to say the wet season — specifically, May through August — is the cheapest time to stay in the Maldives. According to travel search site Kayak, average hotel prices are at their lowest in May, when you can expect to pay $369 per night. Prices peak at around ...

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    November to April: Dry season with less rain and mild temperatures. Mild temperatures: The average temperature in the Maldives during the dry season is around 30°C (86°F), with highs of up to 35°C (95°F) and lows of around 26°C (79°F). The dry season is characterized by sunny skies and low humidity, making it a great time to enjoy the ...

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    The cheapest time to visit the Maldives is during the low season, which is May to November. The low season sees hotel rates drop substantially, with free transfers, free nights and room upgrades thrown in regularly. You risk some cloudy days and light showers, but temperatures remain in the high 20s, so you're still in for a treat of a trip.

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    Weather is perfect this time of year in the Maldives to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88.1°F (31.2°C) and 86.9°F (30.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists. Best Times to Travel › the Maldives

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    The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April - at this time of year you can expect dry, sunny days and plenty of blue skies. But toasty temperatures are only part of the deal here - the Maldives set the standard for tropical beauty, with stretches of powder white sand and palm trees rolling for miles alongside bright-blue waters.

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    Maldives weather October to November. The months of October and November are popular times to travel to the Maldives, thanks to warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, though there is a high risk of rain and thunderstorms. This time of year is great for diving and snorkelling when whale sharks and manta rays come out to feed on the plankton ...

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    The best time to visit Maldives for honeymoons For rain-free and tropical sunny days, a winter wedding followed by a Maldives honeymoon between December and February is your best bet.

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    Maldives Travel Calendar. With white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and warm weather, the Maldives iis a year-round holiday destination. 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.

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    However, we recommend the months of January, February, March and April as the best travel season for the Maldives. This is all the more true if this is your first Maldives holiday or even a special event like your honeymoon. The least rain during the year falls between January and March, the day temperatures are between 86 °F to 88 °F.

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    Click here to know when is the best time to visit Maldives! Where to Stay in Maldives on a Budget. There are cheap hotels in Maldives starting from $30-50 USD depending on the season. Most of them included breakfast so take advantage of that freebie.

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