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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Maldives?

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Rachel O'Leary

Published on: January 10th, 2018

Last modified: July 28th, 2023

To make the most of your visit to the Maldives, it’s best you go prepared for the tropical monsoon weather. It could affect your trip depending on what time of year you go.

The winter northeastern monsoon occurs over the dry season from December to April, while the wet season brings with it the southwest monsoon, strong winds and storms. The change in seasons happens around April/May and September/October. However, temperatures don’t vary terribly.

The hottest month is March, while the coldest is January. If you’re looking to make the most out of swimming in the sea, the best time to visit the Maldives is in April when the waters are warm, calm and clear. Overall, the best weather is between November and May - even if there are a few showers, they generally pass quickly.

Diving and Snorkelling
December - April
Beach Breaks
December - April
May - November

The Best Time for...

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Water Activities

Snorkelling in the Maldives is great between December and April when visibility is good because of calmer waters. In the water around the islands you’ll find a variety of coral reefs with numerous marine ecosystems in and around them. Look out for sea turtles, manta rays, molluscs, whale sharks, crabs, whales and dolphins. For the best views of manta rays, visit Hanifaru Bay between May and November. The best waves for surfers are usually also found between May and November.

Dec - Apr

Beach Breaks

If your main goal is to spend your days soaking up the sun on an idyllic beach, then December to April is the best time to visit the Maldives. You won’t experience much rain and the weather will be warm and tropical. You’ll also find that the hot dry weather from October to December also attracts a lot of visitors.

For a Multi-Destination Trip...

A visit to the Maldives is all about spending your days lounging beneath palm trees and luxuriating in the idyllic tropical atmosphere, so it’s a great idea to combine that extreme relaxation with an exciting adventure in India or Sri Lanka. The best time of year to take a trip like this is between October and April. Get a taste for vibrant city life, admire lush tea plantations, visit millennia-old temples and sun yourself on pristine island beaches. Have a look at some of our top example trips below to get an idea of the kind of trip we can create for you.

Whatever you want from your trip to the Maldives, our team of expert travel designers are here to help.