Best Time to Visit Maldives

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more winds and a higher chance of rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts. The weather is more unpredictable from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, except for August. However, the Maldives is a year round destination so any time is fine to travel. Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April. The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.

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