When to Go to the Maldives
Sprawled in the Indian Ocean like a string of jewels, the Maldives is a highly coveted island holiday oasis, with all the key features of a dream destination. Exclusive island resorts, sublime accommodation complete with all the opulent comforts imaginable, mesmerising tropical lagoons that sparkle in every hue of blue and a plethora of incredible activities, it’s truly an unparalleled destination. Deemed the smallest country in Asia, the Maldives is made up of over 1000 islands that are spread out in a double chain of 26 atolls. It’s a destination of luxury splendour, vibrant marine life, adventure and serenity and the perfect destination for discerning travellers.
There’s no doubt about it; the Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, which then begs the question for many travellers: when is the best time to go to the Maldives? This fascinating destination has a tropical monsoon climate, which means that there are two main seasons; a dry season (characterised by dry northeast monsoons typical of ‘winter’) and a wet season (characterised by wet conditions, strong winds and storms typical of the southwest monsoon).
During the dry season, guests can expect little to no rain and humidity. This season runs from December to April.
The wet season in comparison is considerably more humid with a greater incidence of rain, wind and storms. This season takes place from May to November (it usually peaks in June). The highest rainfall in the northern atolls tends to fall between May and November and in the southern atolls between November and March. The rain during the wet season tends to take the form of afternoon showers which very rarely turn into full tropical storms or cyclones. The resorts are very well prepared for big storms and cyclones and guests will be taken to safe areas. For greater peace of mind, however, the Maldives has only been affected by 11 cyclones in 128 years.
When thinking about the best time of year to visit the Maldives, the answer will depend largely on what you want from your trip. For example, if you are an enthusiastic diver, both the dry and the wet season have advantages, it just depends on what kind of conditions or marine life you would most like to experience. During the dry season, the visibility is excellent with stronger currents that clear the water (these currents start in November and begin tapering off in February). The wet season, while the visibility isn’t as good as during the dry season, tends to bring in greater numbers of reef and hammerhead sharks due to the cooler water temperatures (these sharks are also often seen in the shallower waters at this time of year as well).
For sun worshippers and those looking to embrace the wonders of this magical destination in or above the water, the best time of year to visit the Maldives will hugely depend on your flexibility, but the great news is the temperatures tend to be consistently high throughout the year. The average temperature sits between 23ºC and 31ºC and for the most part, the weather is hot and sunny.
The best weather (and for many, the best time to visit the Maldives) tends to be between November and April (in the heart of the dry months). It’s important to know that these are also the peak months and will be the busiest and most expensive months in the Maldives (although thanks to the private-island setup, massive crowds aren’t an issue). The wet months will be better for those looking to snag a deal on accommodation or those wanting to surf and windsurf.
If neither the height of the dry or the wet months appeals to you, you may want to consider the shoulder months which tend to offer great weather and slightly lower prices. These are generally thought to be March/April and October/November.
Ultimately, the answer to the question of when to go to the Maldives depends massively on your flexibility, what you want to get out of your holiday and your budget. One thing is for sure, no matter when you choose to visit the Maldives, your trip to paradise is sure to be unforgettable. If you are looking for the perfect hotel for the ultimate barefoot luxury holiday, then look no further than the five-star Kanuhura. This gypset paradise offers activities and experiences far beyond your wildest dreams for a sensational holiday you are sure to remember for the rest of time.