What is the best time to travel to the maldives?
October 25 2017
October 25 2017
What Is the Best Time to Travel to the Maldives?
The Maldives is the epitome of island perfection—the type that most people only ever dream about. For them, the untamed beauty of this oasis really only exists on the pages of luxury travel magazines. An utterly breathtaking destination, the Maldives is actually an archipelago of 26 atolls made up of approximately 1,190 different coral islands situated in the Indian Ocean, neighbouring India and Sri Lanka. It’s surrounded by tropical cyan waters and pristine stretches of talcum-powder sands—the definition of island paradise. If it’s a dream of yours to travel to the Maldives, know that if you do, it’s bound to be one of the best holidays of your life.
The perfect destination for free-spirited adventurers looking to retreat from the madness of the world, the Maldives has everything you could possibly desire for a tropical holiday. From some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling and an eclectic cultural heritage to laid-back island living, exceptional restaurants and chic luxury resorts—most of which are situated on their own private island—the Maldives sets itself apart as a unique luxury destination that is undoubtedly bucket list worthy.
Naturally, the major drawcard for many is the promise of glorious hours of sunshine along flawless shores and mesmerising lagoons, which is why it’s important to know exactly when to plan your trip. Being a tropical destination, you can visit the Maldives throughout the year and still have great weather—with an average of eight hours of sunshine per day and mean temperatures of 28ºC to 30ºC—but it does have the occasional monsoon which brings heavy winds. The ‘ideal’ time to travel to the Maldives heavily depends on your reason for going there. If you want to spend your days windsurfing you will probably travel at different times to those looking to spend their days on the beach. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons and the ‘best’ times to travel to the Maldives:
The summer (or dry) months
As with most tropical destinations, Maldives technically only has two seasons which are loosely named the dry season or northeast monsoons season (which, is ultimately their summer) and the wet season or southwest monsoons season (or their version of winter). If you travel to Maldives in the dry months—which run from December to February—you can expect exceptional weather with little to no rain, low humidity and gentle sea breezes (wonderfully refreshing on hot days). It’s the ideal time for sun worshippers to travel to Maldives, which naturally makes it the peak tourist season.
The shoulder months
The shoulder months, March and April, are also exceptional times to travel to the Maldives. They are typically marked by hot temperatures. However, it’s important to keep in mind that shoulder months tend to have slightly unpredictable weather, so you may find that there is some rainfall during this time. These months are a great time to travel for those with a penchant for good deals on accommodation, due to more favourable rates, just out of peak season.
The winter (or wet) months
The wet months, May to November, are unsurprisingly characterised by monsoons and rain. During this time there are often thunderstorms and the winds can be strong. It’s advised to travel with an umbrella and bring rain-appropriate clothing. Afternoon showers are typical at this time. Cyclones are very rare, but standardised safety procedures and protocols are in place at all of the resorts, should one occur. As wet weather conditions are not favoured by most travellers, this is the off-peak season in the Maldives. The good news is that resort prices are lower during this time and it is less busy than the popular summer months.
Here are a couple of other factors to consider when deciding the best time to travel to Maldives:
If you are looking to travel to the Maldives, it’s important to be aware of the dates of Ramadan, during which Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk. While this shouldn’t impact your stay on the resort islands, it may affect any time you have planned to spend in Male as some restaurants may decide to close during the day. However, it’s also an incredibly festive time characterised by unique treats and culinary delights reserved for this holy month and it’s well worth experiencing.
The ultimate time to surf
The Maldives is what every surfer dreams of; perfect conditions in warm tropical waters that certainly don’t call for a wetsuit. Ardent surfers in search of the perfect wave would do well to head to the Maldives between April and October. The biggest swells often occur between the months of June and September when the conditions are offshore and the swell picks up from the south. There is also an incredible range of reef breaks which means surfers of all abilities are able to find the perfect spot for their level of expertise. The two main surfing areas are the North Male Atoll (the prime surfing season for this being between April and October) and the outer atolls (which are best between February and April). April is the common denominator for both surf spots, making it the prime time to go for surfers who have the luxury and freedom to do so.
The best diving conditions
Being one of the best places in the world to dive, with its crystalline waters and plethora of marine life, it’s no wonder that divers of all abilities flock to the Maldives in droves. A true diver’s paradise, they can expect to see shoals of colourful fish, peaceful turtles, exquisite rays and beautiful reef sharks. The great news for divers is that the Maldives is a phenomenal diving destination all year round and has a huge range of excellent dive sites. The reality is that there are disadvantages and advantages to both seasons.
Lower temperatures in winter tend to attract larger numbers of hammerhead and reef sharks (which at those times can even be seen in shallow waters) but visibility is not always as good as in the summer months. In the dry season, visibility is great with currents starting to gain strength in November to February, but there are lesser concentrations of some of the bigger marine life (but sightings are still very possible). To maximize your dives, regardless of when you plan to travel, it is important to plan your dive sites. If you book your trip between May and November, then the western side of the atolls is preferable, whereas if you are travelling between December and April then the eastern side is best.
The ideal time to experience the seas of stars
Waters that seem to sparkle with glowing blue stars at night is a fairly common occurrence in the Maldives due to a staggering bioluminescent phytoplankton phenomena. It’s an incredible sight that occurs when a certain type of plankton emits a blue light when stressed, often caused by the waves lapping the shore or the movement of a boat. While it happens often in the Maldives, it’s not something that can be predicted which means that there is, unfortunately, no ‘perfect’ time to see it. Many people have, however, mentioned that it tends to occur most frequently between August and November.
If you are looking to indulge in your wanderlust and travel to the Maldives, then our sophisticated resort Kanuhura, is the ideal retreat for discerning gypsetters looking for a unique and authentic Maldivian holiday in paradise. Free yourself from the shackles of daily life and live out some incredible moments on our island where delicious culinary delights, incredible service, and unconventional experiences merge to ensure our guests have the holiday of a lifetime.