That’s the all important question. When is the best time to visit Maldives?
So here’s the answer: The driest months are between November and April.
But whoa cowboys and cowgirls! This doesn’t mean no showers or rain between November and April!
To increase your chances of experiencing the driest weather the best time to visit Maldives is between November and April…
If you really like details then there are charts to show when it rained and when it didn’t over the last 12 months and you’ll see the rainfall levels for yourself.
Ok, you’ve seen the photographs on this site and guess what…? No rain. Overcast yes. We’ve got to be honest and say that out of over a thousand photos Phil has taken in the Maldives, about 1% have rain showers in. If that doesn’t reassure you then 500,000 tourists visiting each year should!
Now read on! Charley and I have drilled down for all the detail you need! Take your time and we'll give you the best time to visit Maldives with our Maldives weather know how!
And without wanting to sound all Zen, the answer really is up to you…
The fist time, Charley and I just booked and went. Not a weather map or report in sight! We went in May and it was beautiful with a couple of short showers at night to bring out the scent of the flowers. Otherwise blazing beautiful sun every day woo eeeee!
Since then we have always had wonderful weather whatever month we've been. Some rainfall more than on other trips but still the beauty and warmth of the Maldives is not diminished one iota we promise.
Here are some pointers that will help you decide for yourselves when to visit the Maldives.
Although the Maldives islands are in the Indian Ocean, the islands are too small in surface area to generate their own climate...
The sometimes-wet part is because of the two monsoons...
• The Southwest monsoon usually July to August
• The Northeast monsoon usually November to March
As Nov-Apr is the drier period, it is also the busier period … uh-oh… does that mean crowded beaches with no space to spare?? Relax; the resorts are constructed in a way that ensures that you are never in the situation where you have to leave your towel out to mark your spot on the beach… phew!
Remember that all of these islands are purpose built tourist resorts designed to be exclusive.
They don’t get overcrowded.
This is not the “Costa del Squeeze!”
So if you prefer the slightly drier climes, then the best time to visit Maldives is between November and April.
Hmm… if this is the drier season is it also the more expensive season? Yes and no. You can expect to pay more over Christmas and New Year. Nowhere is exempt from this seasonal influence.
But we’ve found that prices are pretty similar all year round. You only notice the difference if you
book a last minute holiday,
which still makes Nov-Apr one of the best times to visit the Maldives.
The fact that prices for holidays in the Maldives vary little throughout the year is the best indication of the consistency of the weather.
This is not a Mediterranean resort that operates seasonally; The Maldives doesn’t shut down for winter.
‘‘What about diving?’’ I hear you whisper. You’ve guessed it! Visibility is said to be at its best during this time, but again, there are no strict rules; we’ve been snorkeling
and scuba diving
in September and it’s been fine. Some divers even think that the wetter season is the best time to visit Maldives as it means more plankton and greater chances of encountering dolphins and mantas.
Hmm… what about May to October? Well you’ll be pleased to know that the weather is pretty good during this period too, so yes, it’s another ‘‘best time to visit Maldives’’.
This is because although it’s called the monsoon season, it’s not like a real monsoon. There aren’t endless days of rain that continue from May until October. It’s more likely to be 30 minutes one day, a couple of hours on another day and at worst on and off rain for a couple of days.
It’s because you don’t get torrential rain for months at a time that prices are similar year round. However we have noticed that there are slightly fewer tourists at this time… this just means even more beach for us… and you of course... Hooray!
The Maldives really is a year round destination which is why you’ll find many sites that say the best time to visit Maldives is all year round!
Our experience is that often, during the wetter season, the rain falls at night more than it does during the day. When it did rain during the day, it was still 30 degrees and the rain came in short bursts followed by bright blue skies that allowed us to come out from under the palm tree where we had taken shelter.
Ok, here’s the thing; The Complete Maldives Holiday Guide is just that; a broad knowledgeable, informative and most of all honest guide about this wonderful tropical destination. We’re not going to tell you that it never rains, because it does.
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