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When is the best time to visit Maldives?

Off-peak dates in Maldives that still have all the sunshine you could ever hope for.

When it comes to holidaying in the Maldives a few important factors come into play: sunshine, crowds and price.

We’ve considered all possibilities and have come up with a solution for when to arrive that is the perfect balance of all three.

Best time to visit Maldives

November and April

Why?

With peak season in Maldives falling between December to March, the best way to avoid the worst of the holidaymakers and overpriced bungalows is by travelling during the shoulder months.

November and April are the driest months of low season and boast enviable high temperatures of 29℃.


Overview

The weather in Maldives is comprised of wet and dry seasons. Dry season is between November and April with peak season between December and March. March tends to be the hottest month of the year. The wet, monsoonal season is between May and October with September being the wettest month.

Maldives is a popular destination for couples and honeymooners from all over the world, so it’s difficult to note a time where you won’t be sharing the islands with loved-up couples; however, avoiding the peak Christmas holiday period will likely grant you a little respite.


Weather and prices

Best time to visit Maldives, weather wise: November to April.

Average temperatures and amount of rain in Maldives:

MonthJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Max temperature (Celcius)292930313130292929292929
Rain46mm18mm23mm58mm178mm295mm226mm198mm160mm185mm140mm86mm

Source: BBC

Cheapest time to visit Maldives: Booking flights and hotels in the off-season between May and October will save you the big bucks, but unless you plan to hole yourself up in your bungalow or dive throughout your trip, it’s not ideal. Book your stay in peak-season early for the cheapest prices.


Best time to visit Maldives for…

  • Your honeymoon: For the most memorable honeymoon, visit Maldives during dry season between November and April for that picture-perfect stay.
  • Beaches: November to April affords you the most sunshine and the least amount of rainfall.
  • Diving: Diving is good all year round and can be enjoyed during the low off-season between May and October.
  • Snorkelling: Like diving, snorkelling is good all year round as even during monsoon season, heavy short rains are followed by periods of sunshine. However, for the best visibility, snorkel between December and March.
  • Spa relaxation: Relaxation is what Maldives is all about and can be enjoyed all year round, though some spas may close during low season.

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