The Maldives is a heavenly tourist destination known for its sun-kissed beaches, opulent waterfront villas and travel-friendly weather that stays pleasant throughout the year. Though most travellers visit the Maldives to relax and rejuvenate in their private villas and secluded islands, the Maldives does have more to offer. Yes, we are talking about the unspoken outdoor adventures. Think watersports, snorkelling, underwater dining and full moon parties. Take a look at the season-wise break up for the best time to visit the Maldives in 2020.

When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

Though any season is the best season to visit the Maldives, there are certain months that offer the perfect circumstances to enjoy both the indoor and outdoor adventures in the Maldives.

Weather in the Maldives

The Maldives enjoys tropical weather throughout the year with the temperature averaging at 23˚C to 30˚C. A slightly cooler temperature exists during the monsoon season.

November to April – Dry season

November to April is the best time to visit the Maldives and also the peak season for travelling. The temperature stays at 27˚C to 30˚C with little or almost no rainfall. But since this is the peak season, expect higher airfares and accommodation rates. Also, the Maldives is relatively more crowded during this period.

May to October – Wet season

Monsoon is the second-best season to visit the Maldives, lasting from May to October. Travellers on a budget enjoy lower hotel rates and better deals this time of the year. However, expect more indoor time as it rains from May to October, but be assured you won’t be disappointed.

Summer in the Maldives

In the Maldives, Summer is the best season to stay outdoors and hang out at the beach or try watersports adventures. If you are planning a honeymoon vacation in the Maldives, Summer is the best time, as the weather is dry and you can hang out in the beach soaking up the sun all day long. During November to April, the Maldives sees enthusiastic travellers flocking the destination looking for the perfect tropical holiday amidst the most heavenly villas embedded against striking blue waters. Also, Christmas and New Year falls during this period and hence watch out for amazing parties and celebrations which will be held all over the Maldives. Summer is also the whale watching season in the Maldives.

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Why visit the Maldives in Summer?

If you visit the Maldives in Summer, you can —

  • Be outdoor all the time due to dry weather
  • Enjoy the quintessential Maldives experience as it is the high season for tourists
  • Attend Christmas celebrations
  • Take part in New Year festivals and full moon parties
  • Go on a yacht cruise to watch the sunset
  • Dine under the stars
  • Take an early morning walk on the beach
  • Spot incredible white sharks and whale sharks in whale-watching points.
  • Snorkel with the lush coral reefs

Monsoon in the Maldives

There is no off-season in the Maldives as the weather never gets worse there. But please note that there may be limited things to do during Monsoon as the Maldives is prone to day-long rains. It can also go from rainy to sunny and vice versa quickly. But why worry when you are staying in an all-inclusive resort? From spa treatments with a view to relaxing in an indoor pool, there are a lot of options to keep yourself occupied. In fact, monsoon is the best season in the Maldives to go surfing as bigger waves and strong wind are in favour. Or grab your mask and go scuba diving. What better time to dive than when it rains?

Why visit the Maldives in Monsoon?

If you visit the Maldives in Monsoon, you can —

  • Pamper yourself in an aromatic spa treatment
  • Relax in a private pool with a beachfront view
  • Spot bioluminescent beaches on the island of Vaadhoo.
  • Surf in the high tidal waves
  • Hit the indoor gym
  • Rejuvenate yourself in a yoga session
  • Have dinner in an underwater restaurant
  • Or best – go for a walk to the beach if you are a rain person

Also Read: Water sports in the Maldives

Winter in the Maldives

The Maldives only experience Summer and Monsoon seasons throughout the year. Winter doesn’t occur, but travellers can enjoy a slight drop in temperature during December, i.e., during midsummer.

What are the famous festivals and events in the Maldives?

The Maldives only sees a very few religious festivals and national events other than New Year and Christmas. These are Maldives events dates for 2020:

  • New Year – January 1
  • Christmas – December 25
  • Martyrs’ Day – March 25
  • Ramzan – April 23
  • Kuda Eid – May 23
  • Bodu Eid – July 31
  • National Day – October 20

Hope you now have an idea of when to plan a Maldives vacation.

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Akshaya Devi

Scared of driving in Chennai traffic but also planning a solo bike trip to Ladakh. Don't be surprised if you find me all hyper, someone somewhere in the world must've misquoted Martin Scorcese or justified a bad coffee saying "C'mon, coffee is coffee".