For experienced divers or even first-timers, this is the place for scuba diving – from whale sharks to manta rays, turtles and reef sharks, there is an abundance of marine life to be explored. Or enjoy a sundowner at sea as you take a boat trip to watch dolphins swim as the sun sets.
Peak season – With little rainfall and hot sunny days, January is one of the most popular months to visit the Maldives. For those looking to snorkel or dive – the water visibility is fantastic. If looking to travel at this time, definitely book ahead.
One of the driest months in the Maldives, with daytime temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 30°C. Enjoy around nine hours of sunshine each day, with very warm sea temperatures.
The weather is still very much the same as in February. The waters are warm and perfect for snorkelling and diving. Still in peak season, so be sure to book ahead.
April marks the end of the dry season with gradually more rainfall occurring as the month progresses. The temperature and humidity both increase slightly, but a gentle sea breeze makes it all the more tolerable. You can still expect plenty of sunshine, and warmer evenings.
May is known as the monsoon season in the Maldives. It is hot, humid and short sharp showers are not uncommon. Though unpredictable rains tend to happen in the mornings and evenings. Prices start to drop slightly and whilst water visibility is reduced due to the number of plankton in the area, it makes it an attractive spot for whale and dolphin watching.
Although rainfall is high it is typically in short sharp bursts. Generally, days see around eight hours of sunshine per day. It is hot, humid and with balmy evenings. Ramadan starts during this time, however, it is unlikely to affect your stay. This is a great time for water sports – windsurfing, kitesurfing and deep-sea fishing.
This is a quieter month to visit due to the hot and humid weather conditions and increased chance of rainfall. Though water visibility is poor the increased plankton brings with it an abundance of marine life, including manta rays. Generally, winds are stronger in the north at this time.
Tropical downpours are expected for around 8-15 days of the month, though these may be welcome amongst the hot daytime temperatures. Generally, there is less rain in the north due to the south-westerly monsoon winds. Sea temperatures remain lovely and warm for swimming.
Unfortunately, due to the heavy rains, water visibility is still low, meaning less favourable weather for diving and snorkelling. However, the days are very hot and humid, with around seven to eight hours of sunshine per day. Rains tend to be heavier in the south, and although unpredictable, often fall overnight. Enjoy fewer tourists, cheaper prices and luscious green vegetation.
Temperatures and rainfall remain similar to September. Fewer tourists and cheaper prices mean it is still a popular time to visit. There are around eight hours of daily sunshine and warm sea temperatures around 28°C.
Although November is still a rainy month, it marks the end of the official wet season in the Maldives. Waters are warm and begin to clear slightly making it a great time for scuba diving and snorkelling, especially if you wish to spot some manta rays. Still out of peak season – prices are typically lower.
The climate is generally hot and dry but still with the risk of rain. The winds drop, as does the humidity, creating pleasant conditions. It is a popular time to visit as people look to get away for some winter sun and the Christmas holidays, so it is worth booking in advance. Also, keep in mind, that some properties may have a minimum stay over this period.