Ihuru Island, Maldives Ihuru Island, Maldives – Image courtesy of Angsana Resort

Best time to visit the Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives is from January to March when it’s mainly sunny and dry with daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F).

Maldives Weather

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate with cooling daytime sea breezes. Daytime temperatures average 30°C (86°F) year-round with a low of 25°C (77°F).

The dry northeast monsoon from late-November through to early-April brings mainly sunny and dry weather with daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F).

The wet southwest monsoon, from mid-April to the end of October, brings strong winds, rain and high humidity, particularly from June to September.

The southern islands generally receive more rainfall than the northern islands due to the direction of the monsoon winds.

Seasons

High season: Mid-December to early January, Easter and August attract top prices at most resorts.

Low season: May to November (excluding August)

For activities: While diving is good year-round, visibility is better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll from December to April. The surfing season runs from March to October.

Maldives – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 27
Ave High Temp (°C) 30 30 31 31 31 30 30 30 30 30 30 29
Ave Low Temp (°C) 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 25
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 8 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12
Comfort Level High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 78 77 77 78 80 81 80 80 81 82 82 81
UV Index 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 5 4 6 9 14 13 12 13 16 15 14 11
Ave Rainfall (mm) 75 50 73 132 216 172 147 188 243 222 201 231
Sea Temp (°C) 28 28 29 29 30 30 29 29 29 28 29 28
(Male, Maldives) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Maldives – Monthly Review

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Maldives Meteorological Service.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Maldives: 18 November, 2018


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