The best time to
visit the Maldives

To make the most of your stay in the Maldives, choose carefully the ideal period!

Do you dream of a tropical climate and long stretches of fine sand? The Maldives is a destination for you. But when to reach these islands? What is the prevailing climate in this archipelago? We tell you everything you need to know before booking your dates.

WHAT'S THE CLIMATE LIKE IN THE MALDIVES?

"The Maldives enjoys a hot and humid tropical climate due to its geographical location in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Located 983 km from Sri Lanka and 820 km from Cochin in South India, the Maldives archipelago is subject to relatively stable temperatures throughout the year. In Malé, the capital, the average annual temperature is 30 degrees**.

Two monsoon periods punctuate the Maldivian seasons: the south-western and the north-eastern seasons.
The first takes place
between the beginning of May and the end of August. It provides sea breezes on the northern islands, with cloud cover and higher humidity**. The temperature is almost 26°C all year round for the minimums and 30°C for the maximums.

The second one takes place from the end of September to December. Showers and stealthy thunderstorms take place in the late afternoon, especially in the southern atolls, but nothing that will mar your sunny days. The sun returns as quickly as it has gone. These rainy seasons are natural in the archipelago. Thanks to them, the vegetation is lush and rich."

Our resorts in the Maldives

WHEN TO GO TO THE MALDIVES TO ENJOY THE BEACHES AND WATER ACTIVITIES?

"If you are looking for long sunny days to enjoy the beautiful stretches of fine sand, prefer the periods between January and April. These are months when the sunshine can reach 9 hours per day, with a relatively dry climate.

The sea is calm, very suitable for snorkeling, this activity of scuba diving without oxygen tank.
The Maldives archipelago offers a multitude of activities during your stay. Tempted by kite-surfing ? The summer monsoon (between May and August) is the ideal season to practise this exciting sport. Indeed, the wind is necessary for a flight in the air: strong emotions guaranteed!

From May to September, the days are 7 hours long. In the more southern islands, the south-western monsoon has little influence during this summer time. You may consider going to the Maldives in summer if you wish to take your holidays during this period. Tropical cyclones are of low intensity in this region, as the early stages of their formation begin in the Maldives and end in India."

Did you know?

Big game fishing is very popular in the Maldives. On board the Dhonis, these typically Maldivian boats, you can admire the exceptional marine fauna of the Maldives: tuna, carangue, swordfish, chicken fish, etc…

WHAT ARE THE HOLIDAYS TO REMEMBER?

If you leave in July, don't miss the Independence Day celebration on the 26th of this month.

This national holiday is worthily celebrated through different parades throughout the archipelago, but it is in Malé, the capital, that the processions are the most impressive.

For the diving and underwater fauna enthusiasts in the Maldives, the Festival Lux Underwater, which takes place in September, will make you discover the new underwater technologies (underwater scooter, iBubble autonomous camera), as well as all the specificities of this biodiversity.

One island can hide another

Fancy a trip to a nearby island? Sri Lanka is less than 2 hours flight from the Maldives. The island of Ceylon (the old name of Sri Lanka) is a true land of legends. Its proximity to India marks the attachment to Indian cultures and influences from the continent.

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