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Best Time To Visit Maldives

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  • TATA AIG Team
  • Published on :
  • 03/10/2023

The Maldives, a picturesque destination in the Indian Ocean, is a perfect getaway for vacation if you want to experience some of the sun-soaked beaches and vibrant coral reefs. From pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters to vibrant marine life and breathtaking scenic spots, the Maldives promises an unforgettable experience.

Planning a trip during a good season is essential to make the most out of the trip. The best time to visit the Maldives will depend on individual preferences. The dry season from January to April is known for its beautiful blue skies and minimal rainfall making it ideal for sightseeing, swimming, snorkelling, etc.

And the wet season from May to September is the off-season due to intermittent and heavy rains throughout the day. However, the wet season is known for scuba and surfing experiences for adventure enthusiasts.

Here is a detail about the different seasons, temperatures, weather, etc., and why visiting Maldives during that time is best.

Maldives In Dry Season - Peak Season - January to April

Temperature 31 degrees Celsius during the day and 24 degrees Celsius at night.

Weather** January to April is one of the best seasons to visit Maldives. The weather is dry and pleasant, with a moderate temperature. There can be minimal precipitation, which can never hinder your travel plans.

Why Is It The Best Time To Visit Maldives?

  • The brilliant blue skies, warm sunny days, and minimal rain are perfect for sightseeing and enjoying picturesque scenic spots. It is the best time to visit the Maldives for a honeymoon.

  • Sun Island, Baros, North Male-Atoll, Nalaguraidhoo Island in South Ari Atoll, and Banana Reef are some of the preferred locations. HP Reef, a protected marine location, is one of the highly-rated tourist destinations.

  • As the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, it is the ideal time to explore swimming adventure activities.

  • You can glimpse the well-populated and celebrated version of Maldives at its best.

  • Fihalhohi island, rich with clear waters, pristine beaches, and shady coconut palm trees, is attractive if you seek a romantic honeymoon getaway.

  • You can relish the spectacular beaches and the breathtaking view of the coral reef and other atolls, and it is the best time to visit the Maldives from India.

  • Explore the glass bottom boat and the overwater bungalows in the Maldives for a scintillating experience.

  • An ideal time for sun-seekers and snorkelers.

Tips For Travellers

  • It is the peak season, so bookings at the earliest are highly encouraged.

  • Take loose and light clothing to feel comfortable.

  • Have floppy hats to beat the heat and sunscreen to protect your skin.

  • Take beach slippers or flip-flops

Maldives In Wet Season - Off Season - May to September

Temperature 31 degrees Celsius during the day and 25 degrees Celsius at night.

Weather The average rainfall is about 381 cm in the south and 254 cm in the north. The month of September is one of the wettest months of the year. The strong wind, intermittent and heavy rains make the Maldives less attractive for most of the tourists.

Why Is It The Best Time To Visit Maldives?

  • The surging waves uplift surfing and scuba diving experiences, and it is the best season to visit Maldives for adventure enthusiasts.

  • As the Holy Month of Ramadan falls during May, you can savour the iftar special recipes with a tinge of Maldives delicacies.

  • Eid-al-Adha or Eid-ul-Alhaa, the festival celebrating the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to Allah, is reckoned during this period. On this day, the fishermen gather to catch a big fish by weaving the large palm leaves.

  • Huvahendhoo Island is a perfect getaway if you plan a vacation with your family this season. It is lustrous with greenery and beautiful calm water.

  • As the water temperature tends to lower during this time of the year, you can watch the reef sharks and hammerhead sharks moving to shallow waters.

  • Divers and snorkelers can find the best time to swim with the rich marine life. It is especially prominent in Baa Atoll, where many whale sharks and manta rays gather to feed on the plankton trapped Atoll’s bays.

  • As the country is less crowded during this Maldives off-season, you can cover the journey and accommodation expenses at fairly reasonable prices.

  • Bioluminescence is a natural phenomenon and a treat to your eyes. As the dark night and the warm Indian Ocean are conducive to the growth of the phytoplankton, you can feature its brilliant display. Taking a moonlit stroll into the blue lagoons can be a mesmerising experience. The months between June and December are a perfect time to view the bioluminescence.

Tips For Travellers

  • Pack protective wear for the rainy season

  • Take umbrellas and raincoats

  • Take medicines, if required

  • Protective gear and helmets with visors are necessary as driving can get difficult and risky

Maldives In Shoulder Season - October to December

Temperature On average, 30 degrees Celsius

Weather The months between October to December will feature the end of the wet season and a transition to the beginning of the hot and dry weather season.

Why Is It The Best Time To Visit Maldives?

  • Minimal rainfall and bright sunshine make the weather beautiful for a perfect Christmas getaway.

  • Plenty of offers on travel destinations make it a valued season to visit the Maldives.

  • You can get to see the whale sharks and manta rays that come to feed on the plankton.

  • Mawlid, the birth of Prophet Muhammad, is one of the most celebrated festivals in Maldives. It is celebrated in August, September, October, or November depending on the Islamic calendar. Magnificent mosque decorations and huge street processions are ubiquitous on this day.

Tips For Travellers

  • Take light and loose-fitting clothes and protective wear, for there are increased chances for storms and rains

  • It can be crowded, and prior planning is necessary.

Which Is The Best Month To Visit Maldives?

Important Events

Events Month and Date, 2023
Maldives Luxe  1st - 6th, February
Amilla* Maldives Cultural Week 20th - 26th June
Amilla* George Cleopas 1st - 30th August
Amilla* Pause Retreat 7th September - 18th September
Amilla* Paul Emery 5th October- November 5th November
Amilla* Festival Of Life October 31st - November 13th
Amilla* Ashish Tripathi 10th November - 15th December
National Day 17th and 18th of October
Republic Day 11th November
Fishermen’s Day December 10th

*Click here to know more about Amilla Events.

Places To Explore

  • Grand Friday Mosque

  • National Museum

  • Tsunami Monument

  • Asrani Bageecha

  • Majeedhee Magu

Don’t Forget To Purchase The Travel Insurance Policy

While embarking on a journey to explore the Maldives at its best, securing it with a travel insurance policy is highly imperative. A travel insurance plan can cover the financial inconsistencies caused due to medical emergencies, baggage losses or delays, and trip cancellations during a trip.

Medical emergencies due to an accident, injury or sickness during a trip can increase your financial liabilities due to medical and hospitalisation expenses in the destination country. You can claim a travel insurance policy during such medical emergencies to get treated and reduce your financial burden.

In case of unforeseen circumstances that lead to a cancellation of your flight, you can get reimbursed for the non-refundable expenses related to your flights, accommodation, etc. And in case of any baggage loss or delay, you can get compensation for the lost or stolen baggage.

At Tata AIG, we offer different overseas travel insurance policy solutions at an affordable rate online. You can compare the options, purchase a policy, and raise a claim request at a convenient space and time online. It is a simple and less time-consuming process.


Maldives offers year-round tropical and heavenly experiences for people seeking a relaxation or adventurous getaway. If ideal beach weather and coral reef exploration is your preference, the dry season is the best time to visit Maldives. And if thrilling adventure sports, less crowd, and cultural activities are your interests, the off-season is a good time for the Maldives. Therefore, to cherish and make the best memories of this attractive tourist destination, you must plan and visit it during the best time of the year based on your fondness!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best time to visit the Maldives with family?

The dry season from January to April is the safe and best time to visit Maldives with family.

What are some of the best Maldivian delicacies?

Mas Huni, Garudhiya, Boshi Mashuni, Masroshi, Bis Keemiya, Maldivian Live Lobster, Sagu Bondibai, Reef fish cutlets, etc., are some of the famous Maldivian delicacies.

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