By Kayreen & Manuel – 21th Oct 2021

The Maldives is an archipelago country well-known for having over 1000 atolls dotting the Indian Ocean. The enchanting islands are framed by turquoise seas and lagoons, making it a perfect and irresistible location for snorkeling, diving, or just merely breaking the monotony of everyday life. With its pristine white beaches, sprawling greeneries, fascinating landmarks, and vibrant culture, the region is endeared and made a holiday paradise in the hearts of many.

Tourists are bound to have an exquisitely unforgettable experience regardless of the season or time of the year. However, just like any other vacation to tropical destinations, deciding when to book a trip to the Maldives is still crucial. Consider factors such as the weather, prices, crowds, or other aspects of the travel depending on what you deem is necessary to ensure optimum fun and enjoyment.

We drafted a short travel guide for you to aid in your intent to visit the Maldives. Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance and more information.

Maldives resort

1. Maldives weather characteristics

The Maldives has a typically tropical climate temperature of around 30°C throughout the year. Seawater temperature is kept at 26-28°C, making it suitable for travel and vacation all year round. In a year, there are two seasons – dry and wet. People usually use this as a standard to distinguish between low and peak seasons.

Dry season (November to April of the following year): It is mostly sunny with plenty of sunshine and good visibility under the sea – this is the best time to travel to the Maldives.

Wet season (May-October): Rainfall usually comes from fast-moving afternoon storms, allowing visitors to enjoy the sun and warm temperatures early in the day. You might even get a bonus of seeing rainbows!

Manta rays in Maldives

2. Best time for Water Sports

Having several remote islands and an abundance of marine life makes diving and snorkeling popular in the Maldives. Such underwater activities are ideal all year round and slightly favorable during the dry season because of improved visibility, specifically from January through April, featuring long sunny days, flat seas, and higher chances to dive with the magnificent manta rays and gentle whale sharks. 

The surfing season runs from late February to November. A prime swell-producing time in the Indian Ocean, with incredibly consistent waves and trade winds settling into a steady flow.

3. Most cost-effective travel time 

While some people avoid traveling to the Maldives during the wet season, it is in this period that price discounts and attractive offers are made available.

Indeed, humidity and rain may rise in these months, but the islands are low-lying. Rain clouds disappear quickly, and the downpour is usually momentary. And not to mention, it means fewer guests at this time of the year, allowing you to unwind in peace and spend less because of special promotions.

4. Season of the Bioluminescence

The Maldives is one of the few beaches in the world with a bioluminescent phenomenon. Sea planktons are most likely responsible for it. They produce the visible lights seen at night. The sea appears to be teeming with microorganisms and microbes having the natural ability to render a vibrant blue glow. As a result, the waters have this amazingly gorgeous ethereal view.

Vaadhoo Island in Raa Atoll is a great spot to view the planktons. Albeit, it can also be seen in any of the atolls. You can wager to visit between June and October when planktons are most plentiful.

5. Key Events and Festivals

In some residential islands of the Maldives, startling festivities are happening. Two festivals that offer profound cultural insight are National Day on 17th-18th October and Republic Day on 11th November. From military parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and fireworks to the feast of Maldivian dishes like Huni Hakuru Folhi, Bodibiday, Masroshi. You can either combine your luxury stay with a visit to one of the local islands or stay in one of the guesthouses for a cultural experience.