Gaze out towards the Indian Ocean, white sands surrounding you and crystal-clear waters merging into the horizon beyond. In the Maldives, laidback relaxation is simply a way of life.

The tropical climate extends year-round, meaning you can soak in the sun or enjoy watersports whether you visit the South Ari or North Male Atoll in January, April or October. However, it’s worth knowing which time to go, as you can experience the island nation’s gorgeous weather and see incredible marine life, immersing yourself in its rich culture.

Discover more with our guide on the best time to visit the Maldives.

When is Dry Season in the Maldives?

The dry season in the Maldives takes place between January and March, a period (also known as the northeast monsoon) that’s characterised by its warm weather and little amount of rainfall.

While lounging on one of the stunning beaches, soak in gorgeous average temperatures of 28°C for hours on end, listening to the soothing sounds of the gentle waves lapping up the soft sands. The humidity is low, so the heat is more bearable, allowing you to spend more time outdoors.

During this time, you can go snorkelling or scuba diving and experience excellent water visibility. From seeing turtles forage in the seagrass meadows to feeling tropical fish glide past you, exploring below the surface is as enriching as it is above. Here, there are many watersports you can try out, including the likes of parasailing to get a unique birds-eye view of the islands.

When is the Maldives Rainy Season?

The rainy season in the Maldives takes place from mid-May to November, a time (also known as the southwest monsoon) which may see some wet weather but plenty of dry and sunny spells. Average temperatures are 28°C and humidity is high.

When it rains in the Maldives, you can always find something exciting or relaxing to do. At JOALI Maldives, Espa Spa offers bespoke treatments and cutting-edge therapies in serene surrounds. Over at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you can even dine at the world-renowned underwater restaurant, Ithaa – the world’s first of its kind, featuring panoramic views of its coral gardens.

If you speak with our Travel Specialists, we can help you plan these one-of-a-kind experiences.

Although it isn’t the best time to go to the Maldives, a luxurious holiday experience in the rainy season can still be wonderful. It’s usually quieter while the weather brings mesmerising views!


Maldives Weather by Month

Which month is best for seeing manta rays and whale sharks? When should you visit for the beaches? And is there a surfing season? Discover what to expect throughout each month.


The weather in the Maldives in January is warm and pleasant, with low rainfall and humidity. Water visibility is great, so you can go scuba diving or snorkelling. The sun also shines for around nine hours a day, giving you plenty of time to relax on the beaches and soak in the glorious sun.


The weather in the Maldives in February is fabulous. It’s the driest month of the year, with less than 70mm of rainfall. So, unwind on the sun-soaked sands and forget all of your troubles. Surfing season also officially begins in the middle of the month, providing great waves to catch!


The weather in the Maldives in March is hot and bright, but there may be short bursts of rainfall. Water visibility is excellent, so head under the surface and discover a kingdom of tropical wonders. Alternatively, why not embark on a sunset cruise and look out for resident dolphins?


The weather in the Maldives in April is still hot, but showers occur in the middle of the month. Humidity levels also rise, and water visibility is very good for a snorkelling adventure. Cool off in your private pool or perhaps think about treating yourself to a spa treatment to avoid the rains.


The weather in the Maldives in May is hot, although it’s officially the start of the rainy season. Diving visibility is slightly reduced and the nights slightly cooler. Waking up early for a stroll along the powdery white sands is the perfect way to begin your day – and to avoid the rains!


The weather in the Maldives in June is both windy and humid. Manta rays and whale sharks can be seen more frequently this month, as they come to feed on the plankton driven by the strong currents into the waters. With less crowds, you can practice Yoga or meditate in pure peace.


The weather in the Maldives in July can be wet in spells, but you can expect up to seven hours of sunshine a day and lovely warm weather. If you’re adventurous, make use of the watersports such as kayaking and jet skiing. If you like to relax, head to one of the many beautiful beaches.


The weather in the Maldives in August is warm, with short downpours of rain. So long as you time your indoor and outdoor activities right, you can completely avoid them altogether. Nighttime is great for stargazing, a romantic activity you can experience on the pearly sands.


The weather in the Maldives in September is rainy, and in fact the wettest month of the year. Average rainfall is 243mm, which occurs for around 14 days. But at the same time, it’s the perfect time for spotting whale sharks and manta rays, who migrate here in their hundreds.


The weather in the Maldives in October is warm, sometimes seeing short, sharp bursts of rain. However, you can still expect high temperatures, lots of sun and lovely warm waters. You can spend time enjoying your hotel’s luxury facilities during a rain burst, whether it’s the spa or bar.


The weather in the Maldives in November is characterised by its rainy and sunny days, which may be unpredictable. But on a good day, you can either relax on the beach or go swimming. This is the end of the rainy season though, meaning it’s less wet than previous months.


The weather in the Maldives in December is mostly dry and hot, but with the potential for some mid-month showers. A winter sun getaway provides everything you need to unwind and chill. Although its golden sands surrounded by crystal-clear waters is all you need to rest and relax.

Peak Tourist Season in the Maldives

Peak tourist season in the Maldives is between December and April. This is the best time to go to the Maldives, as the weather is dry and less humid than off-peak. On the other hand, it’s busier with more tourists looking to escape the wet weather and soak up some rays.

During peak, hotels like Atmosphere Kanifushi and One&Only Reethi Rah book up quickly. So, it’s better to guarantee your place in advance. You can speak with our Travel Specialists to do this, and they can tailor-make your entire holiday with bespoke experiences.

Best Months for Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

The best time to go to the Maldives for scuba diving and snorkelling is from January to April. Drier weather and greater underwater visibility provide the basis for a wonderful experience, ensuring you can spend more time watching the magical marine life who live below the surface.

Schools of blue striped snappers meander around the beautiful coral reef at Kudah Rah Thila while LUX* South Ari Atoll is home to a designated PADI dive centre. Similarly, you can explore one of the world’s best dive sites in Maaya Thila, where whitetip sharks are seen circling the reef. Nearby, enrol in the specialty courses at Constance Halaveli to pack out your Maldivian escape.

Discover all of this and more with our guide on diving in the Maldives.

Tips and Recommendations for your Maldives Trip

There’s lots to see and do in the Maldives. So, it’s always useful to have a good understanding of essential experiences and places to visit. Here are some of our tips and recommendations for your first or next visit, courtesy of our Indian Ocean Product Manager, Zoe Saunders:

  • Take a seaplane transfer – it’s an amazing experience taking off and landing on the water, plus you get to see the atolls and resorts from above. Also, the pilots don’t wear shoes!
  • When packing, think casual and sandals/flip-flops as you’ll probably be spending the day in the sea or pool, or even relaxing on a beach. Most restaurants are casual (yes, there are some hotels that have more formal restaurants, and we can highlight these to you), so one pair of heels is enough, or may even be too much!
  • Think about splitting your stay over two islands, or even over two different villa categories in one resort. Experience beach and overwater, or different islands and what they have to offer as every island is different. Getting around the Maldives can be difficult logistically, but our Travel Specialists can provide you with ideas which work.
  • There really is an island for everyone. Whether it’s a quiet holiday or a resort with lots of activities and evening entertainment, the Maldives has it all – just tell us what you want.

Looking to put these tips to use? Our Travel Specialists can help create your perfect Maldives trip, from once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the most luxurious hotels across the country.

Explore the Maldives with Inspiring Travel

With the best time to visit the Maldives being peak season, now’s the time to book your place during the most country’s popular period. Speak with our Travel Specialists to tailor-make your perfect trip, so you can enjoy its mesmerising water-based experiences and gorgeous sunshine.

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