Best Time To Visit Maldives

by Travelbag on 17 October 2017, 16:10PM

The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, when you'll avoid the rainy season and enjoy guaranteed sunshine. That makes the islands an ideal destination for British holidaymakers who are looking for some winter warmth. With temperatures hovering at around 29C, and the sea registering a delightful 25C, you'll be able to spend your days swimming and sunbathing. A wonderful escape from the dreary British winter and its grey skies!

The dry season is also the best time to visit the Maldives if you like to swim, dive, or enjoy other water sports. However, you don't need to rule out a visit in the rainy season from May until the end of October. June and August tend to get the most rain, so it can still be worth booking to travel in May, July, September or October. The advantage of travelling at this time of year is that you will be able to benefit from cheaper prices. You can also be certain of warm temperatures, although that comes with humidity as an unwelcome bonus! Whenever you travel, be sure to pack a high factor sunscreen though, and don't overdo your sun exposure; caution is always advised for those unused to the tropical sun.

November to January

If you're getting married and opting for a winter wedding, the Maldives offer an ideal honeymoon destination. At the beginning of the dry season, you'll avoid the worst of the humidity and are guaranteed plenty of sunshine. The second half of December would also be the perfect time for anyone who wants to spend Christmas in the sun, or escape the relentless commercialisation of the festive season in the UK! At this time of year, you may also be lucky enough to witness an extraordinary phenomenon that shows the wonder of nature - the bioluminescent beach. November sees a number of public holidays, with Victory Day, Republic Day, and the National Day all falling during this month.

February to April

This is the hottest time of the year, and therefore peak season. Be sure to book well in advance, or you might find that everyone else has snapped up the best accommodation! Relaxing on the beaches could be the best way of spending your trip during these months, or escape the sun with a dive and view the amazing world underneath the ocean. Visit during these months if a lazy holiday is most appealing for you, or you enjoy hot weather. If you place more of an emphasis on cultural experiences, or just can't stand the heat, it might be wisest to avoid these months (though in general temperatures are never too extreme). If you'd rather avoid the crowds, again these are probably not the best months for you to visit.

May to July

 One of the best experiences of visiting a long-haul distance like the Maldives is the chance to observe the local wildlife. From May onwards (until December), you can dive or snorkel with whale sharks, which is sure to be an amazing experience. July 26 sees Independence Day, which marks the end of British colonisation in 1965. Naturally there are parades and festivities galore to celebrate this important day. It's also a good time to visit if you're a surfer and want to catch the best waves. The bonus is that since it's low season, you'll pay less for your accommodation and travel.

August to October

The Maldives is a Muslim country, so if you visit in August or September do be aware that the observation of Ramadan may have an impact on things like opening hours. However, the end of this period is celebrated with the festival of Eid, which could be an interesting time to visit if you would like to experience the festivities. But if you're obliged to take your holidays in August, your trip needn't be a total washout. This is a wonderful time to take advantage of the many spas located around the islands, and nurture your spiritual side, plus you could always take the opportunity to support local artisans and pick up some wonderful souvenirs or handicrafts as gifts.

There really is no bad time to visit the Maldives, given its location, but even if you find yourself "rained off" one day, you can still make the most of the time by enjoying spa treatments, going diving, or visiting cultural sites. Shop for souvenirs such as textiles, that will offer a wonderful memento of your trip, and memories will be stored up by experiences like diving with whales. Island hopping will give you the chance to absorb some of the history and culture. But of course, the beaches and sea hold considerable appeal for the British visitor - what's not to love about year-round warmth and plenty of sunshine!

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