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Best Time to Visit the Maldives

by Travelbag on 17 October 2017, 16:10PM

The Maldives is a beautiful destination – but when should you go? The bottom line is, it depends what you want from your trip. In terms of weather, the best time to go on holiday to the Maldives is between November and April, when you'll avoid the rainy season and enjoy reliable sunshine. With temperatures hovering around 29 degrees Celsius, and the sea at a bath-warm 25 degrees, the Maldives is the perfect destination for some winter sun. And, if you're getting married during autumn or winter, the timing of the Maldives' seasons makes it a great winter honeymoon destination. Or maybe you want to spend Christmas somewhere warm? If it's sunshine you're after, it's generally best to go to the Maldives during the British winter.

But it's not all about the weather. There are pros and cons to each month, in terms of flight prices, hotel deals and visibility for diving. If you really want to go diving in the Maldives, for example, you don't need to rule out the rainy season. June and August tend to be the wettest months, but it can still be worth travelling in May, July, September or October. Similarly, going to the Maldives in low season means you'll find much cheaper deals. Confused? We've rounded up the seasons, so you can choose when's the best time for you to go to the Maldives.


November to April 

This is the hottest time of the year, and therefore peak season. Be sure to book your holiday to the Maldives well in advance, or you might find that everyone else has snapped up the best accommodation. You can relax on sugar-white beaches, or escape the sun with a dive and discover the amazing world underneath the surface. If you want a lazy beach break, or you enjoy really hot weather, head to the Maldives during winter. February, March and April are particularly warm – which is great for sun-seekers but, if you'd rather avoid the crowds, this is probably not the best time for you to visit.

May to June

The Maldives is a Muslim country, so if you visit during May or June, it's good to be mindful that the observation of Ramadan may have an impact on opening hours. On the flip side, 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. At the end of this period, Eid is celebrated, so it's an exciting time to visit the Maldives if you'd like to experience all the festivities. 

In the ocean, meanwhile, you'll find that the plankton levels are much higher in May. While this can make visibility slightly worse, these conditions are perfect for seeing manta rays and gigantic whale sharks. Get ready to scuba dive with the largest fish on the planet.

July to October

The Maldives' wet season is in full swing during this time – but don't let that dampen your spirits. It's actually a great time to catch some local culture. July 26th marks Independence Day, which celebrates the end of British colonisation in 1965. Naturally there are parades and festivities galore, so you can experience the Maldives at their liveliest. Alternatively, if you're into surfing, you'll be keen to know that July has the best waves. But the real bonus about going to the Maldives between July and October is the prices – it's low season, so you'll pay less for your holiday.

Book your holiday to the Maldives today. Or, if you're torn between the Maldives and Mauritius, find out how they compare.

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