Best Time to Visit Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives (Mac Qin)  CC BY-ND
On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Maldives. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Malé. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Maldives for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 25 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.979.57 in
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Geographical location

1196 islands in the vast Indian Ocean are part of the territory of the Maldives, about 90 of them are used by luxurious resorts for tourist purposes.

The Maldives are located southwest of India and Sri Lanka and have been an independent state since 1965. On an extension of about 540 miles, a total of 26 island atolls are distributed, all of which are only one to two metres above sea level.

You read that right: The highest point of the Maldives measures only an incredible 2.41 meters and lies on the southernmost atoll of the island state. Basically, the Maldives can be divided into about 220 so-called Local Islands, where the “real life” of the locals takes place, as well as the resort islands for vacationers from all over the world.

The only city of the Maldives Malé is located on the main island of Malé and is home to the International Airport and residential buildings for over 150,000 Maldivians. On a city area of only 5.5 miles² Malé is therefore considered the most densely populated city in the world.

From here, however, holidaymakers usually go straight to island paradises such as Asdu, Baros, Hinnavaru, Rasdhoo, Mahibadhoo, Bandos Island or Gili Lankanfushi by speedboat or seaplane. Among the romantic destinations in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are on the popularity scale, especially of couples and honeymooners, mostly before islands such as the Seychelles, Mauritius and La Réunion.

Climate in the Maldives

Maldives (Constance Halaveli Resort & Spa) (Mac Qin)  CC BY-ND The islands of the Maldives are very well protected in the Indian Ocean by the offshore coral reefs and are therefore only very rarely affected by the forces of nature. The Indian Ocean is comparatively calm throughout the year, the weather is consistently warm and the climate can be described as typically tropical.

This means only slight differences in night and day temperatures, no real seasons and quite high humidity 365 days a year. The Maldives climate is mainly determined by the winds: In the period November to April the so-called northeast monsoon blows, from May to October the southwest monsoon. Basically, the north-east monsoon provides warm weather, many hours of sunshine and very little precipitation.

In the period from the beginning to the end of May, the Maldives rainy season begins with heavy showers and cloudy skies. Statistics and climate data from recent years show that June and July are the months with the most rainy days, while September is the month with the most rainfall.

Best Time to Visit Maldives: Overview

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When is the best time to travel in the Maldives?


In view of the rainy season in the Maldives from about mid-May to October, summer in the Maldives is considered the absolute low season. If you are looking for cheap offers and can live with the weather risk, you could also find happiness during this travel season. The transition months of November and December are more climatically stable, but rain is still to be expected. In principle, however, the Christmas season is a popular travel period, as the weather is definitely a delight compared to the cold grey Europe.

However, we recommend the months of January, February, March and April as the best travel season for the Maldives. This is all the more true if this is your first Maldives holiday or even a special event like your honeymoon. The least rain during the year falls between January and March, the day temperatures are between 30 °C to 31 °C. The tropical Indian Ocean is warm enough for swimming all year round with water temperatures of a constant 27 °C to 29 °C.

Climate Chart Maldives

Malé

Climate Chart Malé
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Maldives

In the following, you will find the climate table for Maldives, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Malé (Maldives)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°30°31°32°31°31°30°30°30°30°30°30°
Night Temperature25°26°26°26°26°26°26°26°25°25°25°25°
Water Temperature27°27°28°29°29°28°28°27°27°28°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)2.951.972.875.28.56.775.797.49.578.747.919.13
Hours of Sunshine899877777887
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Malé is 28 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (28.9 °C)
Coldest month: December (27.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Malé is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 76.81 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): May, August, September, October, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 51.26 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Malé.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 9.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Malé (Station Male)
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 30 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 7 mph SW
Air Pressure: 1012 hPa       Humidity: 74 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:00 am
The next days …
18th Nov 201819th Nov 201820th Nov 201821st Nov 201822nd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
overcast clouds28 °C to 29 °Cmoderate rain27 °C to 28 °Cbroken clouds28 °C to 29 °Clight rain27 °C to 28 °Clight rain27 °C to 28 °Clight rain27 °C to 28 °C
28 °C to 29 °C27 °C to 28 °C28 °C to 29 °C27 °C to 28 °C27 °C to 28 °C27 °C to 28 °C
Clouds: 88 %Clouds: 20 %Clouds: 56 %Clouds: 16 %Clouds: 24 %Clouds: 16 %
No Precipitation0.23 in of rainNo Precipitation0.02 in of rain0.02 in of rain0.04 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Maldives: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 21 reviews for Maldives holiday already. Average rating is 4.4 of 5 stars.
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    Dina, 18 years old was there in August

    the weather was the way you wanted it to be. The sun was shining and it was warm. In the evening when you wanted to go to the sea the weather was still very nice and warm.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Silvana, 31 years old was there in January

    Constant 30 degrees for 14 days, in one day for 10 minutes of rain! Otherwise only sun!!!!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Dietmar, 53 years old was there in April

    One or two short rains. More often cloudy. Otherwise Top!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Meike, 40 years old was there in May

    It rained heavier for at least 1x day. On some days it rained from morning to evening, although it was usually very windy.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Angelika, 45 years old was there in March

    Pleasant warmth. Mostly dry. Nights pleasant.1 day was rainy. Otherwise very nice.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Nicole, 58 years old was there in November

    During the 3 days only storm and rain. You couldn’t even go swimming in the sea.

    Weather Rating: 0 stars – Catastrophic

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    Swetlana, 34 years old was there in January

    It was a mix of sun and clouds, but always pleasantly warm.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Petra , 46 years old was there in December

    Except for one day it was sunny and warm. Occasional showers came more at night. The water was pleasant and the air temperature too.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Dhana, 38 years old was there in August

    We defied all warnings and advice and went to the Maldives in August, far away from the best travel season. Our wedding on 08.08. and the Maldives has always been a huge travel dream for us. So there was actually no alternative but to dare, because we did not want to wait until winter for our honeymoon. We flew with Emirates over Dubai and spent 10 nights in a pool villa on Baros Maldives. It was magical, magical, uniquely beautiful! Yeah, we had rain once. Usually it was heavy tropical showers that lasted about an hour. After that it cleared up and was sunny. Yes, it was a bit windy on some days, but nothing that would knock down a North German. And yes, in 3 days we had cloudy skies. This was not quite perfect for photos, but it was still hot and the Maldives Resorts also offer a lot of activities during the supposed “rainy season”. Above all, one thing must not be forgotten: For the fun of it, we had asked for an offer for the same flights and accommodation in December – the price was 2.5 times as high as in August! We got a real bargain and had a wonderful time.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Traudi, 50 years old was there in June

    We were on Holiday Island in June 2017 and the weather was very nice for 10 days. One day it was cloudy and my husband said: it was raining today. I was looking forward to it, wanted to stand in the rain on this beautiful island. The clouds moved on and it hasn’t rained a drop in 10 days. But we had fantastic pictures of the underwater world. We haven’t been there the last time….. bought us snorkel masks
    would like to go back to paradise?????????????????????????????


    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Gerald, 59 years old was there in February

    At 16 days 2 short showers.
    3-4 days more wind.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Alessa, 30 years old was there in May

    This was already the 3rd time in May in the Maldives and we always had very good weather. With 12 vacation days usually 1 day of bad weather (wind, rain and high waves), otherwise always sunshine and good visibility under water.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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