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When is the best time to visit Maldives?

See which month has the cheapest flights and hottest weather.

The best time to visit Maldives is in March, when the weather is hot and sunny but peak tourist season is over. Conveniently, flights to Maldives are typically cheapest in March.

Overview

The weather in Maldives consists of wet and dry seasons. Dry season is between November and April, while the wet, monsoonal season is between May and October. September is usually the wettest month, and March tends to be the hottest month of the year.

Maldives is a popular destination for couples and honeymooners from all over the world, so it’s difficult to note a time where you won’t be sharing the islands with other lovebirds. But avoiding the peak Christmas holiday period will likely grant you a little respite.

While beach bums should opt for the dry season that lasts from November through April, surfers and travelers that don’t mind spontaneous heavy rains can save money on tours, accommodations and activities by booking during the low season from May to October.

Weather

January, February and March are the hottest, driest months in Maldives — ideal for spending long days sunbathing on the beach. Monsoon season runs from May to October, so it’s best to avoid those months if you’re hoping for sunny weather.

To help you plan the perfect vacay, here’s a month-by-month guide to typical weather in Malé, the capital of Maldives:

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
High87° F88° F89° F89° F88° F 88° F 87° F 87° F87° F87° F86° F87° F
Low79° F80° F80° F81° F81° F 80° F 80° F 79° F79° F79° F79° F79° F
Rain 2 days1 day2 days4 days7 days4 days6 days7 days7 days7 days7 days7 days

Average yearly temperatures sourced from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in February 2021.

Cheapest time to visit Maldives

Flights to Maldives are 5% cheaper than other months in March, according to data from Kayak.com. Conveniently, temps reach 89° F in March — a nice combo of good prices and hot weather.

  • Tip — Regional airlines have some of the cheapest flights to Maldives. Check out flights from Colombo in Sri Lanka, Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore for cheap tickets.

When it comes to accommodations, look for the best deals during the wet season, when hotels and resorts drop prices to attract travelers in spite of the rain.

Special events and holidays in Maldives

The Maldives is largely a Muslim country, so many of the events and holidays throughout the year follow the Islamic lunar calendar. If you want to be there for a holiday, be sure to double check the date before booking your trip. Here are a few of the most popular:

Winter

  • Huravee Day. In January, Maldives remembers its liberation from the occupation of South India, which occurred in 1752. There’s traditional food and lots of dancing.

Spring

  • Ramadan is an important holiday for Maldives. It’s observed throughout the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. While Muslim locals fast during the day, resorts and restaurants stay open — though the menu might be a bit different to accommodate Iftar, the evening meal that breaks each daily fast.

Summer

  • Independence Day. Maldivians celebrate their independence from Britain on July 26 each year. Head to Malé to watch parades and performances that commemorate the holiday.

Fall

  • Republic Day. This is the anniversary of when the Republic of Maldives was established in 1968. It’s a big day for the celebration of Maldivian culture, with marching bands, speeches, traditional costumes, parades and more.

Best time to visit Maldives for…

  • Your honeymoon: For the most memorable honeymoon, visit Maldives during the dry season between November and April — but avoid the holidays.
  • Beaches: November to April sees the most sunshine and the least amount of rainfall, perfect for laying on the beach or staying in an overwater bungalow.
  • Diving and snorkeling: Underwater sports in Maldives are good all year round, though the high plankton density in May attract especially interesting creatures like whale sharks and manta rays. Keep in mind that the wind and rains in May during monsoon season can reduce visibility.
    • Surfing: For the biggest Indian Ocean waves, visit the Maldives between October and May — the rainy season. Expect strong winds, larger waves and stronger swells.
    • Spa relaxation: Relaxation is what Maldives is all about and can be enjoyed all year round, though some spas may close during monsoon season.

    Traveling during COVID-19
    The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, However, it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated domestic travelers as of April 2021. International travelers need to get tested three days prior to flying out of the US and within three days after returning, even if you are fully vaccinated. It recommends that you delay travel if you’re not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.

    If you’re planning a trip outside the US, bear in mind that many countries have placed restrictions on US tourists. Check the US embassy website for updates before booking international travel.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Are there other places like Maldives?
    Yes! Whether your vacation time doesn’t line up with the Maldive region’s sunny skies or you simply want to compare other options, check out our complete guide to destinations that offer a similar paradise island experience.

    Which US city is quickest for flying to Maldives?
    Maldives’ main airport is near the capital city, Malé. From the US, we recommend starting in NYC, as it takes about 20 hours and you can usually book flights with only one layover. Los Angeles may be cheaper to fly out of, but it’ll take you about 28 hours on average to reach Malé.

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