What time of the year should you be making your way to the Maldives?
It boils down to what exactly you seek from the Maldives. Looking to catch some waves? Nothing but the sun? Diving or snorkeling? Cruising?
Essentially the Maldives’ travel periods can be classified as:
High Season: (December – February) – Clear blue skies, plenty of sunshine with moderate winds that accompany small to medium sized surfing waves. Resort hotel prices skyrocket during the high season with most resorts enforce a minimum number of nights required to a high of 5 to 7 nights during festive period (Christmas through end of New Year holidays)
Shoulder Season: (March – April) – The season between the high rates & unavailability of rooms of the high season, and the not-as-perfect-a-weather of the low season. Plenty of sunshine to go around, comparatively lower rates, better surfing waves, good snorkeling and diving. Infrequent occurrences of short bursts of tropical showers.
Low Season: (May – November) – The rates are low; chances of tropical storms are high. The silver lining on those rainy clouds is that, it is the Maldives. The island nation is among the few countries that lie directly under the equator that guarantee year-round sunshine. Furthermore, May through August promise the best possible surf waves the Maldives has to offer with great diving and snorkeling underwater conditions as well.
A more accurate and precise delineation of the seasons are drawn out for the purpose of providing a better understanding of what to expect, and when to expect it during the seasons.
10 through 22 December – Plenty of sunshine, moderately strong winds resulting in rough seas and medium sized surfing waves (swells). Perfect for sun bathing, snorkeling, and diving. Good for surfing and cruising as well. (Season: Mula)
14 through 26 February – Hot days and nights with little or no winds that bring about calm seas. Perfect for sun bathing, snorkeling, diving, and cruising. (Season: Hiyavihaa)
12 through 25 March – Clear blue skies prevail. Infrequent bursts of mini tropical storms occur that usually last an hour or two. Stronger winds compared to December through February offering bigger swells. Perfect for sun bathing, snorkeling, diving, cruising and a bit of surfing as well. (Season: Fasbadhuruva)
08 through 21 April – Sudden bursts of thunder and rain during first 4 to 5 days with the weather clearing up by the end of the first week bringing hot and dry weather that lasts throughout the season. Perfect for sun bathing, snorkeling, diving, and cruising and a bit of surfing at times. (Season: Assidha)
06 through 19 May – Cloudy with higher than normal chances of tropical storms. Southerly winds bring about moderate to fairly rough seas. (Season: Kethi)
01 through 14 July – Frequent storms accompanied by south westerly winds create the largest swells in the Maldives during this season. Perfect conditions for surfing and is ideal for snorkeling and diving as well. Rough seas and gale. July 2016 recorded plenty of sunshine from the early hours of the morning until noon. Stormy conditions prevailed afternoon until late evening. (Season: Funoas)