When to Travel

There’s warm weather all year round in the Maldives as it sits in the Indian Ocean and is just off the southwest coasts of Sri Lanka and India. With temperatures always high, it’s the amount of rain that changes here with the wet season running from May to October. August is one of the wettest months of the year but you’ll still get lots of sun at this time. You’ll have less rain if you’re in the north due to the south westerly monsoon winds, while winds are stronger in the wet season in general. There’s also higher humidity in August however it’s still a great time to visit.

The average high in capital Malé is 30ºC in August, making it perfect for enjoying the stunning beaches. Things don’t get much cooler in the evenings, which stay at 25ºC, so you won’t need many warm clothes. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear as the sea is ideal for swimming at 29ºC. Humidity’s high and while there’s 183mm of rain over 14 days, you can still expect seven hours of sunshine each day from the 12 hours of daylight. Use plenty of sun cream as UV levels will be extremely high. The sun goes down around 6.15pm in August.

Low Season (May–Nov) 

Storms and rain more likely, but weather warm and resorts at their cheapest. Prices rise in August for European summer holidays. Marine life is more varied on the western side of atolls at this time.

Shoulder (Mar–Apr) 

Great weather continues until the end of April, when temperatures are at their hottest. The surf season begins in March and continues until October. Prices jump during Easter.

High Season (Dec–Feb) 

The Maldives enjoys its best weather. Expect little rain, low humidity and blue skies. Christmas and New Year involve huge price hikes and often minimum stays of 5 days or more.