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A sandy beach shore in the Maldives.

Dreaming of pristine white sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters and breathtaking sunsets? Whether you’re honeymooning or just taking a well-earned break, the Maldives could be your dream destination.

But if you’re travelling long-haul and splashing out on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you need to get your timing just right. Read on to find out the best time to visit the Maldives, when the weather is perfect and it’s not too crowded.

When is the best time to go to the Maldives?

This tropical paradise is beautiful all year round, with warm temperatures, blue skies and gorgeous scenery. But there are times of year when the weather may be not quite what you expect from an Indian Ocean idyll.

The Maldives has two distinct seasons – the dry (or high) season, and the rainy (or low) season. We’ll explore what to expect during these two seasons in just a moment.

But if you’re keen to book your holiday right now, here’s what you need to know. The best time to visit the Maldives is generally considered to be between November and April. This is when the weather is at its best and brightest.

But you should also consider other factors when planning your trip, such as how crowded the beaches will be and how much everything will cost.

When is the dry season in Maldives?

The dry season in the Maldives is between December and April. So, when the UK is experiencing wintry weather like cold temperatures, rain and wind (and perhaps even snow and ice), over in the Maldives the weather is glorious. This is why so many people love to jet off there at this time of year to escape the UK winter weather.

During the dry season, there’s little chance of rain in the Maldives. Temperatures are high but steady at around 30°C, and humidity is at its lowest. This makes it much more comfortable to be out and about, as well as for sleeping at night.

Visit at this time of year and you can expect blue skies, clear waters and lots of sunshine. It’s fantastic for snorkelling, scuba diving and other water activities, or simply sunbathing by the pool.

The only potential drawback of holidaying in the Maldives in the dry season is its popularity. Beaches may be more crowded than you might like, and prices for accommodation and flights may be higher.

When is the rainy season in the Maldives?

Like many tropical destinations, the Maldives also has a rainy season. Or more specifically, a monsoon season.

The wet season typically runs from May to November. Temperatures during these months are still pretty high, so it’ll be warm and pleasant enough for most activities. The sea should still be warm enough for diving and snorkelling, although it may be too rough if the wind picks up.

However, there’s also a good chance of rain during the wet season. The northern part of the archipelago is usually the most affected, with heavy yet short-lived showers. 

This doesn’t mean though that holidays to the Maldives during this time are a no-no. There are still plenty of upsides to bear in mind, starting with lower prices and potentially fewer tourists. So if you’re lucky, you might get a warm sunny day and an amazing beach all to yourself. It may also be the case that holiday prices are lower during the low season.

If it does rain during your trip, this offers the perfect excuse to pop to one of the many sumptuous spas available on the archipelago. The Maldives is known for its luxurious resorts and romantic spa retreats, including treatment rooms on the beach or suspended on stilts over blue lagoons. It’s the ideal opportunity to relax and unwind, until the rain passes and the sunshine reappears.

Does the Maldives have a hurricane season?

As the Maldives is close to the equator, it tends to be more protected against hurricanes than some other destinations.

So while there may be heavy rain and strong winds in some parts of the island chain during the wet season, a full-blown hurricane is a rare occurrence.

What is the cheapest month to go to the Maldives?

The rainy/wet season from May to November is likely to be the cheapest time to visit the Maldives, for obvious reasons.

If you’re travelling on a budget or love to get a good deal, and don’t mind the risk of rain, this could be the ideal time to visit. As long as you’re prepared for some showers with waterproofs and ideas for rainy-day activities like island hikes or spa treatments, you can still have a wonderful time.

You may also get more of this tropical paradise to yourself. There’s also the chance to see another side to the Maldives away from the tourist crowds of the high season.

Need help planning your dream Maldives escape? Get in touch with our travel experts here at Away Holidays.

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