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Best Time of Year to Visit the Maldives

Explore > Travel Planning Articles > Best Time of Year to Visit the Maldives

Date published:
2022-11-29


Dock and thatched roof huts in the Maldives.
Photo courtesy Jon Haase.

Where are the Maldives?

The Maldives are a coveted vacation spot as the smallest country in Asia (regarding both size and population). This beautiful destination has historically been known under different names in the Sanskrit language, translated as "Necklace Islands," "Garland of Islands," and "Hundred Thousand Islands."


TRAVEL SPECIAL: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa


Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa 5 nights from 4,406 per person
Park Hyatt Maldives HadahaaPark Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is a barefoot luxury resort, evoking a remote, untouched paradise. Its unique location, away from the teeming atolls of the north, blesses its guests with a pure Maldivian experience. The careful and seamless integration of environment, culture and modern design provides the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge. Our resort is located on a private island tucked away within North Huvadhoo, the deepest atoll in the Maldives, and just 55km north of the equator.

The conscious approach to the environment at our Maldives resort allows guests to enjoy a pristinely perfect beach, blanketed by the softest powdery shoreline. The white sandy beach encircling Hadahaa and the crystal azure waters enchants guests to spend the day soaking up the glorious Maldivian sun. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is framed by one of the most unspoilt house reefs in the archipelago, providing easy access for exploration of the underwater marvels of the Indian Ocean.

Featuring only 50 villas, the contemporary interiors of our guests accommodations are designed with the utmost comfort and privacy in mind, reflecting the Hadahaa landscape. Whether nestled within the island’s lush tropical greenery or elevated above the water, guests are only steps away from the clear ocean waters and idyllic beach. All villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows and door that lead out to a private deck, some fitted with a personal plunge pool, and direct access to the beach.
As one of the top hotels in Maldives, we invite guests to delight in a variety of dining experiences available at the resort's two restaurants – The Dining Room and The Island Grill. Both restaurants present guests with international and regionally inspired dishes in well-designed yet casual settings. The contemporary poolside bar and the unique Dhoni are great places to sit back and unwind while enjoying refreshing drinks. Discover personalized private dining experiences that include Sunset, Starlight, Shoreline and Maldivian, each showcasing a unique aspect of the island. In-villa dining is available for guests at any time.

Our luxury beach resort provides a range of aqua-centric activities allowing guests to make the most of the natural surroundings. Blue Journeys, our 5 star PADI Dive and Activity Centre, creates tailor-made journeys for guests. Diving and snorkeling around the island’s magnificent private reef is a must while local island visits, dolphin spotting, sunset cruises and the one of a kind Cross the Equator excursion will offer ever lasting memories. Retreat into the serenity of one of The Vidhun Spa’s five private villas for a rejuvenating treatment or opt to relax in the spa’s 80-foot tranquility pool. The Vidhun Spa provides inspiring treatments that heat, cool or hydrate the body reflecting Maldivian healing philosophies and traditions. Completing the wellness concept of The Vidhun Spa, private or shared yoga sessions are available with the resort instructor.

Recent accolades include:
2016 Gold EarthCheck Certification
2016, 2015, 2014 World Travel Awards: Maldives' Leading Green Resort
2016 Blue Journeys PADI Green Star Award
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 Silver EarthCheck Certification
2015 World Travel Awards: Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort
2015 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
2014 International Considerate Hotel of the Year
2013 MATATO: Leading Dive Resort in the Maldives
2013 International Hotel Award: Best Sustainable Hotel in Asia Pacific
2012 Green Good Design Award
Learn more about Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Five nights | Villa with private pool | complimentary night | daily breakfast | seaplane and speedboat transfers from Malé





Dhoni-shaped wedding pavilion at Angsana Resort and Spa Ihuru, Maldives
Wedding pavilion at Angsana Resort & Spa Ihuru. Photo courtesy the resort.

As a cluster of small islands in the Indian ocean, the Maldives are made up mostly of the water in between its 1,190 islands, about 90 of which are developed as tourist resorts. Their unique layout into a double chain of 26 atolls spread out over roughly 35,000 square miles. Each atoll adds to a variety of vibrant coral reefs teeming with lush underwater life including fish, sea turtles, whales, and dolphins.

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives


Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives 5 nights from 1,475 per person
Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa MaldivesDive into absolute serenity. Less than 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport by speedboat, set on a pristine island blessed with tropical beauty in North Malé Atoll, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only retreat that is ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Light and airy villas with wooden flooring and natural fabrics provide sensational views of the Indian Ocean and offer the choice of beachside or overwater accommodation. Pure white sand and a sparkling blue lagoon make this a perfect playground for beach games, snorkeling and water sports, while the magical underwater world of some of the top dive sites in the Maldives are reached within less than half an hour by dhoni.

Immerse yourself in absolute serenity and enjoy the stunning ocean vistas. Retreat in comfort, whether in a tastefully designed ocean-side villa, perfect for barefoot living with the beach at your doorstep, or in an overwater villa with steps down to the tranquil lagoon. Our 140 villas harmoniously blend in with the island’s green interior and the white powdery beach, using flowing and natural architectural forms and a minimalist décor, and are designed as adults-only accommodation. All our villas accommodate 2 adults only.

Discover an enchanting and pristine island with endless opportunities to relax and enjoy the beautiful Maldives setting. Laze the day away beachside or by the ocean-side pool with its own pool bar, or indulge in absolute pampering at SPA Cenvaree. Sensational treatments inspired by Thailand’s well-being heritage and modern rejuvenation practices are performed in single and double treatment rooms, with romantic couple spa journeys and multi-day authentic Ayurvedic programs a speciality. You will love our beachside yoga sessions.

For fun and active holidays, our PADI dive and water sports centre offers an abundance of exciting activities including night snorkeling and snorkel safari, sunset fishing and big game fishing, fun tubes and banana rides, excursions such as visit to a local island and a Malé sightseeing tour, and water sports with kite surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and catamaran sailing.

Explore some of the Maldives’ most sought-after snorkeling and dive sites with our PADI dive centre offering programs for avid divers and beginners alike. The warm waters of the North Malé Atoll offer great visibility allowing you to immerse in a mesmerizing world. Exhilarating dive sites to be found between a five to 20 minutes’ dhoni ride from the resort include Giraavaru Cave, Kuda Haa, Shark Point, Lion’s Head, Kuda Faru and Kikki Reef. Farther out at sea, Black Coral Reef, Bandos Rock, Banana Reef, and Maldives Victory Wreck are less than one hour away.
<ul><li>Free-form swimming pool complete with dedicated pool bar
<li>A new lap pool at the Silent beach area which is located behind the Reception, Gym & Spa
<li>Oceanfront SPA Cenvaree
<li>Fitness centre
<li>PADI dive centre
<li>Motorized and non-motorized water sports
<li>Half-day and full-day North Male' Atoll surfing. Available on request between May and November
<li>Daily excursions
<li>E-Zone entertainment area
<li>Complimentary wireless internet access
<li>Airport transfers operated by speedboat
<li>Island boutique
<li>Medical services and resident doctor
<li>Laundry services
<li>Foreign currency exchange

As an adults-only resort, guests must be aged 12 years and above. </ul>
Learn more about Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.






Beach bungalows in the Maldives.
Maldivian beach villas. Photo courtesy Jon Haase.

 

Typical airfares from New York (JFK) to Male, Republic of the Maldives




TRAVEL SPECIAL: Velassaru Maldives


Velassaru Maldives 5 nights from 1,845 per person
Velassaru MaldivesPerfect Seclusion.
Your private coral island in the sapphire Indian Ocean. An exhilarating 25-minute speedboat ride from Malé airport. Chilled drinks and a warm welcome await you at Velassaru Maldives. Glide over diamond waters. Feed your imagination.

Learn more about Velassaru Maldives

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.






See & compare all resorts in the Maldives atolls

If you're trying to decide where to stay on Ari Atoll, Lhaviyani Atoll, Male, North Male Atoll, North Baa Atoll, or South Male Atolls, we can help! For the 28 resorts there, we've got nearly 500 high-resolution photos, 7 videos, and 13 virtual tours to help you find your Maldivian dream resort. Click here to use our Visual Explorer to check out all of them.


Boat docked on the atoll in the Maldives.
Photo courtesy Jon Haase.


TRAVEL SPECIAL: InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort


InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort 5 nights from 4,885 per person
InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau ResortEscape and reconnect with nature, yourself and those who matter most in the sweeping blue panoramic of the Indian Ocean. With soft white sands and palm tree peppered terraces, be mesmerised by island life from the moment you board the seaplane to the tranquil shores of the Raa Atoll. Nestled close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, prepare to be amazed by the myriad of marine life in our lagoon including a unique manta ray sanctuary.

Learn more about InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.






Best time of year to go to the Maldives

As a tropical monsoon climate, the Maldives have two dominating seasons: a dry season (associated with dry northeast winter monsoons) and a wet season (associated with moist southwest monsoons and strong winds and storms). The dry season has little rain and lower humidity; it lasts from December-April. The wet season is (you guessed it) wetter, characterized by stronger winds and rain; it lasts from May-November.

For divers, both the dry and wet seasons have their advantages: during the dry season, visibility is superb, due to currents beginning to flow in November from the northeast; the currents start to weaken in February. During the wet season, the water temperatures are a couple of degrees lower, and this seems to inspire larger numbers of hammerhead sharks and reef sharks to congregate, and to do so in shallower waters than in the dry season. Visibility isn't as good, however, as the currents are less.

Aerial view of Sheraton Full Moon resort, Maldives
Aerial view of Sheraton Full Moon Maldives. Photo courtesy the resort.





Average temperatures in the Maldives

The temperature remains fairly consistent year-round, ranging only from the low- to mid-80's (Fahrenheit). September-January tend to hover around the 80 degree mark, and February-August tend to reach a little higher around the mid-80's. Chances are any time you decide to visit, the Maldives will be pleasantly warm.



TRAVEL SPECIAL: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives


Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives 5 nights from 1,475 per person
Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa MaldivesDive into absolute serenity. Less than 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport by speedboat, set on a pristine island blessed with tropical beauty in North Malé Atoll, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only retreat that is ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Light and airy villas with wooden flooring and natural fabrics provide sensational views of the Indian Ocean and offer the choice of beachside or overwater accommodation. Pure white sand and a sparkling blue lagoon make this a perfect playground for beach games, snorkeling and water sports, while the magical underwater world of some of the top dive sites in the Maldives are reached within less than half an hour by dhoni.

Immerse yourself in absolute serenity and enjoy the stunning ocean vistas. Retreat in comfort, whether in a tastefully designed ocean-side villa, perfect for barefoot living with the beach at your doorstep, or in an overwater villa with steps down to the tranquil lagoon. Our 140 villas harmoniously blend in with the island’s green interior and the white powdery beach, using flowing and natural architectural forms and a minimalist décor, and are designed as adults-only accommodation. All our villas accommodate 2 adults only.

Discover an enchanting and pristine island with endless opportunities to relax and enjoy the beautiful Maldives setting. Laze the day away beachside or by the ocean-side pool with its own pool bar, or indulge in absolute pampering at SPA Cenvaree. Sensational treatments inspired by Thailand’s well-being heritage and modern rejuvenation practices are performed in single and double treatment rooms, with romantic couple spa journeys and multi-day authentic Ayurvedic programs a speciality. You will love our beachside yoga sessions.

For fun and active holidays, our PADI dive and water sports centre offers an abundance of exciting activities including night snorkeling and snorkel safari, sunset fishing and big game fishing, fun tubes and banana rides, excursions such as visit to a local island and a Malé sightseeing tour, and water sports with kite surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and catamaran sailing.

Explore some of the Maldives’ most sought-after snorkeling and dive sites with our PADI dive centre offering programs for avid divers and beginners alike. The warm waters of the North Malé Atoll offer great visibility allowing you to immerse in a mesmerizing world. Exhilarating dive sites to be found between a five to 20 minutes’ dhoni ride from the resort include Giraavaru Cave, Kuda Haa, Shark Point, Lion’s Head, Kuda Faru and Kikki Reef. Farther out at sea, Black Coral Reef, Bandos Rock, Banana Reef, and Maldives Victory Wreck are less than one hour away.
<ul><li>Free-form swimming pool complete with dedicated pool bar
<li>A new lap pool at the Silent beach area which is located behind the Reception, Gym & Spa
<li>Oceanfront SPA Cenvaree
<li>Fitness centre
<li>PADI dive centre
<li>Motorized and non-motorized water sports
<li>Half-day and full-day North Male' Atoll surfing. Available on request between May and November
<li>Daily excursions
<li>E-Zone entertainment area
<li>Complimentary wireless internet access
<li>Airport transfers operated by speedboat
<li>Island boutique
<li>Medical services and resident doctor
<li>Laundry services
<li>Foreign currency exchange

As an adults-only resort, guests must be aged 12 years and above. </ul>
Learn more about Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.







Storms in the Maldives

During the winter rainy season, afternoon showers occur with frequency. In the case of a tropical storm or cyclone, residents and travelers are relocated to safe areas. Fortunately, the Maldives are not as prone to cyclones as other islands; only 11 cyclones have affected the Maldives in over 128 years.


 
Overwater villas in the Maldives.
Overwater villas in the Maldives. Photo courtesy Jon Haase.

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa


Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 5 nights from 1,679 per person
Vilamendhoo Island Resort and SpaThe Maldives welcomes you to a tropical paradise­ of palm trees, white sandy beaches,­ sparkling clear, warm water in­ turquoise lagoons and colourful coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort of Vilamendhoo, South Ari Atoll. It is 900 meters long by 250 meters wide, about 55 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 25 minute flight.
Learn more about Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.






What's special about the Maldives?

Tourism is relatively recent here--really, it all started for the Maldives in 1972 with just 2 resorts. It's grown to over 80 resorts today. It's the lowest country in the world (yes, it's in the record books) with an average altitude of only about 5 feet above sea level. You're going to get fabulous lagoons protected by coral reefs and other atolls, and gorgeous beaches. But you won't get the knife-edge mountain backdrops you'd see somewhere like Bora Bora, or jungle hikes to waterfalls like you'd get in Hawaii, Fiji, or the Seychelles.

Infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa, Maldives.
Infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa. Photo courtesy the resort.

Certainly it's famous for fantastic snorkeling, scuba diving, and above-water sports too. Like the Seychelles, you're going to be a long ways from a major land mass, which means dense schools of fish, less pollution, and more privacy. The roughly 1200 islands are all quite small, with none of them larger than 5 miles across. Each atoll has on average about a half dozen inhabited islands, plus 20 to 60 that are uninhabited.

TRAVEL SPECIAL: Ayada Maldives


Ayada Maldives 5 nights from 3,174 per person
Ayada MaldivesLocated on a beautiful private island with pristine beaches and lush tropical greenery, Ayada Maldives offers a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style. A wide range of restaurants, large villas with private infinity pools and our multiple award winning AySpa make Ayada Maldives an excellent choice. A large variety of water-sports, excursions and further activities are available for our guests.

Ayada Maldives is #1 on TripAdvisor, listed among the top 25 resorts worldwide on TripAdvisor & winner of Traveler's Choice 2020.

We have 8 outlets at Ayada Maldives, each offering a different cuisine and unique dining experiences, including Teppanyaki, Mediterranean fine dining and Asian flavors. In each restaurant, we use fresh organic ingredients from our garden and local farms, that makes our food authentic and luxuriously delicious. Ile de Joie, our over-water wine cellar offers a unique wine & cheese experience. Our chefs are ready to cater for all dietary requirements.

Make memories that last for a lifetime. Ayada Maldives offers an extensive list of excursions that will showcase the finest and authentic Maldivian experiences. Ranging from sunset cruises, fishing trips and excursions to inhabited islands, all excursions are undertaken under the care of experienced and personable team members.
Learn more about Ayada Maldives

Price includes hotel stay and all taxes and fees.






Underground wine cellar and chocolate cave at Gili Lankanfushi, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Underground wine cellar and chocolate cave at Gili Lankanfushi, North Male Atoll, Maldives. Photo courtesy the resort.

Traditional Maldivian cuisine is based on coconuts, fish, and starches. Skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna, frigate tuna and wahoo are common in Maldivian cuisine. As well, a thick brown paste made from tuna, called Rihaakuru, is an essential part of many dishes. Maldivians don't eat raw fish, however (but that doesn't mean you won't ever find sushi in resort restaurants). Their starches are typically rice, taro (the root ingredient of Hawaii's poi), sweet potato, and cassava. You'll find a strong Indian influence--not surprising, given the proximity--and a plethora of different curries. As a tourist in the resorts, expect to find Indian and Maldivian options, but also food styles from around the world. The resorts are well aware that many guests will want to what what's familiar to them.

Check this video overview of the Maldives, courtesy Maldives Tourist Promotion Board (MTPB):


 


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Michael  

About the author, Michael Cottam



Founder of Visual Itineraries, Michael lives in Bend, Oregon. He's an avid traveler, scuba diver, photographer, and a private pilot, and also the founder of Bright Yonder. He's been a Rotarian for 19 years, currently on the board of the Greater Bend Rotary Club. Follow Michael on LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter.

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