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Best Times to Visit Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April. The island nation is warm and sunny year-round, but consists of a dry season and a wet, rainy season. There are pros and cons to visiting in each season. Travelers will experience the best weather in the Maldives between November and April, thanks to little precipitation and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, this is also the busiest time of year and, as such, the room rates at resorts are expensive. However, since each resort inhabits its own island, you won't have to contend with throngs of crowds like you might during the high season in another destination. 

May to October is considered the rainy season, with the islands seeing between 5 and 10 inches of precipitation monthly and often strong winds. Visitors will likely find better deals for this time of year (though, the term "deal" is relative, since the Maldives is a pricey location year-round). This time of year is popular with surfers, though, because the area sees bigger waves and better swells for surfing during these months.

Weather in Maldives

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Average Temperature (°F)
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Average Precipitation (in)
2.95
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2.87
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6.77
5.79
7.4
9.57
8.74
7.91
9.13
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

May-October

This long low season has a lot going for it: Fairly reasonable prices, fewer people at the resorts and optimal surf and scuba conditions are just some of the perks. You'll encounter some brief periods of heavy rainfall, but storms usually move through the archipelago quickly. And you can expect the Maldives' standard 80-degree temperatures during the day and night.

Key Events:

  • Independence Day (July)
  • Ramadan
November-April

For sunbathers, the Maldives is glorious between December and April. As usual, visitors enjoy the warm, tropical 80s, and rainfall is infrequent during these months. However, the sea life among the reefs is also less plentiful. Plus, room rates are at their peak.

Key Events:

  • Victory Day (November)
  • Republic Day (November)
  • National Day (January)

Popular Times to Visit Maldives

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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