Best Time To Visit Maldives
Situated at the Indian Ocean- Arabian Sea belt, the Maldives enjoys a tropical monsoon climate. The climate is commonly associated with regions above the equator where the climate is consistently humid throughout the year. Being an island with inflating tourism, Maldives tourism can be classified into two seasons – the peak season and the offseason. Each season comes with its own pros and cons and is best enjoyed depending on what your purpose is. So no matter if you’re looking for a honeymoon destination or scuba diving lessons, the Maldives will offer you seasons for both.
The peak season in the Maldives is the time when there’s no rainfall or very scarce rainfall which makes it the best time to visit the Maldives. This dry season is known for its lesser humidity and sustains from December to March. The Maldives offers the best weather for tourists in the months of November through April as this is when all the beach activities are best enjoyed. The average temperatures are close to 30 Degrees Celsius during the day and 25 degrees Celsius in the night, with over 9 hours of sunshine. For a tourist, this is the best time to be in the Maldives and enjoy the beach, the bar, and the spas.
Being the popular time to visit the Maldives, you’ll see the influx of tourism in the Maldives and have the mix of people from around the world. You can see honeymoon couples, groups of friends on a bachelor or bachelorette parties, tourist groups and many others enjoying in their own ways along the sandy coastlines of the island nation. If you’re outgoing enough, you can grab a drink and join the bonfire in your resort or the shacks to strike up a conversation with fellow tourists and exchange stories. Or, you can just keep time to yourself and immerse in your own thoughts in front of the vast expanse of the horizon.
If you’re looking to dive or take scuba lessons, this is the best season to visit the Maldives as it will offer you with incredible visibility and water temperature. With the currents flowing from the northeast direction, you can catch a glimpse of the majestic underwater world in all its glory. The beauty that you will witness will remain with you for decades to come.
The other season is the wet season, which is also the offseason of sorts in the Maldives; the period from April to October while the Maldives tourism guide would suggest diving in the wet season, the island receives its southwest monsoon rains during the season and lasts through the months of May through November. Since the regions in the belt are known for the intensity of southwest monsoon rain, weather can get anywhere from wet to fierce in terms of winds and rainfall. In such cases, the chances of indulging in activities reduce drastically. However, if it’s a personal retreat you’re looking for, this season can offer you the best of the atmosphere. This is the perfect time to pick up a book like chasing the monsoons by Alexander Frater, enjoying a Pina Colada and a view of the Indian Ocean as the sun sets from the comfort of your room’s balcony.
For diving, this season can get tricky and may not offer you the best of diving experience, considering the amount of rainfall and water temperature. The currents become weaker during the season, visibility decreases and the water starts becoming inhabited by reef sharks and hammerhead sharks.
If you’re planning to visit the Maldives, the best time is now. As the island recovers from the wet season and prepares to welcome the peak season, you can see the country bustling with incoming tourists and divers. Plan a getaway during the New Year’s Eve, away from the bustling streets and noises of cities to a paradise in all its grandeur.
As is the case with many islands all over the world, Maldives too is vulnerable to cyclones, tropical storms tsunamis. Frequent showers and fierce rainfalls are part of the wet season, where outbursts during the afternoon are common phenomena. However, major calamities like cyclones are not a big threat to the archipelago of the Maldives. Bringing in historical facts, only 11 cyclones have been reported and recorded in the last 128 years, making Maldives tourism safe.
Unlike many winter destinations, minimalism is the key to a memorable holiday in the Maldives. It’s that time of the year you keep things simple and simply enjoy the little joys of life. However one of the first things you should consider taking along is a sunscreen, especially if you’re traveling during the dry season if you are not looking to get tanned. You might also consider packing an insect repellant to avoid interruption discomfort. An umbrella while optional during the dry season is mandatory during the wet period.
When traveling during December to March, carry minimal stuff like flip-flops and cotton outfits for the sun. Also, pack swimwear for the beaches and if you want to indulge in some diving activities. Carry a beach bag, water bottles, lightweight attires and cover-ups to move the light in the Maldives. A suggested list of items you should take along can be a camera, preferably water-resistant one if you intend to show off your diving videos online, extra batteries and memory cards, backup, power bank and probably a speaker for some music.
While you can be simple and carefree in terms of your dressing in the beaches and resorts, do carry conservative clothing for airports and other public places around the major cities. The Maldives is a Muslim country and you need to respect their customs and traditions as long as you’re there. Carry long skirts, scarves, and pants as part of your travel outfits. Also, get insured with an Asia Travel Insurance by Thomas Cook.