The Best Time to Visit the Maldives

Get the Full StoryWe should start by saying there's no real terrible time to visit the Maldives. Sure, it has high and low seasons like any other destination, but the truth is that this island paradise is actually just that: a paradise. Even during the rainy season, when you can expect downpours nearly every day, rain usually comes in spurts and makes way for sunny skies and gorgeous sunsets. Since the Maldivian archipelago is one of the most geographically dispersed countries in the world, visitors can expect varying weather and water conditions depending on which island or atoll they are on. Researching specific islands or atolls in correlation to the specific activities you are interested in is highly suggested in order to pinpoint the best month for your visit. However, we've got a few general timely tips to help give you a better sense of what to expect, where and when. For example, divers can expect to see manta rays year-round in the southernmost atolls, and temperatures fluctuate about ten degrees on average throughout the year, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid-70s. Expect a wet monsoon season from May to September and a dry season from the end of December through April. That said, take weather patterns and average temperatures somewhat with a grain of salt. The Maldives is extremely susceptible to climate change and weather can be unpredictable. Read on to see what we encountered versus what we expected.