Best time of the year to visit Maldives
The Maldives is the pearl of the Indian Ocean. It is the place that thousands of people dream of visiting. White sandy beaches, crystal-pure water, and the warm climate of Maldives attract millions of people per year to this heaven. More than 1.5 million tourists travelled to this marvellous place in 2019. Of course, there was a decrease in tourists in 2020, but it is a temporary problem. Everything will be ok as it was previously after the finish of the normalization process. However, when is the best time to visit the Maldives? In this blog, you will find an answer to this and more. So, take your seat, and let's begin.
The Maldives Visa Policy
The country gives free visas to all tourists from all over the world. It can be a Tourist Visa or Visa on Arrival. The validation lasts for a maximum of 30 days. Is visa extension possible? Yes, You can extend your visa for a maximum of three months. Will I pay the visa charge? No, all visas are free of charge. The payment is needed only to extend the visa for another 30 or 60 days. Is there any visa application process for Visa on Arrival? No, there is not any visa application procedure. You will provide some basic documents.
• Passport; It must be valid for at least 180 days, have 2-3 blank visa pages, and should not be older than ten years.
• Booking; You need to provide the document which shows your pre-paid hotel booking.
• A return flight ticket
• Immigration form. You will fill the form on the aeroplane. If you don't get any form on the plane, you can get one and fill it at the airport.
• The paper about yellow fever vaccination
• Enough funds to cover all of your stay duration in the Maldives
You can get more detailed information by visiting the services section of our website. There you will choose your origin nation and the country that you want to visit.
The climate in the Maldives
In the Maldives, you will see a regularly warm, humid tropical climate with 365 days' temperatures between 29 and 32 degrees. It is remarkably unusual to see a temperature below 25 degrees. Maldives' perfect climate is suitable for bathing, diving, and practising various water sports. We can characterize the climate of Maldives by the southwest monsoon (May to October) and the northeast monsoon (November to April). The northeast monsoon causes quite hot days. The temperate ranges between 30-31 degrees in October and April. Tourists can await up to daily nine hours of sunshine and high humidity during this period.
On the other hand, the rainy season begins in the southwest monsoon with heavy rainfall and daily temperatures between 29-31 degrees. During the southwest monsoon, guests of Maldives can expect a maximum of seven hours of sunshine per day. Also, you can observe some strong thunderstorms and hurricanes.
Best time to visit Maldives
When is the best time to visit the Maldives? As we mentioned above, the weather is suitable for travel in Maldives year-round. Tourists can spend a wonderful vacation both in the high and the low season. However, most people agree that the dry season (between November-April) is the best time to visit Maldives. In these months, there is not any reason to worry about rain showers. You can appreciate your voyage in absolute sunshine.
Most suitable time for a beach vacation
It is not surprising that white sandy beaches are one of the most attractive things about the Maldives. What is the best time to visit the Maldives for the weather? The best time to visit the Maldives for the weather (proper for the beach holiday) is between January-March. The water temperature of the Indian Ocean is approximately 28 degrees during this period. Shortly, if you travel for the beaches, then the winter and spring months are the ideal travel periods for you. However, you must consider that this period is the high season in the Maldives. Especially, March is well-known among Maldive enthusiasts because it has the best weather here. This tremendous demand raises the prices for journeys to the island. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly trip, you can go on Maldives vacation in the off-season.
Most suitable time for diving and snorkeling
Undoubtedly, Maldives has one of the most proper conditions for diving and snorkelling. What is the best time for these activities? I can say that December to April is the best time because you will get a chance to observe the sea creatures of the Indian Ocean. The sea is calm, and there is no stormy weather and nearly no rain showers during this time of year. These features will create excellent conditions to dive and snorkel and have clear visibility. Unfortunately, the prices will be a little bit salty, because it is not the low season. However, I think it is worth that money to discover the marine world from its most charming side. Of course, you can observe the sea creatures during the rainy seasons, but you will need to handle the slightly stormier sea. Also, I should mention that expert divers come to the Maldives in the rainy season to watch whale sharks and manta rays more clearly.
Best time to go surfing
Feeling bored in the Maldives is impossible. There is a suitable activity for everyone. We have already talked about diving and snorkeling opportunities, but it is just a small part of the cake. Did you know that on many days the island also has perfect conditions for surfing? Compared to the northeast monsoon, the southwest monsoon from May to October is windier in the Maldives. The winds of this period are excellent for windsurfing and kitesurfing. I recommend the months of May, August, September, and October for surfing because the weather is especially heavily rainy in June and July. Even sometimes thunderclouds come up during these months. The rainfall during this period is lower, and storms are so rare.
Furthermore, there is moderate wind and approximately no rain in November and December. Even during this time, you will have good weather situations for a lot of joy on the surfboard. Beaches are not crowded with people in the Maldives, and it is one of the most favourable sides of Maldives. Mainly in the rainy period, all the waves belong to you, and swimmers have no limitations.
Best time to visit Maldives for honeymoon
The Maldives is one of the most famous destinations for honeymooners. New married couples will never forget this dream place. The Maldives has everything for beloved couples. Most visitors agree that the best time to visit Maldives for honeymoon is November or April. On the other hand, a group of people believe that couples can travel to the Maldives for a honeymoon also during the rainy season. They think that it is good for refreshments and the rain will not spoil your holiday. With or without rain you can make your honeymoon unforgettable. Besides having charming nature and climate, it has marvellous hotels and restaurants. After discovering all the hidden gems of the Maldives with your beloved one, you can rest in your luxury hotel room which has a mesmerizing view of Maldives. There are plenty of luxury hotels, but some of which I want to mention are:
• One and Only Reethi Rah
• Ayada Maldives
• Soneva Jani
• Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
• Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, an IHG Hotel
• Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
• The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
• Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
• The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi
• Medhufushi Island Resort
All of these hotels are 5-star hotels. How much does it cost to stay in these hotels? As the mentioned hotels are luxury resorts, their prices change between 1500-3000 USD.
Best time of year to visit Male Maldives
Finally, I would like to talk about the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives, Male. 227486 population and 8.30 square kilometres area make this city one of the most densely populated cities globally. Male consists of a central island, an airport island, and four other islands, and all of these islands are controlled by Male City Council. What is the best time of year to visit Male Maldives? It depends on your travel plans and priorities. If you have a limited budget, then March is the most suitable time for you. During this period you can find more affordable hotels and your vacation will be cheaper. Also, you need to pay attention to the northeast and southwest monsoon. You can get more thorough information about them in the previous section. Plus, you must choose the proper time for your activities.
To conclude, the Maldives is one of the few places that are suitable for year-round travel. Regardless of travelling alone or with someone, I do not doubt that you will spend some of the most enjoyable days of your life in the Maldives.
Kanan Isazade was born and grew up in Baku, but now he is in Turkey because he is doing a Master's degree in Energy. Kanan loves to travel and meet people from various cultures, races, and beliefs. He travelled to more than 10 cities, and most of them are in Turkey. Kanan's motto is: learn new languages, travel around the world, read as many books as you can, and never forget to put yourself in someone's shoes to understand others.