When is the Best Time to Visit Maldives?

“Hey, when’s the best time to visit Maldives?” If we had a dollar for every time we answered that question.. We’d have enough to bring the whole Luxe Nomad team to Huvafen Fushi… for a month in a private jet! Unfortunately we don’t, but we’ll tell you anyway, and suggest the perfect abode for each month.

Let’s start with the basics. Maldives is a cluster of tropical islands, which means, hot, dry and humid weather, all the time. It’s also dominated by monsoons from November to March due to Northeast monsoons… which can be a good thing, if you carry on reading! Maldives has summer and winter too, summer means longer sun hours and winter means a slight dip in temperatures.

For divers, snorkel-lovers: May – November (Winter) – You may get a little more rain, but water clarity and visibility is higher.

For sunbathers: December to April (Summer) – These are the high times because we just looovee the sun.

January: Kanuhura

Did you know that Maldives is known for its pristine waters? Well, now you do.

Average temperatures: 28 ºC

Sunshine: High

Best thing to do: Sunbathe & snorkel. That’s what you came for! When the sun sets, head to Moodhu Lounge bar for aperitifs or the Lava Lounge for your very own private movie cinema complete with popcorn!

February: Angsana Velavaru

Also known for its clear skies and fresh night air.

Average temperatures: 25ºC, drifting into the 30s

Sunshine: The sunniest you’ll ever get

Best thing to do: Street parades, Maldives’ National Day but don’t stay too long in the sun! We recommend engaging in the resort’s marine conservation at its very own Eco School!

March: Maalifushi by COMO

Villas in Maldives offer plenty of privacy.

Average temperatures: Most around the 30ºC region

Sunshine: Loads, still, with an odd warm shower.

Best thing to do: Resort parties during the Eid Milad Nnabi – the most happening parade in the Atolls! Or dive – there have been reported sightings of blue whales, manta rays, hammer head sharks and the divers’ Holy Grail: the whale shark – the largest fish in the world.

April: PER AQUUM Niyama

April the hottest month of the year, so if you’re a winter baby, you’d best not test tides.

Average temperatures: Around the 35ºC region

Sunshine: Plenty, with sea breezes and the occasional shower.

Best thing to do: Be an amphibian! Hop in and out of the water and bask, bask, bask. By night, we’d definitely head down to Subsix, the world’s first underwater club. You’ll get international DJs, global music, glass walls overlooking a spotlit sea.

May: Six Senses Laamu

It’s the wettest month of the year, but the waters get clearer, so we’re not complaining.

Average temperatures: 29ºC and above

Sunshine: Plenty of sunshine… if you don’t mind getting drenched.

Best thing to do: Snorkel, dive and marvel at the transparency of the sapphire sea. Once you’re done, eat your way around the island, courtesy of its 6 F&B outlets –  The Leaf (local), Zen (Japanese), Longitude (International), Chill Bar (local & cocktails), Ice & Chocolate Studio (dessert), and Altitude Cellar & Deli (wine & cheese).

June: The Residence Maldives

Worth it, nonetheless. Who doesn’t love a little rain anyway?

Average temperatures: 26ºC to 31ºC

Sunshine: Sporadic, with bursts of thunderstorms.

Best thing to do: Lie in the famous Clarins spa at the Residence, or if you’re the adventurous type, go diving and witness the sea in the eye of the storm (but don’t say we didn’t warn you).

July: Anantara Veli

Adults-only… honeymoon in the summer maybe?

Average temperatures: Around the 29ºC region

Sunshine: Very sporadic, but there’s no rainbow without rain.

Best thing to do: It’s quite cloudy during these times, so if you’re in for light tanning, this is for you. Also, Anantara Veli is an adults-only resort, so you might want to get your love mojo on.

August: Dusit Thani Maldives

You’re in Maldives, so you’re pretty lucky already.

Average temperatures: 30ºC

Sunshine: Wild card. If you’re lucky, you get 5 out of 7 days, if you’re not… the spas indoors are excellent.

Best thing to do: Surf, windsurf – the monsoon works with the surf gods. If you don’t like the sea, head to the infinity pool, which is the largest in the Maldives, or book in a treetop spa treatment at Devarana Spa.

September: Huvafen Fushi

Not being biased here, but rain in Maldives is gorgeous.

Average temperatures: 30ºC

Sunshine: Bring your rabbit’s foot. The days are long, but punctuated with storms.

Best thing to do: Jet-ski, surf and snorkel! But we bet you won’t want to leave the underwater spa room at the Huvafen Fushi…

October: Constance Halaveli

And trust us, you won’t find night skies like this anywhere else.

Average temperatures: 30ºC

Sunshine: High, on the average.

Best thing to do: Clear days also mean clear nights, so why not experience the beauty of a clear Maldivian evening via traditional dhoni and watch the night sky burst with millions of glittering stars.

November: Soneva Fushi

Holiday home goals.

Average temperatures: 30ºC

Sunshine: Fierce hours of sunshine, maybe punctuated by a passing cloud.

Best thing to do: Soak it up, baby and drink one (or more) of the famous Soneva Fushi cocktails, thanks to a machine called ‘rotavapour’ which distils concentrated essences from plants plucked from their organic garden. We also love the resort’s very own Observatory for clear nights.

December: Viceroy Maldives

December is definitely a highlight month for vacationing in Maldives.

Average temperatures: 30ºC

Sunshine: You won’t see a trace of cloud in the sky. Get high on sunshine.

Best thing to do: Laze on the beach for the entire day, then head up to the bar for some cocktails. Mini nomads have the choice of tailor-made programs focused on enjoying the resorts natural environment, plus the resort also offers chef master classes!

Which month would you choose to visit the magical Maldives?

The Luxe Nomad

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