Always wondered which time of the year to visit the Maldives? This island nation sits in the middle of the Indian Ocean, roughly 700 miles off the Indian peninsula, and is part of a weather system called the monsoon. Yet, Maldives has perfect weather all year round… why?
There are many theories to why the Maldives, although being an equatorial country isn’t scorched like other places in the equatorial areas, but it seems to be that it is a combination of all these schools of thought.
The island nation is situated in the middle of the warmest ocean on Earth, the Indian Ocean. While this looks like it could add to the temperature, it actually is the opposite. The temperature at night could drop too low if the ocean was any cooler, but the Indian Ocean absorbs and releases the heat to the islands.
Humidity is always very high, as other coastal areas. Maldives being 99% coastal, the relative air pressure is quite high, a change from most continental cities. However, it doesn’t get stifling and sticky as in most places with high humidity as there is an oceanic breeze that wafts through the islands all the time, in either season.
October to March
The North Eastern winds bring fair weather, with very rare passing showers cleaning the air every now and then. The months have become labeled as the high season, as most tourists visit the Maldives during this period due to the great weather in the Maldives and winter in the northern parts of the world. It is not only the skies that are clear, ocean currents bring in clear brine into the archipelago, making diving a great activity, apart from sunbathing and dips in the sea, one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about the pristine white beaches of the Maldives.
There’s also the breeze that kicks up great oceanic swells that surfers seek. Surf season lasts from the end of August till the breeze dies down late in December. Surfers flock to the hundreds of dive points that spot the nation, some of them famous, and the others just waiting to be discovered by you.
April to September
The breeze shift to blowing in gently from the south west, but mostly from the west, and the land slowly heats up for a while from April, till the rains start coming in. While there are a few times that it rained for a couple of days, the weather is usually good. Squalls and passing showers are common, and are over within minutes of the first drop. While unpredictable, the weather can be quite romantic; walking along a beach in a fine drizzle that barely makes you wet is something you should not miss, especially if you’re with your special person. Of course, this is the season of the most beautiful sunsets in the Maldives, thanks to the cotton white clouds that gets colored by the lights of the setting sun in oranges, reds and pinks.
While this period, also known locally in the tourism industry as the low season, has more chances of rainfall, the benefit is that the low season also has reduced prices in every resort, hotel, guesthouses and safaris. Budget travellers often visit the Maldives during the off season, which also coincides with some of the festivals celebrated by the Maldivian people.
Lately though, the high season has been getting warmer, with unpredictable consequences on weather; there have been rare instances where rain showers were experienced in this period in the recent years.
Maldives has plenty of activities for every budget. From sunbathing and simple walks on the gleaming white beaches, to swimming, snorkeling, surfing and kayak rides that are quite affordable, to fishing trips, visits to uninhabited islands and trips to other islands that you can get by if you have friends in the Maldives, to diving and island hopping, that can be a bit more expensive, Maldives offers entertainment like no other place on Earth.
After all, an island nation with land masses so small and dispersed will have to have other activities than drives and hikes. But then, diving is something that you really shouldn’t miss as most of the immense beauty of the Maldives is right below the surface of the sea. Any search about the Maldives will automatically bring up the topic diving along with it, it’s just that ubiquitous.
After Dives, usually people enjoy the placid life above sea level. The Maldives, the smallest Asian country, is very pleasant, mainly because of the idyllic country life that the Maldivians lead. Most of the island communities have nothing much going on except perhaps a football match or a big haul of fish every now and then, making one almost forget the passage of time. Don’t forget to check out our latest deals and special offers
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