are unsure of when the best time to visit the Maldives is, I have good news for you. It's a slightly complicated topic discussed in detail below, but the quick answer is that almost any time you can make it, the Maldives will be waiting for you with nearly-perfect warm and sunny weather.

Its location starting around the equator and stretching up for about 1,000 kilometers puts it in the sweet spot for warm weather literally every day of the year. You are probably going to be looking into water villas in the Maldives, and we can help you with that elsewhere on this website. Maldives weather is usually perfect for an island resort in the Indian Ocean, although it does change slightly through the year.

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At the risk of sounding like a sales agent, for most people the best time to visit the Maldives is the time you have available. The temperatures are warm and somewhat humid every day of the year, and there is only a small risk of a quick rainstorm any day.


The driest and most popular season to Visit Maldives is January through April, and that is also when you’ll see the highest room rates and airfares. From late May through early July there is at least a small chance that you’ll have a few rainstorms that last hours rather than minutes, so those are probably best avoided on at least your first visit to a beach resort or hotels in the Maldives.


From August through December you’ll probably get at least a few quick rainstorms in any given week, but honestly those can be enjoyable for reasons discussed below. In this period you also get lower Maldives hotel prices and smaller crowds, so it’s a good time to come for most people if you’re looking for cheap holiday packages.

Important: The Maldives covers a huge area and the climate can vary a bit

The Maldives stretches about 1,000 kilometers from north to south, and the southernmost resorts are actually a bit south of the equator. Most of the larger and more established resorts on local islands are reasonably close to Male Airport, which is about two-thirds of the way from the southernmost islands. The rain forecasts for the country are mostly for the area around the capital, and spa resorts in the northern and southern islands often have different rain patterns, by at least a bit.

Maldives weather is almost always the same, year round

As we will discuss just below, there are some months that are typically drier and other months that are typically wetter in the Maldives, but the temperatures are almost exactly the same all year and most days in any month are sunny and dry.


Even in the driest months in the Maldives, you have a pretty good chance of seeing some clouds for an hour or two, and maybe even a quick downpour. And even in the wettest months, you will get mostly dry and sunny days where you might have clouds for 3 or 4 hours and possibly a quick cloudburst. Honestly, the difference between the two isn’t much, and it’s fairly humid every day of the year as well. If you were coming on a golf holiday it might be a problem, but you don’t come on a Maldives holiday for golf.

Driest and most dependable months: January through April

As every Maldives weather chart will show you (such as our Maldives weather by month), the least rainy months in the Maldives are January through April, for most of the country and a lot of the Indian Ocean. This is also the busiest and most expensive time for Maldives tourism, partly because it’s also the worst time of year in the areas where most guests come from (Europe, China etc).


If you want to try your best to avoid any rain it’s best to visit Maldives islands like Baa Atoll or Ari Atoll during this period if you can afford it. It should also be mentioned that April is the hottest month and since it’s always somewhat humid this might make it less than ideal for people who are sensitive to that.

The most expensive time of the year: late December

Starting on the weekend before Christmas, the Maldives has its peak season for room rates and airfares. It’s the tail end of the wetter season, but obviously it’s the Christmas holidays, which drives the popularity, particularly in spa resorts or in Dhaalu Atoll Maldives.


Starting around 10-January you’ll get lower room rates and slightly better weather as well, so avoid Maldives travel at Christmas unless you have no other choice.

Also important: Rain storms tend to be short and can have benefits

If you are new to holidays in the Tropics and South Pacific you might not realize that rain storms near the equator are almost always short and intense. It is often sunny until 2pm and then cloudy by 3pm. A few minutes later the skies open up and it pours for 10 to 30 minutes. Then just as quickly as it started the rain is over and the clouds start to part.


The rain increases the humidity by a bit, but it also tends to decrease the temperature so it feels a little cooler in those late afternoons after a downpour. More importantly, the few lingering clouds usually make for a much more beautiful sunset, especially compared to a sunset on a perfectly sunny afternoon. In other words, you take the good with the bad and those rainstorms are often refreshing. It sometimes rains overnight as well, but rarely in the mornings.

Months you may (or may not) want to avoid: Late May through early July

While the patterns of quick thunderstorms are true most of the year throughout the Maldives, the time of the year they can be different centers around June. I’ve discussed Maldives weather with many experienced workers and destination experts there, and they all seem to agree that June is sometimes (but not always) problematic.


Through the rest of the year the rainstorms in the Maldives rarely last more than 45 minutes, but from late May through early July it can sometimes rain for hours at a time, or even for most of a few days at a time. It’s still quite warm in June so it’s not like you’d be looking for a rain jacket, and most people either stay in the bars at their resort in the Maldives or find other shelter to watch the storm from a dry place.


Because June is the riskiest month it’s also the least popular and therefore cheapest month to visit. And chances are you’ll have very nice weather on any given week. Many savvy Maldives fans come each June because they can afford a nicer place with smaller crowds, and the rain isn’t much of a problem anyway. But if you don’t like to gamble with rain, it’s best to avoid late May through early July. In many places this is the most popular period for honeymoons and romance holidays, and at least you can get great beach resort deals if you come then.

August through December: Short rainstorms and lower room rates

Keeping in mind that the short rain storms can actually be refreshing and are rarely problematic, the best time to visit the Maldives for many people will be from August through December where you get great weather along with smaller crowds and lower room rates at the island resorts. Maldives tourism season runs all year long and holiday packages this time of year are cheaper than from January through April.


Compared to January through April, it does rain more often in the last 5 months of the year, but often the rain is overnight and long rainstorms are extremely rare. If you are thinking about coming to the Maldives during this period I wouldn’t hesitate to book at all. And again, it can rain on any day of the year in the Maldives, and most days are mostly sunny all year round. Water temperatures are pleasantly warm all year long so there is no season to visit the Maldives that is better or worse for swimming and snorkeling.

Best way to be sure: Check the reviews at the resorts of your choice

Running this website, I’ve honestly read many thousands of Maldives resort reviews to gather research for these articles, and it’s extremely rare to find reviews that mention how the weather ruined a trip. Again, it’s almost the exact same temperature every day of the year, and the rain storms are almost always very short and they have some benefits. Still, before you book I recommend reading as many reviews as you can for the specific resort you have in mind for the time period you are considering.


As mentioned at the top of this article, the Maldives islands stretch out for around 1,000 kilometers north to south, and the weather patterns can vary at least a bit at the extremes. If you read 20 or 30 reviews from those who stayed at that resort in the same month the year or two you are planning on going, and none of them mention bad weather, you are pretty safe. But if many of those reviews mention long rainy periods that disrupted their fun, you might want to check other resorts or other dates. is the cheapest booking site for most Maldives resorts and they have a great number of reliable reviews. But TripAdvisor has no shortage of reviews and they tend to be longer and more detailed. Better still, you can type in the month you are planning as a keyword and it will only show the reviews that mention that month. It’s a pretty fast way of seeing how previous guests felt during that month in recent years, and chances are you’ll discover that almost everyone mentions pleasant sunny weather for nearly their whole stay.

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  1. Hi there thanx for the wonderful information. Please suggest me abt speedboat , are they operating only from male ? Because i want to go to bandos resort but wonder if speedboat does operate from hulhulmale ? Thnks a lot !

    1. Weeda,

      As far as I know, each of the resorts is on its own private island and each resort controls its own transportation. They own their own boats so they can shuttle guests back and forth. There is ferry service between the residential islands, but I think to get to a resort you need to go from the dock in front of the airport using the resort speedboats. -Roger

  2. I have a flight early in the morning at 8:30 am. So i have to stay one night in hulhumale. How do you suggest i book one of these hotels and ask them for to and fro airport transfers ? How much would it cost in October this year.

    1. Parth,

      Check the hotels in the article. I think the majority of their business is from people coming from the airport late or going to the airport early. Most of them provide free airport transfers so once you book you can just email them with your flight details and they will be ready for you. Those hotels seem to go for about US$100 per night any time of year. There is also a bus that goes from the neighborhood where the hotels are to the airport, but of course a private car is faster. -Roger

  3. Hi Roger, is there a way we can see the sea of stars at Velassaru Maldives. Booked there Aug 26-28, 2019. If not, how can we see ? thru another island, how , how much
    Thank you.

    1. Mallu,

      I just checked the Velassaru Island website and it doesn’t look like they offer an excursion that includes the Sea of Stars, or at least the famous one on Vaadhoo Island. Apparently that bioluminescence phenomenon can happen on any island in that area, so it probably does happen at Velassaru once in a while. On the other hand, it seems to happen rarely even on Vaadhoo, so it appears to be mostly a matter of luck.

      One challenge is that resorts like Velassaru run their own speedboats and there are no public ferries that stop there. You can reach Vaadhoo on a public ferry from the airport in about 15 minutes, but getting from Velassaru to the airport can only be booked through the resort and it’s expensive. I wish I had better news for you. -Roger

  4. Hi, my friend and I will be staying at Centara Ras Fushi(North Male Atoll) end of September. We will be arriving late at the airport and would require a hotel. Which is a better arrangment? to stay at Hulhule or Male? Coming back from Centara, we will have another day to spend before taking a night flight back. Again what will be the best place to stay?


    1. Hatta,

      If you arrive after sundown (6pm or so) then I’d definitely recommend staying on Hulhumale Island at one of the hotels mentioned in the article. If you arrange for a ride from the hotel then it’s by far the easiest and least-stressful option. The little area in the north of Hulhumale Island is pleasant and you’ll have a few restaurant options at places catering to tourists who are in town for one night.

      After your stay at Centara Ras Fushi I’d probably lean towards staying on Male Island itself as long as you are feeling a bit adventurous. As I mention in the article, I’m a hard core traveler and I’ve gone out of my way to visit nearly every major city in the tourist regions of Asia and I’m never really disappointed. But, Male is really kind of a dud, which really surprised me. As a curious traveler and a travel writer it was definitely my duty to experience it for myself. That said, I think most people are better off skipping it. It’s really crowded and business-focused with surprisingly little charm. I think you could probably get a better sense of Maldives life by doing one of the "island hopping" day trips from your resort where they take you to an inhabited island that shows the traditional Maldives crafts and fishing and food and such.

      If your resort is going to take you back to the airport area in the early afternoon then staying on Male might be interesting. It would still be easier to stay on Hulhumale Island and I wouldn’t blame you if that was your choice. I hope this helps. -Roger

  5. Hi brother..your website is really useful.I am having three and a half days at maldives including three nights.I am a solo traveller and its a budget trip for i wish to stay in guest houses.i am plannimg to go only to hulhumale and which is the better plan.shall i go to male through ferry from airport and then to mafushi.and in return to hulhumale?

    1. Rijo John,

      I’m glad you enjoy the website. Interestingly, I’ve spent literally years traveling around Asia (and Europe) as a solo traveler and this overwater resorts thing is something I do a bit on the side, so I’m normally in your travel mode.

      That said, I find the Maldives to be a bit underwhelming for backpacker types like us. There is no alcohol except at the private-island resorts, and so most of the "nightlife" are tea shops and that sort of thing. There are nice beaches along northern Hulhumale Island, but most people are only staying there for 8 hours or so before or after a flight. I haven’t been to Maafushi, though I have heard that is the better island for independent travelers, and you obviously can reach it on an affordable ferry.

      As mentioned in the article above, Male itself is also kind of a dud. Hearing that it was among the most densely populated cities on earth and with its remote location I expected it to be fascinating in some ways, but there honestly isn’t much to see. I was shocked. So considering how hard the Maldives is to reach, I’m not sure it’s worth it for a backpacker when you could instead go to Thailand or Cambodia or the Philippines and have much more to see and do there. I’m not sure how helpful this is. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  6. Hi Roger! I’m planning a solo travel in the Maldives to do an 8D/7N liveaboard at the end of March. I would like to experience staying on an overwater bungalow and hence, plan to stay for one night on my last day. (1) Would that be enough? I would like to stay for at least two nights but the resort I’m considering costs around $1k a night for an all inclusive. I saw some resorts that are cheaper for about $400. (2) Are the resorts at this price good enough? Any input would be great! Thanks!

    1. Eris,

      That is a tricky situation because almost all of these Maldives water villa resorts price their water villas for two people, even if you want to go alone. The only resort I know of that I’ve seen with great rates for water villas for solo travelers is Angaga Island. They start under US$400 per night and it’s a really nice place.

      As for how long to stay I think you’d enjoy two nights much more than one night, but personally I’d never pay near US$1,000 per night as a solo guest. One thing about these resorts is that the tides go up and down and you usually only get really nice swimming conditions under your water villa for about 4 to 6 hours every 12 hours. So if you stay one night and check in at 3pm and check out at 10am the next morning, you might not have many great chances to enjoy it. But if you add 24 more hours to that you definitely will.

      The most affordable all-inclusive resort is Meeru Island and you can get an amazing Jacuzzi water villa for around US$600 during most of the year. If you can afford two nights there you’d love it and it’s quite easy to meet people there because it’s a fairly large island with lots going on all the time.

      Another thing to consider is the transfer charges from the airport to the resort and back. They will be the same (and it’s not cheap) whether you stay one night or two weeks, so at least if you stay two nights it stings a bit less. Have a great trip and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  7. Hi Roger,

    Thanks for all your info. Really valuable.

    Just wondering if you could give some advice as we are struggling to pick a resort to stay at for our honeymoon. We are tossing up between Meeru Resort, Paradise Island Resort and Vilamendhoo. They are all around the same price for all inclusive as well as transport to the island. Do you have a preference or any insight on these?

    Thanks very much

    1. Luisa,

      The only one of the three I’ve stayed at is Meeru Island and it’s amazing, but I’ve heard very good things about the others. All three are among the largest private-island resorts in the Maldives, which is the reason they are so competitive in price for what they offer. I’m sure you’d be thrilled at any of those resorts. There were quite a few honeymoon couples staying at Meeru when I was there, but to be honest I didn’t get the sense that the island specialized in that. The island is so large that it’s very easy to get privacy even when it’s fully booked, but still I think if it were me I’d look for a smaller island with fewer guests.

      Did you look at Veligandu Island? It’s a sister resort of Meeru Island and a few others and they only have 64 water villas (most with a private Jacuzzi) and 12 island rooms, so it’s much smaller and more intimate than those you mentioned. It’s usually a little more expensive than Meeru Island, but people say it has a more romantic feel.

      Honestly, the Maldives is made for lovers and you will be blown away by any of these resorts we are discussing. The reviews are all so positive that it’s hard to imagine they are legit, but when you get there you’ll be ready to write your own glowing review. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  8. Dear Mr. Roger Wade
    Good day!

    I want to choose between Male and Hulhumale for my last day and night stay in Maldives. I wanted to stay in Hulhumale but want to wonder some places in Male city. I heard recently they have opened a road bridge connecting Male Airport and Male city. And it has a pedestrian and cyclist lane. If it is possible, I can visit Male on cycle and return back to Hulhumale, or if there is any car/bus service, how much it will cost?

    What you recommend where to stay based on my Male wandering ambitions.

    Thanks and Peace Dear

    1. Jehanzaib,

      I hadn’t heard that the bridge was open yet but you are right. I’m sure there is bus service as well as taxi service between the islands now, but that doesn’t change the fact that Male Island is still incredibly crowded and has almost nothing worthwhile to see. I’d still stay on Hulhumale Island if you are going to or from a resort. Sorry I can’t answer the rest of your questions. -Roger

  9. My plane is arriving at night at 2050. Where will you recommend to stay for the night. I will be taking the seaplane to Conrad the next morning. Do you know how early I can get on the seaplane?

    1. Sin,

      I definitely recommend booking a place on Hulhumale Island, and specifically the Maakanaa Lodge if it’s available. At the bottom of the article I list a few other really good hotels in that same area that all specialize in exactly what you are doing. Hundreds of people each day arrive at the Male Airport in the evening and then have early morning transportation to a resort. Those hotels I list all have their own cars and will be there to pick you up and also drop you off at the sea plane port in the morning, usually included in the price. The alternative is to stay on Male Island, but that requires taking the ferry (which does run all night, in fairness) back and forth and then getting a taxi to your hotel if it’s not one of the hotels right on the dock. As I mention in the article, Male isn’t very interesting, so Hulhumale Island is the best and simplest choice.

      The sea planes start going shortly after sunrise, but your resort will give you a specific departure time when you check in at the airport. I have a video explaining all of it on this page about landing at Male Airport and getting to your resort. After you get your luggage you’ll be in a big room with a desk or office for each resort. Check in with them and they will give you the time of your plane the following morning and tell you where to go to check in. Your plane may stop at one or two other resorts on the way, and the sea plane ride itself will be one of the highlights of your trip. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  10. Hi Monty,
    Thank you for publishing your wealth of knowledge. Your website is very informative and I am glad I have come across it. My partner and I are spending 3 nights in the Maldives- the first night at the lodge listed above and 2 nights at the adaaran prestige voodoo. Any reviews regarding this accommodation? any suggestions on companies or transport to use to get from the lodge to adaaran? costs?
    Thank you kindly!

    1. Jessica,

      I haven’t stayed at any of the Adaaran resorts, but I’ve talked to some representatives from the company and I was really impressed. They seem to have a very good reputation and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.

      In my experience, the resort insists that you book the airport transfers through them. Fortunately that resort is fairly close to the airport so the speedboat transfer only costs US$130 per person, return. Believe it or not, most resorts cost between US$200 and US$600 to reach from the airport, and most are only accessible by sea plane. Have a great trip. -Roger

  11. Hi Monty. I will be in Bangalore for work at the end of Nov and really want to take advantage of being so far from home (US) to go to the Maldives for a long weekend for pure relaxation and ocean peace. Can you recommend a place that is not completely breaking the bank, while still having a spa/luxurious feel and is safe for one person?

    1. Maia,

      The good news is that virtually every overwater resort in the Maldives has a spa and a luxurious feel. The tricky part is getting an affordable deal for one person. A few years ago I saw that Ganghi Island had a rate of US$160 per night for an overwater bungalow for one guest, but that was the only time I’ve seen a rate like that for a solo visitor. For the most part the water villas are priced for two guests whether you are 1 or 2 people, so you’ll be paying US$400 and up even as a single.

      My advice is to check Ganghi Island and if they no longer offer single rates you can check for your dates on Change it to one guest and see what comes up. I’m sure the majority of them will start at US$400 per night and be the same as two guests, but you might get lucky and find a resort that is offering deals for solo guests. Best of luck and I hope this works out for you. -Roger

  12. Roger, I happened to find your site. You have a wealth of info on the Maldives so I was wondering… would I be happy at the Shangri-La resort in an over water villa (flying in directly from CMB to GAN and then a speedboat) for about $800 all inclusive with alcohol (for 2) the end of September for 5 days, or should I look elsewhere for a better deal/quintesstial Maldivian experience. We are a middle aged couple who like the finer things in life but we are value buyers… not doing what the Jones’ do… Any comments would be appreciated.

    1. MohanP,

      I’ve been studying the Maldives resort scene for 8 years now and I’ve visited a few places, but unfortunately it’s not an easy place to gain complete knowledge of because each resort is private and it costs quite a bit to get between them, as you know. That said, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa has always impressed me and it’s received very good reviews through the years. That room rate of US$800 for all inclusive looks quite good for a place like that. The last time we checked rates there it was starting around US$1,000 per couple for a water villa.

      It’s one of the larger islands and that can give you more privacy because the couples tend to spread out more on larger islands. As for the quintessential Maldives experience, I think you can get it at any of the nicer resorts, and it’s not really just one thing. Many of the resorts there are Asian chains that have a theme of their home country (Thailand etc), but all of them feel very international and like paradise. There are a few resorts that struggle with poor reviews, but most of them get glowing reviews because they offer such a great product. I’d say you might also want to look at Veligandu Island, which might even be cheaper for all inclusive and is an excellent resort. It can be difficult to give advice for Maldives resorts because most of them are as amazing as they look in photos, so people tend to be very happy with the one they’ve chosen. I wish I could help more. -Roger

    1. Monty,

      As mentioned near the top of this article, the only place in the Maldives (aside from the private-island resorts) that serves alcohol is that one hotel by the airport – Hulhule Island Hotel. But it’s pretty expensive.

      As for Hulhumale Beach, there are a bunch of restaurants and maybe a coffee shop or two, but no nightlife to speak of. Most people seem to arrive late and leave early the next morning. If you stay on Male close to the ferry terminal there are some places where there will be people at night, but again, no alcohol at all. -Roger

  13. hi thanks for information. i thought this is the best solution than stay to male. it’s more closer and cheaper

    but how i can go from hulhumale to maafushi?

    1. Chitoo,

      The ferry to Maafushi leaves from Male, so if you are staying overnight before or after going to Maafushi it would probably be better to stay in Male. The ferry dock at the airport has ferries leaving every 15 minutes or so for Male though, so it’s simple enough and Hulhumale is much more pleasant and actually cheaper for what you get. -Roger