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 at least a small risk of a quick rainstorm any day of the year.

 

The driest and most popular months are 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 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.

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 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 to the Maldives to 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. This is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit the Maldives, 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 come 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 that are what drive the popularity.

 

Starting around 10-January you’ll get lower room rates and slightly better weather as well, so avoid 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 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 rain storms 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 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 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. 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 rain storms 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.

 

Agoda.com 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. Pam,

      We keep a full list of all overwater bungalows in the Caribbean, and each one is describe in pretty great detail. I have no reason to think that the ones in Panama aren’t safe, although I haven’t been myself. They tend to attract scuba divers and they are very popular from what I can see. There are also overwater bungalows at the Disney Resort on a lake, so that’s another one to look into. Sorry I’m not of more help. -Roger

  1. Hi there. We’re a family of 6 (mum, dad, and four boys 16, 15, 13 and 8) who primarily surf, but also want to enjoy time snorkelling etc. We’d love to stay nearest to decent surf (doesn’t have to be massive though! Just really fun waves-especially as the 8 year old needs to be involved and me (mum) doesn’t really surf bigger than 2-3 foot either these days :)). We desperately want to stay in a water villa but are so happy to do it on the cheap (thats we how we travel-always on a massive budget, so as long as rooms are clean that’s all we care about). Can you recommend anywhere/a few cheap water villas for us? Thanks so much! We’re coming April 13th-April 20th.

    1. Samantha,

      Your main challenge will be that most overwater resorts only allow 3 guests per bungalow and a few allow 4 guests per bungalow, but none of them allow 6. You’d have to get two overwater villas for six people and that would start at around US$700 per night at even the cheapest place. A few of the Maldives water villa resorts have surfing beaches, and the cheapest way to pull that off would be to get one water villa and one island villa and take turns in the water villa. Sorry the news isn’t any better. -Roger

  2. Hi
    I wish to combine a trip to Tahiti with a trip to Easter Island next year. Do you have suggestions for somewhere in Tahiti that is an over water option? Also do you know if it is correct that Tahiti and Easter Island are only connected on a Tuesday by air? Do you have any recommendations for how to combine the two? We are flying from NZ.

  3. I am currently planning a birthday and graduation get away, two weeks, two islands, over the water and beach front looking at next April any suggestions on how to save $? I know if we do the over the water on Moorea vs Bora Bora will save some $. Anything else would be much appreciated.

    1. Rosary,

      I’d say your best strategy for (hopefully) saving some money, or rather getting a free upgrade, is to book only two nights are so in each overwater bungalow and the rest in a beach room. You will have a much better chance of a room upgrade compared to anyone who is only booked in a beach room, so you should be at the top of the list. You might end up 4 or 5 nights in an overwater bungalow that way while only paying for two and the rest in a beach room. It’s a bit risky if you REALLY want to spend most of the week overwater, but it could work.

      Honestly, the overwater experience is amazing for a few days but the novelty wears off a bit after that because you always have to walk much farther to get anywhere compared to the beach rooms. April is one of the slowest months in the South Pacific, so you should be getting pretty good rates as it is. Sorry I don’t have more advice for you. -Roger

  4. You mentioned eco-style resorts in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. Do you have a list of these? We would love to stay in an affordable over the water bungalow but don’t want to have to fly all the way to Tahiti.

  5. Soleena,
    for the future
    I hope you don’t mind me sharing 🙂
    It is considered rude to use capital letters when chatting. It is considered to be shouting. You did not sound like you were cross so I thought you’d like to know. Cheers Audrey

  6. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I MUST COMMEND YOU ON YOUR ATTENTIVE, RESPONSIVE DEDICATION TO ASSISTING THOSE THAT SEEK GUIDANCE AND OR SOME SENSE OF DIRECTION ON THE ENDLESS PLETHORA OF VACATION DESTINATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL DISCOUNTED RATES AND TRAVEL PACKAGES. VERY ADMIRABLE, I HAVE TO ADMIT!

    AND AS FAR AS MY CONCERNS GO, DO YOU KNOW OF A RELIABLE AND LEGIT, YET DECENTLY/AFFORDABLY- PRICED WATER BUNGALOW RESORT/HOTEL/ETC., THAT I COULD BOOK IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS FOR A POTENTIAL 4-7 NIGHTS STAY- DURING THE END OF TIS MONTH THRU THE END OF SEPTEMBER? Thanks so much sweetheart!

    1. Soleena,

      Thank you for the kind words, and sorry for the delayed response. We actually do an annual list of the cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world on our sister site. You’ve probably seen it, but you may not have realized that it’s the same data. There are no secret places that aren’t on the list, at least if you are looking for a "honeymoon-style" overwater bungalow. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try to help, and more quickly this time. -Roger

    1. Jacki,

      There is a new resort opening next year in Panama with honeymoon-style overwater bungalows. We don’t know the rates yet, but they should be far more affordable than the new Sandals resorts in Jamaica. If you are okay with the eco-style resorts, there are many in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. -Roger

  7. hello there
    this will be our first time traveling to the maldives ,
    my wife and me want a nice romantic place with a private pool in our overwater bungallow and a beautiful view ,,this will be our second honey moon ,,, wich island or resort do you recomend

    thank you so much .

    1. Agustin,

      Actually, we have a list of the best Maldives water villa resorts with private pools. The first one on the list is amazing and it’s also the best of the all-inclusives, though it’s quite expensive. If you are looking for one that is more modestly priced you’ll want to focus on the bottom one on the list, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort. The water villas there are huge and all have private pools. Have a great trip and let me know if I can help further. -Roger

  8. Is there a number to call to tell an advisor what exactly we want / expect out of our trip so they can recommend the best resort thay would fit our needs. Also which part of maldives is the best to stay as far as entertainment brar by etc.

    1. Kira,

      We are primarily an online guide to water villa resorts and we don’t do bookings or consultations, although I try to offer advice when I can. As far as which part of the Maldives, each resort there (by law) is on a private island, and each one is different. If you are looking for a place with nightlife and entertainment then you’ll want to book at one of the larger places like Meeru Island, as they have multiple bars and night time activities. Some of the smaller resorts have nothing beyond the dinner service and a small bar. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  9. I am dreaming and want to plan a trip for a ann. next year. a couple different places so I see all the beauty in Tahiti or where ever I can afford. please send me more info and updated rates. THANKS for the tips.

  10. I really want to stay in a over water bungalow at some point in time. So can you get an all-inclusive with 2 or 3 day in the bungalow and then move to an island room?

    1. Dee,

      Yes, you can definitely stay in an overwater bungalow for only part of a stay at a resort. In fact, it’s mentioned above that this is a pretty good strategy to possibly get an upgrade for additional days or perhaps your whole stay. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      They are good deals if you enjoy drinking more than one or two alcoholic drinks each day. Generally, pretty much all the activities are included at all overwater resorts, so it’s pretty much food and drinks that are part of all-inclusive. And it’s not surprising that alcohol tends to be quite expensive (as does food) at these resorts, so all-inclusive is best for drinkers. Otherwise, you are subsidizing big drinkers if you don’t consume much alcohol.

      It’s also worth noting that nearly all the all-inclusive overwater resorts in the world are in the Maldives. There are none like that in or near Bora Bora. -Roger

    1. Alino,

      There is a link to the cheapest online booking site for each resort on each page. Just look for the link that says "Check for online specials…"