you'll see by the chart below, the weather in the Maldives tends to be nearly identical regardless of the month. The days are always quite warm and at least somewhat humid, and the nights are always reasonably warm and a bit balmy.

Unlike many other tropical destinations, the Maldives has two different “monsoon” periods each year, but neither are known for dramatic weather or flooding, so the differences are rather subtle. Even during the non-monsoon periods there will be some infrequent rainfall, so the overall consistency is what is most striking for the potential visitor. The best times to visit the Maldives really depend on your goals and almost the entire year is a good time if you can make it.

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Maldives monthly temperature averages and rainfall

January

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 25°C/77°F
  • Rain: 76mm/3″

 

February

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 26°C/78°F
  • Rain: 51mm/2″

 

March

 

  • High: 31°C/88°F
  • Low: 26°C/78°F
  • Rain: 74mm/2.9″

 

April

 

  • High: 31°C/88°F
  • Low: 26°C/79°F
  • Rain: 132mm/5.2″

 

May

 

  • High: 31°C/87°F
  • Low: 26°C/79°F
  • Rain: 216mm/8.5″

 

June

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 26°C/78°F
  • Rain: 173mm/6.8″

 

July

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 26°C/78°F
  • Rain: 147mm/5.8″

 

August

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 25°C/77°F
  • Rain: 188mm/7.4″

 

September

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 25°C/77°F
  • Rain: 244mm/9.6″

 

October

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 25°C/77°F
  • Rain: 221mm/8.7″

 

November

 

  • High: 30°C/86°F
  • Low: 25°C/77°F
  • Rain: 201mm/7.9″

 

December

 

  • High: 29°C/85°F
  • Low: 25°C/77°F
  • Rain: 231mm/9.1″

Dry season and wet season

The dry season in the Maldives typically runs from mid December through early May, but the beginning and ending times do change a bit between one year and the next. The Northeast Monsoon season actually occurs between November and March, but of course most of this is during “dry season” so it’s no surprise that the monsoon rarely amounts to anything more than a quick downpour a couple times a week.

 

The rainy season in the Maldives runs from early May through mid December, with the Southwest Monsoon season officially being July and August. Again, the rainfall totals don’t actually vary much, and the chances of a major storm are almost zero. The Maldives water villas are all built very well and specifically to comfortably handle normal conditions in the area.

 

Olhuveli Resort Maldives

Cloudbursts and sunshine

Typical of the tropics, when it rains in the Maldives it tends to come down heavily for a short time and then clear up just as quickly. Even during the “dry season” it’s not uncommon for it to be a sunny morning and then have thick clouds roll in after noon, with 30 minutes of heavy showers after that, and then a clear evening.

 

During the rainy season it tends to rain a bit more at night, which means that the actual daytime rain that visitors see is even more consistent than it first appears. Even during the rainy season it’s rare to have more than a few cloudy days per week, so it would be very bad luck to see much gray during an average holiday.


Humidity

It will be relatively humid all year in the Maldives, and those coming from a cold climate might feel slightly uncomfortable for the first day or so, but nearly everyone enjoys that special tropical feeling after that. Also, the temperature itself never strays much above the averages, so even the high humidity is never unbearable like it can be in Mediterranean Europe.


Winds

Being strung through a large portion of the Indian Ocean, there will be steady winds crossing through your Maldives resort pretty much at all times. The wind can change direction, but it’s almost never still, so even on hot days you’ll be cooled down by the breeze.

 

This steady breeze is yet another reason to choose a water villa instead of a beach villa if you can. Most of them have private terraces on two or more edges, which means you’ll always have access to the breeze if you like, something not always true of the island rooms.

 

Source: Weather.com

 

Top photo courtesy of thadu83 on Flickr


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  1. We have a group that is looking for a resort with scuba diving for the end of July. It would be several couples and some teenagers. Are there any resorts where the diving is included?
    Thank you
    Sam

    1. Sam,

      I’m not aware of any Maldives resorts where scuba diving is included or even heavily discounted. The good news is that almost every island offers diving and most offer instruction. So your best bet is to find a resort that you like at a reasonable price, and the diving package will probably also be reasonably affordable. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Kelly,

      I’m glad this site has been helpful. Our list of scuba diving resorts will cover snorkeling as well. For the most part, snorkeling below water villas in the Maldives isn’t very exciting because there aren’t large reefs inside the lagoons where the resorts are located. In general the resorts all offer boat rides to nearby reefs, and many of those boats to go the same places. Most resorts seem to offer at least one if not two snorkeling boats per day, and they are usually included in your room price. There are probably some exceptions though. And of course the larger resorts are more likely to have more boats and departures than small resorts. So my advice would be to choose a resort based on everything else and then check to see if they offer snorkeling trips. If so then check the TripAdvisor reviews by searching for "snorkeling" and you’ll get the reviews that mention it. -Roger

  2. Hello
    We are looking for an OWB that has a pool for May. Would you have a recommendation for which would be best? We have heard you want to be in the Northwest in May to avoid bad weather

    1. Lori,

      After having read literally thousands of Maldives resort reviews, I see very few that ever mention any weather disappointments. Still, the weather in the north might be less volatile during the summer season, and you can get a great deal at some of the resorts up there.

      Specifically, have a look at the Beach House at Iruveli Maldives, which is a 5-star resort that is as far north as you can go in the archipelago. In May they are offering their huge water villas (110 square meters) for only around US$550 including all taxes, and each has a plunge pool out on the terrace.

      If that one doesn’t work for you, let me know and I can probably find one or two others, but this is the best one that comes to mind. -Roger