Best Time to Visit Maldives
Between the months of May to October is when the rainy season begins, sometimes bringing strong storms with very strong gusts. In terms of precipitation, the monthly average is around 198 mm of rain for this season.
This is called the “low season” with the advantage of finding the best deals at very affordable prices. The Maldives is generally expensive all year round, being cheaper in the rainy season due to less demand.
Maximum temperatures during this period vary between 28ºC and 30ºC.
The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, with great temperatures for the season and lower precipitation levels, ideal for a trip to the beach with the family, enjoying the good weather and getting that tan you’ve been talking about all year. In terms of precipitation, the monthly average is around 127 mm of rain.
Maximum temperatures during this period vary between 29ºC and 31ºC. All year round the Maldives is sunny and warm and the average maximum temperature is around 29ºC.
Get ready to spend extra money to book your holiday in the Maldives, but as you may know, being a “dry season”, it is also known to be expensive and extremely busy with tourists from all over the world. The advantage is that each resort inhabits its own island, thus avoiding that crowd of crowds as it usually happens in other destinations in high seasons.
Things to Do in Maldives
The Maldives is a dream destination for anyone who loves the sea, beach, luxury and the underwater world. Of the two hundred inhabited islands, 88 have been set up as tourist resorts, with one or more hotels on each island.
The hotels in the Maldives are mainly part of the luxury segment. The so-called water villas are seen as the ultimate in the field of romantic holidays. These villas are built on wooden poles in the sea.
Through the floor in your villa you can see the fish swimming. It is not for nothing that the Maldives are very popular as a destination for the honeymoon.
Aviation hub Hulhule is the island where all tourists arrive and from there they fly on to their island of choice. The only activity taking place is the landing and departing of international and local aircraft at Malé International Airport.
Every year, 2 million passengers are transported via this airport. Most domestic flights go by means of a seaplane. For plane spotters this is a nice place to shoot pictures.
Banana Reef is the most famous and sought-after dive site of the Maldives. Especially for its large diversity of fish, corals and caves.
The reef is shaped like a banana and measures up to 300 meters. You will find the Banana Reef in the south-east of the northern Malé Atol.
Who is searching for pictures of the Maldives online will certainly come across photos of water villas. These are wooden houses built on stilts, which therefore float above the water. They are generally the most expensive accommodations of the hotels and equipped with every possible luxury.
Water villas are particularly popular among honeymooners. You hardly have to leave your water villa during your honeymoon, because your sun terrace is located directly on the enchanting Indian Ocean.
The Maldives consist of more than a thousand coral islands divided into 26 atolls. Atolls are mountains under the sea, of which only the upper parts come out of the water.
Due to years of erosion, an annular island of coral develops. These coral islands are spread out in an area of 90,000 km². It is very worthwhile to fly over these atolls with a seaplane.
Thulhaadhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll. The island has recently been reclaimed by the government and is known for the special handwork what they do there.
Stone pots are provided with a special lacquer layer. This was formerly done for the noble families in the country, but nowadays most of the paintwork is sold to tourists.
It is nice to see how it is done and of course it is also an original souvenir to take home.
Underwater Post Office
In a watertight way, they can stamp your documents with special, water-resistant ink. No post office has such a beautiful view, with shipwrecks, beautiful coral and infinitely colorful fish.
Dive and Explore the Underwater World
Divers are certainly in the right place in the Maldives. The Maldives have a beautiful coral reef where you can snorkel and dive. A large part of the islands consists of beach.
The most beautiful fish, including the manta, are found in the waters around the islands of the Maldives. The coral around the Maldives is also very beautiful and definitely worth seeing.
Well worth a visit is the National Museum in Male. This museum is located in an old palace of the sultan. The museum exhibits personal possessions and items from the era of the sultan, so that you can estimate how the situation of the sultan was at the time.
You will also find archaeological objects. The object that is most special is the Buddha statue made of coral.
Fish market in Male
It is very interesting to visit the fish market in Malé where hundreds of heavy tuna are delivered by fishermen in the afternoon. The fish is cleaned and sold on the spot.
Large swordfish are also regularly caught, killed, cut and sold. So you can watch how it works and indicate how big your piece of fish should be. It may stink and look bloody, but at least you have real fresh fish.
In addition to fish, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables are also sold here.
Great Friday Mosque
In the capital Malé you can find the most important mosque of the Maldives: the Great Friday Mosque, which is 40 meters high. It is a dominant building with a large, golden dome. No other buildings are allowed to rise above the tower of this mosque.
The Great Friday Mosque has room for more than 5,000 believers. You can not leave the Maldives without having seen this beautiful building inside and out.
The Maldives is mainly water. Above we have seen the activity of diving and snorkeling pass by, but there are many water sports possible in the Maldives.
Here you can enjoy windsurfing and kite surfing as well. Because there is always a refreshing breeze, the waters are also perfect for practicing the sailing sport.
There are also islands where you can water ski and pedal boats. In fact, you can practice all kinds of water sports.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Another nice activity that we have not brought to the attention is the possibility to spot dolphins and whales. Most island resorts offer excursions to attempt to see dolphins or whales in the wild.
Dolphins occur all year round and many different whale species inhabit the archipelago during certain periods of the year. Spotting a dolphin is therefore a very realistic option.
When you go whale watching, you are most likely to spot fin whales, pilot whales and sperm whales. Dolphins are to be found in shallower water and are therefore closer to the coasts of the many islands.
For whales you have to go further at sea and success is unfortunately not guaranteed.