Exploring a fascinating destination with fabulous weather and natural beauty year-round can be dreamy… but not with the Maldives.

Maldives situated in the Indian Ocean offers amazing weather year-round with lush greenery, blue calm waters, and soft beaches, perfect for an ideal time for vacation. For anyone looking to relax on the beach, dive with manta rays, or enjoy a luxurious stay at Maldives resorts, the weather and activities in the Maldives differ slightly by month, allowing travelers to customize their vacation.


January falls during the dry season, bringing warm and sunny days with highs around 86°F. With low rain, humidity remains comfortable. The ocean is calm and clear, with visibility up to 30 meters in some areas, making this the best time for snorkeling and diving.

Top things to do:

  • Snorkel at Banana Reef to see turtles, reef sharks, and schools of fish
  • Visit Malé to explore the capital city and local markets
  • Relax on the beach and work on your tan
  • Enjoy affordable resort rates during the low season


February continues the dry season with hot and humid weather. Temperatures start rising to average highs of 90°F. The ocean remains bath-like warm, ideal for swimming and other water activities. February is the best time for honeymoons and romantic getaways.

Top things to do:

  • Charter a private yacht for a sunset cruise
  • Pamper yourself at the spa with a couples massage
  • Have a beach picnic dinner under the stars
  • Go whale shark snorkelling


March brings the year’s hottest and driest weather, with temperatures usually reaching 100°F in Malé. Pack light, and consider flexible clothing. With low rain, the calm seas make March ideal for snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing, and scuba diving.

Top things to do:

  • Dive and see manta rays at Manta Point
  • Experience windsurfing over the calm Maldives waters
  • Take a guided kayaking tour through the Maldives atolls
  • Visit the sunset from your water villa


April temperatures remain in the mid-80s, while humidity starts increasing ahead of the rainy season. In the afternoon thunderstorms give way to sunny skies. The ocean reaches its warmest temperature, ideal for swimming and watersports.

Top things to do:

  • Swim in the calm water of the Maldives
  • Snorkel at Manta Point to spot giant mantas
  • Relax on a beachside with a cocktail
  • Enjoy paddleboarding on the flat, calm waters


May brings warmer temperatures, averaging 86°F, along with more humidity. The wet season begins, but rains tend to be short-lived. Surfing season starts on the eastern Maldives atolls.

Top things to do:

  • Take surfing lessons on the eastern reef breaks
  • Experience a Maldivian barbecue on the beach
  • Experience dolphin watching on a snorkeling trip
  • Book a secluded water villa


The monsoon brings high humidity and huge rain. While the western atolls see rough seas, the eastern side enjoys excellent surfing conditions. Resorts offer outstanding deals and fewer tourists.

Top things to do:

  • Catch waves at the famous surf breaks of Laamu Atoll
  • Get beachfront massages at the spa 
  • Savor gourmet cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs
  • Enjoy nearly private access to the resort amenities


Rainy conditions continue in July, especially in the first half of the month. Some thunderstorms give way to sunshine later in the day. Surfing remains excellent on the eastern atolls. Take advantage of cheap hotel rates and special offers.

Top things to do:

  • Test your surfing skills at Komandoo Island 
  • Have candlelit dinners on the beach
  • Indulge in spa treatments like Ayurvedic massages
  • Try guided meditation and yoga sessions


August brings slightly cooler temperatures around 84°F but still continuous wet weather, with short-lived daily showers. Humidity remains high in the low 80s. Surfing continues amazing on the eastern side.

Top things to do: 

  • Check out the waves at Laamu Atoll
  • Feel refresh with a beachside couple’s massage 
  • Go night fishing under the stars
  • Relax in your luxury overwater villa


In September, rainfall starts decreasing as the wet season ends. Humidity remains high, around 80%, and temperatures average in the mid-80s. As winds shift, diving conditions improve in the west.

Top things to do:

  • Join guided scuba trips to admire the marine life
  • Snorkel with sharks and turtles at Banana Reef
  • Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise
  • Try exciting new watersports like flyboarding


October brings mostly sunny, dry weather with highs of 86°F and cooler evenings. With less rain, humidity drops to the mid-70s, creating pleasant conditions. The calm seas are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Top things to do:

  • Snorkel among colorful reefs and tropical fish
  • Spot dolphins on a sunset cruise
  • Book a water villa with a glass floor
  • Experience a beachfront candlelit dinner


November continues with dry weather and hot days around 86°F. Cooler evenings bring temperatures down to the low 80s, making for comfortable sleeping. With low winds and less rain, the ocean is crystal clear – perfect for snorkeling with manta rays and whale sharks.

Top things to do:

  • Swim with gentle whale sharks
  • Visit Malé to see the Grand Friday Mosque
  • Relax in a beachside hammock
  • Charter a yacht for a private cruise


December brings the coolest weather of the year, with average highs of 82°F along with drier air. The peak season starts with excellent weather and the calmest seas – ideal for diving, snorkeling, boating, and other activities.

Top things to do:

  • Cruise to remote reefs and sandbanks
  • Snorkel with sharks and manta rays at Hanifaru Bay
  • Watch festive Christmas and New Year’s celebrations 
  • Enjoy a candlelit dinner on the beach

No matter which time you choose for Maldives vacation, this destination has something to offer each month to the tourists. The Maldives ensures an amazing tropical getaway, with endless options for underwater adventures, spa treatments, luxury dining, and making unforgettable memories.