Best time to visit the Maldives


Maldives weather quote
Typical of the tropics, the Maldives has dry and wet seasons with July-Aug, although still warm, getting the worst of the southwesterly monsoons. Dec-March is the best time to visit the Maldives for the weather; whale sharks arrive in Jan-April and June-Sep see manta rays cruising through these waters. Although April-Nov are interspersed with showers, it's often much more affordable and outside of July-Aug this is a great time, away from the busier Christmas period.

Maldives travel advice


Ruth Franklin, from our Maldives supplier Secret Paradise, shares her insider insights for anyone visiting the Maldives:

Tips on when to dive

“Dhigurah in Ari Atoll and Dharavandhoo in Baa Atoll are both great for divers with the New Year, from January to April, being the best time to see whale sharks and manta rays in Ari, and the summer, from June to September, the best time to see manta rays in Baa.”

Local islands vs. resorts

“Whilst I’m a local island girl at heart, I do have a couple of favourite resorts in the Maldives, Reethi Beach and Gangehi Island. Both are very supportive of environmental measures, have lots of natural vegetation and even though they’re relatively small, they still offer lots of privacy – they remind me of the resort islands I used to visit 20 years ago.”

Foodie advice

“If you’re looking for a culinary experience then I’d recommend Fuvahmulah or Thoddoo as they are agricultural islands that produce a lot of fruit and veg. Fuvahmulah also has a unique beach, Thundi, which is made up of tiny, tiny, pebbles that have been polished by the waves to give a beautiful shiny effect.”

Maldives travel advice


At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Maldives travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
“Be ready to accept what is offered to you and to abide to local rules, no fancy clothing required, water activities will take up most of your time. Local tourism is a new concept, people are still learning and enthusiastically giving more then you expect. We experienced the real Maldives, met local people and learnt about their kindness and dignity. We accepted their costumes and in exchange they showed us beautiful places.” – Veronica Vigano
“Take lots of sun cream! The sun is stronger than you think, especially when you are in the water. Make sure you have an underwater camera (waterproof is not enough).” – Miriam Ferrer Espinosa, on a dhoni cruise around the Maldives
“Don't over pack because you don't need much on this vacation; make sure you have high factor suntan cream and some clothes that cover shoulders and are reasonably modest for the island visits.” – Gabrielle Lorenz, on a dhoni cruise around the Maldives
“Things that really stand out are visiting the deserted sandbank by speed boat just as the tide was starting to recede and then the speedboat taking off and leaving us on this small stretch (eventually!) of sand in the middle of the ocean with nothing but a table umbrella for shade and a cool box of drinks! Also, an evening in Guraidhoo when our lovely friendly hosts at the guest house led us to the beach in the dark where we discovered they had secretly cooked us a lovely meal, laid it out on a table by candlelight and lit a fire beside us to keep us warm. I was so touched I could have cried.” – Anne Hazzard
“Take shoes for swimming as seabed can be sore on the feet.” – Robert Linsky
Photo credits: [Weather chart: Walter Schärer] [Food: Nattu] [Turtle: Ahmed Abdul Rahman] [Sandbank: nadia & massimo] [Sun hat: Neville Wootton]
Written by Chris Owen
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