Maldives Weather

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The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean that spans across the equator, resulting in hot temperatures all year round. You can enjoy a tropical climate that is consistently hot and often humid, but with distinct wet and dry seasons as well. The temperatures vary slightly between the different islands but are constantly high between 77°F (25°C) and 90°F (32°C) all over the year. The water temperature of the Pacific is pleasantly warm with around 84°F (29°C). The Maldives offer great experiences especially in and around the ocean. From diving to snorkeling or surfing everything is possible. Although the wind in the Maldives is not as strong as in the world's famous surf spots, this makes it much easier to get started. Many resorts therefore offer their own surf school with courses over several days or weeks. It is also worth exploring the exotic water diversity by boat or in combination with a snorkeling trip. For this purpose, either a sailboat (or also a boat with supporting motorization) or a traditional Dhoni is suitable. These are elongated wooden boats with the triangular sail or motor. They are one of the typical means of transportation of the locals and offer a special romantic character. The boats are not particularly deep in the water, which allows a fascinating view of the beautiful underwater world at close range. There is also the possibility to rent a kayak and explore the beautiful reefs on your own. But always remember to be careful, because the reefs are very sensitive and can be destroyed by even the smallest touch. You can rent a boot at click and boat and a Dhoni round trip at moja-travel.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the Maldives. Harpooning and fishing with a rod is prohibited on the islands. Therefore, the most common way of fishing in the Maldives is trolling. This involves trolling large plugs or bait fish about 100 meters behind the boat on the water surface. Experience shows that this method promises good catches. For deep-sea fishing, small groups take a motorboat out to sea and join forces to land thresher for example sharks or tuna. If you want to experience traditional Maldivian trolling you can book a tour at vila mendhoo.

A common way to explore as many islands of the Maldives as possible is island hopping. On matador network you can find everything you have to remember for an island-hopping trip. Most visitors start in the capital Malé and have already booked a tour of various islands and resorts before departure. The lively capital offers many opportunities for exploration and provides insights into the culture of the Maldives and the way of life of the locals. For the onward journey we recommend a boat or a seaplane, which makes every spot of the countless islands accessible.

Current Weather Maledives

69°F overcast clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages Maldives

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

86° 86° 90° 90° 88° 86° 86° 86° 86° 88° 88° 88°

Low °F

73° 73° 72° 72° 70° 70° 68° 68° 70° 70° 70° 70°


7 7 7 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 7 6

Rain days

14 13 10 8 7 6 5 4 4 7 9 13

Water °F

82° 82° 82° 83° 82° 81° 79° 77° 79° 79° 79° 81°

Maldives Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Maldives

The most popular time of year to visit is between October and April when rainfall amounts are lower along with the longest hours of sunshine. In the summer months there is a greater risk of storms. As is common in tropical areas, the rains mostly occur in the form of short and intense downpours or thunderstorms. Between June and November may be the best time to visit for snorkeling and diving. This is the best time to swim with the big marine dwellers, especially in Baa Atoll when manta rays and whale sharks gather year-round to feed on plankton trapped in the island of the atoll. 

Things to know about Maldives

The Maldives is made up of almost 1200 small and tiny islands. They are further divided into 26 natural atolls stretching from north to south across more than 800 kilometres.

The Maldives has an incomparably diverse marine life with more than 1,000 species of fish, 40 species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, stingrays, sea turtles and even whale sharks. It is a world-class diving and snorkeling destination with an incredible coral reef, but it is important to recognize that the marine ecology is becoming increasingly vulnerable due to overfishing, climate change, pollution, etc. You can do your part by taking shared transportation, reducing usage of single-use plastic, partaking in beach cleanups and not touching the coral reef or animals or reusing towels for example.

Choosing a hotel can be so overwhelming because the variation is indescribable. If you have a small budget, you should stay near the airport. This way you can hop on a shared boat or a private speedboat and get to the local guesthouse relatively easily. Be careful. Read exactly how much additional taxes and transportation costs are, it is often not included in the room rate.
The experience of flying with a seaplane is a very special event and something the Maldives is known for. You can book a flight for something between 200 and 500 dollars to get around and enjoy an unforgettable view over the landscape.

There can be time differences in comparison to the capital Malé so don’t be surprised if your island has their own “island time”. It takes one or two days to get used to it but then you will learn to forget about time.
Islam is the official religion of The Maldives. Pork and alcohol are forbidden on local islands and you might hear prayer announcements throughout the day. However private resorts are allowed to serve alcohol.
There is no pre-arrival visa required for The Maldives, but you need to make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months.

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