If the Maldives is not on your bucket list, it certainly should be. Who doesn’t want to be spending their days island hopping; snorkelling with majestic marine creatures in the clear turquoise waters; or catching some sun while relaxing on white-sand beaches? Although the Maldives is a dream destination, it is vital that prior to booking your once-in-a-lifetime trip that you are aware of when is the best time to visit the Maldives, and luckily for you, Club Med has done the research for you and everything you need to know is in this article.

Ultimately, the best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April, with December to March being considered peak tourist season. The Maldives is in fact warm and sunny all year-round with average temperatures being between 23-31 degrees celsius. Although it is warm and sunny, it is important to recognnise that despite being a small nation it consists of both a dry season and a rainy season which may need to come into consideration before booking your trip. There are pros and cons to visiting the Maldives no matter which season you choose to visit. Continue reading to find out more.

Visiting the Maldives between November - April

From November to April, the average temperatures in the Maldives range from 31 degrees during the day to 24 degrees by night. The weather is dry and devoid of humidity with very little chance of rain between January and April. For this reason, this is arguably the best season to visit the Maldives, however it depends what you are searching for on your visit. This is the perfect period to visit for sightseeing; enjoying cultural activities; attempting water sports and also for savouring the local cuisine.

The best month to swim in the sea is in April when the average sea temperature is 30 degree Celsius.

Although the weather conditions make this the perfect season to visit the Maldives, there are some cons to the season also. This is when the country tends to be most crowded due to it being peak tourist season. However, since each resort tends to inhabit its very own island and is to an extent detached from the next island, unlike other crowded vacation destinations, it is very unlikely that you will have to face extremely large crowds, unless you are completing well-known and popular day trips to places such as Banana Reef - a protected marine location busting with marine life and one of the most highly rated tourist attractions in the Maldives.

Another benefit to visiting the Maldives during this season is the Mawlid festival which is celebrated in the country in November. This is the perfect opportunity to experience some of the small nations' culture. ‘Mawlid’ celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhamed. It is one of the most famous Maldives festivals and it is celebrated in the form of a carnival style, spanning over the course of two days. There are huge street processions and stunning mosque decorations to be admired during this time.

Visiting the Maldives between December - March

As noted previously, although November to April is regarded as the best months to visit the Maldives, December to March is considered peak tourist season meaning that hotel and resort rates as well as the cost of various activities can be subjected to inflation. If you still want to visit the Maldives during these drier months but are in search of more budget-friendly prices, a preferred time to visit would be in April as it marks the end of the peak season.

Visiting the Maldives between May - November

From May to November, the average temperature in the Maldives ranges from 31 degrees by day to 25 degrees by night. Visiting the Maldives at this time of the year is particularly popular with surfers as this is when the small nation begins to see bigger wave