The Maldives are a year-round destination with a near constant temperature of 86°F (30°C). The water temperature remains steady never falling below 77°F (25°C) and reaching 84°F (29°C) during high season. However the islands are tropical and therefore also subject to two distinct seasons, or monsoons. April is a transitional time between these two seasons and is known for the clear water, which is appealing to divers.
The iruvai (northeast monsoon) is hot and dry and runs from December to April, making this the official high season when the islands enjoy little rain and low humidity.
Rain is more likely from May to November (during hulghangu, or southwest monsoon), making this the official low season. However, this is also a time when underwater visibility on the western side of the atolls is at its best.
Generally optimum diving visibility on the eastern side corresponds with the high season (December to April).
Surfing is particularly good during the official low season, which is good news for surfers, as flights are usually cheaper.
Being an Islamic country, Ramadan may affect some services (**Ramadan falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and changes slightly each year. Roughly, it usually occurs during August). Although Ramadan is unlikely to make any perceptible differences to the resorts, local services (for example on Malé) may be lightly disrupted.
The high season (November to April) is still the most popular time to visit the Maldives. It is always advisable to book well in advance, as some of the key holiday dates such as Christmas can be booked up to a year before.
Local Holidays 2013
New Year’s Day
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
The day Maldives embraced Islam
**Eid ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Islamic New Year
**Ramadan falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and changes slightly each year. Roughly, it usually occurs during August so these dates are provisional only.