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The Maldives is considered one of the world’s most pristine island paradises, with white-sand beaches, coral reefs, turquoise lagoons, and more palm trees than you could count on a trip. The low, monsoon season runs from May through October, with the wettest month usually falling in September.
What to pack: The year-round tropical weather calls for your typical resort wear; think swimsuits, sundresses, shorts, and tank tops. May is the beginning of the wet season, so packing an umbrella or light raincoat could be helpful, though many of the upscale resorts provide these items for guest’s convenience.
Most resorts in the Maldives abide by a barefoot chic aesthetic, meaning shoes are optional at all times. Summer sees high humidity, rainfall, and thunderstorms from June through September as a part of the larger Asian monsoon season.
As a result, the resorts often provide umbrellas and raincoats, and many guests find themselves holed up in the hotels’ luxes pas, gyms, and bars. June is the hottest summer month, where many Maldivians make good use of a cooling swim in the ubiquitous turquoise sea.
September is the end of the wet season, but it’s typically the Maldives wettest month (varying slightly depending on if you’re visiting the north or south). Winter brings the true high season in the Maldives, which runs from December through March, with resorts generally operating at full occupancy over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
This time of year is known for the highest prices, but also the least chance of rain, the most comfortable temperatures, and lowest humidity. Maldives weather doesn't fluctuate much between the seasons, but here's what to expect in terms of average temperature, inches of rain, and daylight hours throughout the year.
Christmas and New Year involve huge price hikes and often minimum stays of five days or more. Great weather continues until the end of April, when temperatures are at their hottest.
The dry season in the Maldives typically runs from mid December through early May, but the beginning and ending times do change a bit between one year and the next. Again, the rainfall totals don’t actually vary much, and the chances of a major storm are almost zero.
The Maldives water villas are all built very well and specifically to comfortably handle normal conditions in the area. Typical of the tropics, when it rains in the Maldives it tends to come down heavily for a short time and then clear up just as quickly.
Even during the rainy season it’s rare to have more than a few cloudy days per week, so it would be very bad luck to see much gray during an average holiday. Also, the temperature itself never strays much above the averages, so even the high humidity is never unbearable like it can be in Mediterranean Europe.
Being strung through a large portion of the Indian Ocean, there will be steady winds crossing through your Maldives resort pretty much at all times. The wind can change direction, but it’s almost never still, so even on hot days you’ll be cooled down by the breeze.
Most of them have private terraces on two or more edges, which means you’ll always have access to the breeze if you like, something not always true of the island rooms. Even during the non-monsoon periods there will be some infrequent rainfall, so the overall consistency is what is most striking for the potential visitor.