The Republic of Maldives is located in South Asia, 340 km south of India and consists of 1196 coral islands, 200 of which are inhabited. This state is washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 298 km² on land. 375.5 thousand people live on its territory. The islands rise a maximum of 2.4 m above sea level. The length of the coastline is about 645 km.
In most cases, each hotel occupies an entire island. There are high-rise buildings only in the capital of the republic – the city of Male. Therefore, the main type of accommodation is a bungalow. The most popular islands of the archipelago include: Kuramati, Nalaguraidu, Kuredu, Baros, Rangali and Maafushivaru. The Maldives attract with beautiful beaches, clear lagoons, diving, surfing and snorkelling.
When is the best time to look after yourself? last minute tour to the Maldives ? Due to the subtropical monsoon climate in the Maldives it is always warm and the average air temperature is kept within +25°C…+30°C. From November to April, the weather is hot and dry, and from May to the end of October, the southwest monsoon brings intermittent rains and storms. The amount of precipitation does not exceed 2500 mm per year. In order not to miscalculate the dates of the trip, pay attention to the weather calendar by month.
Clear skies, calm ocean, rare rains, air temperature +27°C…+30°C and water temperature +25°C…+28°C – this is the Maldivian January. Humidity is quite comfortable and is kept at 80%. The absence of storms is conducive to yachting and fishing. Also, the time from January to April is considered the best period for diving.
The sun shines 10 hours a day and there is almost no rain. During the day, the thermometer rarely drops below + 30 ° C, and at night it stays at + 25 ° C… + 27 ° C. By the end of the month, the wind picks up and raises the waves, which attracts surfers. And in February, romantics go to the Maldives to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The amount of precipitation increases by 30% and reaches 80 mm per month. Therefore, in March there can be up to seven rainy days. The daytime air temperature is +29°C…+31°C, and the night temperature is +26°C…+28°C. Water warms up to +29°C. The ocean is calm, you can snorkel and dive.
The air temperature is +29°C…+31°C, and the water warms up to +30°C. Therefore, April is considered the warmest month of the year. Humidity remains at the January level, but the amount of precipitation increases to 120 mm per month. April is good for fishing, as the waters of the Indian Ocean at this time are especially rich in different types of fish.
The northeast monsoon gives way to the southwest. Rainy days make up almost half of the month – the amount of precipitation reaches 220 mm. Due to high humidity and air temperature of +28°C…+31°C, it can be stuffy. The water temperature does not fall below +29°C. Due to strong winds, the ocean becomes restless, which attracts surfers. In the first half of the month, the weather is more predictable than in the second.
During the day, the thermometer increasingly reaches +31°C, and sometimes jumps over the mark of +34°C. At night, at a temperature of + 27 ° C… + 29 ° C, one cannot count on coolness. There are many cloudy days, but the rains usually come at night and end quickly. The probability of storms is especially high in the first half of June. Visibility under water decreases and diving becomes less colorful.
Humidity reaches 90%, and temperatures are at the level of +27°C…+30°C. The water in the ocean reaches +28°C…+29°C, and strong wind continues to delight surfers. By the middle of the month, the storms gradually subside. Showers are less frequent than in previous months and mostly at night. On July 26, the Maldives celebrates Independence Day with fireworks and parades.
The average air temperature is +30°C, and the water is about +29°C. The number of clear days increases to fourteen. Rains pour 5-8 days a month, but they are short-term and do not cause any particular inconvenience. In August, the migration of manta rays begins, it is likely to see them in the waters near the Raa and Baa atolls.
The heat gradually subsides: during the day the thermometer shows +28°C…+31°C, and at night – up to +25°C…+27°C. The water is still warm (+26°C…+29°C) and conducive to swimming. The wind stops and the ocean calms down. In September, up to 200 mm of precipitation falls, there are thunderstorms, but during the day showers rarely last longer than an hour. At this time of the year, there is a high chance of encountering whale sharks while diving.
The weather remains windy and wet. The amount of precipitation varies between 110-200 mm per month (approximately ten rainy days). The air heats up to +30°C, and the ocean – up to +29°C. The diving water is still cloudy due to plankton, and the surfing season is already coming to an end.
The humid southwest monsoon is losing ground and sunny windless weather is set in the Maldives. It rains mainly at night, and in the morning only lush greenery reminds of them. The thermometer shows +28°C…+31°C, and the water temperature is +27°C…+29°C. The ocean is becoming clearer and divers are returning to the islands. Clear days are good for parasailing and seaplane flights. On November 11, parades and concerts are held in the Maldives in honor of Republic Day.
In the morning the thermometer shows +28°C, and in the afternoon – already +32°C. The humidity of the air drops and stuffiness disappears. Dry weather is typical for the first half of the month, and strong winds and showers can blow in the second half of the month. During this period, the probability of storms is high. On December 10, Fisherman’s Day is celebrated here and this is a great chance to try seafood dishes. On Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the islands have a festive atmosphere with noisy parties, sumptuous dinners and fireworks.