2023 is shaping up to be an excellent year to visit the Maldives for a honeymoon. The weather is perfect, the beaches are stunning, and the atmosphere is romantic.
Maldives is tropical heaven for honeymooners
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, there’s no better place than the Maldives. What makes this place so amazing is the feeling of seclusion and privacy due to each resort is situated on its own little island. The concept of “one island, one hotel” is undoubtedly the most distinctive feature of the Maldives. This beautiful country is also home to some of the best beaches in the world, and its clear blue waters make it a perfect place to enjoy a honeymoon.
In general, due to their equator-side location, the Maldives enjoy an abundance of sunshine all year round. Temperature goes between 27ºC and 30ºC. Even at night, when the temperature only drops by around 3ºC, you won’t need a jacket; you can go for a beach strolls in only a t-shirt and shorts, or a sundress, if you like. Starry skies are amazing in the Maldives because there is so little light pollution.
At any time of year, the Maldives’ weather can be erratic. The islands are so small and widely dispersed that each island appears to have its own microclimate; in addition, the seasons don’t necessarily shift at the same time every year. You can have endless sunshine in the low season and rain in the high season. The weather is the same anywhere you go in Maldives, whether you’re in the northern or southern atolls.
The water temperature in the Maldives’ sea is warm all year round, ranging from 28 to 30 °C.
The best time to visit Maldives for a honeymoon is from mid-December to April as it’s the dry summer season. A calm ocean and almost non-existence of rain will make you enjoy all the activities on your honeymoon. Since it’s the best weather to travel to the Maldives, it’s also known as high season and becomes expensive. You should prepare for not just expensive lodging but also airfare, especially around Christmas and New Year when tourists are seeking a winter sun vacation.
If you intend to visit the Maldives during the high season, make sure you make your reservations well in advance.
With an average of 5 days per month and 60 mm of rainfall, January, February, and March tend to be the driest months. After that, things pick up.
Sunshine and temperature:
In January, February, and March, there are 10 to 11 hours of sunshine on average every day.
The months of March, April, and up until the start of the southwest monsoon in mid-May are the warmest.
If you want to avoid crowds, then the best time to visit the Maldives is between May and November. This is monsoon season in the Maldives, so you’ll find that the resorts are quieter and the prices are lower. However, do be aware that there is a higher chance of rain during this time of year.
The average monthly rainfall during these months is 190 mm, and it occurs on 14 days on average. However, the rain frequently occurs at night or in brief, intense bursts before the weather returns to being beautifully sunny and warm.
The temperature doesn’t change when it rains.
In the off-peak months, there are typically 7 to 9 hours of sunshine every day.
We would recommend traveling for at least 10 days during the off-season, just in case you have a few days of rain, as low-season weather is typically more unpredictable. The Maldives’ rain is not the worst thing in the world, either. If it rains, there are loads of activities available at the resorts, like cooking classes, wine tastings, games, and movies, as well as lots and lots of delicious food. After a few days outside on these islands, you could wish for a rainstorm as an excuse to stay inside! The sun is so powerful here!
Whichever time of year you choose to visit, you’re sure to have an amazing honeymoon in the Maldives!
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The weather is not the only thing to keep in mind when planning a honeymoon in Maldives, festivities such as Christmas, New year and Easter holidays will have an additional mandatory fee in order to arrange special occasion meals and entertainment. Also, this period gets busy, so if you are thinking to travel during this period make sure to book at least 3 to 4 months in advance.
Since the Maldives is a Muslim country Ramadan is the holiest month and certain restrictions will be there when you stay on the local islands. such as not all restaurants and shops will be open during the daytime. To respect local Culture and religion, avoid eating in front of locals during day time and dress conservatively. For Resorts, such rules are not applied as it´s operated by multi-national people.
Local Expert Tip:
Despite the broad guidelines, visiting the Maldives at any time of year could result in either perfect weather or heavy rain. There may be a few rainy days during the “dry” season and many lovely days during the “wet” season. I advise you to schedule your trip for when it is most convenient for you, then cross your fingers!
If you are concerned about the price, my personal recommendation, as a Maldivian and someone who works in the hospitality industry in Maldives, is to travel in May & September to get amazing high-end resort deals for a very reasonable price. It’s perfect for budget travelers keen to experience a luxury honeymoon. In these two months, you will still get decent weather and the price starts to drop. (expect some days of tropical rains)
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