Summer in the Maldives: is there a low season in paradise

Summer in the Maldives: is there a low season in paradise

We consider the Maldives to be more of a winter destination: the most striking photos from snow-white beaches and villas standing on stilts right in the middle of turquoise waves flood social networks in December-February. Summer Maldives are much less popular – and completely in vain, Subtleties are sure – after all, the so-called low season on the islands has many advantages.


Eternal summer reigns in the Maldives, only in two different halves of the year these are two different summers. “Winter” (from November to May) is drier and calmer, therefore it is more popular with tourists. “Summer” (from May to November) is marked by the rainy season and strong winds.

It is believed that there is nothing to do in the Maldives during the summer months. But it's not.

“The sky can be overcast, here and there it will quickly rain a little, but then the sun comes back again. The weather remains warm and perfect for a “tropical dream vacation”. Snorkelling, diving, excursions and all other water activities are possible at any time of the year,” says Ronalain Sato, PR Manager for the Banyan Tree Hotel Group in the Maldives.


From May to August it rains mostly at night. But, even if the clouds come in during the day, after half an hour of a tropical downpour, the sun will shine again. Jason Kruse, general manager of JA Manafaru, emphasizes that the Maldives stretches from north to south for about 800 km, so when it rains somewhere in the south, the weather is heavenly in the other part of the country. “The geographic advantage of JA Manafaru on the northernmost Maldivian atoll is that it is the driest part of the country. Although visibility may be slightly worse during the wind, the ocean floor of the Maldives is covered with corals, so the sand does not cloud the water much, ”says Mr. Kruse.

Visibility in the water

The southwest monsoons in the Maldives sometimes cause trouble, raising high waves. Conditions for diving and swimming are so-so, but for surfers – expanse. Amandine Vuylsteke, a marine biologist at Raffles Maldives, says visibility can be great even on a cloudy day, not always depending on the sun, but also on the amount of plankton in the water. Which, by the way, attracts manta rays and sharks into the water, and guests can even swim with them.

This is how every minus turns into a plus on the paradise islands, even on a rainy day.


Fans of diving and snorkeling in the summer months in the Maldives may not like it: because of the waves, the ocean sometimes becomes a little muddy. But fans of wildlife are not at a loss: in June you can catch the Whale Shark Festival, from June to August you can see “sea devils”, huge manta rays.

From July you can admire the fantastic luminous plankton.

“Rain in the Maldives doesn’t always mean rough seas and poor visibility,” says David Estelles, Marine Biologist and Sustainability Manager at Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi. At this time of the year you can swim with turtles, rays and reef sharks. In addition, Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi has a unique Coralarium, the world's first underwater art installation and coral farming project to help nature and get closer to the underwater world of the islands.


Even in summer, you should not expect crazy discounts from the Maldives: the direction is expensive, the flights alone are worth it. And yet, it is at the very beginning and at the end of summer that there is a chance to snatch a last-minute tour to the islands, the price of which will be 20-25% lower than traveling in the high season. So, Valentina Sobeshchuk, director of marketing and sales at the Fairmont Maldives hotel, Sirru Fen Fushi, says that the resort has a promotion all summer and until September 30, 2023: children under 14 years old stay and eat for free. In addition, every guest who booked a Sunrise Pool Villa for 5 nights or more can qualify for a free villa upgrade.

So it's nice to relax in a secluded villa with a ladder leading directly to the ocean, the least expensive just in the summer.

Helen Bolton, director of sales and marketing at Mirihi Island Resort, confirms that visitors from traditional markets (mainly Europe) travel between November and April to spend the winter in a comfortable climate. Therefore, between May and October, there is less demand – and more availability: the most attractive prices and special offers apply.

Other advantages of the summer Maldives

During the low season in the Maldives, there are many times less tourists especially in expensive resorts. This means that the already sparsely populated beaches will be completely deserted, while in Europe, Turkey and the Russian south there will be the peak: no free sun loungers, no hotels at budget prices.

To summarize, the advantages of summer vacation in the Maldives are the lush flora, “nourished” by refreshing rains, privacy and fewer people compared to summer, as well as the opportunity to concentrate on gastronomic discoveries – due to the lower influx of tourists, it is in summer that chefs experiment with new flavors and approaches. “For example, we recommend switching from idyllic island scenery to a romantic underground setting at our restaurant The Cellar, the first and deepest wine cellar in the Maldives,” says Jason Kruse, general manager of the resort.

In addition, in summer, vacationers are waiting for all the same advantages as in winter: stunning nature, clean air, delicious seafood, a Robinson Crusoe-style vacation on wild islands, excursions to national villages and the same diving: a couple of almost windless days, when the ocean is calm, will definitely fall on a week-long trip.

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