Stunning photo of Kuredu weather by Patrick Lorenz
Above an example of how local the weather can be in the Maldives. Rather beautiful those mushroom rain clouds! The weather patterns in the Maldives are quite unlike any I have ever experienced before or even heard of. There are two different monsoons - wind patterns - the northeast and the southwest. There are no rain periods per se like in Thailand for instance. From sometime in November until sometime in April (-ish), the northeast monsoon means more sunshine and less rain, basically. The reverse is true during the other half of the year. But, and this is important, you can get any weather at any time. The rain and humidity is what help create the lush foliage we all love so much, right?
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me about when the best (sunniest) period of time is to visit the Maldives I would be living in the Maldives full time! :-) I have visited in every month of the year, and while January, February and March seem to be very safe sunwise, there can still be the odd shower. This summer (2017) we went in July and had 2 weeks of 99% blistering sun. You just never know really. I would probably avoid late May and June and maybe September, but again, you never know. July is a great time to get an amazing deal on rates and still be able to expect at least a decent amount of sun.
Kuredu sandbank, November 2017. Another breathtaking photo by Patrick Lorenz
Kuredu beach towards the sandbank, July 2017.
What I am trying to say is not to worry too much about the weather and for Gods sake, NEVER look at the weather sites!!! They always show thunder and rain in the Maldives and since it can be frighteningly local, it is just not possible to predict. If you are very restless , make sure to book an island with at least some activities and a really nice spa to keep you entertained for rainy hours. It is always very warm, and snokeling in the rain is hugely underrated! Get your expectations right and enjoy paradise.
The weather changes faster in the Maldives than anywhere else due to it being so flat. A gust of wind and a hey and a ho and the sun is frying you again. By the way, do NOT make the mistake of avoiding sun protection when it is overcast. me, I get brown as a nut but still never use nothing less then spf 50, sometimes 70 (if I can find it). There is stuff that is kind to the ocean. Please try to find it to preserve this magic place.
Countdown to January 31 for us!!! We will start on Kuredu and go on to Komandoo and then deep south for a new resort experience on Outrigger Konotta and then finish our paradise tour on Baros for convenient access to the airport at departure time. Meet us there??? :-)