Maldives

‘Small’ is undeniably ‘beautiful’ in this collection of 1,192 exquisite coral islands, set within 26 atolls, whilst scale is achieved by the vast expanse of Indian Ocean they share (…35,000 square miles to be precise). Hypnotically shifting sand-banks punctuate endless, glittering horizons; and privacy and seclusion are defining qualities, with each island leased exclusively to one property. Marine life includes the largest manta ray aggregation in the world, reflected by Unesco Biosphere Reserve status, and snorkelling with whale sharks from the South Ari Atoll is reputedly the best in the world. To tempt the palate, the culinary influence draws from neighbouring South India and Sri Lanka, and its location on the spice route; and customer service in The Maldives is known to be second to none. Whether seeking a rustic beach escape or the heights of ultra-luxury, the Maldives is primed to deliver an exceptional trip.

“The Maldives is the ultimate beach stay destination with the highest density of 5 star plus resorts anywhere in the World. When it comes to food, service and accommodation, in terms of quality, it has no equal, along with some of the most diverse marine life and beautiful beaches.”

TOMAS COCHRANE, HUMMINGBIRD TRAVEL

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Dreamy skies are expected over the Maldives as the sun sets beyond the Indian Ocean. This photo is featured from the beautiful @gili.lankanfushi
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The many shades of blue of the Indian Ocean that surround the Maldives. These crystal clear waters are perfect for diving, snorkelling and discovering the beautiful and intricate ecosystems found in this unique country. @ReallyNattu
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The Maldives is home to one of the most intricate and diverse marine ecosystems in the world. In 2015 and 2016, these beautiful coral reef systems suffered from coral bleaching due to rising ocean temperatures. Conservation efforts however, have been very successful in restoring these ecosystems to their natural beauty. @VisitMaldives
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JANUARY

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – Sunny and warm with great visibility for diving. A popular time of year to travel when prices are higher and booking well in advance is recommended. Since each island is leased exclusively to one property it never feels too busy.

WEATHER  Dry season. Humidity is at its lowest and temperatures reliably around 30°C. Any rain that might occur will pass very quickly.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST – Clearwaters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling. Dolphin watching is best between December and March when visibility is good. Dolphins are also more playful and jump in and out of the water frequently when sea conditions are calm.

FEBRUARY

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – 10 hours of daily sunshine, temperatures consistently warm and fantastic viability for snorkelling and diving make February arguably the best time to travel, especially as it mostly falls outside European school holidays which helps to suppress visitor numbers.

WEATHER – Dry and sunny – perfect beach weather. Rainfall at its lowest all year with less than 70mm of monthly rainfall.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST – Clearwaters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling. Dolphin watching is best between December and March when visibility is good. Dolphins are also more playful and jump in and out of the water frequently when sea conditions are calm.

MARCH

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – Still warm and sunny – lovely beach weather. Any showers will be over quickly. Water visibility is still very good but wind is starting to pick up slightly to mark the beginning of surfing season.

WEATHER – Temperatures may rise by a degree or two since March is the hottest month of the year on average. Short bursts of rain are possible, though still not frequent, and any rain that does fall has a lovely cooling effect. Humidity slightly on the increase.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST – Clearwaters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling. Dolphin watching is best between December and March when visibility is good. Dolphins are also more playful and jump in and out of the water frequently when sea conditions are calm.

APRIL

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – April sees the dry season come to a close and there is a slightly increased risk of rain, especially towards the end of the month. However, April is still a great month to travel, with plenty of sunshine and good water visibility. Sea temperature is around 30°C / 86°F making it lovely for swimming and snorkelling.

WEATHER – Hot and sunny but humidity builds through the month. Temperature differential between day and night is only around five degrees so nights can feel sticky.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST – Clear waters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling.

MAY

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – May marks the beginning of wet season where rain can fall for hours at a time and storms are likely to pass through. Water visibility slightly reduced due to plankton in the water. Ramadan often falls in May which may affect activities outside of international resorts. Visitor numbers drop off and prices are lower.

WEATHER  Hot and wet, possibly stormy. It is the official beginning of the monsoon season.  Temperatures are at their peak but this simply means an average maximum one degree or so higher that previous months – temperatures are fairly consistent year round. The south-west monsoon, from late April to September, is stronger on the northern islands, and is often accompanied by the wind, which can make the sea rough and compromise diving activities.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE – Five of the world’s seven turtle species can be spotted in the Maldives. Sea turtles lay eggs year round but the most active nesting season falls between May and June. Whale sharks tend to favour the west side of the Indian Ocean between May and December.

FISHING / COAST  Diving and snorkelling conditions are still impressive but  presence of planktons may make diving visibility slightly reduced at times.

JUNE

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – High rainfall and low visitor numbers mean attractive pricing and you may be lucky, on average there are still seven hours of sunshine each day. June is a good time to take advantage of special offers. Plankton reduces visibility for diving and snorkelling but it does attract feeding manta rays and whale sharks, showcasing fabulous sightings.

WEATHER  Hot and wet. Usually rain falls as heavy showers but pass quickly leaving lovely sunny spells in between.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST  Diving and snorkelling conditions are still impressive but  presence of planktons may make diving visibility slightly reduced at times.

JULY

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – High rainfall and low visitor numbers mean attractive pricing and you may be lucky, on average there are still seven hours of sunshine each day. June is a good time to take advantage of special offers. Plankton reduces visibility for diving and snorkelling but it does attract feeding manta rays and whale sharks, showcasing fabulous sightings.

WEATHER  Hot and wet. Usually rain falls as heavy showers but pass quickly leaving lovely sunny spells in between.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE –Turtle hatching takes place in the highest numbers from July to August.

FISHING / COAST  Diving and snorkelling conditions are still impressive but  presence of planktons may make diving visibility slightly reduced at times.

AUGUST

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – Hot and humid but there is still around seven hours of sunshine per day. Low season creates attractive pricing which coincides with European school holidays – a rare find! Winds are generally stronger in the wet season and this can create some good surf.

WEATHER  Hot, wet weather continues.  August is one of the wettest months but there will likely be less rain in the north due to the south westerly monsoon winds.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST  Diving and snorkelling conditions are still impressive but  presence of planktons may make diving visibility slightly reduced at times.

SEPTEMBER

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – Monsoon season continues with warm temperatures, heavy showers and high humidity. Sea temperatures are still very warm at 28ºC / 82ºF so swimming and snorkelling is lovely. Manta rays and whale sharks are still in town.

WEATHER  Hot, wet and humid weather continues.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

BIRD WATCHING  Palaearctic migrants arrive to spend the northern winter in warmer climes. The Maldives’ bird species are under-researched so there is a real possibility of keen birders getting a first record for the islands.

FISHING / COAST  Diving and snorkelling conditions are still impressive but  presence of planktons may make diving visibility slightly reduced at times.

OCTOBER

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – Peak of the wet season. There are plenty of special offers to be had and its worth capitalising on these to stay in a resort with top notch facilities to retreat to if you do have an entire day of rain. October is the last month of the surf season and the last opportunity of the year for good sightings of whale sharks and manta rays.

WEATHER  Officially the Maldives’ wettest month with high humidity and with possible whole days of rain. Temperatures are warm and evenings are equally humid. Between October and November the winds switch round to the North East. Note that the northeast monsoon, which runs from October to December, is less formidable than the south-west monsoon (which runs late April to September) and tends to bring showers and thunderstorms just in the afternoon or evening, especially in the southern atolls.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING /COAST  Clear waters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling.

NOVEMBER

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – The wet season is passing and although there will still be showers, these will pass quickly with longer  sunny spells between showers as the month progresses.

WEATHER  Rain loses its intensity and conditions will dry towards the end of the month.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING /COAST  Clear waters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling.

DECEMBER

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE – Showers are still likely but on the whole December is warm, dry and sunny – ideal for some winter sun! Prices will start to increase, peaking over the Christmas period, and you may find there are minimum stays. Travel at the beginning of the month for the best prices.

WEATHER  As the dry season sets in, the winds drop and conditions are calmer. Humidity eases making things a little more comfortable. Rain will still fall at times but sunny days prevail.

VEGETATION – Coconut palm  forms a large part of the natural vegetation of the Maldives, as well as small forest areas on inhabited islands, where pineapple, banana, mango and sugarcane are cultivated.

FISHING / COAST  Clear waters make for great visibility for diving and snorkelling. Dolphin watching is best between December and March when visibility is good. Dolphins are also more playful and jump in and out of the water frequently when sea conditions are calm.

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