Discover the Perfect and Worst Moments to Explore the Maldives

2023-05-30 00:22:11 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of Vytravels.com, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Discover how the "other half" lives and indulge in a tropical paradise that lies a little farther afield than Hawaii with a trip to the Maldives. This idyllic island destination boasts pristine white sands and crystal-clear sapphire waters, offering the perfect location to disconnect and bask in the sunshine. Additionally, the Maldives proved to be an exceptional socially-distanced getaway in 2020.

Numerous resorts now offer island buyouts, and travel companies offer more affordable airfare, making these stunning ocean-adjacent bungalows a reachable travel dream. Consequently, the Maldives have become increasingly popular over the recent years.

Discovering the best time to visit the Maldives is a test since the nation is warm and sunny for most seasons. Hence, rather than considering fall, winter, spring, or summer when planning a trip, concentrate on wet and dry seasons. From November to April, visitors experience the dry season with upward of 80 degrees temperature, making it perfect for beach relaxation days. The rainfall is typically low during this period, primarily from January through March. However, the sunnier weather means that crowding can be somewhat an issue, particularly when taking tours of Malé, the Maldives capital, or enjoying activities on the water.

From May to October, the wet season arrives with recurrent storms that can significantly affect travel plans. Despite this, there are still several sunny days. Expect up to nine inches of rain on several islands during this season. But the wet season typically implies fewer people around, and you could enjoy the serenity.

If water sports, mainly surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or boating, are your thing, the time you plan your trip to the Maldives is crucial. The choppier waters and significant waves ideal for surfing occur from February to November, the end of the dry season through the wet season, while December to January offer calmer waters perfect for activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, or canoeing. The best visibility for scuba diving and snorkeling is from January to April.

Although it's a common mistake, people, particularly first-timers in the Maldives, should avoid staying on one island as the Maldives is made up of various islands, each slightly different from the last. Popular dive options include drift dives, reef dives, and dives to nearby shipwrecks.

The Ari Atoll and Malé Atoll are the most frequented diving spots, renowned for their crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. While the former is easy to access, the latter depends on which side of the island you are on and attracts several other divers.

For novices, Vaavu Atoll and Baa Atoll, recognised as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, are highly recommended by The Points Guy. However, advanced divers seeking something distinctive must head to Fuvahmulah Atoll, which harbours rarely spotted species of sharks such as tiger, thresher, hammerheads and whale sharks. But caution is advised as this destination is not suitable for rookies.

If you're seeking a magical experience, witness the natural phenomenon of bioluminescent plankton lighting up the Maldives' beaches at night. These living organisms can be best observed from June to October when the plankton concentration is highest. Vaadhoo Island houses the infamous "glowing beach", as per Airpaz.

Contrary to popular belief, a trip to the Maldives need not be exorbitant. Travel-Information.org suggests making your way during the wet season, from May to October, when footfall tends to decrease, leading to reduced airfare and accommodations. You may uncover some enticing package deals, with even the ostentatious over-water villas and bungalows being modestly priced. Advance bookings may also help you find guest houses and Airbnb rentals at discounted rates.

While August, situated right in the middle of the rainy season, may not be the best time to visit, October is typically the wettest. It's essential to avoid these wet months as the limited bungalow space, although opulent, can curtail your island adventure.

Andrea Romano, a New York City-based freelance writer, can be found on Twitter @theandrearomano.

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