The Best Time to Visit the Maldives: Pros and Cons of Peak Season, the Off Season, and Shoulder Season.

Picture yourself on a pristine white sandy beach, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean gently lapping at your feet. The Maldives, a paradise archipelago consisting of 26 atolls, is a dream destination that captures the hearts of travelers from around the globe.

When planning a visit to this idyllic destination, you may be wondering when is the best time of year to go.

Luckily, the Maldives is an all-year-round destination – but different seasons do offer different pros and cons. To help you make your decision, we’ve put together a list of things to consider before you book your trip, so you can make the best choice for you.

Ready? Grab your snorkel gear and let’s dive in!

Peak Season

Are you someone who thrives in a vibrant atmosphere with fellow vacationers? Then the peak season might be the perfect fit for you. Lasting from December to February, this period attracts a large influx of tourists, creating a lively and bustling ambiance.

The weather during these months is characterized by sunshine, blue skies, and gentle sea breezes. Due to the tropical climate in the Maldives, the peak season provides the best opportunity to soak up the sun and indulge in various water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing.


Are you a traveler who appreciates serenity, lower rates, and a deeper connection with nature? If so, the off-season in the Maldives, which runs from May to November, might be your preferred choice.

While this period experiences higher humidity and the possibility of occasional rain showers, the tropical beauty of the Maldives remains awe-inspiring. You’ll witness breathtaking sunsets, encounter a rich diversity of marine life, and enjoy a more personalized experience with the attentive resort staff.

What are the benefits of traveling off season?

Traveling during the off-season has numerous benefits. Firstly, you can take advantage of lower rates on accommodations, flights, and experiences. This allows you to experience the luxurious offerings of Oaga Resorts at a more budget-friendly price. Plus, with fewer tourists around, you’ll have more privacy and space to enjoy everything the resort has to offer, such as the spa, pool, and restaurants.

Shoulder Season: The Best of Both Worlds

Here at Oaga, we often get asked questions like “Which season do you consider best for traveling” or “What is the best month to visit the Maldives? For our travelers who find it difficult to choose between peak season and off-season travel, we recommend a delightful middle ground known as the “shoulder season.”

Falling between the peak and off-season, the shoulder season offers a unique blend of advantages. Spanning the months of March and April, this period provides a more tranquil atmosphere compared to the peak season. The weather remains pleasant, with warm temperatures and occasional rainfall. With fewer crowds, you can savor the tranquility of the Maldives, relish in private beach moments, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings without interruption.

Why do they call it a shoulder season?

The term “shoulder season” is used to describe the transitional periods between peak and off-season. Just as your shoulders connect your upper body to your arms, the shoulder months bridge the gap between two distinct travel periods. It offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a combination of advantages, striking a perfect balance for travelers who desire a quieter atmosphere without sacrificing favorable weather conditions.

Are the best deals during peak season or off season?

When it comes to finding the best offers and deals, the off-season generally offers more affordable rates compared to the peak season.

However, it’s worth noting that peak season deals are also sometimes available, especially if you book well in advance or if there are last-minute promotions. Some resorts may offer special packages or discounts during the peak season to attract travelers, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for deals and promotions regardless of the season.

So, when should you travel to the Maldives?

Choosing the best time to travel to the Maldives depends on your personal preferences and priorities. Here’s a recap of the pros and cons of each season:

Peak Season (December to February):

Pros: Vibrant atmosphere, lively ambiance, ideal weather for outdoor activities, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing.
Cons: Higher prices, larger crowds, increased competition for accommodations and activities.

Off-Season (May to November):

Pros: Lower rates, more personalized experiences, opportunities to enjoy beautiful sunsets and diverse marine life, fewer tourists.
Cons: Higher humidity, occasional rain showers, limited availability of certain activities, some resorts may undergo maintenance during this period.

Shoulder Season (March and April):

Pros: Tranquil atmosphere, pleasant weather, a balance between fewer crowds and favorable conditions, opportunity for private beach moments and uninterrupted relaxation.
Cons: Prices and availability may be slightly higher compared to the off-season, but still lower than the peak season.

Maldives offers a year-round paradise for travelers, with each season providing its own unique charm. Whether you prefer the vibrant ambiance of the peak season, the serenity of the off-season, or the perfect balance of the shoulder season, Oaga Resort promises an unforgettable experience tailored to your preferences.

With our all-inclusive package and special event options, Oaga Resort ensures that every moment of your stay in the Maldives is filled with memories that will last a lifetime.