While flocks of tourists arrive in the Maldives during the Northern hemisphere’s winter season, there are some great reasons to head to the tropics in the summer too. Not least, the increased abundance of marine life and the bargain shop prices.
We think the positives outweigh any pitfalls that come along with the summer season, especially for divers. Here are the main characteristics of the summer season so you can decide for yourself if a Maldives’ summer will be in your future.
On the plus side
Probably the biggest overall benefit of visiting the Maldives in the summer is price. Down come the prices to help convince tourists that this is the place to be in the summer. When you book in the summer, you’ll feel that sense of having got great value. Who doesn’t like discovering a great bargain? As a diver, this season provides even more value because the activities are not weather-based, and this season brings with it what scuba divers dream of – flocks of feeding creatures. More on this below.
You can take advantage of the price crash in all types of accommodation and packages, from liveaboards to guest houses and even resorts. You need only choose the holiday that suits you best. You can keep up with dive package discounts as they are added, on the Maldives Dive Travel homepage and Facebook Page.
Islands and dive sites are less busy. Unfortunately, holiday periods for some are limited and many people focus on a winter escape. Then, there are those that want to do nothing but lie in the sun. In the low season, you weed out all of those people and find a less “crowded” Maldives (as if such an expansive nation could ever be considered crowded).
There are fewer tourists during the low season which is great news for the tourists that do come. Not only are there great deals to attract you, but while you’re there, you’ll have the lay of the land (and below the land). Less diver traffic means there will be more marine life to see and less people to contend with for those ultimate shots of whale sharks and mantas.
Warm breeze always blowing
Air temperature is consistently warm year-round, and the water temperatures are always pleasant. The Maldives is summer throughout the year. North of the tropics, people have to wait for the lakes and oceans, as well as the air around them, to warm up enough to dive in. Even once the northern summer does come the warm hot days can be few and far between. All the while, the waters and tropical breeze of the Maldives sit at comfortable, ready-to-swim temperatures. The low season temperature averages in the high 20’s to low 30’s.
One thing to note about Maldives’ weather forecasts is that they are unreliable due to the expansive nature of this country. In addition, the forecast is given for Male while actual weather conditions vary from island to island.
On the negative side
In terms of scuba diving during the southwest monsoon there is poorer visibility as massive numbers of plankton fill the ocean waters. This negative point is quickly turned into a plus when you consider what this means in terms of marine life. Where plankton goes, mantas and whale sharks follow. August is manta season, and it’s the chance of a lifetime to see swarms of feeding mantas.
With the monsoon season, comes a higher chance of rain, but it doesn’t “rain underwater”! Also, while the rain falls more often than in the high season, it’s sporadic. It is said that a “rainy season” month could have 10-15 rainy days. Visitors are likely to have warm sunny weather interspersed with showers and the occasional tropical rainfall.
For many divers that have “braved” the low season, they have found little difference between low and high season and chances are it won’t rain most of the time. For those who just want to sun tan, this might not be ideal as, in their case, the possibility of “washout” days is real. But how can you be washed out if you’re underwater? That’s what is great about diving.
If you’re comfy on the boat with a hot tea or coconut or even better, underwater with a whale shark, it can rain all it wants, frankly. And, what a cool experience to see both extremes of the tropical islands that are the Maldives. Where there is water, there is life.
In summary, the plusses clearly outweigh the negatives. Don’t limit your Maldives vacation plans to the winter when “everyone else is doing it”. Go beyond the norm and get to experience another great side of the Maldives.
What we love best about the Maldives’ official “low” season is what you will love too: the plankton-filled waters, exploring temporarily deserted dive sites, and the deals that come along with the less popular season.
Speaking of great deals, the award-winning Constellation fleet and its dive-focused guest house invite you to come enjoy the summer with them, especially August. Find out here about their liveaboard promotion and Casa Mia guest house promotion.