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December is the beginning of the dry season. On the paradise islands, it is time to change between winter and summer. For tourists - the time of New Year and Christmas holidays. How much does a Maldives vacation cost in December and what to do in the first month of winter.

Maldives in December weather features

December is still the month of weather surprises in the Maldives. Especially if you decide to go to the paradise islands closer to the New Year holidays.

According to the popular calendar, December can be roughly divided into three periods. The first ten days of December is rather dry and cloudless. This is the best time to travel to the Maldives. Then the winds come, bringing rain clouds with them. Ocean waves are sometimes possible. Approximately in the third ten days, from December 23, the period of storms begins. Precipitation falls at night, and during the day it is quite warm in the Maldives.

  • Showers usually occur at night and are fairly short-lived. Therefore, it will not spoil the rest of the travelers. But remember, the Maldives are tropical. It may rain unexpectedly.
  • The air temperature during the day averages + 29-30 degrees.
  • At night it becomes somewhat cooler up to + 25-26 degrees.
  • Swimming in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean is comfortable + 27-28 degrees.
  • The water is transparent, the visibility reaches up to 30 m.
  • December is no longer as stuffy as in previous months. Humidity is declining. The sun is coming, but the wind has not yet had time to leave.

Maldives resorts in December features

Which resort to choose for a holiday in December The luxurious Maldives consists of thousands of islands. Those, in turn, are combined into atolls. Depending on the location, they have their own climatic characteristics.

  • The North and South Male atolls warm up to +30 degrees, and in the evening the temperature drops to +25. The temperature of the Indian Ocean is up to +28 degrees. Wind is possible.
  • South Xiinu Atoll is slightly warmer on average, with temperatures up to half a degree higher. However, this atoll may be more rainy.
  • The North Haa Alif Atoll is the least rainy in December.

Asad Photo Maldives
Resort island in the Maldives | Asad Photo Maldives

Costs of the Maldives in December

December is the high season in the Maldives, not only due to improved weather, but also due to the New Year holidays. After all, many go to celebrate the closer to the New Year holidays. Most of the tour cost rises at the end of the month. This is due to the fact that many tend to celebrate the New Year holidays under the palm trees. If your trip falls on New Years or Catholic Christmas, prices are bound to be higher. Purchase the tour in advance. If you are traveling by plane, then book your tickets six months in advance.

  • The minimum cost of a budget vacation in the Maldives in December is from $ 40 + taxes and fees $ 15. This is approximately $ 15 more than the low season cost. For such a cost, you can find a double room on the local islands for two, subject to early booking.
  • The cost of a four-star resort hotel starts from $ 170 on a breakfast basis. On the “all inclusive” system, the cost of the “four” per night is $ 500 + $ 150 taxes and fees.
  • The cost of a five-star hotel for the holidays is from $ 360 plus $ 100 taxes and fees per night (breakfast only). Five star all-inclusive hotel - from $ 370 plus $ 100 taxes and fees.
Advice. In December, you can stay in a bungalow on the water, because the waves subside at this time. Namely, they annoy at night, interfering with sleep in paradise houses on the water. You can find a bungalow on the water or a beach house in the WIOTTO catalog. Taxes and fees are already included in the presented value.

Kandolhu Maldives Resort
Kandolhu Maldives Resort

Holidays in the Maldives in December

December 10 - Fisherman's Day in the Maldives. This colorful holiday is one of the most beloved celebrations for the inhabitants of the paradise islands. Because fishing is one of the main sources of income in the Maldives, where almost everyone is a fisherman. On this day, magnificent concerts and fairs are organized, and they are treated to seafood delicacies. A must-see if traveling in December.

New Year's celebrations. Fly to your hotel in the Maldives during the festivities and go to the local islands. You will be disappointed with the local traditions. The fact is that the inhabitants of the Maldives celebrate the New Year in April. Therefore, there are no entertainment traditional for the whole world, with the exception of luxury resorts. In expensive resorts, of course, chic feasts are arranged. Often, guests are offered unusual programs for celebrating the New Year's holidays. For example, celebrate the New Year underwater with champagne. In addition to resort hotels, where they provide any service for tourists, the Maldives at night are completely lifeless.

For the budget tourist, only walks along the beaches and seafood dinner at local restaurants remain.

Advice. If you want to celebrate the New Year in the Maldives and carry strong drinks with you, you will have to leave them at customs. It is prohibited to bring alcohol into the territory of the Maldives. Also, it cannot be bought in shops only at luxury resorts. On Friday, don't be surprised if you don't get a chance to find a café. Maldives die out on weekends, except for the island resorts.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

What to do in December in the Maldives

December is a good month for water activities. Feel free to book excursions everything will work out.

  • The water is clear and this allows you to view the beauty of the coral reef. Take masks and fins. If luck is on your side, you will meet huge mantas.
  • Surfing. For extreme lovers, December is not very attractive, since the change in weather in the Maldives does not bring big waves.
  • Diving. December is interesting for diving enthusiasts due to its high transparency. It is worth going to the island atolls of Baa and Ari.
  • Ocean fishing. The fish found in the Indian Ocean will become the main trophy in the fisherman's collection. You can ask the fishermen or go on an excursion on a trip. 8 hours of fishing - about $ 1600.
  • Water activities. December is good for windsurfing, water skiing, catamarans, water scooters and other activities.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

What to take to the Maldives in December

  • December is a pretty warm month, but it's worth bringing a light windbreaker with you, especially if you're heading to a windy atoll. Also, do not forget about lightweight blouses for children.
  • Evening Dress. After all, you are going to the Maldives to meet the New Year's celebrations. Be sure to take suitable women's and men's outfits to go out. You will also need dresses and suits for dinner at the restaurant if you are going to relax at the resort. In beachwear, the restaurant may not be allowed.
  • If you are interested in a more democratic holiday, settle on the local islands. But think over your clothes, it should not be open, so as not to offend the feelings of believers. The Maldives is a Muslim country. Your shorts should cover your hips, your T-shirts should cover your shoulders. Also remember that you can swim only on specially designated tourist beaches.
  • If you are going to be active, take athletic shoes.
  • Choose cotton clothing. +30 degrees in the Maldives is a rather high temperature, and synthetics will only annoy.
  • For swimming, choose clothes with UV protection from the sun. This is also true for children, otherwise you will have to constantly use sunscreen.
  • Don't forget the SPF 50+ cream.
  • Stiletto heels are questionable, as the sandy paths in most resorts are not meant for a grand exit. But you can show off your outfit in a restaurant or at a gala dinner.
  • Don't forget to bring an umbrella and raincoat so that tropical showers don't disturb your plans.

Holidays in the Maldives in December will give a lot of vivid impressions, especially closer to the New Year holidays. Warm weather and clear water will allow you to enjoy the Christmas and New Year holidays. However, do not forget that December is still a moody month and the weather can get worse. Also, keep in mind that it is worth booking accommodation for December in advance, otherwise you will simply have nothing to choose from. December is the high season.


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