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Planning a trip to the Maldives in February and wondering if this is the right month for your trip? In this article, we will try to answer this question.

Weather in Maldives in February

Despite the fact that the Maldives is an attractive holiday destination at any time of the year, it is the winter months and early spring (from about mid-December to early April) that are considered the best time to visit the Maldives.

February is one of the driest and sunniest months of the year. On average, about 50 mm of precipitation falls in February, that is, no more than 5 rainy days per month. The sun shines intensely for almost 10 hours a day.

  • Daytime air temperature: the average daily air temperature during this period is 28-29 degrees Celsius.
  • Air temperature at night: there is a slight decrease in thermometer readings to 26-27 degrees Celsius.
  • Water temperature: almost equal to the air temperature and averages about 28 degrees Celsius.

The ocean waters are clean and transparent, which attracts a large number of divers to the islands, and the winds that appear at the end of February are perfect for surfing. In addition, travel in mid-February, namely Valentine's Day, is very popular with couples in love from all over the world, since the Maldives are traditionally considered as one of the most attractive places for romantic holidays and wedding ceremonies.

Maldives in February, prices

Given that February is considered a high season in the Maldives, this period may see an increase in prices for vacations and an increased demand for hotels. Therefore, it is better to plan your trip well in advance.

Best places to stay in February in the Maldives

For those wishing to visit the Maldives in February, the weather in the atolls in different parts of the country can be one of the key factors when choosing a resort.

Locals note that the seasons on the islands have become more unpredictable in recent years. Each island of the archipelago has its own microclimate, however, general patterns are observed throughout the year.

Thus, the total annual rainfall is slightly higher in the southern atolls and less abundant in the north. As is often the case in tropical regions, rainfall is most often in the form of short, heavy showers or thunderstorms.

As for temperatures, for example, in North and South Male, the temperature remains at 30 degrees during the day, and, as a rule, does not drop below 27 at night. At the same time, it is somewhat warmer in the south of the country at this time. Therefore, on Addu Atoll, which is the most remote atoll in the southern part of the Maldives, the daytime air temperature in February often exceeds 30 degrees, and the water warms up to 29-30 degrees.

As sunny and promising as the weather is, when going on a trip, in addition to sunglasses and skin care products, it will be useful to put a light sweater in your luggage for the evening, especially if you plan to travel at the end of the month when the winds come in.

Diving in the Maldives in February

Due to the absence of winds at the start of the month, the water in the ocean is calm, warm and clear, which creates ideal conditions for diving enthusiasts. Since February is the peak of the tourist season, if you plan to go on a dive safari on a specially equipped yacht, such a trip should be booked about six months in advance.

One of the best diving spots in the Maldives is Addu Atoll. It is the only region not affected by global coral bleaching in 1998. Mainly large fish, mantas and turtles are found here. Due to the absence of strong currents and due to excellent visibility, diving here is suitable for both experienced divers and beginners. This site serves as a renowned starting point for numerous diving excursions. Diving in the Male Atolls is also quite popular in winter.

Milaidhoo Island Resort Maldives
Milaidhoo Island Resort Maldives

What animals can you see?

Manta rays, turtles, whale and reef sharks, as well as hammerheads are found in Maldivian waters all year round, and the possibility of meeting them often depends not on seasonal factors, but on a number of other factors (with the exception of Hanifaru Bay). For example, whale sharks are more common at high tide, while hammerhead sharks prefer to rise from the depths to shallow water at sunrise.

Find out about diving in the Maldives and find the best dive spot for you.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa

Surfing in the Maldives in February

Beginning in late February, the Maldives archipelago gets stronger winds, waves rise and the surfing season begins, which lasts until mid-November. The resorts offer their guests all kinds of water activities all year round. Moreover, if you nevertheless decide to try your hand at this particular sport, the end of February is the most suitable time for this, because the winds are not yet very strong and the waves do not pose a great danger to beginners.

Among the tourist atolls, the most famous surfing spots are in the North and South Male Atolls.

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Holidays and events

  1. Saint Valentine’s Day: resorts host a variety of events, beach party celebrations, and all kinds of holiday packages for lovers, from spa treatments for couples to an exclusive romantic oceanfront dinner.
  2. Chinese New Year is also celebrated in some resorts. During festive events, guests are invited to be acquainted with the national Chinese cuisine, enjoy the performance of local orchestras and festive performances.

Meeru Island Resort & Spa
Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Summing up, we can say with confidence that the Maldives in February is a great opportunity to relax on the beautiful white beaches, swim in the warm and crystal clear waters of the ocean, combining a serene beach holiday with active entertainment and festive events.


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