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Inconsistency, warmth and rainfall - these are the characteristics of the Maldives in November. November in the Maldives is an intermediate period between the humid southwest and dry northeast monsoons. Holidays during this period have its own characteristics, which will be discussed in this article.

Weather in Maldives in November

The official rainy season is ending, but the weather is still unpredictable. A tropical downpour may suddenly replace the bright sun, and then the clouds rapidly disperse, again giving way to the sun's rays. Knowing these local climates, some 4-star and 5-star resorts provide their guests with umbrellas and even raincoats during their holidays.

Despite the high probability of rain, on average, visitors to the islands can enjoy the sun for 6 hours a day. However, given the geographical location of the Maldives, even in cloudy weather, sunscreen should not be neglected.

  • Daytime air temperature: stably remains at about 30 degrees.
  • Air temperature at night: does not drop below 25 degrees.
  • Water temperature: remains at around 28-29 degrees.

Maldives in November, prices

Starting in November, there have been a trend towards a gradual increase in tour prices. On average, the price rises by 15-20% compared to the summer period.

The approximate price for three days of rest in November is:

  • Around USD 200 for a room with breakfast at affordable guesthouses such as Relax Lodge located on Thoddoo Island. Additional taxes and fees are paid. For comparison, in October the same number costs just over $ 130.
  • $ 650 for a villa with breakfast in a good 4 * hotel such as the Reethi Faru Resort in Raa Atoll. Taxes and fees are included in the price. For comparison, in October the price for the same accommodation option is about $ 550.
  • About USD 3000 for a full board villa at the popular Taj Exotica Resort & Spa 5 *.

Reethi Faru Resort
Reethi Faru Resort

Best places to stay in November in the Maldives

In comparison with October, the weather in Laviani and Raa atolls is noticeably improving. The number of rainy days is slightly reduced, and the winds subside, which makes these places quite attractive for late autumn holidays.

Haa Alifu Atoll maintains a balance between sunny and rainy days. A third of sunny days throughout the month, a light pleasant breeze and a relatively small amount of rainfall during this period give local resorts an additional advantage over other atolls.

On the Male Atolls, cloudy days prevail during this period (about 50%). The predicted rainfall is about 250 millimeters, which equates to about 15 rainy days per month. November (as well as October) is one of the rainiest months of the year here. However, the winds in November are quite moderate here and, as a rule, do not exceed 4 m / s.

For Addu Atoll, November is one of the rainiest and windiest months of the year. So, for 14 rainy days there are only 7 sunny days, with an average wind speed of 4.6 m / s.

Approximately the same ratio of fine to rainy days in the Baa and Maafushi atolls, but the winds during this period are not as strong as in the Addu atoll.

Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Diving in the Maldives in November

For lovers of outdoor activities in the Maldives in November, the weather also dictates its own conditions. Since November in the Maldives is considered a transitional month between two seasons, the weather conditions here are unpredictable not only on land but also at sea. Currents, like visibility, can be changeable, but this is by no means an obstacle for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Local dive centers that organize safaris have noticed an increase in demand for dive tours since November and recommend booking such trips in advance.

In Hanifaru Bay, manta rays are coming to an end. However, do not be upset about this. After all, manta rays, sharks and turtles are found in the Maldives all year round. The underwater world here is so rich and varied that wherever you look, something interesting will happen everywhere.

Read more about diving in the Maldives here.
Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Surfing the Maldives in November

In November, the southern atolls of Gaafu Dhaalu and Addu (Siinu) are considered the most suitable for surfing. They are less crowded than the northern atolls, and the waves are powerful and decisive.

You can get acquainted with the peculiarities of surfing in the Maldives and choose the best spot for yourself here.

Ayada Maldives
Ayada Maldives

Holidays and events

The Maldives in November are bombarded with large-scale holidays.

Victory Day

This public holiday is celebrated annually on November 3 and marks the defeat of the attempted coup d'état in 1988. The coup, led by a local businessperson with the help of mercenaries, was averted with prompt assistance from the Indian military.

The holiday is accompanied by a special flag-raising ceremony, and parades are held in Male and Hulhumale streets. Schools and most businesses are closed.

Republic Day

This public holiday is celebrated annually on November 11 and symbolizes the transformation of the Maldives from a monarchy into a republic in 1968. Republic Day is celebrated across the country with official speeches, ceremonies, parades, marches and celebrations. At the same time, two main types of parades and marches are traditionally held: in one of them, orchestras participate, and in the other, smartly dressed children.

In addition to parades and performances, the Maldivians celebrate this day with delicacies, among which pancakes with fish filling and coconut pies are especially popular. Tourists get a unique opportunity to share this holiday with locals and taste national festive delicacies.

In many resorts, this holiday also does not go unnoticed. Please contact the hotel to inquire about holiday events at your resort.

Day of the adoption of Islam in the Maldives

This day is a public holiday of the Republic of Maldives and a public holiday. The date of its holding is determined according to the Muslim lunar calendar and changes from year to year. In 2021, the celebration falls on November 7th.

Not many people know that Buddhism was the main religion in the Maldives until the early 12th century. According to legend, the Maldives converted to Islam in 1153. Islam is currently the state religion of the Maldives and all citizens must follow the Islamic faith.

This day is considered the day of religious unity. The Ministry of the Interior organizes events that include lectures, performances and religious ceremonies. The villages also host their own festivals, which include lectures on the history of conversions to Islam in the Maldives. Tourists attending local holidays are advised to be thoughtful in the way they dress.

Asad Photo Maldives

Asad Photo Maldives


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