The best diving
There is NO best time for diving in the Maldives. There is a high season and low season for tourist arrivals but this is not based on the best time for diving in the Maldives. Every atoll, or a part of it, will have its own best time and even when it’s not the best time, it can still be great diving.
What has to be understood is there are two possible ways to dive in Maldives – diving land-based and diving from a liveaboard. The liveaboard will plan their routes based on weather conditions. A liveaboard dive has many highlights during the trip, but they have to cross channels and not all channels are safe to cross 12 months a year. That’s the reason that liveaboards are sighted during the north-east monsoon in the deep south and not during the south-west monsoon.
Land-based dive centres in resorts and on local islands are not moving anywhere. They will offer diving 12 months of the year in the same location and this can also be an advantage. Dive Centres who are located land-based, are diving 12 months a year and use the same dive sites and are the experts in this area. Ask the land-based dive centres what is the best time to dive in their area.
Remember, that during high season you will always be with more divers at the same dive site compared with the low season, and this fact can make the low season the best time for diving – we all want to see marine life instead of 100 divers at the same spot.
Diving in Addu Atoll
January - April / Generally the best weather, good visibility but much more divers on dive sites, diving is good
May - June / More wind and rain, diving is fine most of the time
July - September / Good weather, good visibility less divers on dive sites, diving is very good
October - December / More wind and rain, diving is fine most of the time
Diving around a full or new moon will give you stronger currents which bring more big fish in the channels, like Manta Rays and Sharks.
Lunar calendar 2023