Surf Seasons & Weather
Male Atoll Season Information
Outer Atoll Season Information
The Maldives are in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a chain of atolls and islets that are known as the flattest country in the world: The highest point in all of the Maldives is less than 10 feet above sea level. That unique geography makes the Maldives wide open to wind, weather and swell.
The Maldives have two seasons based on the monsoons that form over India, China and Asia: From November to April is Northwest monsoon season when hot dry air from the subcontinent flows toward the equator and over the Maldives. The clear, hot weather from November to April attracts snowbirds from all over Europe and the world. This is prime tourist season for the Maldives but not prime surf season.
In April and May as the sun begins to microwave the landmass to the north at the start of the northern hemisphere summer, low pressure areas attract cool, moist winds flowing from the Indian Ocean in the southwest across the Maldives. The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October, which is also prime surf season as southern hemisphere winter low pressure systems off Antarctica spray long energy bands NW across the Indian Ocean.
As a rule of thumb, the winds typically blow in the opposite direction of the monsoon season: so during the SW monsoon season the winds will blow from the NE, and during the NW monsoon season the winds will blow from the SE.
As the Maldives straddle the equator the effects of the Monsoon Seasons are minimized. Rain and wind squalls pass through mainly June through August. Air temperatures are in the 80s and 90s while the water temperature is in the 80s year-around.
To sum it all up, the surf in the Maldives is best from late February through October, with the biggest months, June, July and August often getting rain squalls from the wet winds of the southwest monsoon. But Led Zeppelin said it best in The Rain Song: “Upon us all a little rain must fall.”