Location & Geography

Maldives is a country of South Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India. It consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. Composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, the atolls are situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south. Only near the southern end of this natural coral barricade do two open passages permit safe ship navigation from one side of the Indian Ocean to the other through the territorial waters of Maldives. For administrative purposes the Maldives government organized these atolls into nineteen administrative divisions.

The largest island of Maldives is Gan, which belongs to Laamu Atoll or Hahdhummathi Maldives. In Addu Atoll the westernmost islands are connected by roads over the reef and the total length of the road is 14 km.

Geographic Location:  3°15′N 73°00′E

 

                     

Weather

The weather in the Maldives is what you would expect from a tropical paradise. Pleasant temperatures all year round, characterized by two main weather conditions in the Maldives; the dry season (between end of October until end of March), brought about by the northeast winter monsoon, and the rainy season (between end of April and end of October), caused by the southwest summer monsoon.

The Maldives is known for its fairly good holiday weather. Even if you’re searching for liveaboard, to cruises round the Maldives, or that perfect fishing trip on the amazing Maldivian waters. As the ideal location for such holiday destinations, the Maldives weather in winter is ideal for European travelers, as that is when the weather in Europe is rather cold and unpleasant.

Moreover, in the traditional “summer months” the Maldives weather retains its pleasantly enjoyable temperatures, however with the added certainty of rainfall. As you would expect from the rainy season in the Maldives, strong winds and heavy rain showers occur more than often, and can last anywhere from a couple of hours to several days at a time. Generally, the rainy season in the Maldives lasts from the end of April until mid-October whereby the average temperature fluctuates between 27 and 33 degrees.

The dry season is prime time to visit the Maldives, when the weather is ideal for simply lazing on the beach, or diving in and around the hot spots in the Maldives. The moist transition occurs around the end of November, which culminates in northeast monsoon and a relaxing dry spell until the end of March. The water temperature in Maldives never drops below 25 degrees, and with the average sunshine surpassing 8 hours in a day, it is difficult not to enjoy the blissful weather conditions.