The Maldives is an Islamic island nation on the southern tip India. There are several atolls and 1196 islands in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are a popular long-distance travel destination due to their constantly warm climate. The climate is characterized by the northeast monsoon from November to April and the southwest monsoon from May to October. Therefore, the Maldives is not called seasons, but monsoon seasons. A most pleasant time to travel is from November to April. Intense rainfall and a lot of wind are from May to July. Since 90% of the territory of the Maldives consists of water, the few land masses are highly endangered by rising sea levels due to global warming. In addition, most of the land masses are only one meter above sea level. The highest elevation is only 2.4 meters above sea level on Vilingilli Island in Addu Atoll.
More than 30 years ago, the Maldives were virtually untouched, a tropical picture-book destination that was affordable. Today, you can hardly afford to vacation on one of the sleepy, deserted islands. Luxury, luxury everywhere you look. If tourists were not allowed to mix with the everyday culture until now, the new president wants to change that. The tropical climate, which is divided into northeast and southwest monsoons, almost attracts beach vacationers with its year-round high temperatures and crystal-clear water. Here hobby Robinsons can book an island for themselves and indulge in idleness or honeymooners can enjoy being alone. Sun, sand and sea full - that are the Maldives. After some cultural treasures such as the image of Buddha, 35 irreplaceable Buddhist and Hindu artifacts, as well as the entire pre-Islamic artifacts, were destroyed. Likewise, the sculpture of the Hindu water god Makara, the Bohomala sculptures, the Hanuman statues and the two statues with five faces from Male fell victim to the mob. Thus, the cultural heritage of the Maldives has been irretrievably destroyed. Thus, visitors to the Maldives should devote themselves entirely to bathing fun with diving, snorkeling, boating and swimming.
Almost constantly high air and water temperatures characterize the climate in the Maldives. Humid tropical are the days, which bring temperatures far above the normal summer temperatures of Germany and muggy warm the nights. Only the sea breeze brings some cooling. Southwest and northeast monsoon winds provide humid or dry climatic variation. The dry monsoon (northeast monsoon) leads the high season from December to May. However, in this low rainfall and dry, heavy rain showers can never be completely ruled out. During the rainy monsoon (southwest monsoon) from May to November, the typical signs of the tropical climate can be seen. Vain sunshine in the morning, the first spring clouds around noon and heavy rain showers in the afternoon, which, however, only last for a short time. The nights are starry. From May to July, fierce winds come, which provide some cooling. If the tropical rain is warm, it is perceived as unpleasant. Thus, from May to November is the low season in the Maldives. Thus, from December to May, which is the high season, is the ideal travel time for sun-seekers. For diving vacationers, the season is all year round.