The month of March is generally considered off season to visit The Maldives. This is largely due to the temperature and weather patterns around this time of the year. Notwithstanding the weather in Maldives in March, it can actually be quite pocket-friendly to plan a luxury trip during this time.
What Temperatures to Expect in The Maldives in March?
March is one of the best months to get huge discounts on expensive luxury resorts in The Maldives. This is one of the hottest months in the year, at least when it comes to the Northern Atolls. As the southern atolls sit in the southern hemisphere, on the other side of the Equator, you might find some relief from the heat there.
Most of the islands in The Maldives experience the dry season in March, which means, the rains will not spoil your plans for day tours, cruises, water sport activities and other outdoor itineraries. However, occasional showers cannot be ruled out altogether as this nation experiences typical coastal weather.
In the month of March, the lowest temperature you can expect is 27 degrees Celsius or 81 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, the highest temperature goes up to 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit. On an average, you will see the mercury reading 29 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
Daytime and night-time temperatures differ by only a small margin. The average daytime temperature in The Maldives in March is 29.3 degrees Celsius or 85 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average night-time temperature is 28.6 degrees Celsius or 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average temperature of the sea is also quite warm, at 29 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun shines for an average of about 9 hours per day. While the overall weather of the archipelago in March can be described as balmy, you will save plenty of money to be able to splurge on umpteen activities to do in Maldives.
When booking Maldives’ water villas, pick those that have a plunge pool that you can soak in to beat the heat. It is also a good idea to go for all-inclusive Maldives honeymoon packages that include unlimited drinks so you can keep yourself hydrated throughout the hot and sunny days.
Does it Rain in The Maldives in March?
Maldives’ weather is relatively mild in March when it comes to the rains. Since this is the dry season, it rains sparingly. On an average, you will see 7 days of rain in the whole month. The rainfall collected measures 73 mm on an average.
Climate aside, March is a great time to discover the history and culture of The Maldives as Ramadan generally falls in this month. The country comes together to celebrate the ‘Day Maldives Embraced Islam’ during Ramadan.
If you happen to be in Malé – the capital city of The Maldives, you will be able to witness the celebrations which include feasts in the outdoors for the public and parades that invoke nationalism.
Before the country’s conversion into Islam, The Maldives used to follow Buddhism. In the year 548, according to the Hijri calendar, the conversion of religion was officially recognized. Much of the credit goes to Abul Barakaath Yousuf ul Barbaree, who was a mystique from Morocco who spent some time in this part of the Indian Ocean and influenced the reigning king.
Apart from cultural exposure, if you are into scuba diving, March is a great month for this activity. The visibility is high since this is the dry season. In fact, for divers hoping to see manta rays, Lhaviyani Atoll offers plankton-rich areas where one can see the mantas feasting.
It is good to remember that this period is largely off-season for manta viewing at their traditional locations. However, the northeast monsoon winds result in the accumulation of manta rays towards the north of Malé – the world’s smallest capital.
When out and about in The Maldives in March, do not forget to carry enough water with you to avoid dehydration. A large hat will also help you keep all the tan at bay. Apart from this, a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) can never be stressed enough. Look for tubes that offer something above SPF 40.
You may not have the best weather in Maldives in March but you will certainly get the bang for your buck during the low season. Plan your holiday with Samudra Maldives to fill your island holiday with your choice of things to do and other experiences.