Weather Averages for Maldives in December
Averages for Maldives in December
December is the second rainiest month and the last month to see any noteworthy rainstorms until the beginning of the new wet season in April. As rainfall is mostly concentrated on the first half of the month, numerous tourists opt to visit Maldives towards the end of December to experience fine tropical weather and celebrate Christmas and New Year’s here. During this month, daytime average temperature floats around 27 degrees Celsius. Midday temperatures can peak at 29 degrees and night time rarely sees temperatures dropping below 25 degrees; ideal for Christmas nights in bathing suits. Sea temperature is slightly colder, dropping down to 20 degrees Celsius.
During December, the archipelago of Maldives enjoys 7 hours of daily sunshine and the skies are often dotted by rain clouds of various shapes and sizes. The northwestern dry monsoon is not yet potent enough to prevent heavy rainfalls over Maldives in December. As a result, the total precipitation for this month exceeds the 200 mm mark by a wide margin, typically reaching up to 232 mm on average. Rainfall is expected on 13 days of the month, mostly concentrated on the first half of December.
Dates for the diary
The Martyr’s Day (known locally as shaheedhunge dhuvas) is celebrated every December in Maldives. This event commemorates the death of Sultan Ali VI as he fought the Portuguese and fell valiantly in battle. The legendary Sultan died in 1558 and is considered a national hero and a religious martyr. The religiously charged event is celebrated roughly equivalently to Christmas in Maldives and tourists are often expected to substitute their traditional Christmas experience with celebrating the Marty’s day here in Maldives.
Things to do
The Male local market gives tourists a unique opportunity for tourists to glimpse how prosperous the people of Maldives truly are and look behind the façade of the tourist industry. This genuine market is where various local products are bought and sold, and it presents a very interesting landmark for tourists. Additionally, tourists can also buy virtually anything here and also learn many things about the nation’s culture and customs.
Maldives is home to a wide variety of bird species. Nature lovers embark on bird watching excursions in which they can discover and observe the numerous different species of fascinating and rare birds that are endemic to the archipelago. These excursions can often last for a whole day and usually involve whale watching and discovering numerous other amazing natural wonders around Maldives.
Hit the beach
The Biyadhoo Island in south Male atoll is famous for its beaches that are ideal for surfing and other wind and surf powered sports. Unusual in its climate, the island has fairly consistent waves, allowing water sports enthusiasts to practice their sports with ease.
The Chaaya Lagoon in the Meemu Atoll is a popular beach and home to the award winning Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa resort. This lively island is surrounded by an unbroken, white sand beach and across its length you will find numerous tourist facilities including restaurants, beach bars, sports facilities and more.
Where to eat & drink
The Lemongrass Fifth restaurant is an excellent Thai restaurant famous for flying all of their exotic ingredients to serve fresh dishes that rival those cooked in Thailand’s best restaurants. This is a ‘slow food’ restaurant, and a top Thai choice.
The Sala Italia Ristorante is the single most popular Italian restaurant in Maldives. Drawing heavily from Italian cuisine but also implementing local Maldivian techniques into its dishes, this restaurant serves unique pasta and Italian seafood creations that can only be tasted here and nowhere else in Maldives.
The Magnum Opus is the most popular and highest rated karaoke bar in Male, and one of the hottest meeting spots for young tourists and locals who want to have some casual fun with karaoke singing. The selection of songs is impressive and the Magnum Opus has play lists in various languages to suite any type of tourist.
Where to stay
The Reethi Beach Resort is the only hotel on the tiny island in Baa Atoll, making it seem secluded and giving it a genuine ‘castaway’ feeling. The resort is minimalist in design but lavish in the scope of its services, offering excellent packages for couples on their honeymoon. The facilities here include a diving centre, a spa and wellness retreat, a water sports centre, a fitness and sports complex and many others.
One of the most famous hotels in Maldives and sister to the other Banyan Tree hotel, the Banyan Tree Madivaru is an exclusive island resort that offers luxurious tented villas for romantic couples to stay in. This resort is much favoured by newlyweds on their honeymoon.
One of the most popular resorts at the south male atoll, the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma succeeds in creating a deserted island feel for all its visitors without skimping on luxury and modern amenities. This fine resort offers everything you might ask for in an unobtrusive and discreet fashion that showcases the true beauty of the island it is built upon.
Located on a private islet, the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort is a beautiful an eco friendly resort that welcomes families with children as well as romantic couples who come to spend their honeymoon in Maldives. The resort offers a diverse selection of activities to suit a wide range of tastes.
The Dusit Thani Maldives is traditional resort blending true Maldivian hospitality with modern day amenities to create a genuinely enjoyable Maldivian experience. The resort boasts 100 spacious and luxurious villas that are discreetly designed and perfect for romantic couples or families seeking some peace and quiet. The resort has 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a spa and offers various other facilities and services to all those lucky enough to stay there.