Weather Averages for Maldives in February
Averages for Maldives in February
February is both the driest month of the dry season and the sunniest month of the year in Maldives, making it a favourite for countless tourists to visit. This is a very busy month, popular with European as well as Asian tourists who come to Maldives for the fine weather. During February, average daytime temperature stays at a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius, fluctuating only slightly during the day / night cycle. Daytime high peaks may reach up to 29 degrees during the hottest days and during a rainy night, temperatures are expected to drop to around 26. This minimal fluctuation in temperature makes February a very predictable and surprise-free month.
The sea temperature in February stays around a welcoming 28 degrees, mirroring daytime averages and creating ideal conditions for spending long hours by the beach. Being the sunniest month of the year in Maldives, February sees 10 hours of daily sunshine. The month is still dominated by the northeastern monsoon, resulting in very few clouds and relatively scarce rain. As the driest month, monthly total precipitation amounts only to 50 mm and rainfall is distributed across 5 days, sprinkling mainly over the southeastern atolls of the Maldives archipelago.
Dates for the diary
The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday in Maldives is celebrated with great passion and grand celebrations every year in February the 4th. (The official date may vary as the Prophet Muhammad's Birthday falls on the 12th day in the month month of Rabee-ul-Awwal, according to the Islamic Calendar, so each year it is celebrated on a different day according to the Christian calendar.). This celebration has large significance for the locals and is celebrated with grand religious ceremonies in the day and lots of partying during the night. On that day, locals invite tourists over to their establishments and special dishes are served in all local restaurants. The islands of Maldives uniformly celebrate the Prophet’s birthday regardless of size and this is one event you just can’t miss if you happen to be there as it truly permeates everything.
Things to do
All kind of water sports are popular in Maldives, with everything from parasailing to snorkelling on offer. For surfers, there are plenty of surf spots across the country. Male Island Point is just one amazing surfing point, much loved by windsurfers and surfers alike. Water sports are tightly regulated in Maldives so any school or provider you find offering water sports lessons or equipment, you should rest assured they are fully qualified and up to the task.
As well as fishing, the Maldives has become one of the world’s premier scuba diving resorts thanks to its incredible variety of coral reefs, golden sand beaches and diverse marine life. Tourists will find scuba diving facilities on most holiday resorts here, offering scuba cruises and excursions to many diving sites across the atolls including the famous Broken Rock, the Cocoa Corner, the Bodu Hoholha and many other legendary locations. Scuba diving here will get you face to face with marine life such as sharks, manta rays, hammerheads, moray eels and many other fascinating marine species.
Hit the beach
The beach at Addu city is a very popular starting point for numerous scuba diving excursions. Located at the eponymous Addu atoll at the southernmost point of the archipelago, this beach is one of the best places to enjoy scuba diving in Maldives. The Addu city beach has almost no currents, offers amazing visibility and boasts very fine, white coloured sand.
The Cocoa Island Beaches are wildly popular and impressively exotic. Famous as a prime spot for scuba diving as well as a great place to party it out, the beaches on this island are teeming with action both for nightlife scene partygoers and water sports enthusiasts alike. The southern beach of Cocoa island is one of the best locations in the world to observe sea turtles.
Where to eat & drink
The Ilaafathi Restaurant is an international eatery famous for its delicious curries, fish and meat dishes. The menu here is compact and every single element is tried and tested before the chefs allow it to appear on the Ilaafathi’s menu. The tastes range from the mildly familiar to the wildly exotic (and spicy!).
The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the first underwater restaurant in the world. This top end contemporary European restaurant is located 16 feet under the Indian Ocean, giving its patrons an incredible view of the sea and the marine life that is indigenous there. The Ithaa is famous for its 180 degree panoramic view of the ocean floor but also for its signature six course meal that has become an international sensation.
The Sea House is a popular cocktail bar and restaurant that is smartly located next to the main ferry terminal that connects the capital of Male to airport island. This trendy a busy bar / restaurant serves delicious cocktails and tasty snack that are both inspired from Indonesian and international influences.
Where to stay
The Beehive Nalahiya Hotel is a small hotel that offers a great location, affordable prices and the convenient option of airport pick up and drop off. This “business hotel with a difference” is located in the centre of Male and caters to busy travellers, families and island hoppers.
The Sunshine Hotel is a low priced option that offers all inclusive deals on accommodation and reels in tourists with alluring packages that include excursions, boat trips and other extras at bargain prices.
The Marble Hotel is a popular and luxurious hotel that offers numerous amenities including a fully equipped spa and a host of different island excursions at reasonable prices.
The Cocoa Island by COMO is a lavishly luxurious and romantic resort on a private island. The resort features 33 amazing overwater villas that surround an azure coloured lagoon and are circled by fine golden sand. The experience is further enhanced by the resort’s wellness centre and the fine services offered on every possible front.
Located on a private coral island with an impressive lagoon, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is an exquisite overwater resort with luxurious suites and impressive hospitality. The resort is just 20 minutes away from Male’s international airport.