Weather In February in MaldivesSince the months before February are slightly rainy, February is considered to be a dry month, with less than 70mm of monthly rainfall. The Island is perfect for tourist activities during February, especially water adventures such as snorkelling and scuba diving.
The average Island temperature remains at 27 degrees celsius which can peak up to 30 degrees with over 10 hours of sunlight. Since the Maldives is an archipelagic island in the Indian Ocean, the calm and steady winds bring cool breeze to the islands throughout. Also, the off-shore winds create the perfect waves for surfers.
Things to Do in the Maldives in FebruaryPrepare to witness the culture, decadent food, luxurious resorts, beautiful beaches, exotic marine life on your trip to the Maldives in February. Here are a couple of things you could indulge in while in the Maldives during Feb.
1. Snorkelling and Scuba divingThe warm, clear waters of Maldives gives one of the best diving experiences in the world. The tropical islands of the archipelagic nation bracketed by coral reefs and white sands offer breathtaking views along with exotic marine life. The Maldives offers two types of scuba diving holidays, either a resort with private boat diving or an all-inclusive liveaboard boat.
a. House Reef Diving:House reef diving is a reef close to or surrounding an island resort which provides better snorkelling and diving experiences. The Maldives island itself has around 2500 reefs out of which 900 are house reefs. The main benefit of house reef diving is that you can directly explore the reefs by just going into the water without a boat. Few of the best house reefs in the Maldives are Baros Maldives (2.5 Mile reef), Reethi beach resort, Mirihi Island resort, Lily beach resort, Bathala island resorts.
b. Liveaboard Scuba Diving:This is also a great way to explore the marine beauty by visiting multiple diving sites and not just one. Liveaboards are all-inclusive, which means, they include meals, accommodation, and multiple dives in a day supervised by the best diving instructors. Liveaboard ships are available for a week, but you can also book for a longer period which is available throughout the year. There are multiple liveaboard ships available according to your budget, such as The Emperor Maldives which has six boats, The MV Queen and Blue force one.
2. Private Sandbank PicnicThe Private Sandban Picnic is a unique experience, where visitors could witness beautiful sandbanks through a private boat. With a view of coral reefs and white sandbanks, the ocean would provide you with a great picnic spot along with complimentary snorkelling experiences.
3. Traditional Dhoni Sunset CruiseThe sunset cruise is one of the most highlighted aspects of the trip. If you are on the Traditional Dhoni Sunset Cruise in the Maldives, as the name suggests, you will stand a chance to witness the most beautiful sunset over the Indian ocean. If you are lucky enough you can spot hundreds of spinner dolphins somersaulting right next to your boat.
4. Nosh and Mash HuniMas Huni is a delicious traditional breakfast made with a combination of tuna, onions, shredded coconut and red hot chilli peppers. The ingredients are then combined in a bowl and mixed with salt and pepper, which is then served with flatbread known as Huni Roshi. It is often served with hot tea.
5. Underwater SpaNo doubt that the Maldives can utilize its assets to its full potential from world-class luxurious hotels to underwater restaurants, and you will enjoy every bit of it. The Underwater spa in per Aquum Huvafen Fushi is a perfect example of this.
Huvafen Fushi features some of the most luxurious stays one can only dream of. Meaning the "dream island", Huvafen Fushi hosts beautiful views with rooms in the middle of the ocean. You can also enjoy at Lime Spa, the relaxing underwater spa here, which also offers sensual facial treatment by Teresa Tarmey. Teresa Tarmey is a well known regular contributor to huge magazines such as Vogue and Tatler.
6. Coma Cocoa IslandThis Island is no doubt one of the beautiful places on the planet. It is also a great honeymoon destination offering multiple resorts and water villas.
Maldives Fish Market: Also known as the soul of the Maldives, the Maldives Fish Market is one of the most visited sites, especially for seafood lovers. If you are lucky, you may come across locals catching fish in their traditional ways.
Baros Island: One of the most popular islands of Maldives, Baros Island is a white sand beach with crystal clear water. Known for its beautiful resorts and villas, the IslandIsland is a quiet getaway.
Male: This capital city, houses the 17th century Friday mosque and the Gold-tipped Islamic centre among other attractions. Visitors could also hire scooters and cars and explore the Indian Bazaar in the city. Visiting Male in February is a must-do as the streets are less crowded and the weather is ideal to go outdoors.
Maldives National Museum: A gift from China to the Maldives this place holds ancient weapons, household wares, and many historical artefacts. This museum will give you a glimpse into the Maldivian history and culture.
National Art Gallery: Established in 1999, the National Art Gallery displays various beautiful pieces of the Maldivian art and culture, including international artefacts.
Tsunami Monument: The monument is dedicated to all the people who lost their lives on 26th December 2004 to the life-wrecking Tsunami.
Utheemu Ganduvaru: The Maldives is more about just sea and beaches. This place is hugely popular among locals and tourists as it is the birthplace for sultan Muhammed Thakarufaanu, who is considered as the leader who brought freedom to the Maldivian people from the Portuguese.
Best Diving Sites To Explore in Maldives in FebruaryHome to 1,190 islands spread across 29 atolls and around 2,500 reefs, Maldives offers some beautiful sites for those who love diving, from Haa Alifu in the north to Addu Atoll in the south.
1. Ari Atoll :It is considered to be pelagic heaven with thilas and kandus that are exposed to open ocean currents, as they attract various marine creatures such as whale sharks, Manta rays hammerhead sharks etc. One of the main diving sites in Ari Atoll are Maaya Thila and Fish Head.
2. Baa Atoll:Due to its beauty, colourful reefs, overhangs and manta rays, Baa Atoll was UNESCO awarded in 2011. Some of the top diving sites in Baa atoll include Nelivaru Haa and Dhonfanu Thila.
3. Neilvaru Haa:Lying to the southeast of the atoll, Neilvaru Haa boasts of star-shaped canyons, caves filled with schools of oriental sweetlips, overhangs covered soft and hard corals, moray eels, batfish stingrays and parrotfish.
4. Dhonfanu Thila:It is a fantastic but narrow site for advanced divers to explore black corals that begin at 89 feet and ascends to 59 feet. Overhangs are home to soldier fish, yellow-lined snapper, black pyramid butterflyfish, parrotfish etc.
5. North Male Atoll:From Male to one of the most beautiful diving sites in the country, North Male Atoll features colourful coral reefs, deep wrecks, exotic marine life such as huge Manta rays. The best place in North Male to spot Manta rays is the Manta Point situated in the southeast region of the atoll. The Manta rays can be seen in their rare cyclone feeding formations. Some of the other diving spots in North Male include Faafu Atoll, Fuvahmulah Atoll and Dhaalu Atoll.
Local Festivals/Holidays in FebruaryPresident Ibrahim Muhamed Solih has declared 7th February a National Holiday, post the scheduling of the parliament's inaugural sitting for that day.
Cost of Travelling, Food and Living in FebruaryThe Maldives is a great place to go solo-travelling or in a group. It provides both budget-friendly and luxurious stays, which completely depends on your budget and personal preference. The average hotel price for a couple can be up to MVR 1298. So, an average trip for a couple for one week in the Maldives can cost up MVR 12896. The approximate amount for food for two can cost around MVR 200. Transport would cost around MVR 124 per day.
So, when are you planning your Feb-Maldive vacation? Have you been to the Maldives in February before? How did it go? Let us know in the comments below!