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02 July, 2023

There is one key word to describe the Maldives: idyllic. This dream destination is truly year-round beautiful. But fall brings its own unique allure, with still-great weather and fewer crowds. So savvy travelers know a secret. Instead of heading to their next adventure at the same time as everyone else, they wait for the off-season.

Here are a few tips for travel to the Maldives in fall (including gorgeous over-water villas you must check out!).

1. Take advantage of the quieter season

While the Maldives unique 'one island, one hotel' concept keeps the typical busy-season crowds at bay, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the slightly quieter season with fewer people on the island. While it's also the end of monsoon season (usually through October), the rainfall and storms tend to move through the archipelago quickly. So you can still bask in a perfect temperatures during the day.

2. Pack for warm days (and nights)

The Maldives is known for its year-round warm weather. Temperatures continue to be gorgeous into the fall with averages in the mid-to-high-80°s Fahrenheit and night temps usually not dipping below 78°F. Bring light, breathable clothes that allow for maximum flexibility in the heat and airy layers for nights, too.

3. Dive deep, meet sharks

excursions that let you watch for whale sharks in maldives

South Ari Atoll offers some of the best diving spots in the world. With crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, the fall season brings some of the most optimal diving conditions. Get up close and personal with stunning sea creatures like the powder blue surgeonfish that make their home in South Ari and manta rays and the bioluminescent plankton that (literally) light up the seas. You can also try snorkeling, including special excursions that let you watch for whale sharks — and then swim with them as they feed in the shallows. 

4. Take a (free!) seaplane ride

excursions that let you watch for whale sharks in maldives

Get your vacation started even before it begins by taking a scenic flight over the surrounding islands – to get to your resort. In the Maldives the best way to get from the Velana International Airport in Male to your resort destination is via seaplane, so you'll get to fly over the surrounding islands while simply en route to your island getaway. Make sure to book at a resort that includes a seaplane transfer, like OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort. With every stay here, you'll get a complimentary seaplane transfer from the airport to the resort alongside a warm Maldivian welcome from your host and a personalized escort to the seaplane check-in and lounge.

5. Stay luxe over-bungalow

uxe over-bungalow with pool in maldives

What can be more magnificent than your own private villa and pool? When it’s nestled atop the picturesque, tourmaline seas with the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean right at your doorstep. Ah, this is the beauty of the OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort in South Ari Atoll. Known for its pristine villas ideal for daytime luxuriating, the warm nights are also great for relaxing and gazing at the spectacular, clear-night skies above. But not before you’ve enjoyed watching a traditional sega performance as you toast the pastel-hued sunset.

Escape to an island paradise in the ultimate tropical getaway. Whether you're seeking tranquility, adventure or a romantic retreat, the OUTRIGGER Maldives Maafushivaru Resort has the experiences you've been seeking. Book your stay and discover true island bliss. 

Come be here OFFER: Savings up to 40% + sunset cruise + complimentary meals & more!

This package includes:

  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at Cuisine Gallery
  • 100 USD resort credit
  • Guaranteed early check-in and late check out 
  • A 1-time sunset cruise excursion per stay )

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