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Maldives weather in January- Perfect time to visit the private Island resorts

By Punith Jain - June 9, 2020
Scuba diving in Maldives in January

Planning for a trip to the Maldives? Truly an ecstasy and astonishingly stunning beaches, Maldives has become one of the major tourist attractions in recent years for all travellers to visit. Ranked one of the finest island destinations of the world, the Maldives has around 200 inhabited islands out of 1200. It also has 26 atolls (lagoons enclosed via corals) and a cluster of islands within the atoll. The coral reefs at the island are exquisite, and are undoubtedly a must-go-to, throughout the year. The island is not only blessed with white sandy beaches and lush blue waters but it also has tropical weather throughout the year. Being a year-round destination, travellers can visit the Maldives in different seasons to experience unique things. Let’s check out more about the weather of Maldives in January.

Maldives weather in January
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Average Temperature and Weather in January

January is arguably an ideal time to visit the Maldives, as it falls in the middle of the dry months. The weather in the Maldives is unconventional due to its specific geographical vicinity, topography, and size. As it falls inside the tropical region of the earth, the temperature typically degrees from 25 to 30 degrees Celcius (77°F to 86°F) for the duration of the year. The month of January sees one of the nicest climatic conditions as it isn’t always too warm, nor too cold, and also very less rainfall. This makes for the perfect climate for snorkelling in the Maldives and exploring its rich marine life.

Since January is in between the winter months of December and March, the temperature in the islands varies from 25 to 29 degrees Celcius, with the average temperature being 27 degrees Celcius. At night time, the temperature drops to approximately 24 degrees Celcius. Even though January is the best month to visit throughout the year, the tropical region of the Maldives ensures that the temperature is greater or less warm and consistent. The sea breeze during the night lends a cool air across the island, making it very pleasant and idyllic. However, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen along with you.

Top 5 things to do in the Maldives in January

1. Visit the Banana Reef

Banana Reef- best Maldives weather in January
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The very name of this reef makes you want to check it out, doesn’t it? We don’t blame you! This cheekily named reef is banana-shaped, and located in the North Male Atoll ranges in depth from 5 to 30 meters. It has a wide variety of water sports and underwater sports, and lengthy, pristine seashores. The reef also boasts some exotic food, mystical caves and a few breathtaking views of the setting sun. You can take speedboats, ferries, seaplanes, and luxury yacht to reach Banana Reef from the city of Male. In short, the climate in January is right to go to Banana Reef. The white sand beaches and the stark blue waters are sure to stay on your thoughts for quite some time!

2. Take a stroll around Male city

Male city
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This buzzing town of Male is the capital of the Maldives boasting extremely good nightlife, busy local markets, extraordinary cuisine, and exotic tradition in the Indian ocean. Formerly called ‘Mahal’, as the royal family resided here and the city is now well-known because the King’s Island. January is a great time to visit this city because of the pleasant climate, and the fish tastes the best. Meanwhile, it has some of the most popular attractions from the Artificial Beach, National Museum, Old Friday Mosque to Fish Market, Fancy cafes for the travellers to explore.

3. Diving into lush blue Maldivian waters

Scuba Diving- Maldives weather in January
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Maldives is one of the best diving spots in the world accompanied by its rich marine lives and house reefs. It offers diving experiences for all types of travellers from amateurs to professionals and there are many registered instructors to assist you. Inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles rise from the depths and you can snorkel your way along with manta rays, giant turtles, and whale sharks. However, there are many guided excursions offered in these islands and it costs you somewhere around 150-400 USD/person for these experiences

4. Visit Utheemu Ganduvaru island

Utheemu palace
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This island gives a cultural and historic experience of the Maldives, along with a few scintillating views of the rising sun. Located in the northern atoll, Utheemu is the island in which Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, one of the most praised and respected Kings of the Maldives, was born in. He holds a special place within the heart of each citizen, as he played a major role in driving away intruders from the small country. It has got a monument in the king’s name. Your trip to the Maldives is incomplete without a visit to this wooden palace! This small beautiful island has a lot of cultural and historical monuments to be explored along with some breathtaking beaches.

5. Explore Fihalhohi Island

This is the most romantic getaway for you and your partner in case you are honeymooning in the Maldives. Beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches, clear blue water, and miles and miles of the sand – that is what Fihalhohi Island has to offer! Located in South Kaafu Atoll, January is one of the best times to visit this island because the rain is minimum, and the sea is ideally warm. In short, the privacy on the island and the Maldives weather in January makes it a must-visit place.

FAQ’s about the Maldives in January

  • Is January a good time to visit the Maldives: January is arguably an ideal time to visit the Maldives, as it falls in the middle of the dry months(November to March). One might experience a pleasant climate with the least rainfall during this time.
  • How is the pricing of resorts during January: November to February is considered peak season and the price is slightly higher than the off-season rates. This is the time when you experience the best climate and many other exclusive events happening in the resorts.
  • How is the Maldives weather in January: January is in between the winter months of December and March, the temperature varies from 25 to 29 degrees Celcius and it drops to approximately 24 degrees Celcius in the night. Additionally, you might experience 7-8 hours of sunlight during this time in the islands.
  • What is the right time to book your vacation for January: Maldives is one of the most aspired destinations with huge demand, it is ideally recommended to book your trip 3-4 months in advance to capitalize on availability and cheaper fares.
  • Modes of transport in the Maldives: You may commute between the islands by ferries, speedboat, seaplane, and also domestic flights.

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