Weather in Maldives in January

Is January a good time to visit the Maldives?

The Maldives islands have only two seasons –wet and dry. The month of January in the Maldives falls in the start of the “dry” north-east monsoon season, with plenty of hours of sunshine, warm to hot temperatures, relatively low humidity and rainfall. It’s a great month to visit the islands, offering plenty of opportunity to enjoy fun in the sun and make the most of the luxury resorts, tropical beaches and watersports.


Climate in Maldives in January 

Temperatures in the Maldives fluctuate little throughout the year, but during January – being in the drier north-east monsoon season – humidity levels are low, meaning that the heat is more bearable, and tempered by cool ocean breezes. Expect temperatures of around 28°C during the day, dropping slightly, by about five degrees or so, during the night. January in the Maldives has one of the lower rainfall averages compared to the rest of the year, and a high tally of sunshine hours each day.


What to do in Maldives in January

Most visitors to the Maldives come on resort packages, and will find the exclusive island resorts will take care of their every need, from arranging excursions to providing sun loungers on the beautiful tropical white sandy beaches. January in the Maldives being one of the sunniest months, most visitors will make the most of the beaches and water-based activities, especially scuba-diving and snorkelling on the coral reefs offshore. January in the Maldives is also a good time for sightseeing, taking cruises to outlying islands and shopping for souvenirs in local markets.


What to pack for a holiday in the Maldives in January

Swimwear, of course, is essential for visiting the Maldives in January, but add in a tee shirt to wear in the water if you plan to go snorkelling or risk ending up with a severely burnt back! Sarongs, sandals (including some rubber sandals to protect the feet from coral reefs while swimming) are sufficient for day wear, with perhaps some light evening wear and “respecta ble” light cotton outfits for sightseeing in town. Sunscreen is vital, and a good sunhat, along with a snorkel and face-mask. A selection of reading matter will no doubt be a boon if you plan on spending time relaxing on the beach.