Maldives Weather in January

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January Overview

This is probably one of the best months to visit The Maldives. You can expect brilliant blue skies, minimal rain and a calm and wonderful ocean. The days will be sunny and warm which gives ideal conditions to go snorkeling or facing the sun. But be prepared for higher prices especially if you plan to visit around New Year´s. You can expect daytime temperatures between 77°F (25°C) and 86°F (30°C) as well as 6 raining days per month and 8 average sunshine hours per day. The water of the ocean is warm all year round. In January the temperatures are around 82°F (28°C) which results in perfect conditions for water activities like snorkeling.

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Water Temperature in January °F

Current Weather Maledives

76°F heavy intensity rain
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages Maldives

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

86° 86° 90° 90° 88° 86° 86° 86° 86° 88° 88° 88°

Low °F

73° 73° 72° 72° 70° 70° 68° 68° 70° 70° 70° 70°


7 7 7 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 7 6

Rain days

14 13 10 8 7 6 5 4 4 7 9 13

Water °F

82° 82° 82° 83° 82° 81° 79° 77° 79° 79° 79° 81°

Maldives Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Maldives

The most popular time ofrnyear to visit is between October and April when rainfall amounts are lowerrnalong with the longest hours of sunshine. In the summer months there is arngreater risk of storms. As is common in tropical areas, the rains mostly occurrnin the form of short and intense downpours or thunderstorms. Between June andrnNovember may be the best time to visit for snorkeling and diving. This is the best time to swim with the big marine dwellers, especially inrnBaa Atoll when manta rays and whale sharks gather year-round to feed onrnplankton trapped in the island of the atoll. 

Things to know about Maldives

The Maldives is made up of almost 1200 small and tiny islands. They are further divided into 26 natural atolls stretching from north to south across more than 800 kilometres.

The Maldives has an incomparably diverse marine life with more than 1,000 species of fish, 40 species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, stingrays, sea turtles and even whale sharks. It is a world-class diving and snorkeling destination with an incredible coral reef, but it is important to recognize that the marine ecology is becoming increasingly vulnerable due to overfishing, climate change, pollution, etc. You can do your part by taking shared transportation, reducing usage of single-use plastic, partaking in beach cleanups and not touching the coral reef or animals or reusing towels for example.

Choosing a hotel can be so overwhelming because the variation is indescribable. If you have a small budget, you should stay near the airport. This way you can hop on a shared boat or a private speedboat and get to the local guesthouse relatively easily. Be careful. Read exactly how much additional taxes and transportation costs are, it is often not included in the room rate.
The experience of flying with a seaplane is a very special event and something the Maldives is known for. You can book a flight for something between 200 and 500 dollars to get around and enjoy an unforgettable view over the landscape.

There can be time differences in comparison to the capital Malé so don’t be surprised if your island has their own “island time”. It takes one or two days to get used to it but then you will learn to forget about time.
Islam is the official religion of The Maldives. Pork and alcohol are forbidden on local islands and you might hear prayer announcements throughout the day. However private resorts are allowed to serve alcohol.
There is no pre-arrival visa required for The Maldives, but you need to
 make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months.

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