Averages for Maldives in January
The island nation of Maldives consists of twenty-six atolls located in the Indian Ocean, about 400 kilometres south-west of India. Maldives is the world's lowest country in terms of ground level, with each island boasting diverse and fascinating marine life. Maldives benefits from truly wonderful weather, stunning natural scenery, beautiful beaches and plenty of amazing attractions and activities to enjoy. Maldives has long been a world-class, popular holiday destination, and it's not hard t...
The island nation of Maldives consists of twenty-six atolls located in the Indian Ocean, about 400 kilometres south-west of India. Maldives is the world's lowest country in terms of ground level, with each island boasting diverse and fascinating marine life. Maldives benefits from truly wonderful weather, stunning natural scenery, beautiful beaches and plenty of amazing attractions and activities to enjoy. Maldives has long been a world-class, popular holiday destination, and it's not hard to see why!
Representing the tops of a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is one of the worlds most geographically dispersed countries and Asia's smallest country in population and land area. Maldives is the world's lowest country in terms of ground level (averaging only at 1.5 metres) and is also the country with the lowest natural highest point in the world, at 2.4 metres.
The weather in Maldives is mild all year round, with plenty of sunshine and warm waters even during the winter months. The archipelago doesn't really experience the seasons as we do; instead, Maldives undergoes a dry season (beginning at the end of November and lasting until April), followed by a wet season (from April until October). During the wet season, humidity is extremely high and the islands see rainfalls on an almost daily basis.
January is the coldest month in the archipelago of Maldives, while also being one of the driest months of the dry season. During January, and even though this is the coldest it can get, average daytime temperatures stay around 27 degrees Celsius, with daytime highs peaking at 29 degrees. During night time, temperatures are expected to drop down to 25 degrees but they rarely go any lower thanks to the warm Indian sea waters and the equally warm monsoon winds. Sea temperature, which fluctuates only slightly throughout the year, remains at a welcoming 28 degrees Celsius. During January, Maldives enjoy 9 hours of daily sunshine.
January is dominated by the winter northeastern monsoon, which is a dry wind hailing east of India. The wind blows away rainy clouds and lowers humidity. As a result, during January there are not many clouds over the skies of Maldives and rain is relatively rare. Monthly total precipitation reaches 75 mm and rain is expected over the archipelago during 5 days of the month. Most of January's rains are felt at the southern part of the Maldives, as the south-western atolls are those who receive the majority of rainfall during the dry season.
Dates for the diary
Maldives celebrates the as a nation-wide event with lots of fireworks and partying across all major settlements and tourist resorts. New Year's in Maldives has a slightly political character, symbolising the nation's rebirth after it gained independence and became a republic in 1968. The day is a national holiday, and tourists can also find parties going on at the most popular resorts and gathering places in Maldives.
Another politically-themed national event, the eponymous Qaumee Dhuvas, also known as the Maldives national day, is a major nationwide celebration observed in January that commemorates the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam over the Portuguese occupation in the year 1573.
- New Years Maldives
Things to do
A trip to Male wouldn't be complete without a visit to . It is one of the main tourist attractions in the Maldives. A visit here in the afternoon can also coincide with local dhonis bringing in fresh catches. The market merits a visit for all tourists interested not only in Maldives' cuisine but also the local culture and customs.
Big game fishing can give tourists the opportunity to catch anything from sharks to eels. However, the most popular form of the sport is night fishing. Fishing at either sunrise or sunset is the best time of the day to go, when you can take advantage of the view. The Dreamcatcher fleet offers excellent opportunities to big game fishing enthusiasts to practice their fishing skills angling exiting catches across the Indian Ocean.
- Night fishing in the Maldives
Hit the beach
If you happen to be in the capital city of Male and want to combine culture with time on the beach you can enjoy Male's manmade beach. This newly created bay is becoming rapidly popular thanks to the events that are hosted there, including live music and festivals, making it a great place to swim, socialise and party in Maldives.
Situated on a secluded tropical islet in the South Ari Atoll, the Mirihi Island boasts some of the most impressive beaches south of Male, Maldives's capital. All the beaches are pristine, fairly secluded and rather small. The largest beach on the island is just 350 meters long and 50 meters wide with very fine golden sand and surrounded by topical vegetation.
Where to eat & drink
The Sala Thai Restaurant is a fantastic Thai 'boutique' restaurant that is famous for being wildly exotic in an already exotic setting. The Sala Thai chefs fly all their ingredients on a weekly basis, ensuring that diners enjoy the freshest Thai dishes in an unspoilt, beautiful environment. The prices match the restaurant's quality and while this is not the most child-friendly restaurant (due to the spicy dishes) it is rather accommodating to families in general.
The Sea Fire Salt.Sky is a unique underwater restaurant that follows the tradition of submerged dining that first started here in Maldives a few years ago. The underwater view is just spectacular, with schools of fish casually swimming centimetres away from your table and above your head as you dine. However, the food is just as impressive and the chefs here at the Sea Fire Salt.Sky draws inspiration from local dishes as well as Indian and international cuisines, resulting in a unique culinary experience.
Subsix is the world's first underwater club and one of the hottest nightlife hubs in the whole archipelago of Maldives. The Subsix club welcomes international DJs, blasts globally themed music and attracts a young lively crowd. The club itself is impressive and the deep-blue colour of the ocean makes for the perfect setting for nightlong parties.
Where to stay
If you're looking for fine accommodation in Males, the Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee is a small but popular hotel that offers a great location at low prices. This boutique is cosy and comfortable, making it ideal for couples on a budget or families with children.
Most hotels and resorts will now arrange trips and excursions for guests and the Marble Hotel is no exception. The hotel also has a fully equipped spa, for those who want a more relaxed break and the affordable room rates mean that you can stay here on a budget.
For an affordable stay in the country's capital city, the Lucky Hiya Hotel is conveniently located and comes recommended by numerous past guests. The hotel offers affordable room rates that will suit any budget.
If you're looking for a rustic experience that will give you a more authentic feel of the Maldives and its culture, try the Asdu Sun Island resort. The hotel offers a basic feel at affordable prices while fully encapsulating the essence of the true spirit of Maldives.
The Asdu Sun Island hotel is a simple and rustic resort that allows for a quiet and traditionally-themed stay for tourists on a budget. The hotel's facilities are fine and the view over the Indian Ocean good enough to keep many tourists coming back year after year.
- Maldives Sunset
January events in Maldives
New Year's Day
1st January 2018
Maldives' locals spend the New Year's day with friends and family after a night of entertainment. As its a public holiday locals take this time to relax after all the busy festivities of the last couple of days.