Not exactly a month that showcases Britain at its finest, but few people decide to hit the road. Understandable, as it could just be delaying the inevitable return to work, but consider some of the places that are at their absolute best in January. There’s the Caribbean, Australia (turtle hatchling season on Ningaloo Reef) and New Zealand, the Maldives, Thailand, Latin America… The list goes on.

Diving in January

It's not just the weather that can be great in January if you pick your destination right but there are some exciting things happening underwater too if you know where to look. Hammerhead sharks in French Polynesia, groupers spawning in Belize and whale sharks in Mozambique to name but a few.

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Britain in January might be the perfect illustration of the old Scots term dreich, meaning dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and generally miserable weather. Not so in the southern hemisphere.

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Our favourites for January

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Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Maldives
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, this little known island is a hidden gem.

Lord Howe Island
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Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Raja Ampat
Diving off Babeldoab Island

Palau

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

Palau
Micronesia

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Micronesia
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The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands offer great diving and hotels, as well as being home to a world famous wreck-dive, the RMS Rhone.

The British Virgin Islands
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Cayman Islands

World-class diving and laid back Caribbean charm at its best. This is some of the very best diving in the Caribbean.

Cayman Islands
Salt Whistle Bay Beach

St Vincent & The Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines is an archipelago in the Southern Caribbean comprising of 32 islands, including Mustique, Bequia and Petit St Vincent. Endless stretches of white sand. Tick. Gin clear water. Tick. Idyllic island life. Tick. This is a true Caribbean jewel.

St Vincent & The Grenadines
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Western Thailand

Off the western coast of Thailand, a group of islands called the Similans are home to the very best diving that can be found in Thailand. Here you can find whale sharks, mantas and other large pelagics.

Western Thailand
Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines has an incredible amount of variety in the form of WWII wrecks, pristine reefs, world-class muck diving and one of our favourites: the thresher shark.

Philippines
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Andaman Islands

Pretty much as remote as you can get. And as exciting.

Andaman Islands
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Mexico

Two different coastlines, two totally different types of diving, both offering something very special.

Mexico
Great blue hole of belize

Belize

Explore the second largest barrier reef in the world, along a 174-mile long coastline.

Belize
Hammerhead Shark Underwater

Costa Rica

A picture perfect and pocket-sized country with two beautiful coastlines separated by a spine of extremely active volcanoes.

Costa Rica

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