January: dark mornings (and evenings), new year blues and the irresistible desire to perpetually push the 'snooze' button on the alarm clock. Needless to say January is exactly our favourite month. That is unless you look to climes that do cover themselves in climatic glory, like the pristine beaches of the Maldives, the chic boutique hotels of the Caribbean and the bucket list-worthy sites of Latin America - diving Belize's Blue Hole, anyone?

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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Suffer from the serious January Blues? Head to the ocean and experience the blues of an altogether different kind.

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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 Rock Islands

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
Cayman Islands

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
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
Ruins on the beach in Riviera Maya

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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