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BEST TIME TO SURF IN MALDIVES

The Surf Season starts from mid February to November when swells are produced by winter low pressure systems in the southern Indian Ocean.
The best waves can be experienced from March to October, during low season, with the biggest swells likely to occur in June/July/August.The early part of the season has the most stable weather, with light, favorable winds.

Swell consistency and size improve from February, with March, April and May having very clean conditions.
June to August have the most potential for big swells although tropical storms can be more common in these months. The famous Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy is held in august every year

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LEARN MORE: WHAT’S THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT MALDIVES?

September and October are also very consistent months for swell, with variable winds and tropical storms becoming less frequent.
November is still quite consistent for small to medium size waves and the weather is usually perfect.

During all these months the conditions are off-shore all day and the swell direction is mainly south South East.
The surf generally ranges in size from 3-6 feet and sea temperatures remain steady at about 28ºC or 81ºF

WHERE TO SURF IN MALDIVES?

There are principally 3 major surfing areas in the Maldives:

🌊MALE ATOLLS

The  Malé Atoll is famous for having the best and most accessible waves in Maldives, the longest rides and being home of internationally known breaks such as Pasta Point, Chickens, Coke’s, Jailbreaks, Sultans, Ninjas, Lohi’s in the north, and Foxy’s, Guru’s, and Riptides in the south. These breaks offer a mix of rights and lefts for both the beginners and the advanced surfers, averaging 3-8ft and featuring some long point breaks. The North and south Malé breaks can be accessed by one of three means: surf charter boat, from local islands or resorts.

– North Male atoll

Chickens
📍Uninhabited island opposite Thulusdhoo local island
The left hander is probably the fastest wave in the North Male Atoll. This wave holds swell size from 3ft to well over 10ft and provides rides up to 500m long.

Cokes
📍Thulusdhoo, local island
The right-hander breaks 3-10ft and is fairly protected from the southerly winds that may affect other breaks such as “Lohis”. This wave has been well photographed and is one of the most famous wave in the North Male atoll. This will test your tube-riding ability.

Lohis
📍Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Lohis is a long wackable left-hander that breaks off at Hudhuranfushi Resort . It is a very consistent and probably the most popular wave in north male and has hosted the WQS O’neil ‘Deep Blue Open’ from 2001 to 2005.
Huduran Fushi Resort won the ‘Leading Surf Resort’ in the Maldives in 2015.

Ninjas
📍Club Med Kani Resort
Slow right-hander, good for beginners and long-boarders.
With the right conditions this is a great wave but a little inconsistent.

Pastas
📍Cinamon Dhonveli Resort
Perfect long left, which picks up more swell and is more consistent then any other break. Best months February, March and April. Pasta is the former home to the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro WQS event.

Sultans
📍Uninhabited island of Thamburudhoo
An easy right-hand take off which leads you to an intense wrapping section at the end. Breaks 3-8ft. This wave is the most protected from the southerly winds in the North Male atoll and collect the most swell .

Honky’s
📍Himmafushi local Island
It is a fast wrapping left at 4-6ft and needs the right swell direction. Worth checking if “Sultans” is crowded.

Jailbreaks
📍Girufushi Island – Military training camp
A classic right-hander that was previously off limits because of its location , in front of Maldives Military training island. A long down the line right-hander with 3 distinct sections including a mid barrel section. Rides of up to 300m can be had when it’s lining up.

Male Point
📍Male city
Popular with locals, riding surfboards and boogie boards. The reef picks up plenty of swell. Best in west winds. Accessible from the shore.
Unfortunately the wave is currently forbidden to surfers during bridge construction works between Male and Hulhumale. It is not clear yet if surfing will be reopen or not after construction is completed.

– South Male atoll

Gurus
📍Gulhi Local island
Gurus is a nice fast lefthander that breaks on a reef in the middle of the sea. Gurus picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Male Atoll. Best in N winds, the higher the tide the better.

Twin Peaks
📍Gulhi Local island
A mushy spot that seems to attract swells. Refractions in the waves caused by the reef sometimes make a slow but interesting ride. Only accessible by boat. Best with a strong southern swell and high tide.

Quarters
📍Gulhigaathuhuraa deserted island
Really clean, fast little right-hander that picks up less swell than most other places. Best in winds W to NW.

Natives or Foxys
📍Kandooma Resort
A right, that needs a big swell. Best SW winds. This wave can stretch up to 150 meters.

Riptides
📍Guraidhoo Local island
Speedy right-hander. Breaks off of a small reef in the middle of the on the southern side of the island of Guraidhoo. Only accessible by dhoni due to extreme currents.

🌊CENTRAL ATOLLS

Surfers will be overjoyed by the number and variety of surf breaks available in the Central atolls. Surf trips to the Central Atolls are perfect for escaping the northern crowd and finding some consistent surf, fast/section waves and pristine barrels. Some of the most reputed spots include Malik’s, Finnimas, Mikados, Ying Yangs and Machines. Central atoll surfing is recommended for intermediate surfers.

– Dhaalu atoll

Vodi
📍Niyama Resort
Vodi is a perfect left that breaks on the Nyama Resort.

Mauroof/kasabu
📍Kudahuvadhoo local island
A right-hander breaking just off the island of Niyama. Perfect last wave before taking the domestic flight back to Male ( only domestic airport based in Kudahuvadhoo )

– Meemu atoll

Muli F1 & Mushrooms
📍Muli Local Island
Muli breaks in two ways – Inside (F1) or Outside (Mushrooms). This right hand, with good conditions, offers endless ride with sometimes hollow sections for tubing.

Veyvah
📍Veyvah local island
Perfect left hander with long wall. Easy take off with several options with long rides. great fun.

– Thaa atoll

Malik’s
📍Hirilandhoo local Island
Long speedy but unpredictable left who can offer high quality barrels with proper swell and wind direction (south to southwest swell and easterly winds)

Bowling Alley
📍Thaa atoll west coast
On the west coast of Thaa atoll, Bowling Alley is a reliable scenic deep-water peak that stays in the range of 3-10 feet and remains consistent through any stage of the tide and that closes out onto a reef inside the atoll.

Finnimas
📍Gadifuri deserted island
Finnimas barrels keep surfers coming back for more despite the exposed reef . Finnimas is a lefthander that needs NE, N or light NW winds to break well. Make sure the tide is not too low as it is quite shallow.

– Laamu atoll

Machine
📍East-facing shore of Laamu Atoll
Machine is probably the best right in the Laamu Atoll. A Winding, tubular right best on an incoming tide in a westerly wind and is rideable even in small swells. Machine demand constant paddling when catching the waves, and when escaping once you’ve entered the crunch area. Strong rips on incoming tide, beware of coral reef.

Machine/Refugee’s Left
📍East-facing shore of Laamu Atoll
Across the pass, Machine/Refugee’s Lefts are short and shifty and offer ideal conditions with southeast swell direction.

Machine/Refugee’s Right
📍East-facing shore of Laamu Atoll
Machine/Refugee’s Rights are the closest alternative to Machine/Refugee’s Lefts. Machine/Refugee’s Rights are recommended for speed addicted who thrive on racing the close-out. Shallow waters , irregular reef , fast and steep take-off make of Machine/Refugee’s Rights a pretty dangerous wave.

Ying Yang
📍Six Senses Resort
Probably the most consistent wave in Laamu atoll. With waves ranging from 2 to 12 feet and breaking in any tide, Ying Yang works better under strong Southeast swell. The outside section breaks in deep water, and can be an option in northwest winds that blow out the inside. In southwest winds, the outside becomes rough and the inside turns on.

🌊OUTER/SOUTHERN ATOLLS

The Outer Atolls (located in the most southern section of the Maldives), are the most secluded and preserved atolls. They contain at least a dozen world class reef breaks that are rarely surfed. Outer atolls do not provide perfectly shaped or soft-breaking waves but the waves are powerful, they break fast and throw hard – Recommended for advanced surfers.

– Huvadhoo/Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll

Viligili
📍northern tip of Huvadhoo atoll
Surfed by safari boats on their way to/from Male, sea can be rough, especially when crossing channel between Laamu and Huvadhoo atoll. Viligili offers long rides waves that need a southeast swell to work.

Beacons
📍southwest tip of Huvadhoo atoll
Beacons is considered as one of the most powerful wave in the maldives. Beacons’s powerful rights tube into a shallow and exposed reef break. Not the safest wave to surf in Maldives but probably the most exciting.

Castaways
📍southwest tip of Huvadhoo atoll
Less powerful than Beacons is Castaways; open on an outside reef, Castaways is predictable but shallow at low tide on the end section.

Blue Bowls
📍south tip of Huvadhoo atoll
Blue Bowls is a long, smooth and flexible righthander. Nice bowy section and good length, Blue bowls is fit for short board and smooth enough for funboards and longboards. Good surf at all stages of the tide but sometimes crowded.

Five islands
📍south of Huvadhoo atoll
Pretty similar to Blue Bowl, Five Islands is another righthander well protected from south to southwest winds. Five islands breaks harder and hollower than Blue bowls on the shallow inside reef.

Two ways
📍south of Huvadhoo atoll
Just across the pass of five islands, Two ways, as the name indicates, breaks on the left and the right. Long walls , low waves that peel nice and easy with a bit of depth to the water.

Love charms
📍Southeast of Huvadhoo atoll
Next to two ways, Love charms is a reliable lefthander which breaks into two distinct sections at low tide. High tide will provide bigger swells that will likely connect the waves into a long and hollow wall for a long and hollow ride with powerful pockets.

Tiger stripes
📍between the local islands of Gan and Gadhdhoo
An open lefthander with long and consistent curvable walls and a tricky take off. Unimpressive when small, it usually range from two to eight feet in size and is definitely better the bigger the swell.

Antiques
📍between the local islands of Gan and Gadhdhoo
A small, easy and forgiving righthander. Less powerful and big than Tiger stripes, it ranges between two to six feet, excellent spot for beginners and intermediate surfers.

– Addu Atoll

Kottey
📍Hithadhoo local island (Addu city)
Interesting set of reef breaks during southwest monsoon (4 to 12 feet average). The main wave is a left that works best with southern or eastern winds and a medium tide.

Air equator
📍Northeast of Meedhoo local island
Discovered by a pilot from former airline company Air equator, this spot is reachable by a two hours dhoni ride. Due to its location, Air equator is almost never ridden despite beautiful and unexploited barrels. It is offshore with northwest winds and it handles all the tides.

Shangri-la
📍Shangri-la resort
On small clean southeast and southwest swells it is a clean right that wraps around the reef on the east coast of the island. Unfortunately Shangri la resort only allow access to its clients .

Madihera
📍Madihera islet
Subject to the wind direction Madihera is a quality left with 2 distinct sections. It needs northeast winds to make the complete wave rideable. South winds or northwest winds will spoil the barrels on the outside.

Approach lights
📍Gan international airport
Located in front of Gan international airport runway, approach light is a right reeling down on live coral reef. Ranging from 2 to 10 feet, Approach lights are ideal at high tide when northerly winds meet southern swells.

WHERE TO STAY?

CRUISE/SAFARI BOAT ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A private boat charter ( Surf Safari/Surf Cruise), is the perfect way to get the most out of a surfing trip in Maldives. You will get the boat exclusively for you, your friends and family and you can experience the most famous and remote Maldivian surfing spot. All surfing trips can be tailored made according to your wishes and your surfing skills. The minimum number of people for a private charter is normally 4 but can go up to 20 people for larger groups. You can decide of the itinerary, of  your traveling dates and you have a great range of types of vessels available for hire. From traditionally built wooden vessels to modern designed cruisers with a range of luxurious facilities such as built in Jacuzzis.

Cruise Safari boat is THE best way to explore Maldives most amazing surfing points.

LEARN MORE : WHY CRUISING IS THE BEST AND MOST AFFORDABLE WAY TO VISIT MALDIVES

RESORT ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Resorts are perfect if you are not on a budget, if you travel with your family and if you didn’t plan to stay all day in the water catching waves. Resorts have a lot to offer for surfers looking for cozy accommodations, sophisticated food, spa treatments and a lot of fun activities and excursions.

There are only a few resorts where you can surf. Resorts do not allow outsiders to surf “their wave” which is perfect is you want to avoid crowded line up. Some resorts even sell surfing day pass to their in house clients to limit the number of surfers per day.

Surf resorts:

Hudhuranfushi – North Male Atoll
Club Med Kani– North Male Atoll
Cinnamon Dhonveli – North Male Atoll
Kandooma – South Male Atoll
Six Senses – Laamu Atoll
Niyama – Dhaalu Atoll
Shangri-La– Addu Atoll

LEARN MORE : RESORT vs. CRUISE vs. GUEST-HOUSE : WHERE TO SPEND YOUR HONEYMOON IN MALDIVES ?
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GUEST-HOUSE/LOCAL ISLAND ⭐⭐⭐

Local island is basically a mix between cruise and resort style holidays. Cruise because you will enjoy the interaction with the islanders and discover the true Maldives and resorts because of the accommodation and the limited surfing possibility.

Guest house is recommended for solo or couple travelers traveling on a budget . Guest house accommodations are usually quite comfortable and well maintained. You will also find plenty of food options, from the local Hedhikhaa to the western cuisine.

Friendly locals surfers will  guide you in surfing their waves and show the beauty of their island.

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