This destination offers some of the most luxurious accommodation on the planet, both on and off the water and has a plethora of world class waves too. This is the perfect place to bring the family for the holiday of a lifetime and catch some amazing breaks into the bargain.
The tale of how these islands were discovered as a surfing destination is dreamlike and fitting to a place which remains the stuff of fantasy. In the 1970’s a couple of Australian surfers, Tony Hussein-Hinde and Mark Scanlon, were shipwrecked here and during their time as castaways recognised the untapped potential of the area and vowed to return with their boards. Needless to say when they did, they were not disappointed!
With over 1192 islands set amidst crystal clear waters there are an endless selection of waves for all abilities. The archipelago is divided into three clusters: The Male Atolls, The Central Atolls and The South Atolls.Generally,the swells herelack the punch of the Indonesian surf and rarely get over 6ft but there is still some world class action to be had.
One of the best breaks and a real crowd pleaser, is christened ‘Chickens’. Just for the record, its name comes from the fact the island off which it breaks used to house a chicken farm and is nothing to do with the calibre or lack of required to surf it. This is a fast, bending left hander that is one of the wildest and most white-knuckle inducing offerings from the region. Other world class breaks include‘Honky’s’, ‘Jailbreaks’, ‘Sultans’ and ‘Ninja’s’ all with their own exhilarating characters and idiosyncrasies. These named waves attract surf enthusiasts from all over the world and the line ups can be busy. However, with such a spectacular number of islands and offshore reefs there are infinite possibilities to be sought out.
We have a selection of gorgeous resorts on offer which have plentiful surf spots nearby but if you do choose to stay on land we advise that you take a boat charter as some of the best surfing is to be had on the outer reefs. Unfortunately, there are few budget options in this region as most of the accommodation options are high end.
March through to October is the best time to hit the Maldives, these storms from down south bring the best swells to the islands. If your looking for size then come in June, July and August you will usually get offshore winds all day long. The Maldives are open to the same swell conditions as Indonesia but because its a little higher the strength has dropped a little.
Do you ever day dream about surfing magical waves that keep getting better as the day goes on? Do you want a wall that goes on forever with hollow barrels? Then you have to visit Beacons. Beacons in the Maldives is your screen saver surf break. This wave handles all sizes from less than 1 metre to 3-4 metres. A seriously good break for those surfers visiting the Maldives. The feedback we get is nothing but great from the guys that use our charters.
Castaways is a more relaxed wave, which is somewhat predictable but unfortunately very shallow at the end. The works best as a north wind and the entire place is seriously stunning. Check out No Names lefts when the swell picks up – worth a look.
Blue Bowls is known as a great right hander with a point style take off that leads into a long rideable face. There are a number of bowl sections in this wave ( ..the name) which open up to long rideable faces that you only dream of. This is a really fun wave for all levels especially those guys that want to rip it up on short performance boards.
Same as Blue Bowls, Five Islands is an extensive right hander that offers the same kind of ride but with more grunt, speed and varied sections. It’s best with a southerly swell. If you want clean long barrel rides then hit this place as it’s probably one of the best in the whole of the Southern Atolls.
If everywhere else is small then head to Tiger Stripes. Its going to be bigger than all other places. It’s take off section is for the advanced surfers out there, but once you make it this is where the real fun begins. Go hard through the barrel section right up to the end where the water can be quite low. If you want consistency and a wave that will keep on producing then Tiger Stripes will give you the rewards you are looking for.
NORTH MALE ATOLLS
The is a right hander that is now open to the public. There are 2-3 main sections and when this place is pumping, you can expect 200 metre rides. Bring a super performance board for this break.
Just a short motor boat ride from HP reef close by North of Himmafushi Island. Great for the crew that prefer waves in the 4ft-6ft range. Stories we hear from this break are always positive. If Sultans is too busy head over to this break.
This place is a must visit when in the Maldives. It’s one of those waves that we all love; an easy right which then opens up about 20-30 m later to a fast wall. Love this place! Sultans is protected from the South wind and will bear the full brunt of swell so it’s best to go there in smaller conditions.
Off Kani Resort this right hander is for the intermediate to experienced – lots of swell currents and rips so take it easy as it can be less than predictable
If you are like most of us you want to be able to smash those left hand walls and Lohis gives you this opportunity, all outside Lohifushi Resort. Go for a surf, then come in for lunch and then head out again – perfect!!
You have to be super fit for this wave as this left hander goes on for more than 450 metres. Feel the burn in your legs increase as the wave goes on and on. It’s incredibly fast so bring a short performance board. You must – I repeat must check this place out at least once. Tick it off your bucket list.
A great right hander that works best when the swell is between 2-3m. Well worth a paddle.
THAA & LAAMU ATOLLS
This right hander is inconsistent on the low tide, however, on the mid tide through to high can produce reeling waves with some short barrels. On the inside of Mikado is offshore in a South western & is protected from Kanimeedhoo Island, however when the wind is from the W-NW it will mess the wave up.
Is a fast right with a gnarly section at the end. To the west is a long left wall that has a tube section & is a swell magnet. This wave is perfect with light N, NW winds.
Is a left that is exposed to all winds from the south. It needs NE, N or light NW winds to break well and across the reef pass. There is a right that also breaks sometimes.
If the wind is from the SE, make the journey to Hirilandhoo where there is a long fast left, this wave can barrel, however, is fairly inconsistent.
Is a right hander that is fairly section. It favours North winds and breaks off the eastern tip of Veymandhoo pass.
Is a picturesque deep-water peak which shuts down at the end. This wave is located on the west coast of Thaa atoll.
Is named after local surfer Zubair as he surfs this wave by himself most of the time as there is nowhere to stay there and a boat trip will cost around $600. The wave is near the harbour where some right handers are groomed by the SW winds.
Has some reeling rights & wedging peaks on a SE swell & SW winds. It also has a nice shorey for the grommets to play around in.
Is a gnarly right hander above 6ft as the outside bombs start to heave harder and faster. Best surfed on a high tide. Approach Lights’ is located on the southern tip of Addu Atoll.
Shangri-la is a great right that reels down the reef on the east coast of the island and adjacent to the Shangri-la resort. Breaks from SE- SW swells and NE Winds.
Has a few peaks that break both left and right, however, neither of them are very long. When the swell is small and the wind is from the north there will be a few surfable peaks. Unfortunately this wave does not barrel. The left gets better when the swell is more solid as it breaks off the reef creating big fast walls to rip up. Breaks best on a mid-high tide, south swell & NW winds.
Air Equator Lefts
Located on the northeast point of Meedhoo Island, this fast barreling wave was first spotted by Andy Burr, the Air Equator airline pilot. The remote location of this Left means that you can be surfing solitary barrels with just you &your mates. The wave typically ranges from 2-6ft & is best with a south swell, NW winds and handles all tides.
To the west lies Kottey which is a left that works best on S-SE winds & a medium tide. Kottey is very consistent, powerful wave as it is wide open to the Indian Ocean. The wave breaks quickly across the reef & can get heavy. This is another wave that you may just well score with just you and your mates as it is in the southern area which is visited less frequently.
Is a left that wraps around the reef pass like a point break.