Thinking of a surf holiday to the playground paradise of Maldives? Just go surfing, that’s the point, right? So you want the best operator to put you consistently into the best surf of the day, each and every day of your trip. That’s what you get with Just Surf the Wave, headed by the incomparable Giorgio Rollo and in partnership with renowned Maldives Diving operation Emperor Divers, who have been providing live aboard service since 1992.
Perfectly situated to receive and groom the swells of southern Indian Ocean from April to October, the Male Atolls and the Central Atolls of the Maldives boast more than 60 surf spots in crystal reef waters fringing white sand islands. Lefts and rights, walls and wedges, barrels and ramps, high-performance waves and easy longboard learner waves, the Maldives has them all.
Nobody knows them like Giorgio Rollo and the folks at Just Surf the Wave, who are always at the best place at the right time. With their experience, they read the swell and conditions and crowd and put you in the best waves of the day. All day too, staying anchored at the break until sunset without returning early to anchor up at the lagoon like other boats do. Those magical sunset hours in the surf are all yours.
Just Surf the Wave ‘s Emperor Voyager is a modern and spacious live-aboard vessel uncompromising on comfort. She accommodates 20 guests in 7 twin and 3 double cabins, all ensuite with air-conditioning and fan. Relax on the main deck’s outdoor lounge and bar area. Chill in the upper deck salon with its entertainment system. Nap in one of the sundeck’s hammocks. Enjoy al fresco delicious meals of an international menu, with fish barbecue on a deserted beach under the stars. The Emperor Voyager’s dhoni tender will take you to and drop you off in the line-ups. For a modest fee, a photographer will record your memories of a lifetime. Non-surfing partners are just a welcome and will keep busy doing nothing but relaxing, sunbathing on ample deck space and swimming and snorkeling. In addition to its complementary tea, coffee and fresh water, as well as bar sodas, the Emperor Voyager is fully licensed to sell beer, wine and spirits.
Just Surf the Wave/Emperor Voyageroffers a single-passenger guarantee of same-sex cabin share. If this is not possible, then you will get a cabin to yourself.
From airport pickup (look for the Emperor Maldives representative by the Help Desk) to drop-off, your days will be filled with surf and fun of a high-class operation offering great value.
The Emperor Voyager is a very modern and roomy vessel that is built to the highest standard for maximum comfort and safety for its passengers. The vessel can accommodate up to a total of 20 guests with various types of cabins with all the cabins equipped with air-conditioning and fan for maximum comfort. The vessel has 7 twin cabins located in all of the three decks and 3 double cabins located at the lower deck. There are 2 twin cabins in the upper deck, 1 twin cabin in the main deck, and 4 twin cabins in the lower deck.
Emperor Voyager guarantees same sex cabins, if there is an event where you are travelling as a single passenger and they cannot room you with the same sex and a free cabin is available then you will have that cabin to yourself with no extra charge.
RATES AND PACKAGES
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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.