Surrounded by a world of sea, the lovely islands of the Maldives make every water sport enthusiast experience an adrenalin rush with it's vast array of opportunities. With no limits to the foamy surf, surfing comes naturally to these windblown islands, adding a sensational bonus to your holiday experience.The Maldives has several safari operators who not only offer their safari boats that take you on your itinerary but expertise, local knowledge, and professionalism go into providing you with a great service all time round.For real adventure surfers always on the lookout for a new, different, and challenging experience, the Outer Atolls of the Maldives with its still mostly unsurfed waves would be the ideal choice. Laamu and Huvadhoo Atolls separated by the 1 ½ Degree Channel way south, and with the Roaring Forties hitting these atolls with great vigour, creates arguably the best waves in the whole of the Maldives. While March/April and August to November would be the best time to visit this region with some great waves around Meemu Atoll, Huvadhoo’s waters are best surfed during the north east monsoons from December to March, with its incredible surf Fiyori, the heaviest wave in the country, and compared by many surfers to those found in the South Pacific.The eastern side of North Male’ Atoll lets you in on some popular breaks with visiting surfers. The Jailbreak wave at Himafushi island; Thambrudhoo’s left and right; the goofy-footers’ dream wave, Kuda Villingili (Chickens), the best left hander in Male’ Atoll; and the atolls’ heaviest wave, Colas at Thulusdhoo point, gives plenty of opportunity for good jumping and wave riding between April and October. Three good swells come each month, lasting a couple of days.Surfing safari operators have highly dedicated staff who would willingly assist you to ensure the best possible holiday experience. But despite the pleasantries, all surfers must understand that they have to be responsible for their own safety. Callow moves may end up in injuries or accidents. For the not so surfy savvy, stick to the golden rule. Head for a point where the prevailing breeze is offshore. Blowing into the waves, the winds will make them stand up nicely giving hollow tubes to cut through. For onshore winds, get an early start.
Featured Surf Spots in Maldives
Male’ Island Point
Full Moon Beach Resort, Furana Fushi Island, Eastern Reef of North Male’ Atoll: Long, right-hander, offshore in winds S to W. Breaks rarely and only large swells. At three feet it has a dry reef to surf on. In the big swells of 1987, when many of the islands were flooded, this was surfed at a perfect six to eight feet.
Villingilimathi Huraa (Kuda Villingili), Uninhabited island. Eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll: Requires speed. Long, excellent left-hander that has two sections. A pleasant thin, peeling, racing lip. However conditions must be perfect, otherwise it’s not make able. Best winds are NW-NNE (offshore). Named because of a poultry farm on the island. Access by boat.
Thulusdhoo, Atoll Capital. Eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll: A short but intense ride. A big wave tube spot. A steep barreling takeoff, then a very shallow inside section that opens up even more than the takeoff. Best on mid to high tide, however, can be surfed at low tide if the swell is big enough. Ideal on a straight south swell and winds NW however, can be surfed in winds from any direction W - N.
Named after the Coca-Cola factory on the island, beautiful view of palm fringed beach from the surf zone. Access by boat.
Lohifushi Island Resort. Eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll: Good and hollow left-hander with two sections. Need big SE swells and high tides to work well. Best during NW-NE offshore winds. Named after the island resort Lohifushi. Access by boat even from Lohifushi Resort.
Piddlies - Ninias
Kanifinolhu Resort. Eastern Reef of North Male’ Atoll: Slow right-hander, good for beginners and long-boarders. Best on W-NW winds with a moderate S swell. However swells larger than 4 feet spoils it. Named Ninjas because many Japanese surfers seem to like it. Access by boat.
Tari Village Resort (Kanu Huraa) . Eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll: Perfect long left, which picks up more swell and is more consistent than any other break. ‘Macaroni Bowl’-a second tube section, which develops after the fast take off section, mellows out for a cutback. ‘Lockjaws’ - if you are game try out this very fast and shallow end section, which comes after the ‘Macaroni Bowl’. Rides are 75 to 100 yards long. Reserved for the exclusive use of the resort guests. (Strictly enforced by Tari Village Resort management) Best winds; N, but can be surfed with NE-NW. Best months - February, March and April. Accessible from the shore.
Thamburudhoo (Uninhabited Island), Eastern Reef of North Male’ Atoll: Excellent, long, world-class right-hander. One of the most consistent waves of Male’ Atoll, which never closes out, even on the biggest swells. The take-off is a steep outside peak called ‘Phantoms’, which slingshots into a very long, walled, super fast section called the ‘Pinnacles’, over four feet. All three sections can be thrilling, almost insane tubes. Rides are 100 to 150 yards. Best on high tide with any wind from W to N. Access by boat.
Thamburudhoo (Uninhabited Island), Adjacent to ‘Sultans’. Eastern Reef of North Male’ Atoll: Long, left-hander. Starts small and increases in size and intensity as it wraps 90 degrees around the island. A six feet wave on the take-off will end up at least eight feet on the end section, called ‘Fred’s Ledge’. Long rides and tubes through all sections. Best on low tides unless swell is huge. Best winds, ENE-N (this is the only wave that works on a ENE wind). Best swell, straight S. Best months for this wave, February, March and April. Affected by strong currents in the Southwest monsoon from May to October. Access by boat.
Male’, the capital. Eastern reef of Male’, Southern tip of North Male’ Atoll: A couple of shifting peaks, popular with locals, riding surfboards and boogie boards. The reef picks up plenty of swell. Best in W winds. Accessible from the shore.
Miyaru Faru near the island of Gulhi, inhabited island, Eastern Reef of South Male’ Atoll: Sectiony left, which picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Male’ Atoll. Can have a good end section in a big S swell. Best in N winds, the higher the tide, the better. Access by boat.
Gulhigaathuhuraa, uninhabited island attached to Palm Tree Island Resort. Eastern Reef of South Male’ Atoll: Really nice, fast little right-hander that picks up less swell than most other places. Best in winds W to NW. Named after the resort workers’ quarters on the island.
Boduhuraa, Uninhabited Island near the Palm Tree Island Resort. Eastern Reef of South Male’ Atoll: Small short left. Best in winds NW to N.
Kandooma Island Resorts reef which is the Eastern Reef of North Male’ Atoll: A short right, that needs a big swell. Best SW winds.
Guraidhoo, Inhabited Island. Eastern Reef of South Male’ Atoll: Small reef in the middle of the channel on the southern side of the island; fast right-hander, one of the best waves in the area. The area is subject to strong currents. Best on W to SW winds. Access by boat.