The Maldives are a group of over 1200 islands formed from coral & located south west of India in the Indian Ocean. It is a tropical island paradise with pristine clear waters and world renowned for its beautiful resorts with overwater bungalows. But the Maldives has something for every budget with local island surf camps and if you’re not travelling with a non-surfing partner then the best way to get the most out of a surfing trip in the Maldives is to get yourself on a surf boat charter.
This is life stripped down to simplicity – bright blue skies, all-year sunshine and fantastic diving and snorkeling in lagoons the temperature of bath water. The country embraces travellers from around the world allowing them the freedoms holiday makers require without compromising the islands’ deep Muslim faith.
The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet. It is also the country with the lowest high poin in the world, at 2.3 metres.
During the last few years, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world, Australians included. The same swells hitting Indonesia deliver the goods to the Maldives except that the latitude is higher and the SE exposure is less convenient.
There are three main surfing areas;
- The North and South Male Atoll, during the South-West Monsoon season, from April to October. From May to August waves are strongest.
- Central Atolls standard waves are long clean rights with size varying between 3 and 6ft. During austral winter (April-October), it's never flat
- Southern Atolls in the South from February to April and from September to November and there are always waves in the area but the winds become very strong at other times.
The most famous breaks are in North Male’ Atolls. These points offer rights and lefts, whether for beginners or for professional surfers, with waves from 1 to 3 meters with long break points.
Surf spots can be accessed in two ways; by safari boats rented by groups of surfers, and by dhoni transferring surfers from the resorts. Although not all the spots can be accessed from the resorts.
Usually surfers prefer the cruise vessels to reach the different points in North and South Male’ Atolls, as they have no constraints and can choose among the most famous breaks. Don't leave without surfing Cokes, Jailbreaks (Himmafushi), Honky's and Sultans!
Temperature is consistent the whole year round 29-32’C during the day and 25-26’C during the night. The Maldives climate can be divided into two periods, characterised by two monsoons :
- The South-West Monsoon, from May to November, is humid and with persistent rainfalls. In this period the sea is heavy and winds are strong.
- The North-East Monsoon, from December to April, has very little rainfall and lower humidity.
In the Maldives there are three main surfing areas;
- The North and South Male Atolls - best during the South-West Monsoon season, from May to November. From May to August swells are strongest.
- Central Atolls - standard waves are long clean rights with size varying between 3 and 6ft. During Austral winter (April-October), it's rarely flat
- Southern Atolls - from February to April and from September to November
The tides and currents place a very important role in defining the surfing conditions in the Maldives. All the breaks occur near the tight channels of the atolls. The currents through these channels can become very strong. During the south-west monsoon, currents go towards the external reef of the atolls creating the best conditions for surfing. The swelling lines are usually perfect and the waves keep the same shape with all the tides.
The surf throughout the Maldives generally ranges in size from 4-8 feet, however bigger days have been experienced. The best waves in North Male can be experienced from May to October, with the biggest swells likely to occur in June/July/August. The best waves in South Male usually come July to October.
Consistent beachbreak with variety of waves. North Curlie is sheltered from N/NE winds and there is an occasional left of the point. On bigger swells there is a decent outside wave in the middle and a heavy hollow right at the southern end