Oh my, crystal blue waters and no wetsuit.
That’s what we all dream of, right?
Maldives surfing redefines the concept of luxury surfing vacation where you can experience the warm kiss of the waves washing your body and refreshing your mind and spirit. The best time to surf Maldives are April through October.
Emblematic of high-end serenity, Maldives surfing transports you to another time—the crystal clear blue waters will wash away all those mental dramas racing through your brain and bring you back to serenity.
Amongst the tourism atolls, most known surf is in North and South Malé Atolls. The resorts on the eastern reef of the atoll are ideally placed for the avid surfer. Here you can plant yourself in the resort and forget anything else ever existed.
The Outer Atolls
The Outer Atolls, approximately 300 miles to the South, contain at least a dozen, potent world class reef breaks that are rarely surfed. This zone is fickle, with the right winds occurring only in two narrow windows generally from February to April and September-November.
This area can only be accessed by means of a well-equipped surf charter vessel. The surf in the Outer Atolls is usually a few feet bigger than the North Male Atoll—hallow and shallow—similar to Indonesia style breaks.
What is an atoll?
Wikipedia defines an atoll as the following:
An atoll, sometimes called a coral atoll, is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands/cays on the rim. The coral of the atoll often sits atop the rim of an extinct seamount or volcano which has eroded or subsided partially beneath the water. The lagoon forms over the volcanic crater or caldera while the higher rim remains above water or at shallow depths that permit the coral to grow and form the reefs. For the atoll to persist, continued erosion or subsidence must be at a rate slow enough to permit reef growth upwards and outwards to replace the lost height
The Best Wave Hunting Season Maldives
The best waves can be had from April to October, with the biggest swells likely to occur in June to September. During these months the conditions are predominantly off-shore all day due to the monsoonal winds from the Indian Subcontinent and the swell generated from the south.
The surf generally ranges in size from 3-8 feet—however larger waves have been experienced.
A great variety of reef breaks exist ranging in intensity from quite mellow shred able walls to gnarlier hollow pits. There is something for everyone.
Weather in Maldives is influenced by two monsoons the northeast monsoons and the southwest monsoons. The Maldives surf season begins from late February to mid November with the best waves coming in during March to May and then again in September till the end of November.
During the surf seasons, the average size of the reef breakers ranges from 4-5 feet, sometimes hitting 8 to 10 feet (plus).
There are principally two major Maldives surfing areas and thus two swell seasons:
- North Male Atoll [season: April-October]
- Outer Atolls [season – February-April]
April looks like the best time to surf Maldives and gives you the possibility to hit either swell window.
Maldives Surf Spots
Following are of the most important surfing points in Maldives:
- Cokes – situated at Thulusdhoo in the eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Chickens – also known as Kuda Vilingili, it is situated in the eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Honky’s – also known as Thanburudhoo, it is situated in the eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Lohi’s – situated at Lohifushi Island, located at eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Guru’s – this famous surfing point is situated at southern tip of North Male atoll.
- Natives – situated at Kandooma, in eastern reef of North Male atoll.
- Kate’s – situated at Boduhuraa near Palm Tree Island, it is located at eastern reef of South Male Atoll.
- Riptides – situated in Guraidhoo, it is located at the eastern reef of South Male Atoll.
- Sultans – located at Kanu Huraa, it is situated at eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Tomb Stones – located at Thamburudhoo, this surfing spot is adjacent to Sultans, in eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Piddlies/Ninjas – situated in Kanifinolhu Island, it is on the eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Quarters – known as Gulhigaathuhuraa, in the uninhabited island attached to Palm Island Resort.
- Male Island Point – located in Furana Fushi Island in the eastern reef of North Male Atoll.
- Twin Peaks – situated at Miyaru Faru near the island of Gulhi in eastern reef of south Male Atoll.
Dhoveli Resort – Surfers Paradise
Dhonveli Beach and Spa, formerly Thari Village, is reputed to be the best surf stop-over in the Maldives. The resort has access to two of the best surf spots in North Male. Surfers are given accommodation at Dhonveli Beach and Spa itself and in the nearby resorts. If you want to surf outside of North Male’ atoll, you will have to book a reservation on a boat.
Every surf traveller should experience the uncrowded, consistent and perfect waves of the renowned Pasta Point while enjoying the comforts, service and sensational food of the four star Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives resort. This place is definitely on my bucket list.
Pasta Point, is a long peeling left with exclusive access to Thari Village. Five miles away you find the Honkys and Sultans. Honkys is a long wrapping left and is reputed to be the best wave in the Maldives. Sultans is a right with barrels. The average size of reef breakers is 4-5 feet, rising to 8-10 feet during the surf monsoon.
Here is the skinny on staying at Dhovveil:
- Maximum of only 30 surfers on island with exclusive access to Pasta Point.
- Pasta Point the most consistent break and best wave if smaller swell.
- Closest resort to the other prime breaks of Sultans (R), Honky’s (L) & Jailbreak (R) all within 10 minutes by boat.
- Unlimited surf transfers to the regional breaks included.
- First boat to Sultans departs at 5.30am to be first in the water.
- All surf transfer boats and guides with walkie-talkie communication for coordinating quick access to breaks.
- Operations Manager, Dara with 20 years’ experience.
- All ISA accredited Maldivian surf guides.
- Perfect for just the boys or with partners & children.
- Perfect for all abilities of surfers.
- Flexible arrival/departure days to suit all itineraries.
- Yoga, snorkelling and fishing included.
Reef breaks are sometimes quite tricky to surf; the water is quite shallow on the surf and the coral beds sharp and protruding. Surfers are advised to bring all their equipment with them.
To book your trip you need to go through The Atoll Travel Company:
International Phone: + 61 3 5682 1088
International Fax: + 61 3 5682 1202
Toll Free: 1800 622 310 (Australia)
Check out this link for a good boat trip option.
Awesome surf review on Maldives! Thanks. Headed there march 2k15, looking forward to great surf! I surfed Costa Rica and thought wave riding could not get any better than there. I’m looking forward to warm water surfing again! As for now enjoying the Baltic Sea for now.Šviekis, daniel
costa rica is average surf….maldives is 3 levels above.
I love the maldives, has anyone stayed at mirihi ? http://paradises.com/destinations/asia/maldives/mirihi-island-resort/
Heading to the Maldives in late Feb, what islands/ surf spots would be best to go to at that time of year? It’s our first time
I am also going to the Maldives in late Feb 2018 and during this time of season you will want to stay in the southern islands. I am staying at the six senses and I have done a lot of research and also have had a lot of help from someone who books the hotels for you at the lowest price possible. If you would like his info then just email me. Sounds like we will be surfing with not to many surfers which is great. Definitely will need to pay for rides to other spots unless the spot on the island is good but I like different waves any way so that will cost a pretty penny but its not like I do this kind of thing very often. You only live once right. We are going to score unless it is flat from every angle which is almost impossible. thanks c u there haha
Hello! Thanx for the post, Derek
I have a flight to Maldives this Sunday and I’m starting to worry a little, cause on the sites like https://rove.me/to/maldives I checked earlier, there is a time period February-November. And you say LATE February. I checked the weather in some popular web sources like https://travel.usnews.com/Maldives/When_To_Visit/ and the weather pomises to be amazing but I’m worried about the conditions for surfing as I chosen Maldives because I heard about its first-class waves. Is it a good idea to surf in a first half of February ? Waitin for your response
Hi Lessie! Just keep an eye on the surf forecast here… http://www.surfline.com/surf-forecasts/maldives/maldives_2734/ If you want to see what the swell is for next week though you might have to pay which sucks. Hope you get those first-class waves! Have a great trip!
We’re staying @ Kandooma, first week of April, 2018. I hope it’s good, then. If it’s not, any suggestions of alternate spots
Hey John! Nice! All our suggested spots are in the blog 🙂 Have a great trip!