Surfing in the Maldives
Surrounded by a world of sea, the lovely islands
of the Maldives make every water sport enthusiast experience
an adrenalin rush with its vast array of opportunities.
With no limits to the foamy surf, surfing comes naturally
to these wind blown 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.