Surfers Paradise – Surfing In The Maldives
The Maldives is one of the worlds most popular holiday destinations. It has over 1000 individual islands which are nearly all lined with golden sand and crystal clear water that shimmers in a wide range of shades of blue. This stunning natural beauty combined with the friendly locals (and year-round awesome weather) is a winning combination for many holidaymakers.
The staggering number of islands and reefs in the area make the Maldives also one of the worlds best surf spots for intermediate and experienced surfers. The waves here aren’t the biggest in the world, and they aren’t the most powerful either
But they are one heck of a lot of fun.
Today we are going to give you the lowdown on surfing in the Maldives to give you an idea of what to expect, and when to go.
Let’s get started.
When Is The Best Time To Go?
Because of how many islands there are in the Maldives you can pretty much be guaranteed great surf somewhere on the archipelago all year round.
Between April and October there will always be great waves within reach somewhere on the islands. March and November are the shoulder season for surfing but waves can still be reasonably relied upon. However during the shoulder season, you may have a flat day or two, but that’s not so much of an issue because these months have the best weather of the whole surf season.
What’s The Surf Like?
As we mentioned earlier the surf here isn’t massive. If you’re chasing big waves this isn’t the place for you. However, what the Maldives lacks in size it makes up for with consistency. Many breaks have reliable barrels, and most of them have long beautiful waves you can ride until your heart’s content. A flat day is incredibly rare. You’re pretty much guaranteed somewhere to surf on the islands every day throughout the surf season.
Most of the best breaks on the islands are often uncrowded due to the huge number of surf spots on offer. However, only a handful of breaks are easily accessible from the resorts and these can get a little crowded. The best surf on the islands requires a short journey away from the resorts, but it’s more than worth the effort.
Where Are The Best Surf Spots?
The surf spots in the Maldives can be separated into three main areas. Each one of the areas is an individual atoll, and they all have their own character.
The Malé Atolls
The Malé Atolls are the most popular area for surfing in the Maldives. They offer numerous breaks that are extremely reliable during peak season. During the shoulder season, the southwesterly winds can render many of the spots a little choppy. However, there are several breaks here that are protected by the land and remain clean during this time.
The Malé Atolls close proximity to the resort areas mean that this is the busiest area for surfing on the entire archipelago. It’s usually not crazy busy, and you’re not going to be in the lineup for hours waiting for a wave – but ideally, it could be a little less crowded.
Recommended Spots: Chickens, Guru’s, Coke’s, Jailbreaks, Pasta Point, Sultans
The Central Atolls
The Central Atolls have a longer surf season than the Malé Atolls and can be relied upon from March to November. The best time to go is between June and September because during this time the biggest swells can be found with strong offshore winds.
Surfing the Central Atolls is a magical and exhilarating experience. It takes a little bit of effort to get here (but not too much). This means you’re basically guaranteed to have these waves all to yourself. Surfing out here feels like you’re on a voyage of discovery between paradise islands. The atmosphere is almost as good as the surfing itself.
The waves here are second to none and the Central Atolls can boast of some of the best right-handers in the world. The complex shapes of the islands here mean that regardless of wind direction there’s going to be several places with perfect waves.
Recommended Spots: Muli, Veyvah, Adonis, Finnimas, Mikado
The South Atolls
If you want to say you’ve been to one of the most exclusive surf spots on the planet, then the South Atolls are for you. They are the most remote part of the archipelago and few tourists (and even fewer surfers) make the trip down here. Remember, you’re going to need to find yourself a charter boat if you want to surf the South Atolls (which can be quite expensive). However, if you do decide to splash the cash, then you’re in for one of the best surf experiences of your life.
Prime season down here is a little longer than the rest of the archipelago and great waves can be found between February and November.
Recommended Breaks: Antiques, Beacons, Cast Aways, Love Charms
So there you have it, a general overview of surfing in the Maldives.
The stunning scenery here combined with the reliable waves (and the great weather) make it a must visit for any serious traveling surfer.
We highly recommend you consider these magical islands as a destination for your next surf trip.
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