• Surfing in Maldives
  • Surfing in Maldives
  • Surfing in Maldives
  • Surfing in Maldives
  • Surfing in Maldives

Surfing in Maldives

Maldives is famous for its surfing with a number of visitors coming every year simply for the waves. Choose to surf perfect waves in remote corners of Maldives with not a single surfer in sight and afterwards enjoy the peace and harmony of the beaches. Maldives caters a surfing environment that suits beginners and seasoned professionals alike. The water temperature is pretty constant, being at 28 o C. The surfing season starts during mid February and lasts until November but the cleanest waves can be seen during March, April and May and if you wish to catch the biggest swells, it is during June until August. The average wave height is around four to eight feet, but it has been known to exceed these limits. Watch some of the world’s best surfers ride the waves at the yearly Association of Surfing Professionals SriLankan Airlines Pro World Qualifying Series, which is held in June, participated by 120 international surfers from 20 nations around the world.

 

  • Villingilimathi Huraa (Kuda Villingili), Uninhabited island. Eastern reef of North Malé Atoll:
    Requires speed. Long, excellent left-hander that has two sections. A pleasant thin peeling racing lip. However conditions must be exact for the perfect ride. Best winds are NW-NNE (offshore). Named because of a poultry farm on the island. Access by boat.


  • Kanifinolhu Resort. Eastern Reef of North Malé 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 spoil it. Named Ninjas because many Japanese surfers seem to like it. Access by boat.


  • Dhonveli Beach formally Tari Village Resort (Kanu Huraa) . Eastern reef of North Malé 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 Malé Atoll
    Excellent, long, world-class right-hander. One of the most consistent waves of Malé 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.


  • Dhonveli Beach formally Tari Village Resort (Kanu Huraa) . Eastern reef of North Malé 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 Malé Atoll
    Excellent, long, world-class right-hander. One of the most consistent waves of Malé 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 Malé 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. Is affected by strong currents in the Southwest monsoon from May to October. Access by boat.


  • Full Moon Beach Resort, Furana Fushi Island , Eastern Reef of North Malé Atoll
    Long, right-hander. Best on South to West offshore wind. Breaks rarely and only on 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.


  • Malé, the capital. Eastern reef of Malé, Southern tip of North Malé 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 Malé Atoll
    Sectiony left, which picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Malé Atoll. Can have a good end section in a big Southerly swell. Best in North winds, the higher the tide, the better. Access by boat.


  • Gulhigaathuhuraa, uninhabited island attached to Palm Tree Island Resort.
    Eastern Reef of South Malé 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, a Resort Island near the Palm Tree Island Resort. Eastern Reef of South Malé Atoll: Small short left. Best in winds NW to N.


  • Kandooma Resort, Eastern Reef of North Malé Atoll
    A short right, requiring a big swell. Best SW wind.


  • Guraidhoo, Inhabited Island . Eastern Reef of South Malé 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.