Surfing in Maldives

Surfing in Maldives

Although the Maldives is not a renowned destination for surfing, it's quickly becoming the fastest growing water sport in the Maldives with several surf breaks that are documented and well-known to both local and international surfing enthusiasts. The most popular surf event in the Maldives is the annual O'Neill Deep Blue contest which has placed Maldives firmly in the world's surf map.

The best season to surf in the Maldives is the Southwest Monsoon from April to October although the biggest swells can be found from June to August. Surfers are most likely to enjoy the biggest swells from June to September. The surf generally ranges in size from3-8 feet. The best known surf breaks are in the North Male' Atoll and the Outer Atolls and for this reason most surfers tend to stay in resorts close to these breaks. However, cruise operators offer specialized cruises can give you the opportunity to test some of the best less known surf breaks in the atolls further away from famous surf breaks in North Male Atolls and South Male Atolls'. The surf in the Outer Atolls tends to be several feet bigger than the North Malé Atoll. Reef breaks vary in intensity and the surf ranges in size from 3-8 feet, although larger waves can be experienced here.

Some of the best Spots for Surfing in Maldives

The dare devils can unleash their surfing skills here :

This is an uninhabited island on the eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll. A good place for speed surfing. You will need a long, excellent left-hander that has two sections. A pleasant thin, peeling, racing lip. Best winds are NW-NNE (offshore). Access by boat.

Located in the eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll, it provides you with a short but intense ride. A steep barrelling takeoff is followed by a very shallow inside section that opens up even more than the takeoff. Here, surfing is best on mid to high tide. Ideal on a straight south swell and winds NW. Access by boat.

It is near the Lohifushi Island Resort in the eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll. Here, you need a good and hollow left-hander with two sections. Surfing is best during NW-NE offshore winds. Access is provided from the resort by boats.

Piddlies / Ninjas

The favourite haunt of the Japanese surfers, it is near the Kanifinolhu Resort in the eastern Reef of North Male’ Atoll. It is a good spot for beginners and long-boarders. Works best on W-NW winds with a moderate S swell.

Apart from these you can check out other surfing spots Pasta Point which offers rides upto 100 yards long. The eastern reef of the North Male Islands have other spots like Honky’s and Tomb Stones which are as good as the others. The Male’ Island Point can be accessed from the shore itself.

The eastern reef of the South Male’ Atoll have some great surfing sites like Gurus, Quarters, Kate’s, Natives and Riptides where you can challenge the ocean.


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