Surfing and Diving holidays for couples, groups and honeymooners
In general the Maldives rely on the same swell as Indonesia with the best and most consistent swells coming from April to October. Swell size will likely peak from June to September when south swells from the southern Indian Ocean make their presence known on most of the exposed breaks. This is also the time of the southwest monsoon and many of the spots can see offshore conditions. The waves will normally range from 4-8 feet, with occasionally bigger days. February and March, considered the early part of the season will see fun surf and more stable weather but swells will vary, arriving in the small to medium size range. The same holds true for November when the season is coming to a close.
At the moment surf charters exploring the Central Atolls have focused on the Meemu, Thaa and Laamu Atolls, each one offering a variety of waves. All three atolls have great exposure to south swells and there are plenty of reef-pass setups that will often see bigger waves than the more popular North Male Atoll. Numerous world class breaks have been discovered in the Central Atolls, mostly in the form of right-handers. The beauty of surfing these island chains is that there are many spots within a short distance of each other and waves that will accommodate every level of surfing. So if you find a reef sucking barrel that looks rather intimidating, you’ll likely find a more welcoming and forgiving wave just around the corner or on the next reef pass. Naturally some spots might be more exposed to wind, but the layout of these islands and their accompanying reefs means that many breaks will be protected, ensuring clean conditions. As the only means of access to these atolls is by charter boat, those lucky enough to have ventured there have been reaping the rewards, and with nobody else around. Crowding is not an issue in the Central Atolls!!
Meemu Atoll Surf Spots
- "Veyvah”: easy lefthander with a long wall
- "Mulha Rights/Lefts": the right is tame and good for beginners and
intermediates, while the left is faster and more fickle, only breaking
when conditions are just right.
- "Muli Inside/F1": a fast barreling righthander with long walls. Tends to want a bigger swell to get going.
- "Muli Outside/Mushrooms": a fun long righthander that pulls in more swell.
Thaa Atoll Surf Spots
- "Malik’s”: a fast lefthander with long walls and good barrel sections that works best with a big southeast swell
- "Adonis": a righthander that has some very nice barrels when the
swell jumps up a notch. It can be a very long wave with the right
- "Outside and Inside Mikados": a very powerful righthander that
can produce some great barrels and will pick up more swell than other
spots in the area.
- "Finnimas ": a smoking shallow lefthander with some great barrels
Laamu Atoll Surf Spots
- "Langon Bank": a righthander that needs a big southeast swell. It tends to be a pit stop for charters boats heading south.
- "Tsunamis Lefts": has a tendency to close out but can be a fun wave if Tsunamis Rights is too small.
- "Tsunamis Rights”: an excellent wave with the right swell angle
offering three super fun sections. Has a sweet barrel on the takeoff,
then a fun wall for some turns and another barrel at the end section.
Occasionally currents can be a factor at this break.
- "Refugee’s Left": a heavy left that closes out more often than not.
- "Refugee’s Right": a challenging wave that is fast and shallow on the drop before it barrels down the reef.
- "Ying Yang": one of the most consistent spots that loves a solid
southeast swell. The wave starts out fairly tame with a nice wall before
it backs offs for a while and then begins to throw, offering a long
inside section that is quite challenging as it produces some incredibly