The Maldives is isolated in the middle of the Indian Ocean and can only be reached by plane. So you need to fly to Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
The airport code is MLE. Companies like Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Sri Lanka, Qatar (carries free surfboards), Turkish Airlines, Tiger Airlines, Air Berlin and Condor have regular flights. You can check them or search for an easy-to-use flight scanner like Skyscanner.
When booking do not forget to check if there is baggage allowance for your surfing gear! When planning your trip with us, we will arrange all transfers to your surf boat or surf resort, depending on your wishes and arrival / departure details.
As we said – hassle free surf trips!
General info and when to go?
The 26 Atolls in the Maldives were formed around the edges of volcanic peaks, creating characteristic ring-shaped atolls such as a real surfing water park with reef breaks among the 1,200 islands there are numerous possibilities of places to meet Good surfing.
The best time for surfing trips is from March / November, but on the southern atolls or on the west side, waves can be found all year round.
The most consistent months with the largest waves being recorded in May / June / July / August / September.
All surfing boats and resorts accept USD and credit cards, sometimes they may not work on surfing boats. It is best to bring USD in cash from home for the bar bill and tips.
If you want to stay connected, there are two phone providers in the arrival hall and they sell local SIM cards for good rates with 3G internet.
Upon arrival, you will receive a free 30-day visa. Make sure your passport is valid for six months valid on the date of return.
*** Health insurance for travelers is always recommended during the trip if your primary health insurance does not cover travel ***
North & South Male Atoll
An unfortunate side effect of increasingly affordable and inexpensive long-distance travel is the increasingly crowded alignment of the more popular waves; a fact that is probably not helped by a flood of surfing and lifestyle photos dreamed by the surfing media every day
Most surfers book in this area as it is close to the airport and the rates are always the cheapest for both boats and resorts.
The North & South Male Atoll offers the most accessible waves in the area and without a doubt the best ones.
These atolls lie north and south of Male, the capital of the country.
With perfect wind protection, regular swell and perfect reef breaks, the North Male Atoll probably offers the best surfing in the Maldives.
Unfortunately, all this good news spoils when we talk about the crowd factor always present in this region, hundreds of surfers are attracted to this surf mecca.
The best time to visit in this area is from March / April until September / October, with peak waves from May to August.
It is good to go to the North Malé when this area gets a bigger swell reaching 6 to 10 feet where only few surfers integrate this high class line up with excellent waves and perfect tubes.
Southern Atolls receive less swell a little more isolated offering some good waves. Attending many Charter Boats and some resorts that operate in this area.
Central & Southern Atolls
Central Atolls are always less crowded than North Malé here are not many boats that operate, the Central Atolls are relatively more difficult to access as they are more than 20 hours sailing from the capital Malé.
The trips here become more expensive due to fuel surcharges, boat relocation, and possible domestic flights.
In the Central Atolls there are a dozen international quality waves with the help of a surf guide you are very likely to find remote peaks and surf yourself and your friends.
One of the places with a beautiful landscape, deserted islands and paradisiacal scenery. With excellent waves and an amazing marine life.
With only a few surf resort like Six Senses and Niyama are located in the Central Atolls.
By boat you will be able to surf Meemu / Dhaalu / Thaa and Laamu with very good options. This region offers waves that can be surfed on the east side, but also on the western side of the Maldives, which is always allowing you to find perfect surf conditions.
The Southern Atolls are located in the most southern section of the Maldives, territory of all the adventurers and explorers which surfers are continually reminded of when they arrive upon empty surf break after empty surf break.
Here, it is likely to find virgin waves, secret spots and no crowds.
This itinerary is recommended for those who are lucky enough to stay more than 10 days and for the budget conscious.
Access to this region requires more consistent logistics and planning, taking into account a variety of factors, such as scheduling and shifting the boat, domestic flight schedules, swell conditions and fuel layoffs, and so on. And all this makes this area turn into costly terms.
Once a clean south swell comes in that is all what you could ask for, the result is powerful waves actually some of the most powerful waves in the Maldives.
These waves offer a barrelling session with a heavy lip on a often finishing in a shallow reef coral- probably recommended for advanced level surfers or daring middlemen.
The waves that you can find in South Atolls are the kind of waves you keep remembering these days, for weeks and months and even years after the end of your surfing trip to the Maldives.
Here in the South Atolls, you will surf the Huvadhoo atoll with famous waves like Blue Bowls, Love Charms, Tiger stripes and Beacons are pointed as two of the most powerful waves of the Maldives, passing quickly to a coral decorated with live corals and shallow – a characteristic common of southern surf spots.
Only the Ayada surf resort is right in the middle of all these remote destinations in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Surf Charters in the Maldives
A Maldives surfing trip on a boat, rather than a hotel, is the best choice you can make if you are eager to find the best waves! Surfing perfect waves in the turquoise waters of the Maldives is an experience you will never forget.
A “Boat Trip” surf in Maldives is a unique setting that delivers in harmony with the real feel of the best surfing trip on the planet.
The Maldives offer surfing conditions for all types of surfers.
One of the best destinations in the world for an adventure trip aboard a boat trip.
Check out our boat trips deals.
Discover all Surf Resorts in the Maldives
The Maldives has numerous Atolls with many resorts for you to enjoy. Most of them have great waves either in front of or through a short boat trip and that is exactly what we got for you!
We simply love the Central Atolls so here you will find here one of the resort you are looking for with unparalleled level of luxury in your private beach house or in your water villa with infinity pool.
You name it and you will find it here.
A detailed description of the waves at or near the resorts can be found on the mahalo page along with all the detailed information you may need in your search for a surf vacation to the Maldives that you will never forget!