Cokes Surf Camp - Maldives
The first 'surf camp' is now open in the Maldives and is exclusive to The Perfect Wave. Cokes guest house is in the village of Thulusdhoo in North Male Atoll where the mighty 'COKES' point offers the best right hand point break in the Maldives.
From 508 pp for 7 Nights
Kandooma Resort - Maldives
Kandooma Island is located in South Male and is a stunning new resort boasting exceptional service and facilities. Perfect for couples, honeymooners and families, this resort has been receiving rave reviews from our clients. This resort offers
From 753 pp 619 pp for 7 Nights
Hamathi - Male & Central Atolls
Hamathi will comfortably accommodate 10 passengers, but prefers to run charters with max of 8. Minimum number of passengers required for an exclusive charter is four, that’s right - just 4! She’s a great surf charter boat with the bonus of
From 816 pp 631 pp for 7 Nights
Hudhuran Fushi Resort - Maldives
Hudhuran Fushi has long been a popular place for surfers to stay in the Maldives. It is situated in North Male on Lohifushi Island, with Lohi's - and awesome left hander just a short paddle off from the resort. You can stay in the popular Beach
From 781 pp for 7 Nights
Haira - Male Atolls
Haira is a luxury charter boat – built for the 2007 season. She requires a minimum of 8 passengers for an exclusive charter, and can accommodate up to 18, but prefers to charter with a maximum of 14. Haira also has one of the best Australian surf
From 1164 pp 807 pp for 7 Nights
Carpe Diem - Male & Central Atolls
The MV Carpe Diem is a 35-m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull. It has 3 decks plus a sundeck with 10 guest cabins divided in 3 categories and can cater for a maximum of 20 guests - but you only need a group of 12 to have the
From 1421 pp 1216 pp for 7 Nights
Carpe Vita - Male & Central Atolls
Introducing the MV Carpe Vita Explorer, the brand new luxury surf charter boat designed and built for guests that enjoy a full-service surf charter. The MV Carpe Vita is a 38m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull with 10 guest cabins
From 1917 pp for 7 Nights
Club Med Kani Resort
Club Med is the perfect choice for couples, honeymooners or families looking for an ALL INCLUSIVE holiday at a beautiful resort in a stunning location. Club Med resorts are well known for their extensive facilities and activities as well as their
From 1947 pp for 7 Nights
This is life stripped down to simplicity – bright blue skies, all-year sunshine and fantastic diving and snorkeling in lagoons the temperature of bath water. The country embraces travellers from around the world allowing them the freedom holiday makers require without compromising the island’s deep Muslim faith.
The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet. It is also the country with the lowest high point in the world, at 2.3 metres.
Surfing Maldives General
During the last decade, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world, Australians included. The same swells hitting Indonesia deliver the goods to the Maldives, except that the latitude is higher and the SE exposure is less convenient.
There are three main surfing areas:
- The North and South Male Atoll, during the south-west monsoon season, from April to October. From May to August, waves are strongest.
- Central Atolls standard waves are long clean rights with size varying between 3 and 6ft. During austral winter (April - October), it's never flat
- Southern Atolls in the south, from February to April and from September to November. There are always waves in the area but the winds become very strong at other times.
The most famous breaks are in the North Male Atolls. These points offer rights and lefts, for beginners or for professional surfers, with waves from 1 to 3.5 meters with long rides.
Surf spots can be accessed in two ways; by surf charter or by dhoni transferring surfers from the resorts. Although not all the spots can be accessed from the resorts.
Usually surfers prefer the cruise vessels to reach the different points in North and South Male Atolls, as they have no constraints and then they can choose to surf the most famous breaks. Don't leave without surfing Cokes, Jailbreaks (Himmafushi), Honkys, Sultans & Tucky Joes!
- Chickens - Eastern reef of North Male Atoll. This long, excellent left-hander has two sections with an enjoyable, thin, peeling, racing lip. Best winds are NW-NNE (offshore). It was named because of the poultry farm on the island and is only accessed by boat.
- Cokes – Also at the eastern reef of North Male Atoll, this wave is a short but intense ride that is perfect for barrels with a steep barrelling take off, then a very shallow inside section that opens up even more than the takeoff. Ideal on a straight south swell and winds NW. Named after the Coca-Cola factory on the island, beautiful view of a palm fringed beach from the surf zone. To best experience Cokes, you can stay at our surf camp right on the point of the break itself.
- Lohis – Good and hollow left-hander with two sections. Need big SE swells and high tides to work well. Best during NW-NE offshore winds. This is the break at HudhuranFushi Resort.
- Ninjas - North Male Atoll break out the front of Club Med Resort. This slow right-hander is good for beginners and long-boarders. Best on W-NW winds with a moderate S swell. It was named Ninjas due to the Japanese riders that love the break. However can be a serious wave when a big SE swell hits it.
- Honkeys - One of the most consistent waves of North Male Atoll off the island of Thanburudhoo, which is uninhabited. This is an excellent, long, world-class left-hander. The take-off is a steep outside peak called 'Phantoms', which slingshots into a very long, walled, super fast section called the 'Pinnacles’. Rides are 100 to 150 meters. It is best on high tide with any wind from W to N and is only accessed by boat.
- Sultans – Easy spot located off Thanburudhoo Island on the other side of Honkeys. Excellent and long right-hander that can become very walled and long but only with big swells from the south. One of the most consistent waves of the Male atolls that never closes out, even on large swells. It is best at high tide and with west to north winds.
- Jails – Jails is actually the break off the island Himmafushi which used to actually have a jail on it. The jail has moved now, but the name remains. This wave is a perfect right-hand reef break with a big wackable wall and fat sections to get a few cover ups. One of the most popular breaks due to the fact it isn’t a heavy wave and is normally a little smaller than its cousin Honkeys across the channel.
- Kandooma Right is at your doorstep if you're staying at Kandooma Resort. A fast breaking right with two take off spots, the first an easier option with the second a more critical take off. This wave breaks over relatively shallow reef for 100 meters and provides many barrel opportunities. It is best on a mid-tide and is one of the best waves in the Maldives when 3 to 6ft. It likes a SE swell direction and is offshore in any W win.
- Natives / Foxys - This wave is very fast and hollow breaking over relatively shallow coral. It's "Goofys Paradise" or if you're fast on the backhand you will love this wave. Breaks for 100 to 150 metres and provides many barrel opportunities. Best with SE swell and NW wind. On transfer you will visit both Foxys and Rip Tides, so you get the best of both worlds.
- Riptides - A right hander breaking for 150 meters on a reef in the middle of a channel. Need a transfer to this wave even though it is very close. The wave is aptly named as sometimes very strong currents can sweep you seaward so we always check current conditions before settling in for a session. Great wave for the longboarders and shortboarders as well as low intermediate surfers, providing very carvable walls with the occasional hollow section. Best with S swell and SW wind.
- Twin Peaks - Lyaru Faru near the island of Gulhi, an inhabited island, eastern reef of South Male Atoll. Sectiony left & right, which picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Male Atoll. Can have a good end section on the left in a big southerly swell. The right is a real mixed bag and rarely delivers the goods. Best in N winds, and the higher the tide, the better.
- Quarters - Gulhigaathuhuraa, uninhabited island attached to Anantara Resort. Eastern Reef of South Male Atoll. The wave has two sections, the outside is a fat, slow and meandering wave perfect for longboarders and even beginners and the inside section is a really nice, fast little right-hander that picks up less swell than most other places but on its day delivers perfect barrels. Best in winds W to NW, named after the resort worker’s quarters on the island.
- Kates - Boduhuraa, uninhabited island near the Anantara Resort, eastern reef of South Male Atoll. Small short left, best in winds NW to N. This wave is a fickle one, but with the right conditions is a very fun option.
- Tucky Joes / Boatyards - Considered by those "in the know", to be the best break in the Maldives on it’s day. The take off can be steep and a very fast reaction is required to set up for the freight train ahead. Up to 200 mtrs long it offers many barrel opportunities, sometimes linking, to offer long intense rides out of the sun. On a perfect day you will get 3 barrel sections with the best being the last if you have the guts to take it on. The reef is shallow and low tide can stop play. Prefers light NW wind and SE swell. Not for the faint hearted on a big day.
Season & Weather
- The South-West Monsoon, from May to November, is humid and with persistent rainfalls. In this period the sea is heavy and winds are strong.
- The North-East Monsoon, from December to April, has very little rainfall and lower humidity.
In the Maldives there are three main surfing areas;
- The North and South Male Atolls - best during the South-West Monsoon season, from May to November. From May to August, swells are strongest.
- Central Atolls - standard waves are long clean rights with size varying between 3 and 6ft. During Austral winter (April-October), it's rarely flat
- Southern Atolls - from February to April and from September to November
The tides and currents place a very important role in defining the surfing conditions in the Maldives. All the breaks occur near the tight channels of the atolls. The currents through these channels can become very strong. During the south-west monsoon, currents go towards the external reef of the atolls creating the best conditions for surfing. The swell lines are usually perfect and the waves keep the same shape with all the tides.
The surf throughout the Maldives generally ranges in size from 4-8 feet, however bigger days have been experienced. The best waves in North Male can be experienced from May to October, with the biggest swells likely to occur in June / July / August. The best waves in South Male usually come July to October.