The Central Atolls of the Maldives may not be as well-known or as frequented as the North or South Male Atolls, but the region has been increasing in popularity as surfers look to escape the northern crowds. Although the central atolls requires more travel to access than the Male Atolls, the area continues the Maldivian tradition of providing consistent surf and pristine barrels. Meemu, Thaa, Dhaalu and Laamu Atolls lie south of the capital Male and are littered with medium-sized reef breaks with Ying Yangs, a world class right hander, one of the biggest drawcards. There are excellent surf charter boat and amazing resort options to explore the Central Atolls. 

What we love

Remote and uncrowded waves. Lose yourself in the Indian ocean.

Stunning, luxurious resorts. Resorts with a wave that you can paddle to.

Surf charters with experienced guides and crew to maximize your surf time.

Stunning underwater life for diving and fishing.

Where to surf

Meemu, Thaa, Dhaalu and Laamu Atolls offer spots exposed to all wind directions and for all levels. All spots in the Meemu Atoll are on a coastline facing to the east. There is always a left or a right hander well protected from the predominant south westerly wind directions, but south easterly or even easterly winds may affect all spots negatively. All spots are close to each other so you can change spots within a few minutes!

Dhaalu Atoll is located on the western side of the Maldives and picks up south and south west swells. Niyama resort now located at Vodi surf break offers the luxury of a Maldives resort with a world class left out the front. Marouf’s or Kasabu is just across the channel and offers a qulaity right hand break when wind conditions are light or from the north west.

Thaa Atoll picks up south east swell and may be even bigger than spots on east facing coastlines of other atolls. Due to its secluded location it is almost guaranteed that you will not even spot another surf charter during your stay. The spots are well protected from North to Northwest winds. Conditions may be fickle with other wind directions. This area will be chosen only in very stable weather conditions.

Spots in the Laamu Atoll are spread from the south facing coastline along the east facing up to the north east corner where waves wrap around. As a result you will find spots protected from all wind directions except a rare straight easterly breeze. The first resort on the atoll has now opened and you can now stay at the luxury Six Senses Resort, which is directly across the channel to Ying Yang surf break.

When to go

The prime swell months in the Central Atolls are from March through October. The main atolls that are referred to as the Central Atolls are Meemu, Dhaalu, Thaa and Laamu, and they mostly great for having fun whilst also providing endless high-performance waves.

Attractions

The coconut palm and the yellow-fin tuna, symbols of the Maldives, say a great deal about this nation of more than a thousand islands. As expected, a major drawcard is the scuba diving. Inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – rise up from the depths to scratch the water’s surface. In the channels, there are swim-throughs, caverns and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians to explore. The Maldives is one of the best places in the world to spot manta rays and whale sharks; this should be more than enough to convince anyone to travel there, but there is more. Reef sharks including whitetip and grey reef are quite common, together with big tunas, Napoleon fish, eagle and stingrays. Maldives is a very famous destination for weddings and honeymoons. During the wet monsoon, it’s also a good place for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing.

The Country

The Maldives is made up of 1192 miniscule islands called atolls spread over 800 km from north to south and straddling the equator. Roughly one hour’s flights southwest of Sri Lanka or 4hrs from Singapore, most of the atolls are idyllic, sun-drenched, palm-fringed Gilligan’s Island style set ups. Countless pristine, white, sandy beaches are surrounded by shallow, crystal clear lagoons and vibrant live coral reefs perfect for diving. This is life stripped down to simplicity – bright blue skies, year-round sunshine and fantastic diving and snorkeling in lagoons the temperature of bath water. 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.

Getting There

Fly into the capital Male’s Velana International Airport (MLE) from all the major airports including Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Sydney. From there it can be a nine to 24 boat ride or a fast seaplane.

Travel Information

Time Zone

UTC+5:00

Currency

USD

Calling code

+960

Electric

230V