Male Atolls Surf Guide
The Male’ Atolls of the Maldives is a perfect destination for a surf adventure or family holiday. Be it beautiful resorts with a wave out front, or a surf charter with a group of friends, these Atolls offer an experience for both surfers and non-surfers that is unrivaled. Experienced surfers love to come here to score quality waves in the peak season, while intermediate short board and long board surfers will find long, fun, peeling rights and lefts. North Male has some of the best Maldivian surf breaks including Chicken’s, Cokes and Lohis. While in South Male, Kandooma Right and Foxeys are just two of the world class waves in this magical part of the Indian Ocean.
What we love
A great variety of resort and boat charter options, including resorts with a wave out front
High density of quality waves. South Male Atoll is great for beginners and learners, as much as it is suitable for experienced surfers
April and October are when the best south swells and prevailing west or southwest winds light up most of the quality breaks in the atolls
Perfect Wave resident surf guides and instructors
Where to surf
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. Its mirror, Sultans, breaks on the other side of the island.
When to go
The most consistent swells for the Male Atolls occur between April and October. This is when the best south swells and prevailing west or southwest winds light up most of the quality breaks in the atolls to the north and south of Male. March and November can be considered transition months, but also provide moments of magic without the crowds.
The scuba diving in the Maldives is world-class, and many of the surf boats and surf resorts have top class facilities and instructors available. 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. Otherwise, activities include: spa treatments, deep sea fishing, yoga workshops and yacht dolphin cruises.
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.
The capital’s Male’s Velana International Airport (MLE) is well connected with direct flights to and from Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London and Hong Kong. From Male it is a short boat transfer to the resort or surf charter.