Gurahali Yacht Charter, Central & Outer Atolls, The Maldives

The Surf

Some scholars believe “Maldives” comes from the Sanskrit maladvipa, meaning “garland of islands,” or maybe from mahila dvipa, meaning “island of women.” Whatever, in the surfing world, the Maldives name is associated with one thing: surf. Lots and lots of surf. Heaps of surf. Matt Warshaw wrote in the Encyclopedia of Surfing -“The glimmering turquoise-colored waves here rarely get over 10 feet and lack the power found in Indonesia or Tahiti, “but are shapely, perfectly groomed, and often hollow.”

The Surf Season runs from mid February to November, when low pressure systems in the southern Indian Ocean generate consistent swells. The early part of the season has the most stable weather, with light, favorable winds. Swell consistency and size improves from February, with March, April and May having very clean conditions. June to August have the most potential for big swells, although tropical storms can be more common in these months. September and October are also very consistent months for swell, with winds less variable and tropical storms becoming less frequent. November is still quite consistent for small to medium size waves and the weather is usually perfect for a beach holiday.

The surf in this Central Atoll zone focuses primarily around 4 atolls: Laamu, Meemu, Thaa and Dhaalu. These atolls host a number of breaks that go by different names depending on who you talk to; some include Finnimas (L), Mikado (R), Machines (R), Malik’s (L) and Haymark (L). The one thing they have in common is they are all reef breaks and have the potential to serve up the best surf of your life. Our experienced surf guides will make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

The breaks in the Southern/Outer atolls primarily Gaafu Dhaalu work on a wider range of swell and wind conditions than those of the Inner Atolls so an experienced Outer Atoll guide is essential. We were the first company to operate Outer Atolls surf tours in the region and our well trained Surf Guides have a vast knowledge of the surf breaks and conditions.

There are about a dozen breaks in the region, including Beacons (R), Castaways (R), Five Islands (R), Love Charms (L), Tigers (L), Bluebowls (R) and Two Ways (L & R).