Theia Yacht Charter, Inner 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.

North Male Atoll

A short cruise north from Male’ airport are the chain of islands that host the main surf breaks of North Male’ Atoll. The breaks able to be accessed will include Jailbreaks (R); Honky’s (L); Sultans (R); Ninjas/Piddlies (R); Colas/Cokes (R) & Chickens (L).

South Male Atoll

About 3 hours cruising from the resort region of North Male Atoll are the less visited surf breaks of Gurus (L), Quarters (R), Kates (L), Natives (R) & Last Stops (R).

South Male’ Atoll breaks are usually a bit smaller than those in North Male’ Atoll but can be excellent when there’s a bigger swell.