Theia Yacht Charter, Inner Atolls, The Maldives
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).
From 2014 Sultans & Honky’s will be a managed surf location by the company establishing the resort to be built on Thanburudhoo Island; this sustainable management policy will seek to find a balance between low crowds and accessibility. Local Maldivian surfers and authorized tourist surfers will have access to these two breaks. Authorized tourist surfers will include only those booked on Theia & Gurahali, Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort and a maximum of 4 surfers from the Four Seasons Resort. There will be a maximum of 2 licensed charter boats at any time.
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.
The main venue for Theia and Gurahali will be the moorings off Thanburudhoo to take advantage of the managed/limited access and consistency of these waves.