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Go Surfin in the Maldives

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go surfin in the maldives

The Maldives may not be the first location that springs to mind when you think about surfing on holiday. Most holiday makers imagine calm, shallow, clear waters with hardly a ripple in sight. But this paradise destination offers some excellent surf spots in the south. Grab your board and get ready to catch some waves!

Maldivians have surfed the waves of the Indian Ocean for many years, but professional surfing was introduced in the late 1970s. Since then it has been one of the most popular water sports in the Maldives, and it’s an excellent way to cool down and escape the tropical heat. Whether you are a novice or a professional surfer, you’ll find a surfing spot to suit you, and there are certainly plenty of areas to choose from. Located on the equator in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India, the Maldives is made up of 1190 coral islands which form an archipelago of 26 major atolls. Stretching over 800km, the islands are surrounded by beautiful, crystal clear waters and coral reefs.

The two main surfing areas in the Maldives are the North Malé Atolls and the Outer Atolls. The surf in the Outer Atolls tends to be several feet bigger than the North Malé Atoll. The most popular surf breaks can be in Lohis, Chickens, Cokes, Jailbreaks, Kate's, Natives, Gurus, Honky's, Malé Island Point, Tomb Stones, Piddlies/Ninjas, Sultans, Quarters, Riptides and Twin Peaks. The Maldives has a similar surf season to that of Indonesia. The best time to go surfing is between March and October, although the biggest swells can be found from June to August. Reef breaks vary in intensity and the surf ranges in size from 3-8 feet, although larger waves have been experienced here.

Charter boats will take you out to the best surfing locations, where you can ride the waves − or attempt to ride the waves – in one of the world’s most idyllic destinations. All surf cruises have experienced surf guides on board, who have an excellent knowledge of the local areas and surfing conditions. This will give you the best chance to surf the best waves safely on your trip. Everything will be taken care of for you on this tour, including equipment being provided, although you may prefer to bring your own surfboard. Maldivian water is warm enough to swim in without a wetsuit, although a rash guard or long sleeved T-shirt is recommended for protection against the sun.

Surfing is a fun and exhilarating way to enjoy the alluring crystalline waters during your holiday in the Maldives. You may even catch the ride of a lifetime!

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