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Surfing Safari

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Introduction

Amazing surf, incredible environment, outstanding service – they’ve all the ingredients of a truly unique and unforgettable holiday experience. And they all come together on a Voyages Maldives Safari.

With over 30 years experience in organizing surfing safaris in this region, Voyages Maldives boasts not only the largest fleet of safari boats in the country, but also the expertise, local knowledge and professionalism to deliver the best possible service at all times.

On our Male’ Atoll Surf Safaris you’ll find the most popular breaks for visiting surfers from April through to October. Three good swells come each month, lasting a couple of days and the best thing is they are offshore.

Our Outer Atoll Surf Safaris offer those in search of a new, different and challenging surfing experience the opportunity to enjoy the incredible and still mostly ‘un-surfed’ waves of the Outer Atolls of the Maldives, while also enjoying the superior comforts and attention provided by our friendly, experienced crew and guides.

The Outer Atolls, namely Laamu Atoll (Hadhdhummathi) and Gaafu Alifu and Gaafu Dhaalu (Huvadhoo Atoll), consists of many small islands with numerous reef passes. As these two Atolls are separated by the 1º degree channel and there is so little land mass to the south of them, swells generated by the ‘Roaring Forties’ (a weather phenomena in the far south of the Indian Ocean) hit the islands of these atolls with great vigor, creating arguably the best waves in the country.

In terms of planning your Outer Atoll adventure, we recommend at least a 14 day trip, as travelling to and from the Atolls takes at least 4 days (2 days each way) under the best weather conditions.

Itineraries

Male’ Atoll Itinerary

Travelling north from the Airport you’ll make your way along the eastern side of North Male’ Atoll, where you will find most of the best breaks.

The next seven days of your stay in Maldives go something like this:

Day 1: Welcome on board ‘Safari Dhoni’, your accommodation for the following seven days of surfing. Departure to Himmafushi Island (One and half hours) from the airport. Surf the ‘Jailbreak’ wave at Himmafushi Island. Anchor at Himmafushi Lagoon for the night.

Day 2: Early breakfast and then surf Thamburudhoo left and right (a.k.a Honkys & Sultans, which is just across the channel at Himmafaushi. This is the most popular break with visiting surfers. Anchor at Huraa Lagoon for the night.

Day 3: Check out the surf off Kani Resort and Lhohifushi Resort before heading off towards Thulusdhoo. Anchor at Thulusdhoo lagoon for the night.

Day 4: Early morning surf at Thulusdhoo point (Colas) - the heaviest wave in the North Male’ Atoll. You’ll be surfing Kuda Villingilli (Chickens), the best left hander in Male’ Atoll. Perfect for goofy footers.

Day 5: Hang ten around Thulusdhoo and Kuda Villingili. Surf these two spots for the day. Anchor at Thulusdhoo for the night.

Day 6: Surf Lohi’s and Kani before heading back towards Thamburudhoo.

Day 7: Surf at Thamburudhoo’s left and right plus Jailbreaks at Himmafushi before heading back to airport.

Laamu Atoll Itinerary

Laamu Atoll experiences the same kind of conditions as North Male’ Atoll, and the best time of the year to visit this region is March/April and August to November. The journey to the Laamu takes one and a half days – on the way you will be treated to some great waves when passing through Meemu Atoll.

Day 1: From airport we head to South Male’ Atoll, surf the waves at Gulhi or Guraidhoo before leaving for Laamu early the following morning.

Day 2: Arrive at Meemu Atoll. Surf the waves at Veyvah, Mulah and Muli. Anchor at Muli, before departure to Laamu early morning.

Day 3: Arrive at Laamu Atoll mid-day with time to surf Isdhoo.

Days 4, 5, 6 and 7: Surf the waves alternatively at Isdhoo, Maabaidhoo, Mundhoo, Kalhidhoo etc.

Day 8: Early morning departure to Meemu Atoll. Surf the waves here depending on the time and conditions. Anchor in Muli or Mulah.

Day 9: Depart for Male’ Atoll. Arrive in the afternoon to catch some waves.

Day 10: Spend the day surfing the waves in Male’ Atoll. Other options include visiting the capital island city, Male’.

Huvadhoo Atoll Itinerary

Arguably the best waves in the Maldives are found in this atoll which is the biggest one in the country and has numerous reef channels on the eastern, southern and western sides. The best time to visit is during the North East Monsoon (December to March). Although there are waves to ride throughout the season, swell is most consistent during January and March. During this time waves can be 8 to 10 feet, even up to 12 feet. Some of the waves which have been surfed are at Gadhdhoo, Gan, Gazeera, Vaadhoo, Fiyori while many others are still ‘un-surfed’. It will take at least 2 days to travel to this Atoll by boat in the best of weather conditions. During this time you will journey through many beautiful atolls still untouched by the commercial world. You can make the most of this opportunity to do some great fishing.

Day 1: Pick up from airport. First stop at South Male’, anchor at Gulhi and surf at Gulhi break.

Day 2: Early morning departure to Meemu Atoll. Afternoon surf in Veyvah, Mulah or Muli. Anchor at Muli.

Day 3: Early morning departure to Laamu Atoll. Head for Maamendhoo where we anchor for the night.

Day 4: Cross the one and half degree channel to Huvadhoo Atoll. Except great fishing while crossing the channel. Arrive at Villingili island and surf the left of this island and the right off the island of Koodoo, which is just paddling distance across the channel. Works best in W and NW winds.

Day 5: Surf Gadhoo. Left hander with barreling inside section. Works best on North and North East winds.

Day 6: Surf in Gan island, a right and a left.

Day 7: Surf Gazeera. Left hander. You can have a long ride with great sections coming up. Can handle up to any swell ranging from small to large. We anchor very close to the break for photo opportunities. Best winds are from North and North East. Also can work on North West winds.

Day 8: Surf Boduhutta. Right handers with heavy inside section which tends to close out but opens up in good conditions. Shallow inside. Best winds North and North West. Picks up plenty of swell.

Day 9: Surf Vaadhoo. Right hander which works in South West and West winds. The wind is favorable during the South West monsoon. Other option is to head to Fiyori.

Day 10: Surf Fiyori, the heaviest wave in the Maldives. Travelling surfers have likened it to waves found in the South Pacific. Right hander which barrels heavily. Plenty of skill and guts required to ride this wave. Pick up swell even when other waves are small. Best conditions are North, North East winds. Also ride-able on North West winds (side shore from the back)

Day 11: Kaadedhoo. Condition North, North East.

Day 12: From Kolamaafushi to Laamu Atoll.

Day 13: Laamu Atoll to Meemu Atoll.

Day 14: Meemu to Male’ Atoll to prepare for flight home.

Rates

Gurahali:

 Male’/Meemu Atoll: $240 per person per day
 Laamu/Thaa/Dhaalu Atoll: $295 per person per day
 Huvadhoo Atoll: $330 per person per day

Koimala:

 Male’/Meemu Atoll: $171 per person per day
 Laamu/Thaa/Dhaalu Atoll: $196 per person per day
 Huvadhoo Atoll: $221 per person per day

Kethi:

 Male’/Meemu Atoll: $140 per person per day
 Laamu/Thaa/Dhaalu Atoll: $177 per person per day
 Huvadhoo Atoll: $202 per person per day

Gahaa:

 Male’/Meemu Atoll: $140 per person per day
 Laamu/Thaa/Dhaalu Atoll: $177 per person per day
 Huvadhoo Atoll: $202 per person per day

Gulfaam:

 Male’/Meemu Atoll: $140 per person per day
 Laamu/Thaa/Dhaalu Atoll: $177 per person per day
 Huvadhoo Atoll: $202 per person per day

Sea Coral:

 Male’/Meemu Atoll: $120 per person per day
 Laamu/Thaa/Dhaalu Atoll: $152 per person per day

 

Extra cost of boat only transfer to the following atolls (except Gurahali):

Laamu Atoll US$300 per day per boat - 2 days each way.
Huvadhoo Atoll US$346 per day per boat - 2 days each way.

 

Extra cost of boat only transfer to the following atolls for Gurahali:

Laamu Atoll US$315 per day per boat - 2 days each way.
Huvadhoo Atoll US$360 per day per boat - 2 days each way.

 

Air Fare fore the following atolls:

Laamu Atoll US$410 per person
Huvadhoo Atoll US$450 per person

Notes:

  1. Minimum 4 pax for all boats except Gurahali, which is 6 pax
    • Boat hire with crew and fuel
    • Full board accommodation
    • Snorkeling equipment
    • Fishing gear – lines, hooks and weights only
    • Complimentary tea/coffee/cordials/mineral water any time
    • Souvenir Voyages Maldives T-shirt & Post Cards
  2. Please note airfare due to change without prior notice
  3. Please note the rates does not include a Surf guide, a surf guide will be arranged for a supplement fee of US$70 per day.

 

Please be informed that the Government of Maldives has implemented a 12% T-GST from 1st November 2014. This will be levied on all the rates quoted above.

Please be informed that the Government of Maldives has implemented a Green Tax of US$6 per person per day from 1st November 2015. This will be levied on all the rates quoted above.

 

Surf Points

Season - (SW Monsoon or SW Trade Winds) from late March to late October.

North Male’ Atoll

CHICKENS
Left-Hander: Easy first section for maneuvers which connects into the inside section on bigger swells giving long barrels.
At 2-4 feet the wave can be fun and playful.
Boards: 5’7” – 6’0”. At 6-8 feet the wave can be heavy an experience, may required to ride.
Boards: 6’6” and above.
Favorable winds: N, NW and Westerly or light variable winds.

COKES or COLAS
Right-Hander: Heaviest wave in Male’ Atoll. Barrels on offer if you are an above average surfer. The wave is mainly a right hand barrel which gives you opportunity for snaps and cutbacks depending on the swell direction and size.
At 2-4 feet fun barrels and the occasional hacks.
Boards: 5’7” – 6’0”
At 6ft and above. Experience and guts required for the barrels of your life to be had.
Boards: 6’6” or a boards with a lot of volume. A rounded pintail.
Favorable winds: W, NW or light variable winds.

LHOHIFUSHI or LHOHI’S
Left-Hander: made popular with the O’Neil Deep Blue Contest held here for 5 years running. The wave has been very consistent for the contest held here. Long, fun and playful. Claims are made by the resort Lhohifushi that they have exclusive rights to the surf point off the island. Gets overcrowded with the clients staying at the resort.
Boards: Anything from a short board of your choice to a big board for bigger well.
Favorable winds: SW, W and NW

CLUB MED KANI (NINJAS)
Right-Hander: Off the Kanifinolhu Island (Club Med). Mushy wave better suited for beginners or long boarders. The waves does have its moments when there is a big well and the inside section starts working. Less crowded almost empty as the other waves around the area are preferred to this.
Boards: Long boards and other fun boards needed here.
Favorable winds: SW, W and NW.

PASTA POINT (DHONVELI BEACH RESORT)
Left-Hander: A very consistent wave with long rides. Not as steep or hollow as the other left-handers. A mellower wave enjoyed by the clients staying at the resort. Claims of exclusive rights are made by the resort management and can get harassed by them if they found surfers at the break other than the resort clients.
Favorable winds: W and NW

SULTANS
Right-Hander: Working off the reef of ‘Thamburudhoo Island”. Gets very crowded as the wave is one of the best wave if not the best wave in North Male’ Atoll. It is the most consisted and the most popular with most of the visiting surfers. There long rides to be had on this wave. It has sections for maneuvers and an inside section that barrels heavily on big swells. Boards: Anything from your fun short board to a board with volume for the bigger days when it gets over 6 feet. Because it has got an easy take off you can get by with your comfort short board.
Favorable winds: SW, W and NW.

HONKYS
Left-Hander: working off the reef of Thamburudhoo Island. This is the wave working off the same reef as Sultans. Not renowned for its consistency but its unique because of almost 90 degree curve the wave makes. When conditions come together the wave can be the best in the country. Starting at the Southern edge of the reef the wave curves around the contour of the reef ending at a 90 degree angle. The wave doubles up as it hits the inside section of the reef where it becomes hollow and barrels. Due to the waves unique feature it works in very different winds and may suffer due to this same feature of it.
Boards: Short board 6’0” and a couple of inches more for the bigger days.
Favorable winds: Generally best with light to gentle NW/NNW winds during the main Surf season (SW Monsoon), Light West winds. Offshore conditions for surfing in NE Monsoons although there is a lack of swell during this time.

JAILBREAK (HIMMAFUSHI)
Right-Hander: Named for the Jail at the island where this reef is situated, which held the prisoners in the Maldives. Access to the wave was denied due to this a couple of years ago but it is open now for surfers. This right-hander together with Sultans are the most crowded of the line ups. While Sultans is consistent for size, Jails is consistent for winds due to the fact it gets a lot of the shelter of the island from the different winds. The wave has got 2 different sections and the crowd can be spread out at these 2 peaks. Outside peak is where the wave starts off which goes flat after a 50 yard ride. This peak can connect into the next section sometimes, where the rest of the crowd hangs out. While the first section has more open face the second section is faster and hollow. When the sections do connect, rides of more than a 100 yards can be had here. Probably the longest wave in Male’ Atoll.
Boards: You can try out any board at this place.
Favorable winds: SW, W and NW even south winds can hold up the wave face. While it is onshore or choppy at other breaks this wave gets shelter from the island, hence the crowd factor.

FULL MOON (FURANA or TOMBSTONES)

Right-Hander: These waves picks up less well. It is popular with inexperienced surfers who want to get away from the main crowd when it gets big around the main surf points. The waves really register or show when it gets to 4-6ft around the main surf zone.
Boards: Full Moon is long and good for long boarding with a very dry inside section which is makeable hence the name tombstones. Although this is a mellow wave surfers can always avoid riding the end section as it comes up. Fun little barrels though if you stick to it and avoid the reef.

KANDUOIYGIRI
Right-Hander: Kanduoigiri is a short right-hander on the other side of the short channel of Full Moon.

South Male’ Atoll

South Male’ Atoll is where most of the less experienced or those who want to avoid the crowd go to. It is very inconsistent and not worth going unless there is a big swell. The waves are half the size around North Male’ surf points. So unless it gets to 6ft or bigger around North Male’ surf points aren’t worth a check in South Male’ Atoll. It is approximately 3 hour to the main surf breaks in South Male’ Atoll and there aren’t too many waves here. You might end up with a crowd when everyone has the same idea of getting away to South Male’ Atoll.

GULHI
Left-Hander: Breaking on a reef close to the island Gulhi (village). The reef is exposed to the winds with no shelter. It gets wind blown and choppy if the wind picks up. The wave is a fun left-hander and mellow if the winds are calm and favorable directions are North and NW

DHIGUFINOLHU
Left-Hander: Long left-hander on the south side of this resort.
Favorable winds: W, NW and N.

KANDOOMA
Right-Hander: Fun if the surfers are not experienced or starters.

GURAIDHOO
Open reef with no shelter if the winds pick up and prone to winds. Short mellow wave that breaks onto the reef smack in the middle of a dive site. Boats aren’t allowed to anchor in the channel so the boat has to be anchored way off in the Guraidhoo Harbor.

Although it is inconsistent, good surf and nice waves have been ridden at these points. You would need a surf guide who is familiar with the conditions and well tuned into the weather patterns to score good waves here.

8 hours boat ride away is Meemu Atoll with a couple of waves if you want to avoid crowd altogether. The season is the same as North Male’ Atoll and the same wind conditions. Good fishing around here and on the way to Meemu Atoll as you cruise through Vaavu Atoll.

Thaa Atoll

On the way to Laamu Atoll approximately 3 ½ hrs away is Thaa Atoll.

To work best all the surf spots on this atoll needs a SW swell. Although not as much documented more surf characters are venturing and moving around these atolls as they travel on the way to Huvadhoo Atoll. Some who have been adventurous and taken a chance to explore have found un-crowded waves in this atoll.

HIRILANDHOO
Left-Hander: This wave is located on the western side of the atoll. Best time of the year for this surf break to work is the NE Monsoon – January to April.
Favorable winds: This break relies on SW swells and North Westerly to North Easterly winds.

VEYMANDOO
Right-Hander: Although shallow this is not a heavy wave. Suitable for above average surfers who has experience on reef breaks. Best times are April to September.
Favorable winds: Caution is required on all these waves. The place works best on SW swell and North Westerly to West winds.

KANIMEEDHOO
Right-Hander: Best winds West and NW. Best times are April to September that breaks on shallow water. This wave is better suited for intermediate surfers who have experience in surfing reef breaks.

FONADHOO
Right-Hander: Best winds West and NW. Best times are April to September. Short and fun wave suited for all level of surfers. THIMARAFUSHI Left-Hander: Best winds North and NE. The best time to catch this break working would be in the NE Monsoon on a SW swell

  Laamu Atoll

 

MAABAIDHOO
Right-Hander: This right-hander needs a big South to SE swell to work best. Best winds are SW, West and NW. Again all these reef breaks are shallow hence booties and experience on surfing reef breaks are required.

MUNDOO
Right-Hander: Just next to Maabaidhoo separated by a small reef pass is Mundoo. This right-hander too needs a whopping South or SE swell to really show.

HITHADHOO
The most consistent of the surf breaks in Laamu Atoll. Located at the Southern end of the atoll the place picks up more swell. Prone to winds since the surf break is about a kilometer away from any form of shelter from the winds. Best winds are West to NW winds. Caution: The place has got a very shallow inside section. Experience on surfing shallow reef breaks are required here.

 

FAQ

FAQ

Q. Can I organize my own trip?
A. Our Itineraries are intended as a guide only. If the specified departure dates does not suit you, or you don’t wish to follow the same itinerary, we would be happy to devise a program tailored specifically to your needs and expectations. This service is available to individuals or groups such as families, friends, schools, clubs and special interest groups.

Q. What about food?
A. We are well aware that surfing can build up quite an appetite, so we provide a variety of healthy and flavorsome local and European meals with an emphasis on fresh tropical ingredients and the highest standards of hygiene. Our culinary team can cater for vegetarians or other special diets so please let us know if you have any particular requirements.

Q. Is it safe?
A. Your well-being and safety is of paramount importance. Every aspect of a Voyages Maldives holiday is regularly reviewed by our staff a d our expert guides are fully aware of the demands of travelling in remote regions.

Q. What is included in my holiday package?
A. – All meals prepared by our staff
- Accommodation on board dhoni
- Mineral water for drinking
- Relevant government tourist taxes
- Highly experienced group leaders with specific local and surfing knowledge

Q. What documents do I need to provide?
A. We will need a copy of your passport and itinerary at least one month prior so the relevant documentation and permits from the Government of the Maldives can be arranged.

Q. What’s not included in the price?
A. – Personal travel insurance (we strongly recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance)
- Extra meals from restaurants and resorts
- Departure, airport and airline taxes
- Emergency evacuation costs and medical expenses
- Laundry
- Postage
- Personal clothing
- Tips
- Personal travel

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 January 2016 12:07

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