Surfing in the Maldives
Surfing in the Maldives,Surfers can discover the exotic Maldivian surf breaks either cruising liveaboards or in land-based resorts... Staying on land is a little more comfortable and roomy but to surf to less-known surf breaks farther from North and South Male Atolls need to get a liveaboard...
The Maldives is affect of monsoonal weather and receive good swell and wind from the Indian Ocean. The South West Monsoon (Hulhangu) between April and October has more storms, more swell and the winds generally come from S-W. April-June is considered a good time to surf in the Maldives due to many glassy days along with fairly consistent swell. The biggest swells are occurring in July and August. July-September can get pretty stormy and windy. During the 'surf monsoon' the size of reef breakers range is between 8 and 10 feet and the water temperature is around 28-30Â°C. The North East monsoon (Iruvai) bring the driest time of the year, with few rain and weak winds from N-E. Usually during this time of year the wells are not quite large, between 4-6 feet. It's not the best season for surfing. It is not a good choice a surfing holiday even in November and December.
There are principally two surfing areas in the Maldives and the choice for them depends on the season of travelling. Between April and October is better surfing in North and South Male Atolls, during the periods February-April and September-November to the Southern Atolls where there are at least a dozen, potent world class reef breaks that are rarely surfed. This area can only be accessed by surf liveaboard.