The Maldives is one of the most beautiful places on earth. With crystal clear waters, glorious marine life and fabulous waves for surfing, a trip to the Maldives is very high on many people’s bucket lists.
If you are a surfer you have a huge choice of where and when to surf. Maldives holidays purely for a surfing adventure are becoming more and more popular for exactly this reason. What better place to gather some of your buddies and head off for a week or two surfing the blue waters of this chain of coral atolls?
Whether you like to surf a beach break or prefer to hire a charter boat and head out to the more inaccessible breaks, you’ll find something to suit every surfer in your group. The ultimate surfing period is from mid February to November but you can usually catch a wave at any time of the year.
According to anyone who has surfed in the Maldives, you should always pack your board!
If you’re not a surfer, there’s still a chance to join in the water sports on offer. Body boarding, knee boarding, kite surfing and wind surfing are all available when you come to the Maldives on holiday. You can even have surfing lessons if you’ve never done it before.
Accommodation options in the Maldives are almost as beautiful as the waters you’ll be surfing. A luxurious hotel stay can be just what you need after a day of surfing in the sun. A hot shower and an early night mean you’ll be ready to get at it again first thing in the morning.
The two main surfing breaks in the Maldives are the North and South Male Atolls. As you’ll see from this link there’s a whole back story to the discovery of these perfect surfing spots. Imagine how long they might have remained undiscovered if not for a shipwreck?
One thing you might not expect on a surfing trip to the Maldives is that the surfing breaks could be crowded.
Admit it. Every gorgeous picture you’ve ever drooled over on Facebook is of wide-open blue water with no people in sight. Beautiful thatched huts hovering over amazing water features but with no people anywhere. Photographs like that can be deceiving. They make you wish you could visit the area to experience the interesting fish and the water that looks so clear that boats appear to be floating.
If your expectations are of tropical beaches with barely a tourist in site you could be disappointed to discover dozens of surfers zipping across the reefs when you finally get to visit. Word is definitely out about this idyllic setting and there’s very little chance you’ll be visiting in seclusion. You need to do a little bit of research before you go so that you understand exactly what your visit will be like.
If you take the time to do this quick research you’ll also discover that you can’t rock up at the airport in Male without forward bookings for your accommodation. Every visitor to the Maldives must have a booking with a tour company of some sort before they can be accepted into the country.
This is particularly useful information if you are partial to booking last minute plane tickets and used to finding accommodation once you arrive in a new destination. This won’t work for you on your trip to the Maldives.
But you can go back to your old ways when you’ve had enough of surfing and staying in luxury. It’s just a short hop, skip and a jump to Sri Lanka where you can lap up great street food and bargain prices!