When people think about surfing in the Maldives, they think about the Male Atolls. Although a lot has changed since the Male Atolls were originally “discovered” by shipwrecked surfers in the 1970s, the waves continue to remain the same—pure and beautiful. Having hosted several international and professional contests, the once secret Northern Atolls have emerged as an integral part of the international surf scene, as well as the hub of the growing Maldives surf scene.
This region of the Maldives experiences a similar surf season to Indonesia. The best waves can be had from March to October, with the biggest swells likely to occur in June/July/August. During these months the conditions are predominantly off-shore all day and the swell direction is mainly South South East (SSE). The surf generally ranges in size from 2-8 feet, however bigger days have been experienced.
A great variety of reef breaks exist ranging in intensity from quite mellow shreddable walls to gnarlier hollow pits. There is something for everyone.