The Maldives experiences a similar surf season to Indonesia from March through to October. During these months the conditions are usually off-shore somewhere. Swell direction varies from SE to S to SW. The breaks of North Male Atoll generally face a southeast to southerly direction with bigger long period SW swells having to wrap in. Due to this, size may vary greatly depending on both swell intensity and swell direction. On any given day the surf size could vary from waist-chest high to double overhead +.
Traditionally May to September is the biggest and most consistent, although every season has a few surprises and early and late season are becoming renowned for perfect conditions. A great variety of reef breaks exist and range in intensity from quite mellow shreddable walls to gnarlier hollow pits. The diverse range of waves in the North Malè offers something for everyone. In the North Male' atoll, between Male' and Thulhusdhoo is an assortment of breaks accessible on the World Surfaris 'Surf Package' including:
Jailbreaks: is a classic right-hander that was previously off limits. A long down the line right-hander with 3 distinct sections including a mid-barrel section. Rides of up to 300m can be had when it's lining up.
Next stop only a few hundred metres away is the infamous Thanburudhoo Island. False claims of exclusivity have been made in the the past regarding the surfing of Sultans & Honkies. Rest assured these 2 waves are open to all surfers to enjoy and in early September 2014, the Minister of Tourism announced that Thanburudhoo will become a surfing reserve.
Honkies: Super fun left hander with a mellow takeoff and a big bend. Super whackable but not super consistent
Sultans: Everybody loves Sultans as it's one of the most user friendly rights on the planet with long workable walls and some great barrel opportunities. Will handle a bit of a crowd due to the length of wave and several take off regions. Extremely consistent !
Next stop North is Ninjas . Ninjas is a fun right hander and perfect for lower level surfers to have fun on. It's located directly across the channel from Lohis but not recommended to paddle between due to strong currents.
25 minutes north of Hudhuranfushi are 2 breaks opposite each other at a reef pass.
Cokes (colas): is a right-hander which breaks 3-10ft and is fairly protected from the southerly winds that may affect other breaks such as Lohis. This wave has been well photographed and is the hollowest in the North Male atoll. Cokes surf break will test your tube-riding ability.
Chickens: is the left hander and is known as one of the fastest wave in the North Male atoll. This wave holds swell size from 3ft to well over 10ft and provides rides up to 500m long.
Ninjas: Besides Lohis, “Ninjas” is the closest break to Hudhuranfushi. A mellower right-hander perfect for longboarding or just cruising on the fish, although on bigger swells it can be a heap of fun on a regular short board.
The crown jewel of the North Malè Atolls is ‘Lohi’s'. A long wackable left-hander that breaks off Hudhuranfushi Resort – highly regarded as the Maldives most consistent wave and has hosted the WQS O’Neil 'Deep Blue Open' in the past. Go deep and get barrelled off the take-off and then rip the wall apart or just pick off the wide sets and enjoy a freight train ride all the way to the end section.
‘Lohis’ surf point
There are only a handful of places in the world where your partner or family members can sit in the shade on the observation deck sipping a cool drink with the perfect vantage point of the surf action. Makes for a great location to capture some memorable footage and photos of the surf action. Come in from the surf at dusk and signal the bar man for a cold beer as you watch the sunset over the islands beyond. Lohis surf point has an incredible atmosphere and is being further enhanced with the World Surfaris surf operations being located near the bar area with cool tunes playing; professional photos of the action on display; and nightly entertainment on offer.
Optimum conditions for the Male atolls
Wind: Any type of westerly