Our multi-atoll itinerary is unique to World Surfaris and has proven popular with those looking for a remote adventure in the far south of the Maldives. Some of our March trips fly to the southern most atoll of Seenu and surf for a few days, before crossing to the better-known Gaaf Dhaal Atoll that is littered with reef breaks for the remainder of your trip. The majority of our trips we concentrate on 100% Gaafu Dhaal atoll due to it's incredible variety of consistent waves.
The combination of Seenu and Gaafu Dhaal Atolls host at least a dozen different surf set-ups that work on varying conditions and winds... if one place is too small, there will be a swell magnet that is surfable. And even if those occasions do occur when the wind is onshore everywhere, some reefs are more protected than others and you can still enjoy a fun surf in the warm clear water. Fortunately, most of the time, it's world-class set-ups in pristine conditions.
Handhu is 90 ft of comfort with an excellent design that maximises space. Designed primarily for surf trips, Handhu has board racks and plenty of outdoor shade area to chill out and relax in between surfs.
You arrive in Malè to connect that night with an Island Aviation flight to the far south, where the Handhu Charter and her friendly crew will be waiting to greet you. Overnight anchorage is near the airport island, then early the following morning, you commence your adventure of a lifetime. The highly experienced surf guides will ensure you achieve maximum surf time.
Over the past few years, World Surfaris has closely been monitoring weather data and gathering reports and wave data from locals in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll during late season. The data clearly shows that the swell is super consistent down there pretty much all year! We are now confident to launch our Handhu "Gaafu Dhaalu" charters all season due to the winning combinations of favourable swells and minimal crowds. Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll is the only other atoll in the Maldives that compares to North Male' atoll for the volume of classy waves in close proximity that consistently produce high level performance. There are 8 breaks within 2 hours with something for everyone - from the intermediate surfer craving long, workable walls to advanced Indo veterans looking to charge some serious pits. Many of the other boats DO NOT operate all season and will only be there early and late in the season (Mar-May & Sep-Oct). We guarantee uncrowded surfing.
FEB - NOV trips will be fly in/out of Gaafu Dhaal. This is a totally unspoilt region that promises consistent surf during these months.
Please note board bags 8 ft and over will be unable to travel on this trip as the aircraft cargo hold cannot accommodate longboards.
Handhu is 95' of multi levelled comfort. The lower deck consists of of six air-conditioned twin guest cabins (1 double/1 single bed) with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilet. All cabins have plenty of storage for luggage and clothes and power points for charging batteries. The main deck houses the wheel house, spacious air conditioned saloon with indoor dining table, comfy lounge, entertainment system to plug in your tunes, watch a movies or have a few drinks from the bar.
Moving outdoors on the main deck, the aft area has a large deck with spot lights for night fishing, move to the bow area and you have the ultimate chillout area to take in the ocean breeze. A large built in outdoor lounge comfortably accommodates all guests in shaded comfort. This is the ultimate place to recline in between surf sessions parked in the channel watching your mates pull in. The ceiling of this area is fitted with board racks, so you can lay back and admire your quiver and contemplate a fin change etc. There is a large outdoor dining table here and many meals are taken here during the trip. Moving upstairs finds you on the huge upper sundeck which doubles as a dance floor, indoor soccer court, morning yoga area etc.. Part of this area is shaded with enough seating for the entire group and it usually becomes the sunset lounge for pre-dinner drinks after a hard days surfing. The boat is equipped with a dingy tender for delivery to the line up and basic snorkelling and fishing gear.
Cuisine onboard your Handhu charter is prepared by a highly qualified chef with a strong emphasis on fresh organic food. You will eat a variety of fresh fish, salads, vegetables, curries, pasta and rice dishes along with cooked eggs and bacon for breakfast.
Pre-surf light breakfast: cornflakes, toast, bananas, tea or coffee.
After-surf breakfast: eggs, toast, tea, coffee, fruit juice.
Lunch: variety of pasta, fresh fish, curries, salads, fruit.
Dinner: meat dish, pasta, fish curry, vegetables, dessert.
This is not a surf charter for losing weight! Onboard Handhu we will keep your energy levels up at all times to compensate for long surf sessions.
Size: length 95 ft, width 25 ft.
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Guest cabin: 6 cabins (12 pax) with attached toilet and shower with hot and cold water
Crew: Captain, 1 chef, 1 assistant chef, 2 crews, 1 surf guide
Equipment: 1 engine 350 hp (Cummins), 1 aluminium dinghy with 25 hp outboard engine, 1 desalination plant 4800 litres/day, 2 soundproof marine generators (22.5 kW and 17.5 kW), air conditioned cabins and restaurant, expresso coffee machine, snorkelling and fishing gear, TV, VCD/DVD player, video cassette player, hi-fi system, washing machine.
Navigation and communication: CD radio, mobile phone, GPS, search light, binoculars, plotting tool kit, compass, and chart.
Maximum 12 / Minimum 10 passengers for sole use group. Discounts apply for sole use large groups.
Gaafu Dhaal - starting from the airport making your way around in a clockwise direction. Some of the breaks don’t have names so we have given the island name and some of the breaks have two names so both are listed.
Kaededhdhoo - Right, island with the airport on it. Has a right hander that is fun when the swell is large. It's on the west side of the atoll so doesn’t receive as much swell as the other breaks.
Beacons or Barracuda Point - Right, one of the most powerful and hollowest wave in Maldives. Faces south so picks up plenty of swell. Needs north-west or north wind so always better early season February to April. Pretty short ride with easy takeoff where you then line up for the inside and the fun begins. Best on mid to high tide and can be surfed 2 to 10 feet.
Dhigulaabadhoo - Left, across the channel from Beacons we call it Dhiraagu after the phone company in the Maldives as the island is shaped like a phone. A sort of fat ride on the takeoff and if the swell direction is right can link up with another section on the inside where it produces a bit more speed and power. Needs same wind as Beacons and can be surfed on all tides. Plenty of marine life around here and common to see whale sharks.
Castaways - Right, very shallow only to be surfed on high tide. When the swell is over 4 foot breaks out the back where a fun wave can be had and you make the choice to keep going through to the inside where it hits the shallow ledge and gets a bit tricky. Nice little deserted island in front of the break.
Blue Bowls or Vvoodoos - Right, long wave not so hollow but a lot of fun. Best around 4-6 feet on mid tide. It is protected if the wind swings around to south- south- west which is common in April.
Gani Point - Right, also protected from south winds, gets hollow. Best on mid to high tide.
Booga Reef - Left and Right, a bombi in the middle of channel into atoll. Not so hollow but a fun ride can be had. The right usually being the pick needs west to north-west wind.
Love Charms - Left, great wave from takeoff to finish, nice tube on the inside breaks 2-10 feet needs west to north winds and can be surfed on all tides.
Rockets - Left, fun wave not so hollow but nice long walls to be had. Picks up plenty of swell and can be surfed all tides. Needs west to north-winds. Note: There are some more spots on the top of the atoll (Gaafu Alofi) always smaller though as swell is blocked from the east side of the atoll which sticks out past these channels into the atoll.
Our VERY experienced surf guide “Shadow” will ensure you achieve maximum surf time and intimately knows the region. Shadow networks with our guide on HandhuFalhi to ensure they are surfing different breaks at any one time (many breaks work simultaneously). Shadow is very handy with a camera and well equipped to shoot from land or water and offers a photo package to clients at very reasonable rates (available on March/April/May trips).
The fishing is some of the best in the world and the amazing variety of species will keep the hardcore angler stoked and the novice angler hooked! The crew of Handhu love fishing and are happy to assist. Keen fishermen should take their own game rod, reel and lures!
The Maldives is one of the prettiest island paradises in the world and the outer atolls offer you the opportunity to witness remote locations that few tourists have ever seen. Watching the sunset over the islands whilst sipping on a cold beer after a rewarding days surfing with just you and your mates is as good it gets!
HANDHU CHARTERS WILL COMMENCE AND END IN GAAFU DHAAL
Handhu example itinerary (Feb-Nov trips) as follows:
Some trips in MAR-APR and all trips SEP-OCT trips are fly in/out of Gaafu Dhaal and will be 100% Gaafu Dhaal charters.
This is a totally unspoilt region that promises consistent surf during these months.
**Handhu will run all season in the Outer Atolls from Feb - Nov. All trips will start and end in Gaafu Dhaal.