Handhu Outer Atolls

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Surf Skill: 
3
Intermed
Comfort: 
3
Mid
Season: 
Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Max Surfers: 
12
1
Boat
Most experienced boat in the region
Expert Surf Guide
Pristine remote location
Great Fishing

Overview

Remote atoll charters

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. 

Abundant Surf

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.  

Now operating ALL SEASON in Gaafu Dhaal Atoll!!!  (from Feb 2018)

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.

Accommodation

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.  

Meals

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.

Sample menu
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.

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Vessel

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.

Surf

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.

 

Surf Guides

Local legend, surf guide 'Shadow' 

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).

Non Surf Activities

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!

Itinerary

HANDHU CHARTERS WILL COMMENCE AND END IN GAAFU DHAAL

Handhu example itinerary (Feb-Nov trips) as follows:

  • Day 1: Arrive Male and same night connect with flight south to Gaafu Dhaal.
  • Days 1-10: 10 nights onboard Handhu with expert guides.Surfing Gaafu Dhaal atolls.
  • Final day: Fly back to Male in the afternoon before connecting with evening flight home.

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.

Reviews for Handhu Outer Atolls

Colin Gill

Date of Stay: 
16-27 Apr 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
5

Great trip away from it all. Crew went over and beyond to ensure everyone was comfortable, Shadow didn't disappoint with getting us good waves and taking some pretty rad photos too...
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Ben Harrison

Date of Stay: 
16-27 Apr 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
4

Perfect location and Shadow was a top surf guide. Read more...

Jason Baldessari

Date of Stay: 
16-27 Oct 2016
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Hi Aaron, Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that our trip was an absolute success.  Surf was in the fun zone the entire trip and happy to report I left completely surfed out.  The crew on the boat was awesome and our surf guide Peter (aka Stumpy) is an absolute legend.  I have Read more...

Scott Melling

Date of Stay: 
18-29 May 2016
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Well another awesome trip to the outer atolls Maldives.  Shadow and the crew are the best in the Maldives and got us in the water each day and having fun each night.  We did score the best Bluebowls I've ever surfed on our last day which left us leaving with a smile on all our faces.  See you Read more...

Noel Dougherty

Date of Stay: 
20 April - 01 May 2015
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Nice clean waves, a little small but the onboard hospitality makes the whole experience memorable.
Maldives is a special place. Winds might not have been perfect but there are enough waves to check and  try and find something clean to ride. Fishing was good also. Read more...

Neil Paynter

Date of Stay: 
20 April - 02 May 2015
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

This is a high quality package. The boat is perfectly equipped for surf travel, and great for groups. The equipment on board is excellent. The crew were genuine and eager to please, informative, and became part of 'our group'. The food was fantastic and plenty of it. All the transfers were Read more...

George Stamell

Date of Stay: 
20 April - 01 May 2015
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Lots of fun, very relaxing, surfed everyday, with a few days of really good waves.  The Handu is a very comfortable, well designed boat. Perfect for surf trips. Read more...

Chris Laffey

Date of Stay: 
20 April - 02 May 2015
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

Please pass on my best regards to Rauf, Gopal, Shadow, Saheed, Ripe, Modu and Nadi for a great time on Handhu. This is, I think, my fourth trip to the Outer Atolls and the third on this boat and every time the guys excel themselves. The crew are funny, honest, warm and sincere men who know how Read more...

Andrew Forkes

Date of Stay: 
23 March - 03 April 2015
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
5

The star of the show was undoubtedly the waves. User friendly but with a punch on occasions. So many days were oily glass perfection that will stay long in the memory.  The boat, surf guide, crew and photographer couldn't have done more to make it a truly memorable trip. Read more...

Joel Bird

Date of Stay: 
09-21 March 2015
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
5
Quality Of Food: 
4

Amazing! The entire crew on that boat need a massive pat on the back - they really made the experience amazing! Read more...

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