Surfer numbers capped
World Surfaris initiated the capping of on-island surfer numbers to a maximum of 45 to improve the surfer package and maintain uncrowded waves at the house break 'Lohis'. Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort is a mid-range multi-facility resort, perfect for surfing couples, honeymooners, families or the boys looking to kick back after a boat trip. There are not too many resorts in the world with a world-class wave within walking distance from your room. Lohis is widely regarded as the best left in the Maldives, not only is it super consistent and surf-able in any swell/wind/tide combination, but it is also good at any size, from 2ft to 6ft, and has multiple take off areas to spread out the guests. It’s hard to imagine a better set up so close to your room. Under the surfer management plan, you will be one of only 45 surfers with access to Lohi's left. Less people in the water will mean more waves for you, but with only 45 passes available at any one time, you must act now.
Prior to 2014, there has been no control on the number of surfers permitted to stay at Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort. As a result, surfer numbers spiralled out of control during the last few years, leaving many people frustrated after travelling half way around the world only to surf with a crowd. In order to guarantee uncrowded waves and a great atmosphere in and out of the water, surfer numbers were capped in 2014 and every surfer visiting reported a very enjoyable surf experience.
ALL SURFERS coming to the resort MUST book onto the ‘surfer allocation’. If surfers arrive at the resort without a space booked in the surfer allocation, they will not be able to surf during their stay. The allocation system is the only way to manage surfer numbers and ensure uncrowded waves.
Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort is now offering an exciting yoga program and physiotherapy treatments this surf season.
The program includes twice daily sessions of surf specific yoga to prepare and recover the body for what will be long days of perfect waves. Packages will be available for purchase at the resort with exclusive private and semi-private sessions also available.
Surfing guests will have booking priority for physiotherapy sessions which include trimmings, soft tissue release, joint mobilisation, injury diagnosis and exercise management.
Please ask your World Surfaris travel consultant for more information and pricing.
Hudhuranfushi resort accommodation is a mix of Lohis Rooms (within 1 min walk to surf break); Beach Villas; and romantic Ocean Villas.
Lohis Rooms: World Surfaris has the main allocation of these from March till November. This is the ultimate place to stay for keen surfers who want to be as close to the action as possible. It's literally a 1 min walk from room to paddle out. These rooms are configured with 1 double bed or 2 single beds with TV, Mini Bar, wardrobe, well appointed bathroom and a small relaxation deck.
Beach Villas: are spacious with timber front deck, polished cement flooring, TV, mini bar, bathtub and outdoor open air shower. The beach villas are literally 20 steps under the vegetation canopy to the white sandy beach and lagoon making the beach villas an ideal choice for couple or families with non surfers.
Ocean Villas: are ideal for honeymooners or that special romantic occasion however they are only available on a request basis and prices are substantially higher. All rooms are air conditioned as well as ceiling fans. Non surfing partners and families love the laid back island paradise feel just as much as the surfers.
Hudhuranfushi's main restaurant serves an extensive buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast features fresh croissants and baked treats from the on-island bakery, fresh fruits with natural yogurt and the legendary "all in" Lohis omelettes. Lunch and Dinner buffets feature traditional Maldivian and Western cuisines such as pastas, curries and stir fries, plus a daily speciality like grilled fish. In addition you can expect a good healthy salad selection, lots of fresh tropical fruits and an impressive dessert bar.
Perched on a deck overlooking the island’s scenic harbour, the Sunset Restaurant offers an exceptionally fine dining experience featuring an impressive a la carte menu. This elegant restaurant is ideal for any special occasion and we do recommend you indulge at least once during your stay.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 10:30am at the Breeze Restaurant, near the Ocean Villas. There are snacks also served here three times a day.
Breeze Bar: is opened from 10:00am to Midnight.
Sunset Bar: is attached to Sunset Restaurant and is a great place to enjoy a chilled bottle of wine as the sun sets.
Beach Bar: is at the north end of the island next to the beach volley ball court ("all inclusive" beverages available until 6pm).
Hiyala Bar: is the main bar near reception ("all inclusive" beverages available until midnight).
Dohdi Bar: also known as the Disco Bar is near to the dive centre ("all inclusive" beverages available until midnight).
Lohis Bar: is at the south end of the island with full view of Lohis left and the ultimate place to kick back and tell ‘best wave’ stories after a hard day in the water. "All Inclusive" beverages now available until 11pm. Also Lohis Bar now offers Buffet Breakfast & Lunch for surfers and their families, rather than having to take all meals at the main Banyan Resturant.
World Surfaris packages are all inclusive with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Banyan Restaurant daily; 3 snack buffets (morning tea/ afternoon tea/ midnight snacks); and "all inclusive" beverages (full description as per World Surfaris quotes).
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.
Honkey's: 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... best at 2-3ft.
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.
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 by creating a surf village type atmosphere near the bar area with cool tunes playing; professional photos of the action on display; and nightly entertainment on offer.
Swell: SE or S (nothing comes close to a big South!!!)
Wind: Light W-NW
Husband and wife super managers, Richard and Amy Kotch have been an integral part of the surf operation here for over a decade. Rich and Amy pioneered surf guiding at Lohis. They now manage the surf operation through local Maldivian surf guides. Both Richard and Amy live to surf and love nothing more than scoring good waves in the Maldives…and it’s this enthusiasm to be in the ocean, combined with their experience, that ensures you will be at the right place at the right time.
Under the watchful eye of Rich, the local Maldivian surf guides will take you on daily boat trips to the 6 breaks within 30 minutes and ensure you are at the right break to suit your needs at the right time. The combined surf guiding experience at Hudhuranfushi is without a doubt one of the greatest assets on your surfing holiday. Years of experience on the island and in the North Male Atoll area mean that your surfing holiday is in the most capable of hands. Richard has an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a surf photographer and for an additional fee, can capture amazing keepsakes that will immortalise your surf adventure. Amy is a goofy footer charger and a veteran of many Maldivian barrels - her unique style and ability has been well documented on the World Surfaris' blog. The addition of a beautiful young son to the Kotch family has not slowed their enthusiasm for surfing. World Surfaris regularly receive glowing reports about Richard and Amy and their local surf guides.
Take a dip in the pool and grab a drink at the pool bar, take a stroll though the lush tropical gardens or snorkel in the aquatic playground of the turquoise lagoons. Hudhuranfushi Resort keeps the party going after sunset with several bars scattered throughout the islands with live music and even karaoke.
Chavana Day Spa: Enjoy a myriad of cleansing and rejuvenating treatments offered by Chavana Spa at Hudhuranfushi. With spa services ranges from traditional aromatherapy massages to result-driven Elemis face and body treatments, using dynamic with medical grade formulas that offer scientific solutions to every skin, body and lifestyle concern; a perfect way to complete a perfect getaway. The spa features four double room with outdoor shower and bath, 3 outdoor Bale, Manicure and Pedicure and retail boutique which offers a range of retail products and spa gifts. With the healing touch of an experienced Balinese therapist, let the practice of traditional therapeutic methods naturally purify both body and mind and experience an incomparable sense of tranquility.
Sporting Facilities: Hudhuranfushi Resort also has a myriad of other sporting facilities to keep you active and entertained. Have a game of tennis or squash at the courts; work out in the gym; take the kids to the playground or swim some laps in the pool.
Yoga & Physiotherapy: Hudhuranfushi Resort offers twice daily yoga sessions of surf specific yoga to prepare and recover the body for what will be long days of perfect waves. Packages are available for purchase at the resort with private and semi-private yoga sessions also available.
Water Sports: The Maldives has long been considered an aquatic adventure land, thrilling surfers and non-surfers alike. Hudhuranfushi Resort makes the utmost of its beautiful surrounds. The lagoon is a premiere feature at the resort, teeming with tropical fish. The Water Sports Centre offers catamaran-sailing courses (international licence), wind surfing, banana rides, canoeing, kite surfing, snorkelling and more.
Dive Centre: The Maldives boasts an amazing array of marine life, from bronze whale sharks, to bright tropical fish and colourful coral. Highly regarded in the top 10 ‘must dive’ sites for international divers, the Maldives crystal clear water, array of marine life, dramatic drop offs and abundant reef life adds yet another dimension to this amazing holiday. You can access up to 40 different dive points including; MS Victory Wreck, Octbetilla, Manta Point, Shark Point, Rainbow Giri, Lions Head, Paradise Rock, Aquarium, Coral Garden, Banana Reef and more whilst staying at Hudhuranfushi Resort.
Hudhuranfushi Resort offers dive courses in; English, German, Japanese and Dhivehi in order to cater for all groups. Additionally Hudhuranfushi Resort now also offers certificates for: PADI, Barakuda and CMAS. The following equipment is available through the dive centre: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, computer, mask, fins, snorkel, video camera etc and can organise diving safaris or excursions every day.