Maavahi - Male Atolls

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Surf Skill: 
2
Beg/Int
Comfort: 
2
Basic
Season: 
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Max Surfers: 
10
1
Boat
High quality budget surf charter
Expert Surf Guide
Great Fishing

Overview

Designed and built in the Maldives by local engineers/master craftsmen, the Maavahi is an 85ft long / 27ft wide cruise boat with three decks and seven beautiful and well-furnished air-conditioned ensuite cabins.  The interior of the vessel is well-lit with spacious dining areas and an outdoor lounge bar/dining area for wining and dining in the great outdoors, surrounded by the stunning Indian Ocean.  Enjoy delicious meals and exceptional hospitality and service from the Maavahi surf charter crew.

In addition to indoor and outdoor dining areas and an outdoor lounge bar, Maavahi facilities include 2 sundecks, music and TV/video facilities, indoor games and an accompanying surf dingy.  In keeping with our commitment to the environment and sustainable surfing, the Maavahi produces its own freshwater on board daily - enough to provide up to 250 litres of freshwater per person per day!

Recreational activities include surfing, snorkeling, cruising, fishing, guided visits to local Islands and even a special BBQ dinner on a deserted Island or sandbank (upon request).

The Maavahi Surf Charter will cruise through the Outer Atolls from late February to early April, before starting a full season in the surf rich North Malè Atolls.  The North Malè Atolls host over a dozen classy set-ups that provide super-consistent surf from April to October.  These are the fabulous user-friendly waves with deep water take-offs, long walls and barrel sections for which the Maldives is so rightly famous.  In the space of two hours travelling, you have an incredible wave park!

Cruising at a reasonable speed of 10 knots, Maavahi will have you surfing more and lounging less, so be prepared to finish most days with surfed-out, aching limbs. Beautifully prepared meals, courtesy of an experienced chef and kitchen-crew, will provide temporary relief before sleep becomes the priority.

Accommodation

Onboard Maavahi, there are 6 spacious guest cabins.  All 6 cabins have twin bunk beds (1 below and 1 above).  All the cabins are located on the lower deck, with the surf guide's cabin being on the main deck.  All cabins have air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom and hot and cold showers.  There is also a small wardrobe for storage and a wall fan if you don't like air conditioning.

Meals

After surfing up to 4 times a day, you do get a little hungry!  Your experienced chef will cook up a storm - 3 times a day, every day, with a mixture of delicious cuisines and not just curries!  Snacks are also available at any time. Dine in the spacious indoor dining room or perch yourself on one of the two upper decks and enjoy the breathtaking views of the various islands scattered throughout the Maldives.

Vessel

Type: Wooden Hull

Built: 1998

Length/Width: 85ft/32ft

Engine: 280 HP Yamaha Diesel 

Generators: 220 volts A/C, 12/24 Volts D/C

Navigation: GPS navigation, CB Radio, mobile phone and compass

Support Vessel: Dinghy (16ft) 

 Accommodation: 6 Air-conditioned guest cabins + 1 surf guide cabin

 

Surf

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.  World Surfaris guides are some of the most experienced you will meet. They not only monitor the conditions but are constantly checking with other boat skippers/guides where they will be to avoid paddling out and instantly crowding the lineups. This kind of coordination and experience can be the difference between surfing with 40 guys out or just your crew! 

The Breaks:

Jailbreaks is a classic right-hander.  A long down-the-line wave with 3 distinct sections including a mid barrel section.  Rides of up to 300m can be had when it’s lining up.

20 minutes further North, you will find the right-hander known as Ninjas which breaks off Kani Resort.  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.

25 minutes north are 2 breaks opposite each other at a reef pass.  The right-hander known as Cokes (Colas) breaks 3-10ft and is fairly protected from the southerly winds that may affect other breaks.  This wave has been well documented and is the hollowest in the North Male atoll.  This will test your tube-riding ability.  

The left hander known as Chickens is probably the fastest wave in the North Male atoll.  This wave holds swell size from 3ft to well over 10ft and provides exciting rides up to 500m long.

The South Male’ Atoll also has several great set-ups that with the right swell direction can be amazing.  World Surfaris surf-guides have vast experience in this region and can make recommendations accordingly.  It is only a 2 hour trip from Nth Male’ Atoll breaks to the Sth Male’ Atoll breaks. It's definitely worth checking out on a solid SE swell and Tucky Joe's left might just dish up the barrel of your life. Riptides is also a super rippable and one of the funnest waves you will ever experience. If the swell is on, head South! 

Surf Guides

Ablo 'Shadow' Lathyf

Shadow started working with World Surfaris in 2008. He has been a favorite with World Surfaris' customers over the years, having spent many seasons on the Handhu & HandhuFalhi. Shadow is from the Northern part of the Maldives where there isn’t too much surf during the off-season (or so he says), so by the time surf season kicks in, Shadow is ready to get his guests and himself frothing on the waves around North & South Male as well as early season waves in the Outer Atolls. Shadows experience and easy going personality makes him one of the best surf guides in the Maldives benefitting you and your friends on your next boat trip with him. 

Non Surf Activities

Onboard Maavahi Surf Charter, you'll find a range of activities to keep you entertained between surfs or on the occasional lay day.  

Night/Day fishing - troll a lure and catch dinner.  The Maldives is a renowned fishing spot with the abundant marine life feeding on the generous offerings of the reef.  Tuna, mackerel, barracuda and many more varieties.  Who knows - you may even have to pit your strength against a sail-fish and reel in a beast. 

Snorkelling - The Maldivian reef teems with a stunning array of fish species and coral.  Cyrstal clear water with great visibility rated as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.  Even from the shallower world of snorkelling you can see the beauty of the reef. 

Visit a local village - Cruising through the Maldives on a surf charter gives you the chance to experience a unique culture and understanding of the village lifestyle by visiting one of the many local villages. 

Or if you're too surfed out to do anything else, just kick back and relax onboard the super comfortable, Maavahi cruise boat.

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