Sharifa - Outer Atolls

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Surf Skill: 
3
Intermed
Comfort: 
3
Mid
Season: 
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Max Surfers: 
12
1
Boat
Expert Surf Guide
Pristine remote location
Great Fishing

Overview

Sharifa Surf Charter offers a guest experience like no other.  Operating all season in the acclaimed Outer Atolls, Sharifa is a wave hunting machine with the main objective of finding you and your frothing mates uncrowded world class waves for 10 days.  Throw in 3 hearty meals a day prepared by your on-board chef, an experienced crew and an experienced surf guide, you have the recipe for one of the greatest surf trips of your life.  Sharifa is all about 'you'.  Come back stoked and ready to do it all again the next year! 

Operating ALL SEASON in Gaafu Dhaal Atoll (from April 2018)

Over the past few years, World Surfaris has been closely monitoring weather and wave data and gathering reports from trusted locals in the Gaafu Dhaal Atoll during the entire season. The data clearly shows that the swell is super consistent down there pretty much all year!  We are now confident to launch our Sharifa "Gaafu Dhaal" all season charters due to the winning combinations of favourable swells and minimal crowds.  Gaafu Dhaal Atoll is the only other atoll in the Maldives that compares to the North Male' Atoll for the volume of classy waves in close proximity that consistently produce quality surf.  There are 8 breaks within 2 hours, with something for everyone and no waves are exclusive to any resorts.  You could be an intermediate surfer craving long, workable walls or an advanced Indo veteran looking to charge some serious pits - the Outer Atolls will deliver for you.

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).  This World Surfaris pioneering initiative will get you surfing uncrowded waves in tropical waters. This is a totally unspoilt region that promises consistent surf throughout the surf season.

APR - NOV trips are fly in/out of Gaafu Dhaal. Please note board bags 8ft and over are unable to travel on this trip, as the aircraft cargo hold cannot accommodate longboards.

Accommodation

Sharifa Surf Charter features 8 spacious, air-conditioned cabins (6 on the lower deck and 2 on the upper deck).  Each cabin can be a double or a twin cabin as they all have one double bed and one single bunk bed above it.  All cabins also have an attached ensuite bathroom with vanity, shower and toilet. Your rooms are refreshed and made up every single day by the crew - while you are out surfing - to ensure that when you are ready to call it a day, you fall asleep in sheer comfort.

Meals

Sharifa has a spacious dining room providing guests with maximum comfort while enjoying their professionally prepared meals.  The hearty cuisine is made by a local chef and includes 3 meals daily plus tea/coffee/snacks and one bottle of water daily. The dining room is often set up as a buffet with a range of cuisines to choose from. 

The Sharifa crew will also take you and your group to an uninhabited island for a traditional Maldivian BBQ dinner. This is a true highlight of your surf charter experience onboard Sharifa. 

Vessel

Length:  32 metres
Width:  6.5 metres
Year Built:  2005
Cruise Speed:  10-12 knots
Accommodation:  8 Cabins (6 on under deck and 2 on bridge deck ) Each containing 1 large bed  (to be used as double) and one bunk-bed. Interior is very well done -  all with individually controlled A/C, en-suite bathroom with hot & cold water.
Under deck:  6 cabins
Main deck:  saloon and bar 
Upper deck with bridge:  2 cabins and sundeck
Crew:  Well trained, smiling, friendly, and experienced crew members. All the crew members speak English.
Facilities:  TV, VCD/DVD Player, Video Cassete Player, Hi Fi System, board games, Snorkelling and Fishing Gear.
Navigation:  Includes all modern navigational equipment such as GPS, CB Radio, Mobile Phone, Search Light, Binoculars, Compass, Charts.
Onboard Equipment:  Fishing, Snorkeling gear.
Water:  Desalinated sweet water (W.H.O approval Standard)
Electricity:  220v AC ( 24 hours with 2 sound proof Generators)
Safety:  Life jackets in all cabins, Fire extinguishers, First Aid & Oxygen & accompanying dingy.

Surf

Gaafu Dhaal - Starting from the airport making your way around in a clockwise direction. To keep an element of surprise for when you arrive, we haven't named every wave. In some instances, we have provided the island name off which they break.

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 the Maldives. Faces south, so picks up plenty of swell. Needs north-west or north wind, so is always better early season February to April. Pretty short ride with easy takeoff, after which you then line up for the inside section 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 but if the swell direction is right, it can link up with another section on the inside, where it produces a bit more speed and power. Needs the 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, it 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 (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 from April - August.

Gani Point (Right) - Another wave protected from south winds or south-west winds. Gets very hollow especially on mid tide.

Booga Reef (Peak) - A bombie in the middle of the channel between 2 islands. Not so hollow but a fun ride can be had. The right is usually the pick needs west to north-west wind, making it another protected option from April - August.

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 more spots...

Surf Guides

Rob Hoja 'HOOBX'

If you have ever been to Hudhuranfushi Resort in the last 3 seasons, you may remember a tall, lean, smiley, quietly-spoken, modest fella nicknamed Hoobx. His natural talent and years of surfing experience means that Hoobx is often the best surfer in the water. But Hoobx uses his powers for good, not evil, and can be constantly seen calling his guests into waves as he sits patiently in the lineup. 

Hoobx grew up surfing the wave Tiger Stripes, located in the Outer Atolls off the island Gadhdoo, making him the perfect surf guide to take you on a wave hunting journey around his home atoll on board the Sharifa.

Non Surf Activities

The fishing in Gaafu Dhaal 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 Sharifa love fishing and are happy to assist.  Keen fishermen should take their own game rod, reel and lures as the equipment on board can often get a little manky after a few trips!

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 ever get to see.  Watching the sunset over the islands whilst sipping on a cold beer after a rewarding day surfing with just you and your mates is about as good it gets!

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