Niyama Private Islands

Maldives: Central Atolls

Fresh design 5+ star resort, situated off the beaten track, offering unique resort facilities with high quality breaks and uncrowded waves within easy reach.

Low Pressure Stormrider Surf Guide says:

The Maldives are 26 flat coral atolls ringed with 1,200 islands, only a few of which are known for the quality of their surf. With an Indian Ocean swell window from direct E through S to W, Laamu atoll and Thaa atoll are newly discovered central atoll surf zones with many high-quality reef pass setups. These two atolls alone present 150 islands and almost 650km (400mi) of coastline to the frequent swell. The central atolls of the Maldives enjoy an abundance of medium-sized, perfect reefbreaks, the majority of which are righthanders. A settled and peaceful area of sparse population, access to the majority of these waves is by charter boat alone, despite planned resorts. Unlike other island chains, the expense and low number of boats in this area of the Maldives keeps crowds low. With waves such as Mikado, Yin Yang and Kasabu known for their pristine barrels, under the right conditions the central atolls are tropical perfection.

Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure Stormrider Guide website.

Condition descriptions provided by the operator:

The Dhaalu Atoll is exposed to more wind than the famous surf area of North Male Atoll. It is also cut off from south easterly swells and thus works in different conditions than North Male. However, South or Southwesterly swells are usually even more dominant, consistent and usually bigger and more powerful than easterly swells. They are more consistent throughout the year. The Dhaalu Atoll and the reef passages near Per Aquum Niyama are perfectly exposed and receive a substantial amount of swell. One of the two spots closest to Niyama - Vodi or Kasabu - work well in any wind direction from West-Southwest over North to East-Southeast as well as light winds in general as they dont have a signifacant impact on these spots. Wind direction and force change constantly not only from day to day but also from hour to hour. So you can expect to have perfect sessions throughout the year with the most favourable wind directions from October to May and the biggest swell from April to October. Even from June to September you will find sheltered waves in the Atoll and the Mad/Swirl or Hocus Pocus to Candy area. More likely than not you will even score perfect Vodi and Kasabu during that time. Remember there are no other resorts in the area serving surfers and very few charters watch that area closely enough. Enjoy perfect, uncrowded surf spots all to yourself or with only a handful other surfers out!

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Surf map


Surf Spots

Kasabu - Right Hander

This is the main spot to be surfed in Northwesterly wind directions. It works best in westerly to northwesterly winds or with no wind at all. Kasabu is located on the opposite side of the channel from Niyama's Play island, approximately 10 minutes away by boat. The reef is perfectly shaped and offers world class right hand waves suited for all levels. Beginners can surf down towards the lagoon in the North where the waves fade out and are more user friendly but still really enjoyable. In medium sized swells, Intermediate and Advanced surfers can enjoy the corner where the wave wraps around the point offering long, rippable walls. And once it is big it is pro time: Picture perfect grinding barrels will be on offer! The break is just 10 min away from the resort.

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Vodi (Niyama) - Left Hander on the island

This wave works best when the wind is from a North to Easterly direction. Or with just a light breeze this left hander becomes perfect. It usually picks up even more swell than Kasabu as it is perfectly exposed to Southwesterly swell. The wave is faster and more challenging, yet makeable for the intermediate to advanced surfer. Even when the swell is small the waves are still really fun and cater well to for longboards and funboards as well as beginner surfers. The best part of all - you can reach this wave from land by simply walking to the point and paddling out - and upon request we'll do our best to get you a Beach Studio as close to the spot as possible. Vodi in general is the place where it is all happening. There is a fun surf bar located on the point and many other surf related activities to enjoy around here. It really is a Picture Perfect Paradise!

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Hocus Pocus

Grinding, hollow and challenging! The right hander barrels hit the very shallow reef from deep water. The waves are fast and only for the advanced. Less experienced surfers should surf there with higher tides only. The spot handles even south westerly winds. Only 5-10 min by speedboat.

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West Coast - Swiri and Mad

There are several other spots on the west coast 30 - 40 min away by speedboat. The waves tend to work on fewer occasions as most of the days are onshore. But they are worth a trip on easterly winds or no winds at all.

  • Mad - right hander (4 - 12 feet)
  • Swiri - left hander (4 - 8 feet)




  • left hander
  • 4 - 6 feet
  • 15 minutes with speedboat


Van Damme

  • right hander
  • 4 - 6 feet
  • 20 - 25 minutes with speedboat



  • Left hander
  • 4 - 6 feet
  • 20 - 25 minutes with speedboat


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