Surf Trips Maldives Central Atolls

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The Central Atolls Are A True Surfer’s Playground

Not sure where to go on your next surf trip? Sick of crowds and mediocre waves? The answer is the Central Atolls in the Maldives! It’ can’t get any better than that. Picture yourself sitting in the lineup with perfect 3-6ft lefts and rights rolling in, surrounded by true paradise and only a handful of guys to share it with. The Central Atolls in the Maldives are perfect for a variety of skill levels with an abundance of waves to play with. There’s something for everyone and the guaranteed uncrowded lineups only add to that “only a surfer knows the feeling” type emotions. There’s plenty of non-surfing activities if you need a break from tearing apart perfect waves. Do you feel like adding snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving to your itinerary? No worries! Call LUEX - we’ve been there, done that!

Can you surf during Coronavirus?

Disclaimer: We're trying our very best to keep up with the latest global travel restrictions. Our updates summarise changes reported by various sources, but with the ever-changing nature of the situation, please take this information as a guide only.

No restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter without or just limited restrictions:
  • Currently there is no data about countries in this group.
Some restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter, but with specific protocols:
  • Germany

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    • Free 30 day Visa On Arrival for all tourists

    • No Quarantine necessary

    • Passengers and airline crew must complete a ""Traveller Health Declaration"" 24 hours before departure here

    • Mandatory Negative Nucleic PCR test up to 96 hours prior to departure, however fully vaccinated passengers can now skip the 96-hour PCR testing requirement. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. Passengers will need to bring their certificates showing they have received all shots required for relevant vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering the Maldives.

    • A confirmed pre-booking at a registered tourist facility is a prerequisite for the visa. Important! A booking is considered valid ONLY for tourist resorts, camps or guesthouses, liveaboard boats, and/or pre-approved transit facilities.

    • Travelers are allowed to stay in multiple resorts & guesthouse facilities
      (subject to individual resort rules)

    • If at any point in their stay a traveler stays at a tourist guesthouse, they are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure from the Maldives

    • Inter-island travel procedures will be done on your behalf by the tourist facility. However, any movements between vessels and resorts/guesthouses cannot be authorized at the moment.

    • Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found here

    Updated on July 11th, 2021

    Germany - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    The Maldives are currently classified as a high-risk destination and testing is mandatory for all travelers returning to Germany. Be aware! You are also required to self-isolate for 5 days upon your return.

    Example Scenario for returning from the Maldives

    1. Register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany

    2. Carry proof of registration with you

    3. Get tested - Check section above for more info on testing options

    4. Proceed directly to your destination after entering the country

    5. Self-isolate for 5 days.

    Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

  • United Kingdom

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    • Free 30 day Visa On Arrival for all tourists

    • No Quarantine necessary

    • Passengers and airline crew must complete a ""Traveller Health Declaration"" 24 hours before departure here

    • Mandatory Negative Nucleic PCR test up to 96 hours prior to departure, however fully vaccinated passengers can now skip the 96-hour PCR testing requirement. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. Passengers will need to bring their certificates showing they have received all shots required for relevant vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering the Maldives.

    • A confirmed pre-booking at a registered tourist facility is a prerequisite for the visa. Important! A booking is considered valid ONLY for tourist resorts, camps or guesthouses, liveaboard boats, and/or pre-approved transit facilities.

    • Travelers are allowed to stay in multiple resorts & guesthouse facilities
      (subject to individual resort rules)

    • If at any point in their stay a traveler stays at a tourist guesthouse, they are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure from the Maldives

    • Inter-island travel procedures will be done on your behalf by the tourist facility. However, any movements between vessels and resorts/guesthouses cannot be authorized at the moment.

    • Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found here

    Updated on July 11th, 2021

    UK - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    All though not red-listed, All travelers returning from the Maldives are subject to a 11-day mandatory quarantine, negative PCR, and a completed Public Health Passenger Locator form. You are also advised to stay at home and follow local lockdown rules.

    Be aware that there are restrictions on international travel, and you are required to fill out a declaration of travel form ahead of your departure.

  • United States

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    • Free 30 day Visa On Arrival for all tourists

    • No Quarantine necessary

    • Passengers and airline crew must complete a ""Traveller Health Declaration"" 24 hours before departure here

    • Mandatory Negative Nucleic PCR test up to 96 hours prior to departure, however fully vaccinated passengers can now skip the 96-hour PCR testing requirement. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. Passengers will need to bring their certificates showing they have received all shots required for relevant vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering the Maldives.

    • A confirmed pre-booking at a registered tourist facility is a prerequisite for the visa. Important! A booking is considered valid ONLY for tourist resorts, camps or guesthouses, liveaboard boats, and/or pre-approved transit facilities.

    • Travelers are allowed to stay in multiple resorts & guesthouse facilities
      (subject to individual resort rules)

    • If at any point in their stay a traveler stays at a tourist guesthouse, they are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure from the Maldives

    • Inter-island travel procedures will be done on your behalf by the tourist facility. However, any movements between vessels and resorts/guesthouses cannot be authorized at the moment.

    • Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found here

    Updated on July 11th, 2021

    USA - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    All travelers returning from the Maldives need to present a negative PCR test (72h prior to departure) or you might be denied entry. There’s currently no quarantine required but it is advised to stay home and check domestic restrictions of your home state.

No travel allowed from these countries
Residents of the following countries are currently not allowed to enter:
  • Australia

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    • Free 30 day Visa On Arrival for all tourists

    • No Quarantine necessary

    • Passengers and airline crew must complete a ""Traveller Health Declaration"" 24 hours before departure here

    • Mandatory Negative Nucleic PCR test up to 96 hours prior to departure, however fully vaccinated passengers can now skip the 96-hour PCR testing requirement. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test. Passengers will need to bring their certificates showing they have received all shots required for relevant vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering the Maldives.

    • A confirmed pre-booking at a registered tourist facility is a prerequisite for the visa. Important! A booking is considered valid ONLY for tourist resorts, camps or guesthouses, liveaboard boats, and/or pre-approved transit facilities.

    • Travelers are allowed to stay in multiple resorts & guesthouse facilities
      (subject to individual resort rules)

    • If at any point in their stay a traveler stays at a tourist guesthouse, they are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure from the Maldives

    • Inter-island travel procedures will be done on your behalf by the tourist facility. However, any movements between vessels and resorts/guesthouses cannot be authorized at the moment.

    • Passengers could be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found here

    Updated on July 11th, 2021

    Australia - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    There are a few important points travelers from Australia should keep in mind before heading off to the Maldives.

    People living in Australia are currently not able to travel overseas until June 17, 2021, unless granted an exemption. We'll keep you up-to-date as good as we can with the latest information and changes.

For more information please check our COVID-19 info page or visit the official website
Why Book with Us

LUEX offers the most extensive and best selection of surf trips worldwide.

Provider independence and quality are our mission.

Our goal is that our customers can find the perfect surf trip, tailored to their needs, in one place.

All our experts are surfers and part of the lifestyle.

Our experts know the destinations/spots personally or are in close contact with local surfers or suppliers.

We are supplier-independent. We only offer trips that fit the needs of our customers.

We guarantee to beat any price on the market.

It is not cheaper to book directly with the supplier.

We do not charge a fee for our expert advice.

We offer professional booking tools for our customers.

Secure payment functions for all currencies.

Payment options for groups and instalments.

You're talking to real people, not automated chats or bots.

We'll stand up for you when the going gets rough.

We are insiders and want you to enjoy the surf lifestyle as much as we do.

Unbiased, independent, technology driven! We don't own, run or control any of the trips but rather connect travelers with operators/suppliers of once-in-a-lifetime sports travel experiences and products. Your trip - orchestrated according to your taste, budget, style and skill level and backed by our technology-driven booking services and support

Meet your Experts

Surfers for Surfers! What makes LUEX stand out from the crowd is our team’s competence and personal approach to YOU.

We all surf and understand YOUR Needs. Combined with our intimate knowledge of each Maldives Surf Trip we will find and tailor YOUR perfect Maldives Surf Holiday, whether it be in a resort, a camp or on a surf charter.

Be Aware...

Some waves in the Maldives are private! You need a surfpass for them and can NOT book them, when you are already there.

Make sure your passport is valid long enough for your stay.

Not all islands have easy access to surf, so the transfer to the spots is important!

The Maldives are alcohol-free, since they are an islamic nation. However most boats, resorts and camps have a licence, so you can consume your beer or cocktails there.

Please inform yourself about the local laws and restrictions before your trip!

What our customers say

"... wonderful people taking care of you all day long, great food in all the different restaurants, perfect kids club entertainment ..."

Thomas
(Niyama Private Islands – Maldives)

"... Everything went exactly to plan and beyond what we could have ever hoped for. The boat, the food and the staff were exceptional ..."

Sean
(Gurahali Charter – Maldives)

"... Absolutely no crowds and no people. Six senses is on its own island far away from any other resorts ... You seriously have the place to yourself and there are great waves ..."

Richard
(Six Senses Laamu – Maldives)

"... A friend told me about Luex and I have to say that they surpass all our expectations. Very professional, honest and with a very good knowledge of Maldivas which mean Martin provide us exactly the trip we were looking for ..."

Robin
(Niyama Private Islands – Maldives)

"... In consultation with our guide, we could move around spots quickly and easily depending on conditions and numbers in the line-up, so we maximised our time on good uncrowded waves ..."

Dan
(Stella I and II - Maldives)

"I'll never forget this trip"

Nate
(Blue Horizon II - Maldives)

6 Reasons For Surf Holidays in the Maldives Central Atolls

01

Consistent Waves Almost All Year Around

Surfing in the Central Atolls – namely Thaa Atoll, Laamu Atoll, and Meemu Atoll – is possible year-round in warm tropical waters requiring boardshorts only. However, the best season is considered to be from April/May to October when the largest swells arrive (the same which fire up Indonesia's surf spots), peaking from June to August, during the south-west monsoon season. Waves on these coral reef breaks range from super-fast spitting barrels, suitable for only the bravest hearted, through to smaller, more fun-focused options including longboard and SUP suitable waves, depending on swell size, time of year and surf spot.

02

Uncrowded Waves In The Central Atolls

Surf trips to the Central Atolls are all about escaping the northern hordes and finding yourself some consistent uncrowded waves which typically, in true Maldivian tradition, means plenty of pristine barrels. Although the Central Atolls are well and truly on the surfing map they offer the chance to escape the crowds of the Male Atolls. Empty breaks are still possible especially with surf boat charters and the guiding and spot transfer services offered through our Central Atoll surf operators

03

Besides surfing your brains out there are plenty of alternatives in the Central Atolls

Lazing around in hammocks and on sun decks and/or surfing from dawn 'til dusk is the only aim of many, which is of course totally okay. However, once the sun goes down or if you fancy a break from the wave-riding bliss then there is plenty to keep you entertained. Snorkeling, diving, fishing and whale and dolphin watching trips are all on the menu along with a diverse range of facilities and services or you can simply play at being Robinson Crusoe – ocean gazing or wandering along spectacularly beautiful beaches.

04

A tropical Surf Paradise Deep In The Indian Ocean

When most people picture the most idyllic tropical paradise possible it is probably the Maldives they are seeing – coconut palms, dazzling white sands and turquoise waters. Central Atolls surfing holidays plant you bang smack in the middle of this utopia with its offering of high-class breaks and a wave riding wonderland. The appeal of grabbing a slice of surfing bliss coupled with luxury living draws beginner to pro level surfers of every description from solo travelers through to couples and families. The Central Atolls are a wave riding playground, offering something for everyone.

05

Plenty of Surf Charter And Resort Options In The Central Atolls

The majority of Central Atoll surf trips come as surf boat charters, once (but no longer) an exclusive option reserved for the pros only, where you will be lulled to sleep surrounded by the ocean and spend your days hunting down the best waves. While sleeping on a surf charter waking up to pumping waves every day sure is an adventure of a lifetime, there are plenty of land-based options available. Opt for one of our Central Atoll surf resorts and live in the lap of luxury for the duration of your stay.

06

Central Atolls Surf Trips are for everyone

You might be forgiven for thinking that all this heaven is only accessible to those with large bank balances but you couldn't be more wrong. There are plenty of Central Atoll surf holiday options that fall into the budget to medium range categories opening the gates of paradise to everyone. However, should you be in search of something super special, where just about everything you can imagine is possible, then the other half of the options cover luxury right through to ultimate, 5++ star standards.

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