Surf Trips Maldives Central Atolls

The Central Atolls Are A True Surfer’s Playground

A must for all surf explorers! The central Atolls might not come with the chatter as the more well-known North and South Male Atolls, but nothing but paradise awaits you here! Pristine empty lineups for miles on end. It might never get as big as spots up North, but consistent fun-sized waves are as abundant and perfect as you could wish for. In the right conditions with a strong Southern push (South facing spots) or Eastern push (East facing breaks), this otherwise idyllic and remote paradise comes truly alive, and you'll encounter waves, so perfect, you won't believe it until you see it. What adds to the flavor is the fact that there are still spots only a few lucky ones have surfed. They are the true definition of secret spots just waiting to be named! Due to the shape and location of the individual Atolls, you'll always find a spot that's protected from the wind. All breaks are close by which makes it easy to alternate between them and hunt perfect conditions all day.

  • Less crowded than North and South Male
  • Consistent, fun-size waves during surf season
  • Machines, Inside Mikado and Ying Yangs - 3 of the Maldives best waves are found in the Central Atolls
  • Popular surf charter routes
  • Home to some of the most exclusive luxury resorts in the Maldives
  • Great wave selection offering something for everyone
Why Book with Us

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

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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.

Some of our favorite waves in the Central Atolls

Kasabu / Skanky’s / Hadi Gillaa
A wave that goes by many names but only knows one way. Fun! Probably the longest wave in the whole country offers something for every level. Beginners can glide along the mushier end section that ends with an easy kick out further in the lagoon whereas more confident surfers have multiple take-off zones to pick from.
Righthander
NW
Intermediate
SW
March to October
Reefbreak
Hocus Pocus
The Central Atolls' equivalent to Cokes in the North Male Atoll. It needs a little bit more swell to get really going, but Hocus Pocus is steep, hollow and fast. It's the spot when the swell is too big for all other spots nearby and works best on a mid to high tide with westerly winds.
Righthand
W
Advanced-Pro
SW
March to October
Reefbreak
Jetty C
Jetty C is the Six Senses' house reef and breaks close to the resort. Jetty C has 3 main take-off spots, all breaking in deeper water, which makes it a great wave for all skill levels. It has various sections and occasionally even bottoms out for a nice barrel near the reef marker.
Lefthand
SW
Advanced
S/SW
March to October
Reefbreak
Muli Inside / F1
F1 in a nutshell; Really fast! One of the better waves in the Meemu Atolls, but also one of the more challenging ones. It needs a bigger swell from the East to work, and it usually breaks pretty straight which makes up for incredible barrels or horrendous wipeouts when you get clipped by the fast and unforgiving lip.
Righthand
W / SW
Advanced-Pro
East
March to October
Reefbreak
Ying Yangs
A swell magnet and standout in the area that's just across the Six Senses Resort. As the name suggests, Ying Yangs has two sections that couldn't be any more different to each other. The outside section is a shifty but mellow peak that produces a fat cruisy wall perfect for intermediate surfers or guys on logs. The second section is why many people travel to the Maldives for.
Righthand
SW
Advanced-Pro
S / SE / SW
March to October
Reefbreak
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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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

    Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. As such, a foreigner travelling to Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.

    The basic entry requirements are as follows;

    • A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 1 months validity.

    • A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.

    • Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives.

    • Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).

    • Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.

    • Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.

    • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable. Click here to check the Yellow Fever endemic countries.

    • COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form (sample taken 96 hours prior to departure to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives).

    • The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.

    • The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.

    • Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage.

    All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    Germany - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    • No quarantine required when entering The Maldives.

    • Unvaccinated passengers returning from the Maldives will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering Germany. Fully vaccinated passengers with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

  • United Kingdom

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. As such, a foreigner travelling to Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.

    The basic entry requirements are as follows;

    • A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 1 months validity.

    • A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.

    • Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives.

    • Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).

    • Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.

    • Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.

    • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable. Click here to check the Yellow Fever endemic countries.

    • COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form (sample taken 96 hours prior to departure to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives).

    • The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.

    • The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.

    • Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage.

    All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    UK - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    Passengers entering from the UK do not need to quarantine..

    Unvaccinated passengers returning home will have to quarantine at home for 10 days.

    Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.

  • United States

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. As such, a foreigner travelling to Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.

    The basic entry requirements are as follows;

    • A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 1 months validity.

    • A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.

    • Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives.

    • Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).

    • Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.

    • Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.

    • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable. Click here to check the Yellow Fever endemic countries.

    • COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form (sample taken 96 hours prior to departure to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives).

    • The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.

    • The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.

    • Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage.

    All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    USA - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

    • No quarantine required when entering The Maldives.
    • There is no quarantine required when returning home.

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

    Entry Restrictions in the Maldives

    Tourist visa is granted for all nationalities on arrival to Maldives. As such, a foreigner travelling to Maldives as a tourist does not require pre-approval for the visa. However, the person must satisfy the basic entry requirements to get immigration clearance upon arrival.

    The basic entry requirements are as follows;

    • A passport or a travel document with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with at least 1 months validity.

    • A pre-paid hotel booking/accommodation.

    • Sufficient funds to last for the intended period of stay in Maldives.

    • Confirmed onward/return tickets to home country or to country of residence (not applicable for valid resident permit holders).

    • Entry facilities to their onward destinations; for example, the visa.

    • Traveller Health Declaration (THD) must be filled in and submitted by all travelers travelling to and from Maldives, within 24 hours prior to their travel. You may submit the form electronically via IMUGA.

    • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, if applicable. Click here to check the Yellow Fever endemic countries.

    • COVID-19 negative PCR test result, attached while completing Traveler Health Declaration form (sample taken 96 hours prior to departure to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives).

    • The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days, unless agreed by any bilateral means or treaty. This period of stay is not for the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Maldives Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30.

    • The period of stay granted is shown on the endorsement in the passport. Visitors are advised to check their passport for the arrival endorsement and take note of the number of days granted to stay in Maldives. Once arrived as a tourist, the visitor is not permitted to engage in any form of business, occupation, profession or paid employment while in Maldives.

    • Categories like; social visitors, friends, family visitors or media and business visitors, who are not considered as genuine tourists, are highly advised to declare sponsorship prior to their arrivals (if applicable), in order to facilitate the flow of passage.

    All travelers are also reminded that it is a punishable offence to overstay in Maldives beyond the number of days given.

    Updated on October 19th, 2021

    Australia - Maldives Trip Specific Restrictions

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

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