Surf Trips Maldives Southern Atolls

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The Southern Atolls Are A True Surfer’s Dream

Warm crystal waters (strictly boardshorts only attire), tropical paradise beaches, dazzling marine life and un-crowded world class surf. We probably have to say nothing more to grab your attention but those are just the headlines – when talking about holidaying and surfing in the Southern Atolls of the Maldives a bunch of superlatives are required that for once are not just tourist hype but the real deal. There isn't much around other than empty world class waves, a few resorts and even fewer boat charters. More exposed to the far-traveling Southern groundswells the Southern Atolls have a more extended surf season that starts in early February and doesn't end until November. There is everything from heavy barrels to steep walls and ultra rippable corners in the world's most beautiful and idyllic backyard with no one else around.

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
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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

"Relaxing and great family vacation. And also super good surfing"

Helena
(Four Seasons Explorer – Maldives)

"It’s stylish, comfortable, super-luxurious and stops wherever the best waves are. I could not ask more from the greatest trip to Maldives that I’ve been to ..."

David
(Gurahali – Maldives)

"Luex definitely found the boat that suited our group perfectly, especially since we were a small group and wanted to have our own boat."

Eduardo
(Koimala – Maldives)

"Wooohoo :) We had really the best time on the boat. Just 4 of us and super crew. This wasn't our first at Maldives, but it completely blew our minds again. ..."

Eddy
(Koimala – Maldives)

"The Southern Atolls were amazing, awesome sea life with some challenging surf as well as some mellow smaller days. ..."

Jamie
(Sea Farer - Maldive)

"I think it is the perfect boat because you can have it with three other friends which means you're not bringing the crowd with you. ..."

Johnny
(Kethi - Maldives)

"Just had a BLAST on the blue star boat !!! Spent 11 days in heaven with a great bunch of people from all around, japan, australia, spain, france, england, switzerland..."

Arnaud
(Blue Star - Maldives)

6 Reasons Why You Can Find The Perfect Surf Spot in Maldives Southern Atolls

01

The Southern Atolls are the Maldives’ swell magnet

The Southern Atolls are the region that picks up the most swell from every direction, the result being highly consistent conditions and well-groomed surf. Although year-round surfing is possible here, the optimum season for surfing the Southern Atolls is considered to be March – April, and September to November when the south facing spots are at their best. In May-August, when these spots are affected by predominantly southerly winds, the east facing spots may be more favorable although these typically receive less swell.

02

The Southern Atolls are home to some of the Maldives best waves

There are a host of named high-quality spots including Love Charms, Tiger Stripes, Blue Bowls and Castaways – predominantly left-handers - and countless more left and right breaking secret spots and unnamed gems. Gaafu Dhaalu, the southern half of the Huvadhoo Atoll, is often described in surfing circles as offering up the country's best conditions, with the highest quantity and widest wave variety found throughout the Maldives. If tricky and challenging get your adrenalin pumping then the hollow-sectioned, heavy, powerful waves slamming over shallow reef are going to appeal. If on the other hand, you are looking for rides of the soft and playful type or longboard suitable waves then you are also going to be kept happy.

03

You find a surf charter paradise in the Maldives Southern Atolls

There’s not much other than really amazing surf, and the best way to explore it all is by boat. Southern Atoll surf trips are particularly popular with groups both small and large because they offer the very real possibility of a surf-mates-only trip with a boat all to yourselves – some boats start with as few as 4 to 6 surfers on board. Surf charters offered by Southern Atoll surf operators come in a wide variety of types and sizes, small and intimate with that addictive traditional Maldivian charm.

04

Get to experience that true Maldivian paradise feel

The beaches are silky white sand and the crystal clear quality of the waters, combined with incredibly rich marine life in every color of the rainbow, makes for a snorkeling and scuba-diving heaven. There's not a high rise building in sight and sound is mostly of the breaking wave and sighing wind variety. The word “paradise” gets dropped on a daily but no other place deserves the label quite like the Southern Atolls in the Maldives.

05

Ultimate Luxury aboard and on land

Almost all the trips offered by our Southern Atoll surf operators come in the form of surf boat charters with a hint of sophisticated and luxurious surf resorts added to the mix. Full on pampering, fine dining and exclusive services can be found onboard and on land. The few resorts found in the South offer a parallel world comprised of luxury and breathtaking surroundings most of us can only dream of.

06

In the Southern Atolls, you are in-sync with the ocean

Surfing holidays in the Southern Atolls are all about the ocean – playing and living on, in and under it......letting time slow down......kicking back. When you're not surfing you can spend your time fishing, snorkeling, diving, whale and dolphin watching or simply ocean gazing and sunset watching – quite possibly having to pinch yourself every so often to make sure this isn't all just a beautiful dream.

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