The Maldives

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The Maldives Are A True Surfer’s Paradise

The Maldives are a true surf holiday destination, and its resorts take the word "paradise" to a whole new level. Luxurious resorts co-exist with breathtaking tropical landscapes and are surrounded by the ever graceful azure Indian Ocean and white sandy beaches. Waking up in suites that are built over water or in an all- your heart-desires bungalow with private beach access - the choice is yours. All resorts provide easy access, by either a short boat ride or a short paddle to some of the world's best reef breaks.

Why Book with Us

The best thing about booking with us is that we are unbiased. We don’t have exclusive contracts with selected resorts but rather have them all to make sure you get exactly the holiday you are dreaming of. No compromises, no sad faces - as we offer the widest collection of surf resorts in the Maldives.

The Maldives have captured our hearts for the first time back in 2005 and have been a LUEX “sweet spot” ever since. Most of our staff has spent extensive time living, traveling and surfing across all atolls and we know the tropical island state and its surf conditions like the back of our hands. With us, it’s always personal. We cater to your needs and come up with the best alternatives that suit your needs.

We offer best price guarantee - always and forever! We figured out all the cost traps in the Maldives, so you don’t have to. There are many, but through our extensive network and long lasting relationships we know how to avoid them, and save some hard-earned cash on surf passes, services, surf packages and more, all at the same time.

We offer safe, fast and reliable payment and booking options but what makes LUEX stand out is that you are talking to real people! Our dedicated sales agent not only work you through the process step by step but will assist you with everything else you need along the way. Jetting off to your dream destination has never been easier!

At LUEX, you get to talk to real people with real input! All of our sales agents have been to the Maldives and know the country and its waves inside and out. No scripted messages, no robot typing - but real-time assistance with that ever so valuable human touch.

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 Resort we will find and tailor YOUR perfect Maldives Surf Resort Holiday.

Be AwareSome Waves in the Maldives are Private

There is no bigger headache than having world class waves at your front door but not being allowed to surf them. While there is an abundance of waves in the Maldives some resorts offer private breaks to limit the number of surfers to control the lineups; hence, you won't be getting in, unless you have pre-booked your surf passes! As an accredited surf tour operator, we have you covered and make sure you won't be missing out on the session of your life because of a technicality.

Also be aware that not all islands have easy access to surf which can make surf transfers to waves a costly and time-consuming mission. Rates, quality, availability of transfer, coaching, guiding and board rental services vary dramatically. Let the hassling up to us to find you the best solution for your needs.

5 Regions of the Maldives

Northern Atolls

The Maldives last surfing frontier! Not too much is known about the island formation 115km north of Male other than the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, located in the Baa Atoll, is a popular diver pilgrimage site. The region has yet to be fully explored, but there are waves around the Maalhosmadula, Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani Atolls that need a strong SW-SE swell to start working. The country's last kept secret isn't really on the map of conventional surf travelers and traveling by surf charter with an experienced captain is essential. But if you are the soul-searching, free-spirited adventurist who knows how to read a map and swell charts and you time your trip for April to September you'll be graced by perfect empty lineups with not a single head in sight for miles.

North Male Atoll

This is where it all began! The Maldives surfing mecca and the first location surf travelers come across when landing in paradise. North Male is by far the most popular and crowded area in the Maldives with plenty of options to stay. The place is filled with guesthouses, camps, hotels resorts or charter boats, satisfying all types of budgets, especially in the prime summer months. A lot has changed since Tony "Hussein" Hinde's boat ran into trouble in the 70s, but the place has been as beautiful as ever with an abundance of waves to choose from. North Male has by far the highest concentration of world-class waves in the area, ranging from picture perfect barrels a la Pasta Point and Cokes to long rippable walls you'll find at Jailbreaks or Honkys. North Male is also incredibly consistent and hardly ever goes flat from March - October. While crowds can somewhat be a factor, it is nowhere near as bad as Indonesia, Australia or Hawaii.

South Male Atoll

The quiet brother of the brash North Male Atoll is an easy 40min speedboat ride from the country's Velana International Airport and the surf doesn't get nearly as crowded as "up the road". Many surf charters and safari boats favor staying in the North Male Atoll and rival other operators for the prime real estate at the slightly more consistent waves in the area. South Male has a much more mellow vibe and is perfect for families and people who prefer to surf less-crowded lineups. It might not have the same reputation as other Atolls, but South Male can rival any other region in the Maldives in terms of waves. Always a little smaller than up North but truly world-class when the conditions are right. Don't be surprised when you show up to a perfect 5ft barrel with not a single soul in sight. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just that crowds aren't an issue here!

Central Atolls

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 Paradise truly 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, this otherwise so 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 only waiting to be named! Due to the shape and location of the individual Atolls, you'll find always a spot that's protected from the wind. All spots are rather closeby which makes it easy to alternate between them and hunt perfect conditions all day.

Southern Atolls

The Southern Atolls are a true gem and one of the least explored surf destinations on the planet. Deep in the Indian Ocean and a 45min flight from the hustle and bustle of Male, the Southern Atolls are as remote as it gets. 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. The Huvadhoo Atoll is a magnet for waves and picks up more swell, from every direction, than any other Atoll in the Maldives. The selection, quality, and quantity of waves down South is out of this world! 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.

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What our customers say

"... just cycling on white sandy paths through tropical perfect vegetation puts a smile on your face. ..."

Thomas
(Niyama Private Islands – Maldives)

"... We know we were quite picky and required a lot of support but you totally got our idea. The Maldives were incredible! Thanks!"

Victoria
(Kandooma Resort – Maldives)

"If I could use just one word to describe the trip, it would be PERFECTION! ...I loved everything: rooms, location, crew, waves, view, weather,...It was so relaxing. ..."

Reinaldo
(Four Seasons Kuda Huraa – 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)

"... That was also the first time that we tried surfing. My boyfriend was really good, I not so much. But we both agree that surfing is our new favourite hobby. We're already planning some new surf adventures :)"

Mila
(Naladhu Private Island - Maldive)

"... The whole trip was perfect. There were only a few surfers at the resort the entire time. Got to love November surfing. We got to surf Lohi's and Sultans by ourselves. The team at the resort were really friendly and a lot of fun. ..."

Shannon
(Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort - Maldives)

"... The resort was everything and more than we'd expected especially for my non-surfing wife. The local break was handy and the surf boat trips were great. Our surf guides were knowledgeable, helpful and completely chilled. ..."

Alec G.
(Hudhuranfushi Surf Resort - Maldives)

6 Reasons Why You Should Travel To The Maldives

01

Best Waves in the World

Maldives surf resorts are scattered all over the region with the highest intensity situated on the North and South Male Atolls. These form the main surf focus of the area offering up the highest wave density with some of the world's best waves ready to be taken on by experienced punters.

The beautiful thing about surfing in the Maldives is that there are waves for all levels of surfing and all levels of stoke.

Should you decide that you want a day of something a little more fun or your surfing level isn't quite up there to trade barrels with other shredders at the more advanced spots, then just paddle out at a more mellow break and surf until the sun goes down.

02

The Maldives are a perfect surf destination all year around

With perfect protection from the wind, regular swells, and ideal reef setups, North Male Atoll probably offers the Maldives’ best surf.

Unfortunately, that level of perfection can be bittersweet as it also pulls the crowds. The best time to visit the area is in March/April until September/October with waves peaking from May to August.

With nothing to block the swell, the waves around the Southern Atolls are generally the Maldives’ biggest. Perfect reef setups can be found, big swells, and (except for the popular months of March/April) completely uncrowded lineups. The surf season is all year round (waves peak from March to October) with pretty consistent waves on tap all year around.

03

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

The Maldives isn't just about surfing until your legs fall off. If you decide to have a "lay day" or you need to nurture your reef booboos then there are plenty of things to do that don't include a surfboard.

Just relax at your Maldivian resort or on your private Island if you want. Indulge in all fresco dining at your secluded villa underneath the stars or replace your early morning session with a "dose of namaste" during a yoga class or a leg day at the gym.

Perhaps you'd like to try another water sport or head out into the blue on a dolphin or whale spotting jaunt. Frolic by the pool, make friends at the bar or go for a boogie - whatever you can think of to make your holiday simply perfect is probably available and much more.

04

Breathtaking Underwater World - Diving in the Maldives

The Maldives don't just look beautiful on land but underwater too. A true bucket list experience, snorkeling or scuba diving in the Maldives is something else. Incredible coral shelves can be found all over the place which makes the Island Nation a snorkeling and scuba diving paradise.

The water is crystal clear with plenty of sea life action going on; it's filled with rays, schools of clownfish (Nemo) & Powderblue Surgeonfish (Dory) and if you are lucky you will see some reef sharks too.

Its surrounding coral reefs are well preserved since some places are declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve which makes the experience all that much spectacular.

05

Explore Surrounding Waves by Plane or Boat

If staying on ol' small island isn't adventurous enough or you're getting tired of surfing the same spots all the time then just hop on a boat or charter a plane.

Yes, you heard right - an airplane. The once-in-a-lifetime experience of seaplane or helicopter surf excursions enables you to access remote lineups and surf for hours with not a single soul around. It's the fastest way to travel and the perfect choice of transport when the waves are pumping all over the atolls.

Dawn patrol your local before breakfast. Kiss your significant other goodbye before hopping on the plane that takes you to a perfect lefthander, not even boats can get to. Surf for hours solo and make it back in time for dinner with the family is something not many of us have ever been lucky enough to experience.

06

The Maldives are perfect for adventurous vacation with kids

It will probably come as no surprise to learn that with such pristine, natural surroundings and high-quality accommodations and facilities, surf resorts in the Maldives are a popular choice among families.

Attracted by extensive child care facilities and entertainment programs, your kids probably would want to stay forever. All LUEX selected resorts are incredibly attentive to kids and ensure their well-being while Mama and Papa trade cutbacks at a perfect reef break nearby.

There are a few mellow breaks around that are perfect to get your little ones hooked on surfing too. Wanna show your kids paradise - show them the Maldives!

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