How to choose a surf cruise in the Maldives ?

19 December 2022 | Surf Cruise

You've decided to take the plunge and this time you'll be surfing in the Maldives on a magnificent cruise! The problem is that the offer remains rather opaque and the expectations of surfers are quite precise.

In this article, we help you understand how to choose your surf cruise and how not to make a mistake!

  1. Where to go surfing in the Maldives ?

The atolls are divided into 4 parts, the North, the North and South Malé atolls, the Central and finally the South.

  • The North and South Malé surf cruise tours are the best known and most accessible. You arrive directly at Male airport and a shuttle service is provided by speed boat to the cruise ship of your choice.

The route plans are fairly straightforward as the waves are fairly close together, so you can surf different waves in the same day. In addition there is a wide choice of boats with well placed and high standard offers.

This is the best option for a first experience of surf cruise in the indian ocean.

Find here our surfing cruises to the Malé Atolls

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  • Central Attols,

With the help of an internal flight you will discover waves of exceptional quality, still little frequented (although the word of mouth is doing its effect and the line up is filling up year after year)

This is a sailing oriented cruise, the surf spots are quite far from each other.

Find out more about our cruises to the central atolls here

  • The South Atolls

It is a bit more complicated and the start of the swell season is slightly delayed. The vast majority of surfable spots are concentrated in a small area which can cause some traffic jams especially at the beginning of the season. Surprisingly, there is hardly anyone at the end of the season in September and October.

A surf cruise is prepared well in advance! A year in advance is ideal to have the right boat and the right flight offers

2. Choice of open boat cruise? Charter ? private skyper ?

  • What does an open boat trip mean?

An open or "cabin" cruise means the possibility of book a cabin on the boat. Tour dates are usually fixed in advance.

This also means that you are embarking with strangers. It is up to you whether you prefer to be on a large ship with more than 10 cabins or on a smaller ship with 3 to 5 cabins at most. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. A lot of people gives anonymity but requires negotiation between several people when it comes to the proposed surf circuits, the chosen spots, the time on each spot...

  • What is a surf charter cruise?

The term charter means the full booking of the boat. No need to worry about an unknown group, you are the master on board! The vast majority of surf cruises in the Maldives are chartered.

The important thing in this case is to define the number of participants in order to choose a boat accordingly.

proximity is a consideration! Make sure that you can spend 7 to 14 days on the same boat.

It's one thing to share a session and a beer, it's another to spend 24 hours a day on a boat.

Find here all our surf cruises in the Maldives

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