Despite being a surfing paradise, many destinations around the world lack consistent surf zones.
That’s where the Maldives stands out — an unparalleled haven with about 1200 islands concentrated in a small area, blessed by a steady Indian Ocean swell. This island country offers some of the most consistent yet intricate surf zones.
As a travel blogger based in India with 2 hour direct flight to the Maldives, I’ve known Maldives closely for over 5 years. When I visited Maldives in 2017 for my Open Water Scuba diving certification at Maafushi island, I realised that Maldives is more than it’s high-end luxury resorts. I was thrilled to learn about the adventure sports culture in the Maldives including the incredible surfing experience that it has to offer.
In this exhaustive blog post, we help you uncover the best Maldives surfing resorts with access to the country’s most EPIC surf breaks. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced surfer, your hunt for the best surfer’s paradise ends here.
- NIYAMA Private Islands
- Six Senses Laamu
- Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort (Family-Friendly)
- Anantara Veli (Adults only)
- COMO Maalifushi
- Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
- Kuda Villingili
- Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
- Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
- Ayada Maldives
- Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
- Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
- Maldives Surf Charters
- Frequently Asked Questions about Surfing in the Maldives
- Parting Thoughts: Maldives Surfing Resorts
Niyama is one of the best luxury surfing resorts in the Maldives. They claim that it’s the country’s only luxury resort with the waves breaking right on the shore.
Located in the Dhaalu Atoll (Western Central Atoll region), NIYAMA Private Islands stands out as a surfing haven. From mellow barrels to steep takeoffs – there’s something for every kind of surfer. The best part about staying here is that you don’t even have to take a boat transfer – Vodi surf point is just paddles away from the private beach at Niyama. The resort also boasts easy access to renowned breaks Hocus Pocus (R) and Kasabu (R).
Their hotel surf guides will keep an eye on the surf conditions and will recommend a time and place for you to surf. You can expect amenities specially catered to surfers here like surfboard wax, sunscreen bicycle with surf racks, and so on. So, if you are someone who wants the best surfing experience in the Maldives, it’s hard to beat Niyama luxury resort.
Niyama is not only a world-class luxury surf resort but also hosts some of the legendary surfers who offer specialised private and group classes to surfing enthusiasts. For instance, in 2023, Brad Gerlach, one of the world’s top professional surfers was the surf coach in residence. He hosted private and group coaching class of his powerful Wave-ki surfing method based on martial arts.
From overwater villas with private pools to gourmet dining experiences, NIYAMA promises an unforgettable escape in the lap of Maldivian luxury.
How to Reach Niyama Private Islands
There are 3 ways to reach Niyama Private islands from Malé Velana International airport.
- Seaplane: 45-minute scenic journey through a shared seaplane. Seaplanes operate only during daylight.
- Domestic Flight: 25-minute domestic flight from Malé airport to Dhaalu airport. This is a cheaper option compared to the rest.
- Private Seaplane Transfer: Exclusive and private transfers for upto 8 people (ideal for couples, families, or large groups). This is the most expensive option in the list.
Distance from Malé international airport: 180 km (110 miles) | Duration: 25 minutes Minimum
Address: Olhuveli, Kudahuvadhoo Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives | Google Maps
Perhaps one of the top Maldives surfing resorts is Six Senses Laamu, the only resort nestled on the Laamu Atoll in the southern Maldives. Beautifully remote yet accessible by a brief inter-island flight from Malé, this dreamy surfing resort offers a blend of on-land and over-water villas. It’s often featured in the list of Best Eco-Friendly Resort In The Maldives – one of the few luxury resorts that talk the talk and walk the walk.
This resort offers a dedicated surf center with Tropicsurf who provides the world’s leading luxury surfing experience. You can access the waves directly from the beach or by boat. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced surfer, it’ll be comforting to know that you’ll be in good hands here. In case you are not carrying your own surfboard, you can rent out Firewire surf boards at the dedicated surf counter. You might be able to borrow reef booties, sun hats and rash guards here.
There’s a beginner-friendly quick rippable lefts at the house reef just a few paddles from the resort. This region is surrounded by some of the best breaks in the region, including the Inside Ying Yangs and Ying Yangs Point, one of the most powerful and perfect right-hand barrels in the country. You can also find several waves in the atoll, all within a 30 minute boat trip from the resort.
The resort advocates for eco-friendly practices by urging suppliers to reduce packaging and opting for bulk orders. A distinctive feature is the resort’s in-house production of artisan chocolate, eliminating the need for packaging. This commitment extends to on-site cultivation of microgreens, mushrooms, and various vegetables.
Moreover, Six Senses Laamu actively engages in community-driven initiatives, sponsoring water filters that eliminate six million plastic water bottles yearly. Don’t forget to join the Sustainability Tour which showcases innovation and experimentation at their Earth Lab, the central hub for self-sufficiency and zero waste.
Apart from surfing and sustainability initiatives, you could go on scuba diving and snorkeling trips, elevate your senses at the splendid spa, savor exquisite cuisine at the treetop restaurant.
How to reach Six Senses Laamu
Take an inter-island flight from Malé International Airport to Laamu’s Kadhdhoo Airport (60 minutes). Once arriving at Laamu airport, take a short 15 minute speedboat ride to reach the resort.
Distance from Malé international airport: 264.2 km (164 miles) | Total Duration: 75 minutes
Address: Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll, Maldives | Google Maps
Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort (Family-Friendly)
Nestled in the South Male Atoll, about 35 minute speedboat journey from Malé, Anantara Dhigu Maldives caters to surfers with its proximity to some of the best breaks in the region, such as Veli Left, Nonyas, Riptides, or Twin Peaks.
Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli resorts are located quite close to each other. While Dhigu is a family-friendly resort, Veli is an adults only resort.
Embark on an unforgettable surf experience with Tropicsurf at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Surf Resort. You can expect expert guidance, water safety, and coaching tips at theire dedicated surf station. Whether you’re a beginner seeking to catch their first wave (there’s a dreamy beginner wave closeby named “Henry’s”) or an advanced surfer craving a personalized challenge, Anantara Dhigu ensures an unparalleled surfing adventure between April and October. From November to March, the resort organises trips to North Male Atoll where waves are stronger, although swell is less consistent.
This resort is not only a great base for surfing, it makes for a fun family vacation as well as it has plenty to keep your family occupied while you chase waves.
At Dhigu, indulge in the state of the art spa offering a diverse array of luxurious body treatments. If you are looking for adventures, there’s plenty to whet your appetite apart from surfing. The resort hosts a specialized water-sports center which includes activities like diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. Do make sure to go scuba diving or snorkeling to explore the diverse tropical sea life of the Maldives. Alternatively, you can take the resort’s kayaks, sailing boats, or windsurfers to explore the scenic beauty of the lagoon.
If you end up staying in Anantara Dhigu, check out the nearby Maafushi island which is the largest local island in the Maldives. Here, you could experience the local culture and island life in the Maldives. You could also visit Anantara Dhigu with a Maldives resort day pass which includes access to the resort and some water activities.
How to Reach Anantara Dhigu Maldives
You can take a 35 minute speedboat ride to reach Anantara Dhigu Maldives from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 24 km (14 miles) | Duration: 35 minutes
Address: South Male Atoll 20109, Maldives | Google Maps
Anantara Veli (Adults only)
Like Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli is one of the premier surfing destination in the South Male Atoll. This luxury resort offers an exquisite blend of lavish accommodations and thrilling surf experiences. With direct access to some of the Maldives’ most coveted surf breaks like Veli Left, Nonyas, Riptides, or Twin Peaks. Surf enthusiasts can relish the perfect waves pretty much at their doorstep.
Whether you’re a seasoned surfer seeking the adrenaline of powerful breaks or a novice eager to catch your first wave, Anantara Veli caters to all levels with expert surf guides and well-maintained equipment. The resort’s idyllic setting and commitment to luxury extend the surfing experience beyond the waves, creating an unforgettable retreat for those seeking the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation in the Maldives.
Anantara Veli and Dhigu share the dedicated surf center Tropicsurf. So, you could experience a similar surfing experience as Anantara Dhigu.
This is the only adults only resort in this list of Maldives surfing resorts. So, this resort is ideal for couples or honeymooners.
Immerse yourself in the serenity of over-water bungalows and beach villas, each elegantly appointed with contemporary comforts and traditional Maldivian charm. Delight your palate with a culinary journey at the resort’s diverse restaurants and bars including authentic Thai food at Baan Huraa and theatrical Teppanyaki dining and hand crafted sushi at Origami. For ultimate relaxation, surrender to the holistic wellness retereat at Balance Wellness Spa by Anantara, where a range of rejuvenating treatments awaits amid the soothing sounds of the ocean.
How to Reach Anantara Veli
You can take a 30 minute speedboat ride to reach Anantara Veli Resort from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 21 km (13 miles) | Duration: 30 minutes
Address: Anantara Veli, Veligandu South Male Atoll, 20109, Maldives | Google Maps
Como Maalifushi is the only luxury resort in the remote Thaa Atoll in the Maldives, thus ensuring privacy and seclusion right from the moment you arrive here on a seaplane. Nestled amidst a string of stunning, uninhabited islands, COMO Maalifushi promises an idyllic retreat where whale shark sightings are frequent, and excellent surf breaks await. Positioned as the ultimate destination for families, couples, surfers, and divers, this 5 star luxury resort invites you to experience the perfect blend of seclusion and adventure in this pristine paradise.
The resort’s surf program is one of a kind – offering surfers an authentic outer atoll experience unlike any other resort. With daily guided surf trips, access to three different atolls, and over 20 distinct surf breaks, this is one of the highly-sought after surf resorts Maldives has to offer. From the Surf Machines at Laamu to Dhaalu or Farms at Thaa, each day unfolds as a new adventure aboard a high-speed luxury speedboat. This surf vacation at COMO combines the versatility of a liveaboard surf charter with the luxurious amenities of a five-star resort base, creating a unique and unparalleled experience.
Apart from some unexplored surf breaks, guests can unwind in luxurious overwater or beach villas and indulge in wellness offerings or experience the world-class yoga facilities at this
How to Reach COMO Maalifushi
You can take a 60-minute seaplane transfer (Manta Air) to reach COMO Maalifushi Resort from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 210 km (130 miles) | Duration: 60 minutes
Address: COMO Maalifushi, Thaa Atoll, Maldives | Google Maps
Surfing in the Maldives cannot get any more luxurious than when staying at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa – a brand well-known as one of the pioneers of luxury resorts in the Maldives. In fact, this stunning 5-star resort of often featured in the list of 10 best resorts in Maldives.
The resort’s expert guides lead surfers to renowned breaks like Chicken’s and Sultan’s (just 5 minutes away), or beginner friendly waves like Ninjas and Tombstones. You are almost guaranteed an unforgettable surf adventure at this resort – which is centrally located to some of the country’s most celebrated surf breaks.
True to Four Seasons name, there are plenty of unique experiences that will leave you wanting for more. Don’t miss trying out the Baraabaru fine Indian dining in a gorgeous lagoon setting. Signup for a romantic sailing excursion with your partner or participate in baby turtle feeding. Don’t miss out on the complimentary acticities: sunrise kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling.
Highly recommend unwinding at the world-class spa – the Island Spa when you are here. It’s a unique haven that beckons you into a world straight out of a fairy tale. Imagine boarding a small boat, gliding across the mesmerizing blue lagoon to a dedicated island enveloped in lush tropical greenery and crystal-clear waters. It’s not just a spa experience; it’s an enchanting journey awaiting you.
How to Reach Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
You can take a 30-minute speedboat transfer to reach Four Seasons Kuda Huraa from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 17 km (10 miles) | Duration: 30 minutes
Address: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, 20097, Maldives | Google Maps
At Kuda Villingili resort, surf enthusiasts enjoy prime access to Chicken’s Break, one of the top surfing spots in the world. Offering over 10-second barrels, this reef stretch caters to both seasoned surfers and enthusiastic beginners. You could signup for surf lessons and rent surf equipment at the dedicated surf facility inside the resort. If you are planning to staying here, consider doing your Maldives surf trip between May and October when the Southeast groundswell ensures optimal conditions.
Apart from surfing, you could also engage in kayaking, wakeboarding, jet skiing, or windsurfing (All non-motorised water sport equipment are complimentary). Or go for a swim at one of the longest swimming pools in the Maldives, measuring upto 150 meters at this island resort.
After surfing, you could get yourself pampered at the Kuda Villingili Spa. The spa’s eight treatment over water villas are the perfect space to put the mind and the body at ease. It features a kids club called Kudo Fiyo to make sure your kids are having an unforgettable holiday.
How to Reach Kuda Villingili Resort
You can take a 30-minute speedboat transfer to reach Kuda Villingili from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 25 km (10 miles) | Duration: 30 minutes
Address: Kuda Villingili, Main Road, Viligilimathidhahuraa, Maldives | Google Maps
If “South Asian Travel Awards” is anything to go by, Cinnamon Dhonveli is perhaps one of the best Maldives surfing resorts. Because it has consistently earned the prestigious title of Best Surf Resort for five years, including the most recent accolade in 2023. No wonder because this region is renowned for its exceptional surf breaks, including the iconic Pasta Point Maldives.
With expert surf guides, state-of-the-art facilities, and the breathtaking backdrop of the Indian Ocean, this 4-star resort is a haven where surfers can immerse themselves in the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation, making it an ideal destination for those seeking the ultimate surf retreat in this idyllic corner of the world.
You could signup for a surfing adventure at Cinnamon Dhonveli with Atoll Adventures – who pioneered the first-land based surf tour in the Maldives. Here, you would get exclussive access to Pasta Point for a maximum of 33 surfers. You could also experience other famous breaks like Sultans (R), Honky’s (L), Jailbreak (R), all within a 10-minute boat ride. Along with surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and yoga are also included.
The warm and inviting atmosphere extends beyond the waves, with luxurious accommodations providing a comfortable retreat after a day of exhilarating surf adventures.
Scuba diving in the Maldives is unlike anywhere else. The rich and diverse marine life coupled with great visibility makes Maldives one of the most sought-after destinations for scuba diving. You could go diving with the manta rays or snorkel with the sharks in the lagoon or indulge at the Chavana spa that comes highly recommended. Overall, Cinnamon Dhonveli is the best Maldives resort in terms of value for money.
How to Reach Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
You can take a 20-minute speedboat transfer to reach Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 16 km (10 miles) | Duration: 20 minutes
Address: Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, Male North Harbour, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives | Google Maps
Nestled in a tiny coral island in a serene lagoon, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. It’s worth mentioning that this 5-star resort prioritizes ecological balance, seamlessly integrating every amenity into the natural surroundings.
Just 5-minute boat ride away from this private island resort is Gili’s nearest wave called Jailbreak (R). Not too far away you could also experience the phenomenal combination of Honkies (L) and Sultans (R). Whether you are beginner or an experienced surfer, you can get personalised help at the dedicated surf station who will help you make your Maldives surfing holiday all the more enjoyable.
Indulge in luxury by staying at one of the 44 lavish overwater villas or a vast Private Researve. For ultimate privacy, stay at the Crusoe Residences which are only accessible only by boat. All the villas here feature overwater sundeck with catamaran nets, daybeds and direct ocean access. The Private Reserve features a slide from the villa directly to the lagoon below. There’s also a ‘Mr Friday’ butler service to ensure personalized and attentive assistance throughout your stay.
Don’t forget to try the variety of culinary delights on offer ranging from Indian curry to Vietnamese, Brazilian and Mediterranean cuisines. Indulge in their in-house spa Meera (ocean in Sanskrit language) with glass floor panels beneath massage tables offering a unique underwater view, complemented by a range of holistic therapies and the signature massage with aromatic oils.
Check out complimentary activities at the resort like windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boarding. This 5-star hotel also features its own fully-equipped PADI diving school which can give you an intimate introduction to the underwater world. Also, don’t forget to get up and close to the vibrant marine life through snorkeling at their house reef. The marine biologist’s at the resort host day and night snorkeling trips where you could get up-close and personal with the giant Manta rays.
How to Reach Gili Lankanfushi
You can take a 20-minute speedboat transfer to reach Gili Lankanfushi from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 13 km (8 miles) | Duration: 20 minutes
Address: Gili Lankanfushi, Lankanfushi Island, North Malé Atoll Republic of Maldives, Maldives | Google Maps
Located in the remote Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, it might not be easy to reach Ayada Maldives, but if you manage to get here, you will be rewarded with some amazing breaks without the crowds, offering an exclusive and pristine surfing experience. You can expect some cool breaks like Five Island, Blue Bowls, and Love Charms in this region. This makes Ayada Maldives perhaps the best Maldives surfing resorts in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.
There’s a dedicated surf facility at the property where you can signup to experience the best breaks in the region. You can also rent out surfboards here if you are not carrying one.
It boasts six restaurants and bars, a multiple award winning spa AySpa, and private treatment villas. Snorkel around the house reef or go scuba diving to get closely acquainted with marine life.
This private island resort boasts 122 expansive villas and suites, each with a private pool, dedicated butler service, and meticulous five-star detailing. Traditional thatched-roof water villas hover above the serene lagoon, while beach villas offer secluded retreats amidst lush tropical greenery and pristine palm-fringed beaches.
How to Reach Ayada Maldives
Here are 2 ways to reach Ayada Maldives:
Take a 55-minute domestic flight from Malé Velana International airport to Kaadedhdhoo airport (KDM) and then 50-minute speedboat trip to reach the resort.
Take a 70-minute domestic flight from Malé Velana International airport to Maavarulu (RUL) and then a 20-minute speedboat trip to reach the resort.
Distance from Malé international airport: 435 km (270 miles) | Duration: 90 minutes minimum
Address: Ayada Maldives, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Maguhdhuvaa Island, Maldives | Google Maps
This North Male Atoll gem is a paradise for surf enthusiasts. Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi offers direct access to the legendary surf break Lohis. Six other world class waves are just a short boat ride away making this one of the best 4-star resort in the Maldives for surfers of all levels.
Surfers can choose between the popular Beach Villas nestled along the white sand beach, the newly refurbished Lohis Rooms just a twenty-second walk to the surf, or the breathtaking Ocean Villas for an elevated ocean experience. With a surf management plan limiting daily surfers to 45, Hudhuranfushi ensures an enhanced surfing experience.
Enjoy relaxation or activities between surf sessions, including a pool, tennis, badminton, squash, volleyball, on-island gym, and Yoga classes.
How to Reach Adaaran Hudhuranfushi
You can take a 30-minute speedboat transfer to reach Adaaran Hudhuranfushi from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 20 km (12 miles) | Duration: 30 minutes
Address: North Male Atoll, Republic Of Maldives, North Male Atoll 20334, Maldives | Google Maps
Located in the South Male Atoll, Kandooma Maldives is a surfer’s paradise with its proximity to the renowned surf break, The Kandooma Right. Staying at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, guests can enjoy direct access to this famed surf break. There are even 6 or more breaks within 30 minutes boat ride from the resort which makes this location particularly enticing for surf enthusiasts.
From safe and supervised surf lessons for beginners to the option of personalized surfing photo and video packages, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma is a great destination for both seasoned surfers and those eager to embrace the thrill of the ocean. Also, one of the most budget-friendly Maldives surf resorts that’s easier to reach from Malé international airport and has access to great surf spots.
In collaboration with Perfect Wave Travel, the resort provides exclusive surf packages tailored for seasoned surfers, available during the peak Maldives surf season from March to November.
With 154 spacious and modern Overwater, Beach, or Garden villas offering breathtaking views of the Maldivian sea, this 4-star resort is a true tropical escape. The villas cater to diverse preferences, providing access to the beach, ocean, or lagoon. Families can revel in the spacious two and three-bedroom villas, ensuring ample room for both relaxation and play.
The resort offers an array of exciting activities for children, including PADI Bubblemaker, Surf Camps, swimming lessons, and the Kandoo Kids’ Club, complemented by Holiday Inn’s “Kids Stay and Eat Free policy,” creating cherished memories of a tropical adventure for the whole family.
How to Reach Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma
You can take a 45-minute speedboat transfer to reach Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma from Malé Velana International airport.
Distance from Malé international airport: 35 km (21 miles) | Duration: 45 minutes
Address: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma, Kandooma Fushi, 08310, Maldives | Google Maps
Maldives Surf Charters
This is also an option if you are serious about surfing in the Maldives. Firstly, a surf charter provides the flexibility to access multiple surf breaks and explore diverse wave conditions, allowing enthusiasts to maximize their surfing experience.
Unlike resorts, which are typically fixed in one location, surf charters can navigate to the best spots based on current weather and swell conditions, ensuring a dynamic and tailored surfing adventure. Additionally, the communal atmosphere aboard a surf charter fosters a shared passion for surfing among guests, creating a unique sense of camaraderie and adventure that goes beyond the confines of a traditional resort setting. Check out surfboat.pro or Ocean Divine Surf Charter for the ultimate surf experience in the Maldives
Frequently Asked Questions about Surfing in the Maldives
Parting Thoughts: Maldives Surfing Resorts
The Maldives, renowned for its natural beauty, is also a playground for surfers seeking the ultimate wave-riding experience. These ultimate Maldives surfing resorts all inclusive not only offer access to world-class breaks but also provide luxurious accommodations so that you can adventure in style and luxury. Your Maldives surf trip prices might vary based on your preference, style, and interests. But these resorts almost guarantee an unforgettable and luxurious Maldives surf holidays for you and your family.