Best time to visit Maldives

Surfing in Maldives

These islands are called a surfer's paradise for a reason—go and check it out!

Best time: February–November


Have you heard of the Maldivian surf monsoon? That's when waves are from 2.5 to over 3 meters high. The season runs from February through November, which means one can experience the unbelievable surfing thrill almost year-round in Maldives. Not surprisingly, the islands are frequently called a surfer's paradise.

One of surfing hotspots is Thari Village, although there are plenty of other good locations, like Pasta Point and Sultans. Maldives has enjoyed a great surfing reputation since the 1970s, the only drawback could be lack of appropriate surf equipment, that's why it's advisable to bring your own.

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When is the best time to visit Maldives for surfing?

Surfing enthusiasts can experience the Maldivian surf monsoon from February through November, perfect for waves 2.5 - 3 meters high. While surfing is possible year-round, the off-peak months have smaller waves. For the best experience, plan your visit between Feb-Nov. Show more

Where are the best surfing locations in Maldives?

Thari Village, Cokes, Sultans and Honky's are top-rated for surfing in Maldives. Pasta Point is a well-known private surf break but has limited access. Sultans of Surf tournament is held there. Whether you're a novice or experienced, get ready for a fantastic surfing experience in these stunning locales. Show more

What size of waves can be expected during the surf monsoon season?

Expect waves ranging from 2.5 to over 3 meters high throughout the surf monsoon season, lasting Feb-Nov. The consistency of these swells and perfect water temperature make for a thrilling surfing experience. If you're visiting during off-peak months, the waves may be less dramatic but still satisfactory for surfing. Show more

How long has Maldives been known as a surfer's paradise?

Since the 1970s, Maldives has been considered a great destination for all levels of surfers. In the 1980s, surf resorts were established, which boosted tourism significantly. Since then, Maldives has acquired fame among surfers looking for the perfect waves and a fascinating experience. Show more

Can surfers rent equipment in Maldives or should they bring their own?

Maldives has surf equipment rental shops, but the equipment range may be limited. It's best to bring your equipment, especially if you have specific preferences. Pasta Point rents a mix of equipment to guests, but other sites have no rental options. Make sure to plan ahead and have what you need to make the most of the waves. Show more

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