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SUMMARY
+ Consistent in SW monsoon
+ Long, wrapping reef waves
+ World-class YinYang and Mikado
+ Comfy safari boats, peaceful island villages
- Lack of consistent lefts
- More cruising between spots
- Hardly ever big
- Expensive domestic flight
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Thaa and Laamu Atolls, Maldive Islands, INDIAN OCEAN


Yin Yang, YEP

Surf Spots

Bowling Alley
Malik's
Adonis
Outside Mikado
Inside Mikado
Finnimas
Yin Yang
Mada's
Bedhuge
Refugee's Lefts
Refugee's Rights
Machine
Isdhoo Bank

The Surf

The Maldives are 26 flat coral atolls ringed with 1,200 islands, only a few of which are known for the quality of their surf. With an Indian Ocean swell window from direct E through S to W, Laamu atoll and Thaa atoll are fairly new central atoll surf zones with many high-quality reef pass setups. These two atolls alone present 150 islands and almost 650km of coastline to the frequent swell. The central atolls of the Maldives enjoy an abundance of medium-sized, perfect reefbreaks, the majority of which are righthanders. A settled and peaceful area of sparse population, access to the majority of these waves is by charter boat alone, despite planned resorts. Unlike other island chains, the expense and low number of boats in this area of the Maldives keeps crowds low. With waves such as Mikado and Yin Yang known for their pristine barrels, under the right conditions the central atolls are tropical perfection.



When to Go

Late March through to mid May are generally clean and calm, ideal conditions for boat cruising. The wind doesn’t get too strong, and even in the heart of the monsoon season clean days are common. Wind conditions can be divided into three clear periods. The prevailing wind from April to August is SW-W, from September to November it swings SW-NW, changing again from December to March, when it predominately blows NW-NE.

SURF STATISTICS
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F
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A
M
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J
A
S
O
N
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dominant swell SE -SW SE -SW SE -SW SE -SW SE -SW SE -SW
swell size (ft) 2-3 4 5 6 4-5 2-3
consistency (%) 60 80 90 90 80 60
dominant wind N -E W -NE SW -W SW -NW SW -NW W -N
average force F3 F2-F3 F3 F3 F3-F4 F3
consistency (%) 76 48 71 68 83 47
water temp (C) 28 29 29 28 28 28
wetsuit boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts
Population
29,000

Coastline
644 km (400mi)

Timezone
GMT +5hr

Travel Information

Weather

The Iruvai is the NE monsoon (Dec-March), typified by dry weather and light N winds. The WSW monsoon, Hulhangu lasts from mid May through to mid November, and is likely to feature overcast weather and strong thunderstorms. 2704 hours of sunshine per year, help to keep water temperature between 28-30°C (82-86ºF).

Nature

World class snorkelling and fishing sees tuna, Maori wrasse, swordfish, sailfish, marlin and even whale sharks visiting frequently. Expect friendly village culture.

Hazards

 Bring reef boots for shallow reefs. Sharks are usually small and benign, sea lice and urchins are rare. Avoid sunburn and sunstroke, take lycra and hats to minimise sunscreen use which harms the corals.

Hints

There is very little surfing equipment available in Malé and it’s expensive, so take everything. Also take entertainment for time off from the surf.

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