Boat-trips, resorts and the occasional surf camp are the only ways to surf this unique group of 1,200 coral islands based around 26 atolls. Typically the reefs passes are deeper than in Indonesia and the South Pacific with classic set-ups abounding. Swells travelling south-west across to Indonesia bestow part of their energy on this chain before continuing their journey. Separated into the North Atolls, Central Atolls and Southern Atolls (the south has the most spots) the region boasts year-round swell with high period being March to April.The northern atolls are most popular with travelling surfers with the central atolls recently becoming more popular with the charter operators.
The best time to surf the northern atolls is February - October with the months of March through to August scoring bigger swells. The best time to surf the Central Atolls is March - May & August - November. The Southern Atolls are best anytime except mid May - August. season shifting the focus from north to south accordingly.
The water temperature in Maldives never drops below 25 degrees, so all you need to pack is your favorite board and a couple of pairs of boardies and some sunscreen.