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Top 6 Surfing Spots in the Maldives - Surfs up!

The Maldives is home to over a 1000 islands with endless surf breaks making it an ideal location for tourists looking to catch some waves. Let's look at the best surfing spots.

1

Chickens

This is a wave that is located on the uninhabited island of Villingilimathi Huraa, Which is next to the Thulusdhoo Island. Chickens is known for its extreme swell size ranging from 3ft to well over 10ft that provides rides of up to 500m long. Chickens is a long left-hand wave with 2 sections in which you can get barrels at the end of the wave. Given perfect weather conditions on swell days it could be considered one of the best waves in the world enjoyed by both intermediate and experienced surfers. The wave gets its name from the poultry farm on the island and works excellently with winds from the northwest and northeast.

2

Cokes

You'll find a Coca-Cola factory nearby the island of Thulusdhoo which is where this wave gets its name from. When the swell is big, the wave is generally recommended for intermediate or experienced surfers. Thought to be one of the best waves in the Maldives, this right-hander is a hollow and tubular wave that breaks over a shallow reef. Cokes works best with winds from both the south and the northeast.

3

Honky's

Holidays in Maldives are incomplete without either surfing or watching the amazing surfers who come from all over the world take part in the sport. Honky's can be found on the island of Thaburudhoo which is on the same island as Sultans. While many consider it the best wave in the country, it isn't as popular as Cokes or Chickens. When the conditions are met, this super long, left-hand wave doubles in its second section making it truly world class. It is, however, a very fast left that ranges from 4ft to 6ft and is ideal during the winter times with the northeast wind.

4

Jailbreaks

Jailbreaks is also known as Prison Point and is located on the island of Himafushi. The spot was opened up recently as it's situated right across the national jail. The wave is a perfect right wave that is fairly fast, however, it starts off low and grows as it progresses. This wave works much better with a big swell as it is a longer wave with three sections. Considered as one of the fastest waves in the Maldives it has long walls and 3 tube sections. If you're looking for a great place to stay while you visit the spots on this list you'll find many resorts in the area that's reachable with a short boat ride, one such example is the Kurumba Maldives.

5

Ninjas/Piddlies

This is a slow right-hander that is excellent for beginners and long-boarders, the name is presumed to be given because it is a favourite amongst the Japanese surfers who come here. The wave works best with west and northwest winds with an average S swell.

6

Riptides

This is a right-hander that breaks at around 150 meters right in the centre of a channel. The spot can only be accessed via boat. The wave gets its name from the strong currents that sweep your seaward which is why it is always advisable to check current conditions before embarking on a session. Riptides is great for low intermediate surfers as well as short-boarders and long-boarders.