Surf epic Maldives waves
From Club Med Kani, all-inclusive holidays
🌊 Discover premium resorts positioned within the best surf breaks in the Maldives
🌊 Surf breaks and surf packages are adapted to all levels, from beginners to experienced surfers
🌊 Family-friendly resorts from 2yo with Kids Club all-included (from 4 to 10 yo)
The surfing season starts end of May and finishes end of October with the biggest waves between July and August.
A surf destination on the rise, the Maldives provide a great range of left and right reef breaks which will leave any surfer super stoked. and. A bit more forgiving than Indonesia or Tahiti, Maldivians reef break still suit best the intermediate to advanced surfers. Waves can range from a mellow 2 feet during the surf season (May-October) to a whopping 15 feet during the highest months (July-August), best for the brave at heart! During the dry season of November to February, there might still be some waves around but won’t be the main swell period – so pack a board just in case of a nice surprise swell, get some snorkeling or diving and spend some nice time with friends and family.
During peak season, the wind is mainly offshore all day long. The Maldives is exposed to the same swells as Indonesia is, except that its higher latitude and
its South-East exposure offers surfing that’s a bit easier.
The typical Maldivian wave rolls up like most point breaks with workable corners, fun pockets to ride the wave and long rides. Very rarely will the sets be too steep or close out and not being surfable.
- The waves break on mostly dead reef – this means the reef is a bit more forgiving and very rarely you will come in contact with it unless you are surfing on a very low tide. It is still to advised to wear booties if walking through the reef to get to a spot
The Maldives is renewed for its fun, clean, accessible waves – and with waters temperatures averaging as well as a water at 28/29 degrees all year long making it easy to spend the day in the water.
🌊 Surf peak season is from April to October: during this period, the roaring forties cause storms which bring the largest swells to the archipelago. The biggest waves are likely to occur in June, July and August.
🌊 Low season is in November to March, making it perfect for beginners with smaller waves and easier conditions. However, it can also be flat at times.
For a sun, salt and surf-induced smiling experience, the Ninjas surf spot is only a few minutes away from Club Med Kani, offering perfectly-shaped waves and enough breaks for everyone to enjoy. Plus, access to many more famous surf spots from Club Med Kani including epic right breaks like Sultan, Jail’s, and Chicken, plus left breaks like Honkey’s and Coke’s. Note also that those spots are accessible from Club Med Finolhu Villas with a complementary 5-minute speedboat.
For maximum fun and minimum logistics, our crew can organise speedboats to get you quickly and safely to the best spots depending on the conditions. Our surf packages run from 4 to 6 outings per week.
Surfers can now look forward to revamped direct access to the Ninja surf break, just a few minutes paddle from the Club Med Kani resort! An access platform has been installed to help surfers and onlookers reach the “surf departure” island safely from the resort. Patrons will be required to swim a short distance from the edge of the Club Med Kani resort to the access platform of the surf departure island, from here, they will walk a short distance along a path across the island to the new wooden deck and viewing platform that’s perfect to watch, relax and take photos. To access the break, there are also now sand bags in the water to protect your feet from the coral for easier and safer access to the waves
You can hire or bring your own board. We would advise you to bring your own board if you are a proficient surfer for best experience in the Maldives. However, if you'd like to hire, we have a total of 7 boards available from 6’8 hydrofish board to 9’0 longboard.
We can have up to 10 people on the speedboat with a requirement of 4 persons minimum to go out. During surfing season, it is best to pre-book.
We provide water and also have a first aid box on hand if needed. However, we won’t have any rash shirts, wetsuits or sunscreen so make sure to bring those with you. Rash shirts might be available for purchase at Club Med Kani boutique but best to pack some before arriving!
We offer private and group lessons depending on your needs and comfort:
Private lessons: if you'd like a more in-depth experience and maximum training with an ISA-certified instructor.
Groups lessons: available for the first surf lesson from the reef and the outing will be for two beginners maximum with one instructor.
We keep this low number to ensure comfort and safety. The lessons include board hire, first surf lessons from the reef and then an outing on waves for 2 hours with a speedboat. We will take you on a surf break that is easy and mellow enough for best experience as a beginner.
We are very conscious of the safety of our little guests as waves break on the reef. Therefore, kids will have to be at least 11 years old to be surfing near Club Med Kani. Also, you should feel confident that your kids know how to swim and are comfortable in the water.
We usually bring children to the "Baby Chicken" surfing spot where the wave is inside the reef meaning smaller and deeper water so less risk of getting hurt on the reef. And for kids taking beginner lessons, the surf instructor will not bring them out if the conditions are dangerous.
Eryn Krouse, former competitive swimmer as a young child, soon discovered a passion for surfing, free diving, and open water swimming. She discovered a surfing paradise in the Maldives. Discover her testimonial:
"Getting to the surf spots by boat was easy, since Club Med is very organized with their Excursions team. I loved that they would provide you with a bottle of water as well as knowledge of the local spots and where would be best to surf, depending on skill level and whether you wanted to surf a right or left-breaking wave. It’s also convenient to get to from both Club Med Kani and Finolhu. While staying at Club Med Kani, I was able to walk to Ninjas by foot, although stepping through the reef was difficult. (Difficult, but possible!)"
For travel between 1st June and 30th September (surfing season), you can pre-book your surf package online, via 1800 258 263 or book directly at the excursion counter in Club Med Kani.
For travel between 1st October to 30th May, you can only book directly at the excursion counter in Club Med Kani as the surfing conditions might vary, with especially small and inconsistent conditions between November and February.
It is possible for an average or good surfer and will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. However it is at your own risk. For guaranteed security, we advise you to take the boat outings instead. If you still want to paddle to the break, we strongly advise to bring your own booties to avoid any injury from the reef. Booties are not sold nor available for rent at Club Med Kani.
You definitely can! By staying in the Finolhu Villas, you have access to a complementary 5-minute speedboat to Club Med Kani where you will have access to the speedboats taking you to surf on the Ninjas Break.
Yes, it is the same price for outings or lessons as the service is the same as for adults.
If there is space on the boat, family or friends that are not surfing can accompany at no extra cost. However we would not recommend it as the boat will stay in the same spot for two hours and it increases the chances of getting seasick.
If the weather really doesn’t allow a safe surf on that day, we will cancel without any charge and refund or reschedule for the next day if weather permits.
If you cancel the day before, a 50% charge will incur and a 100% charge will incur if it's on the same day.
If you are sick, you'll need to get a medical certificate from the nurse at Club Med Kani to be able to cancel at no charge.