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HORIZON II Surf Charter - Maldives, Northern & Southern Atolls. Maldives

INTRODUCTION

HORIZON II Surf Charter - Maldives, Northern & Southern Atolls Guests overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 3 reviews.
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The best Prices in the market in the coolest boat!!! Half of the season in the southern atolls and the other half in the northern atolls.

 

If you are an average surfer that is looking for long perfect head high waves, then the Maldives is your dream come true! You will see turtles, dolphins, manta rays, beautiful starnge colored fish and whales (during the season) . Doubles rooms with private bathroom. 5 meals per day. Check the pictures and book your trip as soon as possible. Accepts single bookings, not necesarily full boat charter.

 

The Maldives is divided into 3 parts. The northern Atolls, the center atolls, and the southern atolls. The Northern Atolls is where most famous surfspots are ( Lohis, Jails, Chickens, etc). This is also where the capital city and the international airport is.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Cabins To comfortably accommodate the clients there are six cabins, each with a double bed and a single bunk type to be used as a double or as a twin sharing room. All with private showers (cold and warm) and WC. Each cabin comes with a cupboard and a mirror. The cabin breadth varies and generally a cabin is 2 meters x 2.5 meters. Individually controlled air-conditioning. Can accomodate 14 guests very comfortably.

 

Dinning Dinning & winning can be undertaken either inside the pilot house or the deck (2 venues) Food & Beverages When everyone wakes up at around 6:30 we have Tea, coffee and cookies ready on the table. Then surfing.

 

After our first surf comes Breakfast. Toasts, cereals, eggs, cheese, jam, juice, tea, coffee, and our cook’s “local special”. It can be a mixture of tuna, with crushed coconut and onion. Delicious when you make a burrito with their home made tortillas. Then relax or surf. Lunch and dinner: Essentially three course Western dishes with Maldivian specialties and nationality favorites. Very yummy! Lots of fresh fish! Rice, chicken, pasta, beef, salads, homemade pizzas and bread! Curries and vegetables! Ending with desert , fruit and coffee or tea.

 

Good range of chilled soft drinks including fresh fruit juices, and a range of alcoholic beverages including lots of cold beer for sale on board!!! 3 Litres of mineral water per day per person included in the package. In beteween lunch and dinner there is another session of cookies, tea and coffee so it ‘s impossible to be hungry on this boat!!!

 

Activities & facilities Multi System TV and DVD including a Hi-Fi Stereo System are onboard to entertain the clients. In addition there are indoor games. We recomend to bring your own DVD movies. Itineraries can be customized to suit your needs. We can take you to Male for shopping. We can take you diving one day with extra cost of 80 eur per person per imersion with all equipment included. Only certified open water divers and medically fit divers should undertake diving. It is recommended to obtain clients own personal insurance. We will visit different uninhabited islands, fishing villages and scenic points are part of the safari depending on weather. We have fishing and snorkling material in the boat for our clients to use.

 

There is also a large top deck with shaded canopy where you can do your streching, meditating, yoga, or other exercises.

 

The Boat

  • built in 2
  • 004
  • L.O.A: 23 meters
  • Width: 07 meters
  • Draft: 02 meter
  • Max. Guest capacity: 13 persons
  • A/C Rooms: 07 (with private bathrooms)
  • Bathrooms: 07 (en-suite)
  • Sun decks: 02
  • Indoor facilities: Multi-system TV, VCR and CD player with hi-fi stereo system
  • Main engine: 286 HP
  • Generator: silent 16 kW, 220V, 1 phase, 50 Hz
  • Cruising Speed: 9 ~ 11 knots
  • Crew: 5 (separate quarters with toilet)
  • Communication: CB set, Mobile phone, GPS
  • Tender: 5 meter Dinghy with outboard engine / 10 meter Dive Tender
  • Power C: 12 hours
  • Power DC: 24 hours (Continuous)
  • Certified: Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation and by Ministry of Tourism

THE ACTIVITIES

In general the Maldives rely on the same swell as Indonesia with the best and most consistent swells coming from April to October.  Swell size will likely peak from June to September when south swells from the southern Indian Ocean make their presence known on most of the exposed breaks.  This is also the time of the southwest monsoon and many of the spots can see offshore conditions. The waves will normally range from 4-8 feet, with occasionally bigger days.  February and March, considered the early part of the season will see fun surf and more stable weather but swells will vary, arriving in the small to medium size range. The same holds true for November when the season is coming to a close.

 

NORTH MALE ATOLLS

 

The North Male Atolls have been popular with surfers for quite some time thanks to a variety of spots that stay fairly consistent, especially in the prime summer months when south swells are in abundance. There is an assortment of spots scattered around these idyllicislands ranging from long points to hollow sucking barrels that can accommodate all levels of surfing. Although west to southwest winds are the norm at this time of year many of the breaks in this island reef chain are well protected and will remain clean, while others will be offshore.  Crowding can sometimes be an issue because of the relatively easy access of the breaks courtesy of the many boats in this wave rich zone and due to the resorts that shuttle surfers out to the breaks.

 

Surf Spots

  • “Chickens”:  Long, peeling left pointbreak that is very fast.
  • “Cokes”: More of a big wave spot with a nice barrel on the take off that doesn’t let up. Likes a mid to incoming tide.
  • “Lohi’s”: A lefthander that gets super hollow on a big SE swell.
  • “Ninja’s”: Mellow righthander which is perfect for beginners and long boarders.
  • “Pasta Point”: The celebrity wave of the Maldives is a really, long tubing left which picks up more swell. Has two challenging sections knows as “Macaroni Bowl” and “Lockjaws”.
  • “Sultans”: A first class righthand point and one of the more consistent waves in the area. Has a nice take off and a super long wall with a great end section. Will peel for up to 150 yards.
  • “Honky’s”: Another long left hander that jumps in size as it turns and peels down the reef. Plenty of tube sections.
  • “Jailbreaks”: Super good righthander which can break up to 300 yards long on the right swell.

 

CENTRAL ATOLLS

 

At the moment surf charters exploring the Central Atolls have focused on the Meemu, Thaa and Laamu Atolls, each one offering a variety of waves.  All three atolls have great exposure to south swells and there are plenty of reef-pass setups that will often see bigger waves than the more popular North Male Atoll. Numerous world class breaks have been discovered in the Central Atolls, mostly in the form of right-handers. The beauty of surfing these island chains is that there are many spots within a short distance of each other and waves that will accommodate every level of surfing.  So if you find a reef sucking barrel that looks rather intimidating, you’ll likely find a more welcoming and forgiving wave just around the corner or on the next reef pass. Naturally some spots might be more exposed to wind, but the layout of these islands and their accompanying reefs means that many breaks will be protected, ensuring clean conditions. As the only means of access to these atolls is by charter boat, those lucky enough to have ventured there have been reaping the rewards, and with nobody else around.  Crowding is not an issue in the Central Atolls!!

 

Meemu Atoll Surf Spots

  • “Veyvah”:  easy lefthander with a long wall
  • “Mulha Rights/Lefts”: the right is tame and good for beginners and intermediates, while the left is faster and more fickle, only breaking when conditions are just right.
  •  “Muli Inside/F1”:  a fast barreling righthander with long walls. Tends to want a bigger swell to get going.
  • “Muli Outside/Mushrooms”: a fun long righthander that pulls in more swell.

 

Thaa Atoll Surf Spots

  • “Malik’s”: a fast lefthander with long walls and good barrel sections that works best with a big southeast swell
  •  “Adonis”: a righthander that has some very nice barrels when the swell jumps up a notch. It can be a very long wave with the right conditions.
  •  “Outside and Inside Mikados”: a very powerful righthander that can produce some great barrels and will pick up more swell than other spots in the area.
  • “Finnimas “: a smoking shallow lefthander with some great barrels

 

Laamu Atoll Surf Spots

  • “Langon Bank”: a righthander that needs a big southeast swell. It tends to be a pit stop for charters boats heading south.
  •  “Tsunamis Lefts”: has a tendency to close out but can be a fun wave if Tsunamis Rights is too small.
  •  “Tsunamis Rights”: an excellent wave with the right swell angle offering three super fun sections. Has a sweet barrel on the takeoff, then a fun wall for some turns and another barrel at the end section.  Occasionally currents can be a factor at this break.
  • “Refugee’s Left”: a heavy left that closes out more often than not.
  • “Refugee’s Right”: a challenging wave that is fast and shallow on the drop before it barrels down the reef.
  • “Ying Yang”: one of the most consistent spots that loves a solid southeast swell. The wave starts out fairly tame with a nice wall before it backs offs for a while and then begins to throw, offering a long inside section that is quite challenging as it produces some incredibly hollow barrels.

 

SOUTHERN ATOLLS 

 

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Being among the first line of defense against incoming south swells, the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (also known as the Huvadhoo Atoll) is generally known to pick up more swell than it neighbors to the north and is more open to variations in swell direction. In a nut shell this means plenty of consistent wave action and some world class breaks. Due to the abundance of reef passes that are spread throughout this atoll there are a variety of spots for every level of surfing, be it more forgiving playful waves to grinding hollow shacks.  The Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll is said to have the best conditions in March and April just before the southwest monsoon begins and September to November when it is coming to a close. From May to August there can be wind issues on the south facing spots but that’s when you motor to the east facing part of the atoll where there is more protection. The east facing breaks will still have plenty of size as this is the peak swell time. While you may encounter other charter boats in the area, most of the time you and your crew will have the spots all to yourselves.

 

Gaafu Dhaalu Spots

  • “Airports”: a fun righthander that likes a solid southwest swell.
  • “Beacons”: on a good southwest swell this break becomes a grinding righthander with a solid barrel.
  •  “Blue Bowls”: this  longish righthander is more like a point and has plenty of open face sections for good turns.
  • “Five Islands”: a hard hitting righthander with speedy walls.
  •  “Two Ways”: a right and lefthander that tends to favor the right on bigger swells; an easy workable wall that sits well with intermediates.
  •  “Love Charms”: a fun lefthander which has a playful wall when the sections link up on a bigger swell.
  • “Tiger Stripes”: a racy lefthander with a thumping barrel on the inside section; tends to hold more swell than some of the other spots.

 

Addu Atoll Any surfer looking at the locale of Addu Atoll would be thinking one thing: surf, and lots of it. As the southernmost atoll, lying just below the equator, Addu Atoll has the best swell exposure in the Maldives. There is south, east and west facing parts of the atoll. Several expeditions have revealed a good lefthander off the island of Vilingili and a righthander just south of Gan, yet information remains somewhat limited. Unlike the northern atolls where island commuting is done by boat, the Addu Atoll has a road connecting the islands, which makes overland travel possible.

 

Addu Atoll Surf Spots

  • “Airport Lights”: a very fast and heavy righthander with nice barrels breaking over a shallow reef.
  • “Vilingili/Madihera”: a on-off lefthander that has the odd good day and can be really fun with a barrel here and there. There are several take off points but the wave can behave a bit strangely due to the unevenness of the reef.
  • “Vilingili Right”: performs well with a small and cleans southwest swell.
  • “Mulikede/Kanda Muli Left”: a peaky beach break style wave that is fun on small swells.
  • “Hithado/Kottey Right”: a beach break style reef.
  • “Gaukendi Bridge Left”: a go-to wave when it’s too small everywhere else.

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

The MaldivesSitting in the Indian Ocean the Maldives are a group of coral islands straddling the equator southwest of India and west of Sri Lanka. There are about 1,200 islands and roughly 200 of those are inhabited. These low lying islands, isolated reefs and sand spits make up part of a larger formation of 26 atolls that formed around the edges of sunken volcanic peaks. Ring shaped and situated atop a submarine ridge that runs from north to south, the atolls cover an area of approximately 90, 000 square kilometers. The average size of the islands is only one to two kilometers in area and most are flat with white sandy beaches, crystal clear reefs and deep blue lagoons. They sit just 1.5 meters above sea level, and with the highest point being only 2.4 meters above sea level, the Maldives are considered the flattest country in the world.

 

There are many places around the globe that surfers would define as paradise and the Maldives is definitely at he top of the list. As a destination for surfing perfect waves over a crystal clear reef in a tropical setting it doesn’t get much better than this. When Tony Hussein first came upon these islands in 1973 he was thinking the same thing yet the word didn’t get out for another 15 years about how good the Maldives really were. Eventually his discovery made its way through the surfing community and the Maldives were no longer just a destination for diving. These idyllic tropical islands slowly began seeing a steady influx of surfers and they haven’t stopped coming since. While breaks in the northern atolls have gained most of the attention thanks to several resorts and charter boats that offer easier access, the central and southern atolls are where new discoveries are being made. The best way to reach these more distant locales is by charter boat, and while it might take just a bit longer to get there, you and your mates will likely be the only people in the water.

 

Climate

 

The Maldives have a warm, year round tropical climate and is influenced by two monsoons courtesy of the Indian subcontinent to the north.  The southwest monsoon from May to October, called “halhangu”, will tend to see more wind and rain, while the northeast monsoon, called “iruvai”, from November to April is the dry season with little or no wind. But due to the Maldives location on the equator, the monsoons are mild and do not always conform to the monsoon patterns of the Indian subcontinent. The temperatures range from 25°C (77°F) to 33°C (90°F) throughout the year and there is an abundance of sunshine in this tropical paradise. That being said, the tropics can see its share of foul weather and tropical storms are rare but not unheard of during the summer months. The water temperature remains at about 26°C (80°F) all year round.

Getting Here

Male Airport (MLE) Male airport is an island just dedicated to the airport. Scheduled & charter flights: Qatar Airways, Martin Air, Condo, Eurofly, Lufthansa, LTU, Singapore airlines, Sri Lanka Airlines, Air Swiss, Air France, British Airways.

 

Cheap Flights from London every monday: http://flights.monarch.co.uk/index.asp?language=ES

 

Visitors are issued a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival, regardless of their nationality

PRICES & PACKAGES

GAAFU DHAALU ATOLLS – SOUTHERN MALDIVES 

 

We accept single bookings !

 

Dates in Gaafu Dhaalu:

  • 08 March – 19 March
  • 20 March – 31 March
  • 31 March – 11 April
  • 11 April – 22 April
  • 23 April – 04 May.
  • 23 Aug – 03 Sep
  • 03 Sep – 14 Sep
  • 15 Sep – 26 Sep
  • 26 Sep – 07 Oct
  • 08 Oct – 19 Oct

 

RATES: Individual rate up to 10 pax: 1,700 USD nett pp. Departure comfirmed regardless of number of guests!!!

 

Including: 

  • Inter-atoll flights Male- Huvadhoo-Male
  • Meals
  • 1.5 litre bottled water pp/day
  • Support dhoni
  • Guide.

 

With the reduction in both price and maximum surfer numbers these charters will get quite a bit of interest.

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