Here’s why surfing in the Maldives is such a big deal

10 August, 2019

It’s no surprise that the Maldives is frequently on any traveler’s bucket list to check off, but what’s the big deal about the Maldives as a hugely popular surf destination?

Read on and find out.

Some of the best surf spots in the Maldives are incredibly easy to access.

Sometimes we forget about that last stretch of the journey, from the airport to your hotel or resort, but for various surfing resorts in the Maldives, surfers need not worry. World-class surf spots like Kandooma Right are accessible via just a 45-minute speed boat ride from the international airport, and we’re talking about one of the best surf spots in the country. And when you book with surf centers like The Perfect Wave, you can enjoy the exclusivity of a limited number of surfers – so the waves are pretty much all yours!

Waves at the Kandooma Beach

Not only that: with surf resorts, you’re staying in rooms that are right next to the surf – quite literally right outside your doorstep.

Keen to have a beer or other refreshment on the beach while you surf? Totally possible!

Beverages from Surf Break Bar

As for the quality of the waves, you might as well hear from surfers themselves and trust their word on what great waves the Maldives gets.

There are plenty of opportunities to surf with absolute #legends.

If the surf is good enough for legendary surfers like Barton Lynch, Pam Burridge, and Shane Dorian, then it’s got to be good enough for all other surfers.

Surfing trips organised by The Perfect Wave and featuring surfing stars are not only hugely successful, they’re also incredibly enjoyable for the whole family. Take Shane Dorian, for example. Along with his family and son, Jackson Dorian, another legend-in-the-making, Shane stayed at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives for a family surf trip and had the following to say about his trip.

“A family trip to the Maldives has been on the bucket list for years. It’s been a truly epic week of great waves and adventures. We are going to do it again next year and will have information available soon if anyone is keen to join us.”

Kids Surfing in the Maldivian Sea

Holiday Inn Resort Maldives Guests Swimming in the Beach

Surfing knows no age. (Or level of experience!)

Going back to surfers like Jackson Dorian, it’s clear that surfing really knows no age. But for the non-professionals, the Maldives is a great location to get started and learn to surf.

Kids Surfing in Kandooma Sea

Kids Surfing in Kandooma Sea

Kids Surfing in Kandooma Sea

Part of why the Maldives is a great family surf destination is that it caters to kids and surfers of all experiences. Surf resorts will have surf camps where kids can learn to surf in a fun and safe environment under the watchful eyes of professional instructors. And surf centers will have a vast range of equipment and boards for beginners as well as surf guides and instructors whose passion is to make sure you have a memorable first surf.

Unwind in the best ways: yoga and the spa.

After a full day of surfing, head over to your resort’s spa and reward yourself to treatments just for surfers. Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala, for example, offers the Surfer’s Massage, a 45-minute treatment specially designed to reduce tension in the neck and shoulders and to increase blood circulation and flexibility in muscles and joints.

Guest Enjoying a Body Massage at Kandooma Spa

In addition to getting your daily dose of sunrise and sunset flows with the resort’s resident yogi master, you should definitely try SUP yoga, a new and increasingly popular version of yoga on top of a stand-up paddle board. Yes, in the water. And yes, if you fall, then that’s just part of the fun.

And lastly – for the music lovers.

Picture this: listening to your favorite artists play live on the shores of clear, turquoise waters, chilling on some beanbags with your partner, family, and friends, and your favorite drink in hand.

Group bookings with Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

Now imagine doing it yourself and getting to meet those artists. It’s no joke – The Perfect Wave’s series of Surf Music in Paradise events makes surf music events a reality at resorts like Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, who this year hosted Bernard Fanning and the Hoodoo Gurus, and S-Resorts Bali, who hosted rising stars Ocean Alley.

Event Organizing Committee with Holiday Inn Resort Maldives

Guests Enjoying a Party at the Holiday Inn Resort Maldives

Guitarists Playing at the Holiday Inn Resort Maldives

Live Music Band Playing at The Holiday Inn Resort Maldives

 If you’re a surf music fan yourself, some upcoming concerts you can look forward to – all being hosted at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives – are Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton & Daryle Braithwaite, and Australia’s country music queen, Kasey Chambers.

We know it’s a lot, but we also know it’s a lot of great stuff for surfers. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re gonna do this (and you really gotta do this), why not do it now?

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