While the Maldives is known mostly as a honeymoon and sunshine-holiday destination, the country has very good surf spots at a variety of locations throughout the archepelago. If you are going to focus your entire trip on surfing in the Maldives then you should probably contact a tour operator that specializes in those trips, but if you are rather looking to surf a few days as part of a trip to a resort then you've come to the right place.

Most of the 80 or so water villa resorts on private islands in the Maldives offer wind-surfing in addition to diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing, but only a limited number have proper surf beaches on their islands or very nearby. The water villa resorts that offer surfing are listed below, and fortunately they come in all price ranges. The best surf is said to be at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli, which is the cheapest on the list as well. Others are in the moderate or luxury price categories, so there's a great choice for every budget.

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Surf seasons in the Maldives

The Maldives islands are spread out over literally thousands of kilometers, with some actually below the equator, and the surf season peaks at different times in different places. For the most part, the peak season in the North Malé Atoll, which is where most resorts are located, is April through October.


In the Outer Atolls the peak season usually goes from February through April and also September through November.


The surf is quite dead during December and January, so if you are coming during those months (which are the busiest and most expensive) then you might not be getting conditions good enough to make it worthwhile.

Maldives water villa resorts with surfing

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

  • Water villas: 60
  • Total rooms/suites: 115


With 60 water villas in two different classes in addition to 55 island rooms and suites, the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort offers popular all-inclusive meal plans that offer excellent value. The surfing beach here is said to be among the best in the entire region, and certainly one of the very best of those attached to private-island resorts. In fact, this resort is world famous for its surfing, making it a hot spot for those chasing waves.


This is also one of the few resorts that has reliable nightlife as well as a Maldivian culture show. The modest prices help seal the deal for the right crowd, so it should be a top choice for surfers and those who aren’t coming to the Maldives simply to read a novel on a deck chair.


  • Low season online specials from US$606 per night
  • High season online specials from US$704 per night
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Sun Island Resort & Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 68
  • Total rooms/suites: 426


The largest private-island resort in the Maldives, the Sun Island Resort has 68 water villas among the 426 total rooms. A hotel of this size has some real advantages, and in this case one of the advantages is a surfing beach, as most smaller resorts barely have room for a beach at all.


The water villas here are relatively small, though still quite roomy compared to a city hotel, and the modest price is one of the better values in the Maldives. Most guests go on the all-inclusive plan, but there are other rate-plans that are even better value for people who don’t drink or don’t like rich buffet food around the clock. Those who come here to surf will find that surfing spots are very easy to reach and special surfing trips can be arranged any time during your stay.


  • Low season online specials from US$386 per night
  • High season online specials from US$743 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 40


For visitors who prefer to have their own personal butler included in the room rate, the Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas Resort is a perfect choice. The surfing beach offers rentals and lessons as well as a perfect left venturing down the entire side of the island, but that’s only one aspect of this luxurious hotel with 40 lovely water villas.


The whole place was remodeled in 2009, so it feels much more modern than many others in its price category. Each water villa is quite large, and they offer a long list of daytime activities and water sports in addition to the surfing, so this is a great choice for active travelers.


  • Low season online specials from US$878 per night
  • High season online specials from US$990 per night
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Robinson Club Maldives

  • Water villas: 25
  • Total rooms/suites: 101


Primarily an all-inclusive hotel, the Robinson Club Maldives is a solid 4-star resort with 25 huge water villas that each have their own Jacuzzi. The resort is German-run, and popular with Germans, which could be good or bad news depending on your own preferences.


There are 76 beach bungalows as well, so the Robinson Club is large enough to offer many other activities, including fantastic scuba diving. The lagoon villas each each huge, but for families they also have a Lagoon Suite on the end that comes with 2 bedrooms and a private pool on the sundeck. If you’re interested in surfing, but have yet to try the sport you’ll also have access to surfing lessons in addition to surfing itself.


  • Low season online specials from US$450 per night
  • High season online specials from US$620 per night
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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives

  • Water villas: 60
  • Total rooms/suites: 142


In the case of the Shangri-La Villingili Resort, a surfing beach is only one small part of the charms of this place. First off, this is an expensive and exclusive resort so it’s just something to daydream about for most of us. The 60 water villas are each as big as the house you grew up in, assuming you grew up in a pretty big house. If you’re interested, you can also book surfing vacation packages here that offer 2 hours of surfing everyday, making it a paradise for many.


Another interesting thing here is the remote location, actually south of the Equator and about 600 kilometers away from the main airport. The good news is that there is an airport that can handle private planes just an 8-minute speedboat ride away, so this is a popular option for those who lease or own their own planes. If you can afford it, you won’t do better than this place.


  • Low season online specials from US$825 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,065 per night
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Ayada Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 62


Only opened in late 2011, the Ayada Maldives Resort has gotten a lot of attention for its 50 ultra-luxurious and huge water villas, all designed in a Turkish theme. There’s a surfing beach here, of course, plus a traditional hammam (Turkish bath) among the many key luxury features that make this place stand out.


The location is quite remote so it requires a charter flight and then a speedboat ride to reach the island, but that seclusion is a big plus for the high-end visitors who are booking at the Ayada Resort. Surfing wise, you’ll find that great breaks are only a short boat ride away. It’s certainly not for everyone, but it’s perfect for some.


  • Low season online specials from US$892 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,218 per night
>More information about the Ayada Maldives Resort >Check rates

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 96


With 42 water villas set over a stunning lagoon, the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives is certainly one of the most famous and photogenic of the Maldives resorts. The surfing beach isn’t as extensive as some others on this list, but it’s there, and lessons and rentals are available. Guests will also find that surfing cruises are available as well.


Those familiar with the Four Seasons name certainly know that this is a 5-star deluxe resort with all the trimmings, with a price to match. The water villas come in several different classes and the cheapest of them are relatively small for this price category, but people who prefer a chain like the Four Seasons will likely be satisfied knowing they’ll get the amazing service they are known for.


  • Low season online specials from US$2,218 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,218 per night
>More information about the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa >Chec rates

Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 102


A small surfing beach might seem out of place for this sister resort to the one mentioned just above, but again, the Four Seasons people like to offer the best of everything. The 40 water villas at the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Givaavaru are all quite large, and prices are a bit higher than the other resort, as you’d expect.


You’ve got 7 restaurants and bars from which to choose, as well as a world-class spa that is located overwater itself. There’s also great scuba diving and snorkeling, and 5-star service from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,380 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,893 per night
>More information about the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru >Chec rates
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  1. Without a travel agent you are on your own!!! a total misconception
    that agents are a lot more expensive than online. What happens if something goes wrong the computer wont help but an agent will –
    do a bit more research to the original writer and i only hope you
    never need assistance apart from a computer to get you out of a situation!!!!!

    1. Roz,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way. But the fact is that things don’t go wrong very often and even when they do it’s usually easy to fix as long as you deal with legit companies and resorts. For someone who has an extremely low risk tolerance travel agents are probably a great idea. For everyone else, it’s probably not worth it. -Roger

  2. There is so much more to a travel agent than just booking the trip. Yesterday I spend 1/2 my day changing a client’s flights and hotel reservations because her son suddenly got sick during the trip. Last weekend I had 2 sets of clients miss their flights so I spent my time accommodating and reassuring them, while they relaxed at the airport lounge. When a traveler is on vacation, unexpected things can happen. Emergencies can arise. A travel agent can handle all of this for them, so they can focus on their sick child, or whatever the case may be. "In all fairness", you are right. They may not NEED a travel agent for the booking process, but when the unexpected arises, they will need us then! And as the others have said, pricing is almost always the same whether you book online, or with an agent. We also have access to most all the same hotels as online…. plus the extra consortia perks, as Gabrielle mentioned.

  3. I have to agree with others that this article is just not true of what Travel Professionals truly offer a client. Most Travel Professionals don’t charge planning and booking fees. They often offer a low price guarantee and price match if they need to. Many Travel Professionals who do charge a planning or booking fee often apply it towards your balance and/or the tips and money they save you are far more than any planning or booking fee they may charge.

    Booking through a website (just a computer and not a true travel professional) is not a great option. Nobody is asking you the right questions to fit you to the best resorts/flights or council you on the merits of this and that because it’s a computer…..You can’t just go by the pretty pictures on the internet. We say "The Internet is for looking and not booking"

    Each resort has a different vibe, you need to be personally matched to the best accommodations out there that will fit you both because there are so many resort/flight/room choices out there and they’re not all the same or even good. There’s much to think about and consider when picking the right destination, travel dates-weather, resorts/flights/rooms.

    The question that you should ask yourself is, "Why would you take a chance on your Travel Investment and not call a Travel Professional" One whose actually been to the destination with hands on advice? A real reputable Travel Professional wants to talk to you or at least email you and not just put a website out there for you to self-book on while they try to make money on you while they sleep with website bookings that they’re making full commission on, that’s what they don’t want to tell you.

    Trying to talk potential clients out of booking with real Travel Professionals when you’re acting as an "absent" travel agent on a website and doing very little for the client in reality is ironic.
    I feel like this website/article attacks true Travel Professionals in an underhanded way so I will speak the real truth here.

    There are many Travel Professionals who highly specialize in Over Water Bungalows throughout the world, they’ve been to many of these resorts themselves so they have value in their knowledge and have professional relationships with resort owners, management and ground operators. Travel Professionals provide a wonderful service to you and that’s what its truly all about besides offering you some of the lowest prices with price drop guarantees and a host of many other perks!

    1. Heather,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way you do. The point of the article is that savvy travelers (not necessarily first-time travelers) CAN book a Maldives holiday online and still get the exact same VIP experience that other visitors get. Websites like Agoda also book far more resorts than any offline travel agent does, so consumers get more choice. And many resorts do in fact offer lower prices when you book online.

      Some travelers are fussy and require hand-holding and make mistakes and want to make changes. It’s great that you are there for those types of travelers. But there is also a misconception that you NEED to use an offline travel agent to book a Maldives holiday and that’s definitely not true. Thanks for your passion and for all the help you give to those who need you. -Roger

  4. Hi there,
    With respect, I find the information in this article to be largely untrue. Travel agents work with all resorts (and even some B & B’s). They also have buying power and can secure better rates than what is seen online in a lot of cases. I think there is a real misconception out there from people who have only really ever booked online but really, there is a missed value, both monetary and experiential that goes with booking online. Also, many agents are part of a consortium that for example, will provide complimentary meals, complimentary nights, etc, whereas booking online you don’t get these kinds of things. Just my 2 cents anyway!

  5. disagree most of it!, i’ve always secured better deals from travel agents in the UK. Some of them offer upgrades, lounge access which were helpful. And most importantly we need ATOL protection for our whole booking which is only provided by the UK tour operators. This protects our flights all transfers and the resort booking. In any emergency we have the ATOL protection to bail us out.
    If you are not a fussy customer who wouldn’t mind ending up in a room that don’t wish to be, then booking from any other source is fine.
    Anyways, these are my thoughts. Hope you will publish this.

    1. Ryan,

      You make some good points and I guess each person has their own risk tolerance level. These days it’s common for purchases on many Visas and Mastercards to automatically have this kind of coverage, and you can buy travel insurance to cover it as well. Still, many people prefer a traditional high-street travel agent. My main point is that you don’t NEED a travel agent to book an ideal Maldives holiday because the online booking process is now so well organized and you don’t need any hand-holding once you land. Thanks for the comments. -Roger