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Northern Atolls

When people think about surfing in the Maldives, they think about the Male Atolls. Although a lot has changed since the Male Atolls were originally “discovered” by shipwrecked surfers in the 1970s, the waves continue to remain the same—pure and beautiful. Having hosted several international and professional contests, the once secret Northern Atolls have emerged as an integral part of the international surf scene, as well as the hub of the growing Maldives surf scene.

The Northern Atolls are divided between the North Male Atoll and the South Male Atoll, both offering a pretty even mix of lefts and rights, with some of the standout and more internationally known breaks including Pasta Point, Chickens, Coke’s, Jailbreaks, Sultans, Ninjas and Lohi’s in the north, and Foxy’s, Guru’s, and Riptides in the south. Although hardly ever flat, the waves are best in the spring and summer when it typically ranges between two to eight feet, with the largest surf coming through in late summer.

While the North Male Atoll is in contention for having the best waves in the Maldives, it unquestionably hosts the most popular spots, and definitely provides the longest rides, with both lefts and rights regularly stretching over 100 meters. However, South Male Atoll is closer to Hulhumale airport than the North Male Atoll, and doesn’t get nearly as crowded. While many boat trips and surf charters stay in the North Male Atoll, Surfatoll hits all the spots in the Northern Atolls.

Breaks

Below are the different surf breaks in each region

Break name Left / Right Best size Ability level Best swell Five star rating  
Quarter Right 6ft intermediate Southeast

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Chickens Left 8-10ft Advanced Northwest

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Cokes Right 4-8ft Advanced Southeast

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Lohis Left 2-10ft Medium Southeast

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Ninjas Right 3-6ft Beginners Northwest

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Pasta Point Left 4-8ft Medium Northeast

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Sultans Right 4-8ft Medium Northeast

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Honky's Left 2-8ft Advanced Southeast

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Jailbreak Right 4-9ft Medium Northeast

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Towns Right 2-8ft Medium Northeast

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Gurus Left 4-8ft Medium Southeast

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Twin Peaks Left 2-8ft medium Northeast

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Natives Right 2-8ft Advanced Southeast

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Riptides Right 2-8ft Medium Southeast

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