Now well established on the Maldives surf scene, the Outer Atolls or southern South Huvadhoo Atoll (also called Gaaf Dhaal) has over a dozen named breaks on the reef channels round its southeast coast.
The main surf breaks on the southern coast, going clockwise from east to west are: Beacons (Right), Castaways (Right), Five Islands (Right), Love Charms (Left), Tigers (Left), Bluebowls (Right) and Two Ways (Left & Right). (Click here for more information about Maldives Surf.)
There are now some hotel and guest house options but the best way to surf this region is still with an Outer Atolls Surf Charter on Horizon 2.
Horizon-2 is a modern cruising vessel that has been thoroughly refurbished and very well maintained with six comfortable, air-con cabins. Horizon-2 accommodates up to 10 guests in comfortable double bed or twin bed cabins. All cabins have private hot and cold water showers and each cabin has individually controllable air conditioning and lighting.
Horizon-2 has a dinghy/zodiac, and is accompanied by a support dhoni – a traditional Maldivian boat ideally suited to shallow lagoons. The dhoni improves access to waves and anchorages and allows the group to split between breaks. And the main boat can be in a safe anchorage while the support dhoni allows extra dawn and evening surf sessions. Horizon-2 is one of the least expensive boats in the Maldives, and is exceptional value for money. On-board entertainment includes DVD players, PAL / NTSC video playback, television, hi-fi stereo system and indoor board games.
The skipper is a local from the island of Gadhdhoo (Tiger Stripes) so knows the region well especially the safe anchorages.
The Surf Guide ‘Fish’ also grew up on Gadhdhoo where he learnt to surf at Tiger Stripes and his knowledge of the various breaks and surf conditions of this atoll will help you get on the best waves happening during the ten day charter.
The awesome chef Chaminda serves up fantastic meals with a variety of European, Asian and seafood dishes served in the saloon or on the shaded fore-deck dining table. Every afternoon there’s a snack break with tea or coffee, sweet snacks and sandwiches or enjoy a sunset drink on the deck – Horizon-2 has a well equipped bar on board, serving special cocktails, whiskey, cognac, champagne, wine and beer for extra charge.
Horizon-2 is powered by a very quiet 280ps DOOSAN Daewoo engine; has all the necessary safety and communications equipment including Marine Radar, VHF, Radio Telephone, mobile phone (most areas) and GPS. Electricity configuration is 220v/50Hz EU standard with 2 silent generators.
The guest relations personnel and deck hands are dedicated to ensuring that our guests enjoy one of the finest of surf cruise experiences. You can snorkel on unspoiled reefs, catch a fish for dinner, and see parts of the country that most tourists never experience.
This is a remote region, and our well established emergency procedures have proved to be of vital importance on a few occasions when serious medical problems have occurred. Horizon-2 has all the necessary safety and communications equipment including Marine Radar, VHF, Radio Telephone, mobile phone (most areas), GPS, desalination plant, generators, and a trained and experienced crew.
In the Outer Atolls you can snorkel on unspoilt reefs, catch a fish for dinner and see parts of the country that most tourists never experience. And you can surf some of the best waves of your life!