The Maldives islands… a paradise to visit for any surf lover and tourist. It is one of the most sought-after destinations for those who want to go on a surf trip, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, perfect waves, and incredible climate. In this post, we will provide you with interesting and useful facts if you’re planning a surf trip to the Maldives or simply want to learn about the peculiarities of this paradise.
Curiosities of the Maldives:
1. Did you know that the Maldives islands are remnants of a submerged volcanic chain that sank beneath the sea around 60 million years ago? Only around 1,200 islands remain today, distributed across atolls. Atolls are ring-shaped coral reefs with an interior lagoon connected to the sea through narrow passages.
2. The size of the islands does not exceed 8 km in length.
3. It is the world’s lowest-lying country, with only 1% of its islands above sea level. The highest point in the country is about 2.5 meters above sea level.
4. The world’s largest fish species, the whale shark, inhabits these waters. But don’t worry, these animals feed on plankton and small oceanic organisms called nekton!
5. Dhonis are the traditional boats of the country, historically made from coconut wood. By the way, coconut trees are the emblem of the Maldives and act as natural sun protection. Another symbol of the Maldives is the cowrie shells, which you can see depicted on Maldivian currency.
6. The coral reefs owe much of their existence to parrotfish. This species contributes significantly to the Maldivian islands’ sandy beaches as they ingest large amounts of rock and coral. The waste produced by an adult parrotfish can reach up to a ton per year.
7. The typical dish of the Maldives is «mashuni», a salad made from a mixture of tuna, coconut, chilies, lemon, and onion.
8. Maldives is one of the countries with the most hours of sunlight per year.
9. It is one of the safest countries in the world.
10. The only underwater restaurant is located here.
11. The temperature in the Maldives usually ranges between 26°C and 31°C, while the water temperature remains between 27°C and 29°C throughout the year. You can expect 6 to 8 hours of sunshine per day.
What is the best way to plan a surf trip to the Maldives?
Based on our experience organizing over 2,000 surf trips to various destinations worldwide, one of the best options for a surf trip to the Maldives is by boat. Why? Getting around in the Maldives is done by boat. With the captain’s knowledge of the sea, you will have access to the best waves depending on the conditions and swell. Not only can you surf, but you can also explore the incredible marine life and coral reefs in these waters.
When on the boat, you only need to focus on getting enough rest to have the energy for surfing.
Recommendations for a surf trip to the Maldives:
- Sunscreen, lots of it. Don’t forget a hat or cap.
- Tropical water wax.
- Bring a couple of surfboards and a few leashes, just in case.
- Important: Mosquito repellent.
- Solarez for possible board repairs.
- Spare sets of fins.
- Rashguard and reef booties for the coral bottoms.
- Universal power adapter.
- There are no mandatory vaccinations for traveling to the Maldives, but it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor.
- Bring a book or something to entertain yourself since it gets dark early in the Maldives.
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