The dedicated SUP surf trip you’ve been dreaming of!!
Fuller waves, deeper water, uncrowded, long rides. We know what you want and where to find it!
Skype feedback and analysis seasions with Pro SUP surfer James Casey.
Less surfers & private cabin guarantee! *SUNOVA surf SUP’s included.
Surfing from onboard the luxurious motor yacht Adora, one of the newest, modern designs and fastest charter boats in the Maldives. Stylishly designed this vessel provides maximum tranquillity at sea. Great detail has been given to achieve the highest standards for quietness and comfort. Our surf support boats unrivalled with a modern speed boat and one of the largest, well appointed 62′ Dhoni.
Your Captain, local Surf guide and Moon Tours representative will have you on the perfect wave. With unmatched cruising range and fuel allowance we can travel from North Male to Laamu Atolls and even the lesser visited west coast. Where ever conditions command, we’ll take you there. This guarantees the best waves and least amount of crowds.
With Moon Tours highly qualified and experienced team and our range of SUNOVA surf SUP’s and the world class suitable waves the Maldives produces there is no doubt these are the best Stand Up Paddle surf trips in the world.
Sit back, relax, surf, dive, fish or drink cocktails from one of two bars on board.
*Travel with SUP’s up to 9’6″ no oversize, no excess charges or take advantage of our SUNOVA surf SUP range.
James Casey, from Sydney Australia with a background in surfing, kite surfing and rugby union has created a name for himself in the international stand up paddling scene. When conditions get extreme and the waves get big James finds himself in a very small and prestigious group amongst the worlds top paddlers.
more about James
After competing in his first SUP event in 2014, James is now an active and highly respected member of the international paddle community. James has built a reputation for being strong in all aspects of the sport, surfing, down winding, racing and now pushing the limits of foiling doing things no one thought possible just a year or two ago.
- 2020 Ironman X wildcard invitation
- 2019 Molokai 2 Oahu Champion
- 2018 Molokai 2 Oahu 3rd
- 2018 Olukai 2nd
- 2017 Olukai Champion
- 2017 King of the Cut 3rd
- 2016 Australian Titles Distance and Tech Race Champion
- 2016 Sunset Beach Pro 2nd
These days James is one of few full time professional paddlers in the world with SUNOVA SUPs under his feet helping develop the surf & foil boards for the future.
Steph co-founded Moon Tours in 2012 with her husband Trent Moon. Our model of Luxury-Adventure has developed by taking small groups of like-minded people from all over the world enjoying SUP, surfing, kiteboarding, diving, 4×4 Tours & Wildlife Safari holidays.
more about Steph
Steph has been frequenting the Maldives over the last 4 years and has fallen in love with the country, she will have you completely immersed in the Maldivian way of life on and off the water. Enjoying local island interactions, cooking new foods and sharing the culture Maldives has to offer.
On the water Steph is a kiteboarder and has recently started the SUP Surf & longboard addiction. “ I encourage any one to bring their kite equipment if they are of intermediate level as well surfboards, with waves to suit everyone”
A bucket list destination most people can only dream of, scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem like islands of the Maldives depict the vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear warm water, stunning coral reefs and abundant varieties of marine life hosting a massive variety of world class waves that are now accessible to the travelling surfer.
There are 1,192 islands grouped in 26 coral atolls in the Maldives Republic, measuring 820 km’s north to south and 120 km’s east to west, the closest neighbours are India and Sri Lanka. People who have never been to the Maldives often have trouble comprehending that there is almost no land and the highest point above sea level is less than 10 feet.. It is sea with little pockets of coral dotted on top of an old volcanic mountain range. Only 202 of the islands are inhabited; there are no hills or rivers with little tidal movement.
BOAT TRIP vs SURF RESORT
Regardless of either boat or land based surf trip, the most important thing to remember as a SUP surfer, is that our itineraries, boats and whole product is designed around Stand Up Paddle surfing. You’ll be well catered for and among friends.
On a boat there are big advantages. No constraints, we can access all available surf breaks, most of which are not accessible from land. Escape the crowds and get to the best spots dependant on conditions. You have the opportunity to see more of the country and meet more of the people. You will find yourself on uninhabited island with a bon fire at sunset and a beer in your hand after a long days surfing. A boat gives you freedom.
Seasick? Very very few people get seasick on our boats, they are big and stable, we choose calm protected anchorages every night and we’ve never had anyone seasick at anchor.
We generally skip surfing at the super busy North Male atoll breaks but we’ll pick off some waves in South Male atoll on the way through to the Southern Central Atolls. We have a seemingly unlimited fuel allowance and will cruise as far as Laamu Atoll in the far southern central region on a 10 night or Meemu atoll on a seven nighter. This gives you the very best opportunity to score quality waves. We the type of waves our customers want and where to find them depending on the conditions.
At a land based surf resort you won’t have the same opportunity, the wind, the swell and tides all need to align. Most resorts have one “private” wave option and limited to a couple of near by waves accessible by speedboat or surf Dhoni. Besides that, most resorts will allow up to 30 surfers on a “private wave”.
NON SURFING PARTNERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN
Whether your travelling solo, with a friend, family or with your partner. All our tours have been designed to entertain and cater for the non surfers while you are off getting the waves of your life.
Whats not to love about cruising around the Maldives on a luxury motor yacht, soaking up the sun on the roof top deck with a book in one hand a cocktail in the other? If thats to relaxed we have a PADI dive school & instructor onboard, inflatable paddle boards, cooking classes, yoga mats, snorkelling gear, in room TVs, WIFI and library. Fishing, island exploring, local interactions, clean up the beaches and photographers will be in awe.
Surfing and Paddling
During relatively recent times, surfing in the Maldives has attracted many surfers from all over the world. The same swells hitting Indonesia deliver the goods to the Maldives except that the latitude is a little higher and the SE exposure has less energy. It is fast becoming one of the worlds hot spots for surfing, as it is right now, with the right know how and where too, you can still find yourself surfing empty line ups with you and your mates.
There are three main surfing areas;
- North and South Male Atoll the surf season runs from April to October during the South-West Monsoons. The bigger swells run from May to August with 2 to 8 ft waves on offer all season. North Male is by far the busiest place to surf in the Maldives. With an upwelling of land based hostels and resorts catering for surfers and the ability to cater for the budget conscious, along with most boat trips focussing on the same area it is not uncommon to find 50 people or more on a wave. When the swell get’s tiny North Male may be the only option as a swell magnet but this is rare. When the swell gets big North Male creates soul arching barrels and heavy hold downs on the reef.
- Central & Southern Central Atoll chain standard waves are long and clean with size varying between 2 and 8ft. During southern hemisphere winter (April-October), it’s pretty much never flat with endless choices of waves working in all wind and swell direction. This is where we focus much of our attention. We can’t mention wave names here for good reason, but rest assured you need a boat to access most of them and will often find yourself in an empty line up.
- Deep South / Southern Atolls right at the southern point of the Maldives are best for surf from February to April and from September to November, there are always waves in the area but the winds become very strong at other times of the year. Getting here is tricky with SUP’s on a local flight. Basically at this stage it is not possible. Don’t be bummed though, wave choice is less suitable for SUP’s and there are less options.
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Terms & Conditions of FREE SUNOVA SUPs
FREE USE OF SUNOVA SUPs
If you plan on bringing your own board our boards cannot be allocated for back up boards and sole use. Any boards that have not been allocated for sole use will be available to use and demo from time to time throughout the tour.
Supplied boards are subject to availability and may change without notice or become unavailable. When you are allocated one of our boards that board will be considered yours for the entire trip. If you decide to let others use the board or swap boards around that is up to you. Consider the board yours and treat it as if it as such for the entire charter.
If you are trying, demoing or using any of the SUNOVA SUPs in our range it is your responsibility to inspect the board for damage before use. If you find any damage prior to use you need to let a Moon Tours representative know before use. Any damage found will be billed to the person who last used the board.
Minimum repair cost $100USD for minor repairs carried out on the trip.
Allocated surfers will be responsible for any repairs, professional or otherwise regardless of who or how the board is damaged. As it would be if it were your own board.
Major repairs on boards that need to be hand carried to Australia and repaired by professionals will incur further costs. Minimum charge $200USD
If the board is a write off, i.e. creased or snapped the allocated surfer will be responsible for the full second hand market value of the board.
It is your board for the trip and you will be responsible for it. If you believe someone else is responsible for damaging the board allocated to you Moon Tours will seek repair costs from you, the person the board is allocated too and it will be your responsibility to seek compensation from third parties if you choose.
Unfortunately we do not have the ability to make professional repairs in the Maldives. If the damage is minor and we can patch the board up to keep you on the water that does not constitute a professional repair.
7 nights – 8 days / 10 nights – 11 days
Arriving on the day you will be met by an Adora and or a Moon Tours representative as you exit the international arrivals area. If you are arriving the day before you will not be a representative to meet you arrival.
10:am on the day we will gather at Male Airport in front of Coffee Club / Burger King, where you will board Adora shortly after. Its a small airport so its easy to find us.
*If you can not arrive by 10am on day one, you will need to arrive the day before and overnight in Male or Hulhule Male as well as arrange your own way there and back to the airport. We can assist. See FAQs for accomodation options.
Typical 8 day tour
Generally speaking we will travel as far south as Meemu Atoll and even Thaa and the west coast if conditions demand. This area has some of our favourite waves and is a great option for those who are might be time poor.
Typical 11 day tour
Here we have the opportunity to travel further and stay longer to maximise your surfing time and experience. If required we can travel as far south as Laamu Atoll.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our SUP surf trips start and end in Male harbour, close to here you will find the island nations most famous waves in nearby North Male Atoll, along with most of the boats and a bunch of land based surf resorts and hostels combining together to cause massive congestion in the line ups. It is rare for us to surf this area. Here you will find; Jailbreaks, Sultans, Cokes, Ninja’s, Honky’s and private resort waves like Pastor Point.
SUP surfers will prefer our favourite waves in the central and southern central atolls, most only accessible by boat. These breaks have less crowds and offer perfect fuller waves and long rides for SUP surfers. In short, it’s SUP heaven. They can still hold some size but remain very ripable on a SUP. There are heavy barreling waves in the area but don’t expect to be surfing them as your main priority. It’s a SUP trip.
A surf trip should be flexible, not locked into strict daily miles or locations. Our trips are based around mother natures plans for the swell and wind. Because of this we are ultimately flexible up until the last minute and during the whole trip.
With a massive fuel and mileage allowance we have the luxury to travel further than any standard charter, that gets you away from the crowds and into the best waves. Rest assured, you will get what you are looking for with this outstanding boat, experienced crew, local surf guide and Moon Tours representatives that know the area well.
Check out the MV Adora
Luxury Motor Yacht – Adora
Adora is a relatively new vessel built in 2014. She’s a 123 foot tri-deck fibreglass motor yacht featuring 11 spacious cabins each with private full sized ensuites. Enjoy ocean views from your private balcony in the four Ocean View Suites or find your sanctuary in one of the large private lower deck cabins.
All cabins are appointed with lounge seating, minibar fridge, independently controlled A/C, TV with music and movie channels, plenty of storage, daily cleaning, laundry and room service.
Stylishly designed the yacht provides maximum tranquillity at sea. Adora features large air conditioned interior, shaded and sun soaked exterior living spaces. Fully stocked bar and an impressive sundeck for those magnificent sunset drinks.
Great detail has been given to achieve the highest standards for quietness and comfort.
LOWER DECK STANDARD CABINS
Six standard cabins, each with one double bed and one single bed. All cabins are air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms, showers, hand basins, cabinet, shelves & mirrors. Reading lights by your bed, TVs with movie and music channels, minibar and space for all your luggage. Room service is available 24-hours along with 220v electricity supply, 3-pin square plug types – adaptors are available.
Life jackets are stowed in your cabin wth linen & towels provided.
Beds: 1 Double Size Bed & 1 Twin Bed
Max Occupancy: 2
Private bathroom: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
OCEAN VIEW SUITE CABIN
Four deluxe cabins know as Ocean View Suites. Each suite offers private balcony’s with comfortable double beds and spacious ensuite. Air-conditioned with full sized showers, hand basins, cabinet, shelves & mirrors. Reading lights by your bed, TVs with movie and music channels, minibar and space for all your luggage. Room service is available 24-hours along with 220v electricity supply, 3-pin square plug types – adaptors are available.
Life jackets are stowed in your cabin wth linen & towels provided.
Beds: 1 Double Size Bed, 1 Single
Max Occupancy: 2
Private bathroom: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
NON SURFING ACTIVITIES FOR PARTNERS OR FRIENDS
Surfers, non-surfers, family, and friends are all welcome. As a non-surfer, you will love cruising the picturesque Maldives onboard Adora. Moon Tours has purposely tailored our luxury – adventure holidays to cater for non surfing partners and friends, making sure there is plenty on offer for everyone.
Diving & Snorkelling
Although the Maldives is known for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface which has become respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldives islands have some amazing coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations. The water temperatures remain 27 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
With dive masters and an instructor available onboard, you will have the opportunity to complete a try dive or dive course in paradise with the freedom to dive to your limits as a certified diver and a Dhoni set up with Nitrox facilities. If diving isn’t your thing then one of the dive crew can take you on a guided snorkelling tour.
FREE use of snorkelling equipment. Any dives or courses can be paid on check out.
Fishing has always been the lifeblood of island nations and the Maldives is no different, this place has been dubbed the ‘fishiest’ places on the planet. Pelagic species are often the favourite target although there are a lot of reef and shallow-water species that will give you a run for your money; Bonefish, Barracuda, Grouper, Snapper and the king of fish, the Giant Trevally. You will need some heavy-duty gear to get the big GT’s onto the boat.
Cruising the deep waters along the outside of the reef; Yellowfin Tuna, Dogtooth Tuna, Dolphin Fish, Wahoo, Sail Fish and Marlin all cruise these waters. With the freedom to fish off all three boats along with eager crew, keen fisherman should bring a decent rod and plenty of your favourite lures.
We have a couple of inflatable SUP’s for guests to use free of charge. Great for a flat water paddle, some exercise and fun off the back of the boat.
*Please note that inflatable SUP’s in the Maldives get a hard time, coupled with the heat and sun we have experienced failures with multiple brands. We intend to have them available but if they sustain damage and become unusable it is unlikely we will be able to repair them in the Maldives.
Inhabited local Islands
Find your feet on land for a walk or run around a local island. Most islands are small with sandy roads and tracks that can be walked around in 20-30mins. Make sure you take a drink bottle and a couple of dollars with you in case you want to buy something from the store.
To respect the Muslim culture women should dress modestly covering shoulders & knees.
Take some time out and stretch your legs with a walk or run around a palm fringed island beach, lay on the sand with a book or take a bag and pick up any plastic bottles that have washed up. Make sure you take a drink bottle.
No money needed, bikinis and alcoholic beverages welcome on uninhabited islands.
Movies, Books & Board Games
Adora has a fully air-conditioned lounge with large flat screen TV as well as in your cabins. These TV’s are connected to an onboard entertainment system showcasing movies and music. We also have a hard drive with pre-loaded movies, do bring a loaded USB to use on in-room TVs.
There is a small library with books and games. Book swap is welcomed.
There’s a selection of board games and always cards around the boat; Uno, Monopoly Deal some Moon Tours favourites.
DIY Yoga. We have some yoga mats onboard you are welcome to use.
Stretch out, bend and flex in the gentle breeze on the roof top sundeck offering shaded and sun soaked areas or in the comfort of the air conditioned lounge or cabin areas.
The chef welcomes you into the kitchen to learn how to make some local Maldivian dishes – curries, roti bread and fresh fish preparation. Lots of spice blends to get your taste buds watering.
Bring your camera, its hard to take a bad photo in the Maldives.
On top of the turquoise waters, sunsets, colourful palm fringed islands, bright culture and friendly locals it will have you engaged for hours.
Under water the marine life is colourful and abundant.
You may even like to try your angle of surf / action photography from the beach or surf boat. If you have a waterproof camera and you’re a confident swimmer surfers will love the in water angles.
Visit a Luxury Resort for the day
Depending on the itinerary we take, there may be an opportunity to purchase a day pass and soak up some of the luxuries on a private resort. You may like to take a massage, lay by a pool or enjoy a private dinner with your partner.
Resort passes vary from $50-$200 depending on the resort.
Subject to resort availability and cruising schedule.
Donate to Local School or Kinder Garden
We like to arrange visits to a local primary school or kinder garden. It is a great way to meet the people and experience some friendly and happy culture.
Donations of sporting equipment; tennis rackets, soccer balls, crayons, and pencils are most welcomed and appreciated by the teachers and kids.
Supplies can be purchased on a local island or Male. Always nice to support local business rather than bringing that kind of thing from Australia we reckon.
ALL INCLUSIVE MEALS, SNACKS, FILTERED WATER, TEA & COFFEE
Watch our professional chefs cooking through a viewing window next to the bar, they will serve up three tasty meals a day as well as some pre and post surf snacks. If for some reason you haven’t had your fill, let us know and we can have something whipped up for you.
The menu covers a wide range of different international cuisines blended together for you to enjoy. Using the freshest and local ingredients available. A variety of meat & vegetarian meals will be available. Fresh fruit, vegetables and energising meals to keep you surfing longer.
With prior notice, special dietary requests can be catered for as well as any special occasion; birthday celebrations, anniversaries or maybe it’s special family and friends holidaying together.
Dine with your toes in the sand with a beach BBQ on a deserted island, in the comfort of the fully air conditioned dining room or opt for private roof top dinner under the stars with your partner.
FULLY STOCKED BAR
Adora has the best value bar prices in the Maldives! Up to 50% on comparison. But don’t drink too much, we don’t want you to miss out on epic waves. At the end of the day though, it is your holiday and you can do what you want 😉
2 beers, wines or soft drinks per day are included for each guest. Any additional beverages purchased are charged upon check out and can be settled with a credit card or USD cash.
Top shelf liquor, wine and bubbly can be pre-purchased subject to availability on the proviso the whole bottle is purchased up front on the boat regardless of whether or not the bottle is finished. Orders need to be placed within four weeks of the start date.
For up to the minute availability or group bookings contact one of our specialists email@example.com
Last minute sale
- Lower Deck private cabin now US$2860, save $1000.
- Non surfing partner of freind sharing your cabin, $1460, save $1000.
7 night, 8 day charter
- Lower deck standard suite $3860USD pp – Private single occupancy
- Ocean View upper deck suite $4360USD pp – Private single occupancy
Non-surfing sharing special. (surfer means anyone who intends to be in the waves regardless of their ability. Non-surfers can partake in all other activities, sharing cabin with surfer)
- Lower deck, standard suite $2460USD pp
- Ocean View upper deck suite $2960USD pp
- 2 surfers
- 2 non surfers
FLYING WITH STAND UP PADDLE BOARDS
You have a few options but if it’s Surfboards and Surf SUP’s you want to bring then we recommend flying with Singapore Airlines or Air Asia to Male who have been taking boards up to 9’6 for us and our clients since 2017 without incident.
Singapore Airlines leave regularly from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane – Male via Singapore. Singapore Airlines have a generous standard allowance with up to 30kg / 9’6 max length in economy. Don’t go over the limit though, you can not pre-purchase additional luggage and excess is charged at $42USD per kilo.
Air Asia leave regularly from Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast via Kuala Lumpur.
Air Asia offer pre-purchased additional sporting allowance making it easier to bring multiple boards.
FROM THE UNITED STATES
The easiest way to get to the Maldives is through Dubai on Emirates who take boards up to 300cm / 10′.
Emirates fly regularly from Los Angeles – Dubai – Male, the shortest route takes about 27hrs including stops.
Please see itinerary details for your boats departure/arrival times, you may be required to arrive the day before to align with departure times.
*Remember to double check your airlines luggage allowance, we can not be held responsible for any refusal you may encounter from an airline.
NEED HELP BOOKING FLIGHTS
If you are in Australia our travel agent Brett Robinson has looked after our client’s flights for a couple of years now. He knows exactly what you need. You can contact him directly when you are ready to get some flight quotes. Let him know you are traveling with Moon Tours and if he needs any additional information he can contact us as well.
We recommend you arrive the day before to ensure you are on time for departure, you can sleep off any jet lag and unwind a little before jumping into the water for a surf.
Please note Brett can only book Air Asia with an additional fee, the budget carrier is an online direct booking only service.
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UPON ARRIVAL AT MALE AIRPORT
Lightweight clothing is best. Prepare for hot & humid conditions. To respect the Muslim culture women should dress modestly covering shoulders & knees however the airport is very westernized.
If you have time to spare you might like to visit the bustling Male City. Take the local ferry, approx $1US each way or a cab across the new bridge linking the two islands together, approx $10USD each way. The ferry ticket booth is in front of the Coffee Club/Burger King and taxis can be easily accessed at the airport taxi rank.
Alternatively, you can take a 15min bus ride around to Hulhule Male where it is much quieter. There are nice restaurants & cafes along the beach. Note there are no bikinis on this beach.
At the Hulhule Island Hotel by the airport, you can purchase a pool pass (bikini friendly) for a swim, a cold beer and somewhere to relax if need be. There is a frequent free shuttle to the hotel from the front of the airport.
BOARD STORAGE AT THE AIRPORT
Whether you are arriving the day before your tour or you have a few hours to fill, you can store your boards at the airport in the luggage room upon arrival – $12 a day, we will pick them up when we board the yacht.
WHERE IS THE LUGGAGE
Easy to find, when you walk outside the arrivals doors turn left and you will see the storage office about 100 meters away. Next door to the public toilets.
DO I NEED A VISA
Almost all Visitors get a 30 days Visa on arrival at no charge. Visitors entering the Republic of Maldives should fulfill the following requirement for the grant of an entry permit into the country. Valid international travel document issued by the Government of a Sovereign State. Return air ticket. Minimum of US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservation.
*It is important to double check the Visa requirements of the country you are travelling from and your passport country of origin.
WHO CAN JOIN A MOON TOURS SURF TRIP
Non surfers welcomed. Bring your partner, friends and family, there are lots of activities to entertain everyone.
Children 13+ welcome, anyone younger will be considered upon application.
If you have 10+ in your family / group ask about a group discount and the options of a private charter.
WHAT IF I REQUIRE AN OVERNIGHT
“Coconut Tree Hulhuvilla” Beach provides a comfortable setting in Hulhule male.
It offers clean simple accommodation with air-conditioned rooms and satellite TV. Recently refurbished you get free Wi-Fi and very basic breakfast. Room service can be ordered from the adjoining hotel. Under different names but the same company, you will need to settle room service bills at the time.
A hotel airport shuttle or taxi can be pre-arranged with reception to and from the airport for $10.
The breakfast is very basic, we recommend walking to a nearby cafe like ‘Family Room’ or ‘Bread Matters’, they both do a lovely breakfast.
NOTE: No alcohol is served here
“Simry Beachside Maldives” is another option which is next door to Coconut Tree.
Simry Beachside Maldives offers 3-star accommodation in Male. It also provides massage services, room service, express check-in and check-out feature.
On-site dining options include a restaurant which is an ideal spot to have a meal within a 10-minute drive of Male International Airport.
NOTE: No alcohol is served here
WHAT TO PACK
Pack your favorite SUP. It’s easy to travel with boards up to 9’6, with some airlines claiming up to 9’8 and even 10′ – make sure you check with your airline before booking flights.
For easy traveling with multiple SUPs, we use and recommend ‘ Flying Objects SUP roller bags’ they come in a few sizes 8’0, 8’6, 9’0, 9’6. Check with your local SUP shop.
- Bring your shortboard, mini mal, foil, bodyboard whatever surf craft you like
- Warm water/tropical wax
- Leg rope; plus a spare
- Fins; plus spares
- Paddle; plus a spare if you have one
- Fishing, rod lures
- Comfortable and lightweight clothes for the tropics. Casual dress code, with one or two nice outfits for dinner party nights. Laundry is available on board so you can pack light. On local inhabited islands, it is respectful for all women to cover your shoulders and knees while walking the streets and visiting local establishments.
- Sun protection UV Rash guards x 2 min – The sun is HOT. We would be very very surprised if anyone needed any kind of wetsuit or neoprene tops while surfing, paddling, swimming, and snorkelling. Should you like a wetsuit for diving we can provide one on the boat with prior notice.
- Sun / Surf Hat & Sunglasses
- Drink Bottles. You will be given your own reusable water bottle on board with access to unlimited filtered water and ice. If you have an insulated drink bottle do bring it along.
- Hydralyte ia great to have in your water bottle while being active in the tropics.
- Lots of sunscreen; please think ocean-friendly products, like SurfMud which also offers the best protection for your face.
- Beach towels, bath towel, shampoo & soap are provided. BYO any other personal toiletries and medication. Please think of ocean friendly products when choosing your toiletries.
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It’s always a good idea to have some cash, whether it’s USD or local Rufiyaa. You never know when you might need it.
If you are heading to Male or want to shop on local islands we recommend getting some local currency (Rufiyaa), it will come in handy. The coins, in particular, are quite attractive and make an interesting souvenir themselves, but the smaller denominations are rarely used or seen.
You can get major currencies exchanged at the airport on arrival at the forex exchange in the airport or withdraw local currency from one of the ATM’s. If you have any leftover at the end of the trip you can use it to partially settle your account on the boat.
USD are accepted almost everywhere in the Maldives but not great for buying ice cream at the corner store.
Settling bar tabs, dives, any additional expenses on board can be done so by using a credit card. Generally this incurs a 5% surcharge. Pretty standard around the world for overseas cards.
WIFI is included on board in the lounge area. If you require internet outside of this area you will need to get a local SIM card, there is a Dhiraagu shop (the primary local telecom company) to the right of the airport arrival area upon exiting. Approx USD$30 for 17GB which last 14 days.
ALCOHOL & DUTY-FREE
Duty-free alcohol will not be permitted to enter the Maldives, if you do purchase Duty-Free it will be taken off you on arrival and you can pick it up on your flight out.
Legally, if you’re 18 and not a Muslim, you can buy and drink alcohol on licensed boats and resorts. However since the Maldives is an Islamic nation, alcohol is effectively banned for the local population.
The only place near Male, aside from resorts, where people can drink alcohol is at the Hulhule Island Hotel, commonly known as HIH or the airport hotel.