Exclusive Stand Up surf Maldives boat trip
Hosted by Moon Tours
Guaranteed perfect SUP waves! Fuller waves, deeper water, uncrowded, long rides. We know what you want and where to find it.
This is the SUP dedicated surf trip you’ve been dreaming of!!
Our Carpe Diem SUP Surf charters sleep 20 (max 10 surfers, additional non surfers welcome) and have a generous fuel allowance to escape the crowds and to find you the perfect waves in the perfect location.
Exclusive live aboard; the luxury 115ft luxury Carpe Diem dedicated surf and dive boat with her 60ft follow boat (Dhoni) and smaller tender has 13 crew, is locally built and owned and the perfect set up for your Maldives surf trip. Your Captain, on board, Surf guide and Moon Tours host will get you on the best waves in the area depending on the weather conditions.
Sit back, relax, surf, dive, fish or drink cocktails from one of two bars on board.
Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the gem like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, crystal clear warm water and stunning coral reefs with abundant varieties of marine life and hosting a massive variety of world class waves that are now accessible to the travelling surfer.
There are over 1,192 islands in the Maldives Republic, measuring 820 km’s north to south and 120 km’s east to west, the closest neighbors are India and Sri Lanka. People who have never been to the Maldives often have trouble comprehending that there is almost NO land. 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: almost no tides, the highest point above sea level is less than 10 feet.
Surfing and Paddling
During the last decade, 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.
There are three main surfing areas;
- The 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.
- Central Atoll standard waves are long and clean with size varying between 2 and 8ft as well. During southern hemisphere winter (April-October), it’s pretty much never flat.
- 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.
The most famous breaks are in North Male Atolls. These long points breaks offer rights and lefts, whether for low intermediates, intermediates or for professional surfers, with waves ranging from 1 to 3 meters. For beginners South Male atoll is better suited
Surf spots can be accessed a number of ways; by surf charter boat, point breaks straight off the resort or by Dhoni transferring surfers from the resorts and camps. Not all surf breaks are accessible from land.
A lot of surfers prefer surf charter boats to access the many different points in the North and South Male’ Atolls. On a boat there are no constraints and surfers can choose among the most famous breaks. But try to insure you surf Cokes, Jailbreaks (Himmafushi), Honky’s, Sultans & Tucky Joes! They are amazing waves!
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 like Bonefish, Barracuda, Groper, Snapper and the king of fish, the Giant Trevally. You will need some heavy duty gear to get the big GT’s found out here onto the boat.
Cruising the deep waters along the outside of the reef Yellow fin 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 experienced fishing guides make sure you bring plenty of your favourite lures.
10 Nights /11 Days
Departing Male harbour in the Maldives you will find the island nations most famous waves in the North Male Atolls. The long breaks offer right and lefts for the beginner to intermediate surfer to the professional with waves ranging from 1 – 3 metres. In general SUP surfers may prefer the South Male Atolls depending on the size of the swell.
A surf charter should be flexible, not locked into strict daily miles and locations. Rather it should be based around mother natures plans for the swell and wind. Because of this we will not finalise the Charter itinerary with the Captain and crew until closer to departure. With a generous milage allowance we have the luxury to travel further than any standard charter to get away from the crowds and into the best waves. Rest assured, you will get what you are looking for with a boat and experienced crew that know the area very well.
Typical Day in the Maldives
Unlimited surf sessions – first surf is at sunrise and last surf at sunset. Surf until your heart is content, between 3 cooked meals, diving when we stop at famous dive sites, fishing or island exploring.
Luxury Motor Yacht – Carpe Diem
Have a look inside the Carpe Diem
MY Carpe Diem was hand build in 2008 completely out of wood in the Maldives. She’s 35m long motor safari yacht, has three decks, 10 cabins and can cater for up to 20 guests with two tenders to get in close to reefs, waves and the islands or for fishing trips. Carpe Diem is also kitted out for diving and will be an optional extra for our clients. With 10-13 experienced crew you can rest assured that every detail is taken care of.
The 10 guest cabins include one Suite, one Deluxe Cabin, two Double Cabins and six Standard Cabins.
All Cabins have individually controlled A/C, safety deposit boxes and ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet.
Power on board is 220V with UK 3 pin types.
Internet available onboard.
A total of 6 standard cabins, SALSA, SCUBA, SURF, SMILE, SNORKEL and SKI are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. 4 of these standard cabins are very spacious having a queen double bed and bunk bed. The 2 other standard cabins each have a twin bed and bunk bed and can only take twin sharing occupancy. All standard cabins have portholes.
MAIN DECK CABINS
The Carpe Diem has two double cabins, SEA and SAND located on the main deck, which are a little smaller than the deluxe cabin on the upper deck and standard cabins on the lower deck. They have queen size double beds and window view. Further amenities TV plus DVD/MP3 players.
Opposite the suite on the upper deck is another big cabin, the STAR cabin, with a queen size double bed, flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player and 3 windows overlooking Maldives blue waters.a
The very spacious suite, our SUN cabin, with over 20 m2 in size is located at the upper deck. The suite has a king size bed, a wide flat screen TV plus DVD/MP3 player and an ample closet plus storage space. The 5 windows give a beautiful view to the sea.
FLYING WITH SURF 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 will both takes boards up to 9’6. You will be met by your Moon Tours host and the Crew to chauffeur you on to the the waiting boat at the airport.
Singapore Airlines leave regularly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – Male via Singapore from $1200AUD return. 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 and Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur from $600AUD return
Air Asia and Emirates offer pre purchased additional sporting allowance making it easier to bring multiple boards.
FROM THE UNITED STATES
The easiest way to get there is through Dubai on Emirates who take boards up to 10′
Emirates Airlines fly regularly from Los Angeles – Dubai – Male, the shortest route takes about 27hrs including stops from $1200USD Emirates from the United States will boards up to 300cm / 10′
Please see itintary details for your boats departure/arrival times, you maybe required to arrive a day early to allign with departure times.
NEED HELP BOOKING FLIGHTS?
Our travel agent Brett has looked after our clients flights for a couple of years and knows exactly what we need. You can contact him directly whne your ready to get some flight quotes, let him know you are travelling with Moon Tours so if he needs any infomation he can contact us.
We recommend you arrive the day before to ensure you are ontime for departure, you can sleep of any jet lag and unwind a little before jumping into the water for a surf.
Please note Brett can not book Air Asia, this is online direct bookings only.
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We have a limited number of high end quality SUNOVA Surf SUP’s from 8’1 to 9’4 available.
We understand that particularly flying from the Unites States it can be tricky to bring your own Stand Up Paddle board. Please contact us for board availability on your tour.
UPON ARRIVAL AT MALE AIRPORT
Meet your crew in front of The Coffee Club & Burger King at 12pm ready to board Carpe Diem, this is easy to find.
Light weight clothing is best. Prepare for hot & humid conditions. To respect the Muslim culture women should dress modest covering shoulders & knees.
If you have time to spare the local ferry to the bustling Male City, approx $1US each way. The ferry ticket booth is infront of the Coffee Club/Burger King.
Alternatively you can take a 15min bus ride around to Hulemale it is much quieter. There are nice restaurants & cafes along the beach. Note there is no bikinis on this beach.
Hulhule Island Hotel just by the airport you can purchase a pool pass (bikini friendly) and have a swim and relax, something to eat. There is a frequent free shuttle to the hotel from the front of the airport.
BOARD STORAGE AT THE AIRPORT
If you want to take a taxi to Male or Hulemale you can store your boards at the airport in luggage room upon arrival – $12 a day, we will pick them up when we board the yatch.
When you walk outside the arrivals doors, turn left and you will see the storage office about 100 meters away.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Free SUNOVA Stand Up’s
We have a limited number of boars between 120L – 150L available for early bird bookings at no charge. Subject to availability. If you’re a surfer riding a smaller board or have your favourite there is no problem bringing your own and it’s pretty easy travelling with airlines like Singapore and Air Asia for example.
Creek 8’10 – 9’4
Flash 8’6, 8’9 – 9’0 – 9’3
SPEEED 8’8 – 8’10
Flow 9’1 – 9’4
Some T’s & C’s – Supplied boards are subject to availability and may change without notice or become unavailable. When someone is allocated one of our boards that board will be allocated to you 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 your own for the charter. When it comes to damaged boards the person who has been allocated the board for the trip is responsible regardless of who or how the board is damaged. Allocated surfers will be responsible for any professional repairs that need to be carried out at a later date in Australia regardless of who or how the board is damaged. 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 the person the board is allocated too and it will be your responsibility to seek compensation from third parties if 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. 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.
Minimum repair cost $200AUD.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK
Pack your favourite SUP, it’ll have to be around 9’6 max with some airlines claiming up to 9’8. Check with your chosen airline before booking your flights.
Spare leg rope & spare fins and feel free to throw in the short board or mini mal if you have room.
If you have booked one of our boards you will still need to bring paddle, legrope & spare fins.
If you want to fish bring your game rod and lures
Inflatable SUPs are great for some casual paddling & SUP yoga. We will also have a couple on board for free use.
Bath and beach towels, shampoo, body wash is provided.
Pack your favourite swimwear and most comfortable clothes, dress for the tropics and get ready to relax.
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.
Sun protection and keeping hydrated is important. You will be given your own reusable water bottle on board with access to unlimited filtered water and ice. Water tee’s, long and short sleeve, surf hats, sun glasses, lots of sunscreen as a minimum.
We will give everyone the chance to visit local and resort islands. On local islands it is respectful to cover your shoulders and knees while walking the streets and visiting local establishments. Resort islands usually charge a visitors fee of $100USD depending on the level of luxury which may also be used at the restaurant and bar, a way of making sure your spend at least $100 at the resort. Dress code depends on the resort and the level of luxury; in general you do not need to cover your shoulders and knees inside a resort but it might be a good idea to dress appropriately should you wish to have dinner at a five star resorts restaurant.
NON SURFERS & FAMILY
Surfers, non surfers, family and friends, children over 12yrs are all welcome. As a non surfer you will love cruising the Maldives on board Carpe Diem with plenty of opportunity to relax, wine and dine, swim, snorkel, dive or fish.
There is plenty to offer non surfing partners:
- Stand Up Paddle board x 2 onboard
- Maldivian style fishing gear (hand lines)
- Dive / Learn to dive. Rates below.
- Island exploring off the small tender.
- Relax on the sundeck with a book & cocktail in hand
- Dvd & book library onboard
- Practice yoga on the sundeck (pack a yoga mat)
MEALS & DINING
All meals, snacks, filtered water, tea & coffee are included
After a short leave of absence our Sri Lankan Chef Cook “Iresh” is back on the Carpe Diem. He is a well experienced chef, and knows how to make those buffets special, extra tasty and of high standard. He is assisted by a local chef “Rakeeb” to add some local flavor to the menu. Both have them have been working on the Diem for many years. The menu covers a wide range of different international cuisines blended together for you to enjoy. With prior notice, special dietary requests can be catered for as well as any special occasion packages like birthday celebrations, anniversaries to name a few.
Beach BBQ included; location & weather dependant.
Not included: Alcoholic beverages – a selection of beer, wine, spirits can be purchased on board. Bar menu
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 way back home.
Legally, if you’re 18 and not a Muslim, you can buy and drink alcohol. However since the Maldives are an Islamic nation, alcohol is effectively banned for the local population.
However, nearly all resorts and liveaboard boats are licensed to serve alcohol. The expatriate liquor permit which used to allow expats to buy alcohol for their own consumption has been removed. 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.
DIVING & SNORKELLING
All of our vessels are accompanied by spacious diving dhonis (tenders) which are equipped with the latest to meet the ever growing demands of the divers today. The dhonis have Nitrox membrane systems providing 32%, a toilet, hot water shower, fresh water showers and camera rinsing tank.
Snorkelers are welcome too, apart from some dedicated snorkel trips, the boats all have a small speed boat (dingy) available for snorkelers to go snorkeling with our crew when the divers are out diving.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat.
Rental Gear Prices
- Full Equipment:USD 220 for 7 days / USD 300 for 10 days
- 15L tanks:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
- Nitrox tank:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
- Wetsuit:USD 40 for a week (USD 50 for 10 days)
- Regulator:USD 50 for a week (USD 70 for 10 days)
- BCD:USD 50 for a week (USD 70 for 10 days)
- Snorkel equipment:USD 30 for a week (USD 40 for 10 days)
- Nitrox Refills:USD 100 for a week (USD 150 for 10 days)
Scuba dive insurance DAN. (Available on board 15 euros p/p for 7 nights)
- DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
- REFRESHER / SCUBA REVIEW
- OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
We suggest having $50-100 of local cuurency if you are heading to Male or want to shop on local islands, grab an ice cream or coffee off the boat, chocolates, crisps or special snacks ect. You may also like some small cash to personally tip one of the crew members if they have done something above and beyond for you.
There are multiple ATMs in the arrivals hall at the airport your EFTPOS card can be used here.
All major currencies can be exchanged at the airport after arrival at the forex center in the airport itself, hower USD is accepted almost everywhere across the Maldives and does not required exchange.
Settling bar tabs, dives, any additional tips or expenses can be done so by using credit card upon check out.
WIFI is included onboard in the lounge areas, if you require internaet in your cabin you will need to get a local SIM card, there is a Dhiraagu shop (the primary local telecom company) just to the right of the airport arrivals area upon exiting. Aprox USD$30 for 5GB.
2 Cabins Available
- Twin Share USD$3570
- Private Cabin Lower Deck USD$4070
- Private Cabin Upper Deck Ocean View USD$4570
- Non surfing partners or friends welcome USD$2780
All inclusive *Beer & wine, WIFI, crew TIPs & Green tax.
- *SUNOVA Surf SUP’s supplied
- Personal Moon Tours travel director
- 10 nights / 11 days Motor Yacht Carpe Diem
- *Unlimited fuel (the biggest fuel allowance of any standard charter in Maldives)
- Full board Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
- Tea and coffee (instant) available 24h.
- Unlimited filtered drinking water + reusable bottle with logo
- Two beers, wines or soft drinks per person per day
Accommodation in air conditioned cabins, private ensuite bathroom, toiletries, towels and beach towels
- Daily laundry
- 60ft Dhoni, enclosed with showers and toilet for surf trips and diving
- 15ft tender for additional support, fishing, snorkelling etc
- *SUNOVA Surf SUP’s included subject to availability
- Local surf guide to get you on the best waves
- PADI Dive Instructor and Dive Master on board
- Airport meet and greet plus transfers
- Snorkelling and gear included
- Unlimited Maldivian style fishing gear (hand lines) BYO rod for serious fisherman
- 2 Stand Up Paddle boards available for non surfers
- Beach BBQ and bon fire on a deserted island
- DVD library and Books Library
Guaranteed dedicated SUP Surf charter, max 10 surfing guests
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