A boat trip is something that every surfer wants to do. It’s a sort of rite of passage for anyone that dreams of perfect, empty waves with nothing but a few friends and crystal clear water. There’s just something about the idea of a bunch of friends cruising up to a perfect wave, surfing all day, then retiring for a sunset aboard a gently rocking vessel, beers in hand and sunburns galore. But before you start planning, there are a few spots you need to know about.
1. Southern Atolls, Maldives
If you’re after an absolutely perfect wave, the Southern Atolls in the Maldives is a goldmine. And the best way to get the most bang for your buck is to cruise around the atolls on a freaking yacht. Most of the companies that run surf cruises have multiple routes around the Maldives, but the southernmost remain among the most secluded of the group. The Male International Airport is located on North Male in the Northern Atolls, and since the waves there are basically perfect, the brunt of the crowds (if you can call them that) tend to stay at the top side of the compass.
The best time to take a trip to the Maldives is in the southern hemisphere’s winter, which is basically from March until October. The roaring forties spin relentlessly during those months, and from June through August, the wind mainly blows offshore. Although the waves surrounding Huvadhoo and Addu Atolls – the two southern atolls – aren’t as perfectly shaped or soft as some of the northern atolls, the waves generally have more power and offer more barrel opportunities than their neighbors to the north.