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When you think of the Maldives, you often project an image of turquoise lagoons for a great holidays. But the Maldives Islands are also home for some of the best wave spots in the world. Thulusdhoo Island is considered one of the best surfing spots in the Indian Ocean. On the island you will find Coke´s surf breaks, on a shallow reef and is known as one of the best waves in the Maldives. Near the island there are perfect wave areas such as Chicken´s, Sultan´s, Honky´s and Ninja´s.


Thulusdhoo is the capital of Kaafu Atoll. The island has a population of approximately 1900 with dimensions of Length 1,580 km (0.982 mi) and Width 0.650 km (0.404 m). It is located about 30 minutes from Velana International Airport by speedboat. It is popular for its surf spots: Chickens & Cokes, two world-renowned surf spots near the island. The Maldives surf collective is made up of professionals and beginners from all over the world.

Maldives is a perfect place to practice this sport, with multiple surf spot options, around the entire archipelago. In general, March, April and May have very clean conditions. From June to August the potential for higher waves and September / October are known as months of constant waves with variable wind conditions.

Mapa Thulusdhoo
Isla Thulusdhoo


The island has its own bikini beach, reserved specifically for tourists. The beach is small and is fenced from the sea with blocks of stones.

There is a reef in front of Bikini Beach, with a variety of fish and beautiful corals. If you are lucky, you could even be surrounded by dolphins that swim near the island.



For such a small island, Thulusdhoo has a surprising amount of recreational and Industrial activity to see and enjoy, including fish drying factories, boat building yards, sea cucumber processing, the Maldives sole Coca-Cola factory and the agricultural section. You can visit the school, the power house, and learn of the islands history. Enjoy the freedom to wander round the island and discover the sunset beach spot as well meeting locals and fellow visitors.

There are a some mini-markets on the island where you can buy food, snacks, sunscreen and beach wear, all at reasonable prices. In some places there are souvenir shops sell an unique and beautiful gifts for the memory of the island of Thulusdho, most are made by local artisans. There is also a pharmacy, health center and a Mosque.

Coca Cola Company
Mosque at Thulusdhoo
Health center at Thulusdhoo
Souvenir Shop at Thulusdhoo


Each region of the Maldives has its own unique characteristics and each offers different surfing experiences to enjoy. The southern atolls have great weather in the northwest monsoon season with light winds and clear skies. The region captures swell from both the southwest and southeast so there is a great chance of getting a wave somewhere and the settings are numerous and varied.

The North Atolls are split between North Male Atoll and South Male Atoll, and both offer a fairly uniform mix of left and right, with some of the most prominent and internationally known breaks in the North area such as Chickens, Coke’s , Jailbreaks, Sultans, Ninjas and Lohi’s and Foxy’s, Guru’s and Riptides in the south.

 The central atolls cover a large number of islands, and the region has some good quality breaks that are suitable for most surfers. The distance between breaks means you may be doing a few miles, but the crowd is low and the waves a lot of fun.

The Maldives highlights for surfing are:

Coke’s: Also close to the Island of Thulusdhoo, this is a right-handed wave recommended for intermediate surfers or experienced especially when the swell is big. The wave It is a hollow and tubular right-hander that. breaks over a shallow reef and is known as one of the best waves in the Maldives. The wave’s name is due to the Coca-Cola factory nearby on the island of Thulusdhoo. Works best with winds from south and north-east.

Chicken’s: Wave located in Villingilimathi Huraa uninhabited island, next to Thulusdhoo Island (on the other side of the channel). This wave holds swell size from 3ft to well over 10ft and provides rides up to 500m long. This is a long left-hand wave with 2 sections where you can easily get barrels on the last section of the wave. There used to be a chicken farm. It doesn’t exist now, but the Chickens’ name got stuck to it forever.

Honky’s: Taking its name from the earliest and most frequent visitor(s), the Honky’s lefthander wonderfully complements Sultans (its righthanded sisterwave), while tending to outshine its sibling on a regular basis. A long, wrapping, left, Honky’s competes for the best wave in North Male Atoll when all condition.

Jailbreak: Located in North Male Atoll,Jailbreak was off-limits for years due to its location, churning out pristine right-handed barrels for hundreds of meters that only the daring risked trespassing to surf. Those few locals who surfed Jailbreaks said there was one key to avoid getting caught—drop in deep from the takeoff and stay covered up. The rights were so hollow and lined up that they could hide under the lip while they passed in front of the Maldives National Jail and kick out to open waters every time.

Lohi’s: Located to the north of Ninja’s (but on a different island), the left at Lohis lacks Pasta’s perfection but tends to stretch much longer. Its two main sections are both a little more inconsistent than some of the surrounding waves, and only a big southeast swell and high tides really connect them together.

Ninja’s: Slow right-hander, good for beginners and long-boarders. Presumably named because it’s one of the favorite waves of the Japanese surfers. Best conditions on W-NW winds with a moderate S swell. However, swells larger than 1m ruin it.

Sultans: Sultans location next to Honkey’s puts the uninhabited island of Thamburudhoo, which they both break off of, in the running for the most perfect island in the world—luckily the beach and the entire atoll are government property and remain unrestricted. Sultans righthander on one side and Honkey’s lefthander on the other makes it a double threat that is hard to beat, especially when you consider that if Honkey’s is onshore, Sultans is offshore. This is that location you have been dreaming about—it always has something to surf.