fbIsland Hop — Thermal
Accommodation
Private berths
Duration
8+ nights
Nearest major airport
Malé International Airport (MLE)

Run to the perfect escape

"From fantastic dinner parties with high-quality cuisine to surfing the world-famous Maldivian waves, snorkeling the magnificent reefs, paddling pristine lagoons, fishing to satisfy the keenest anglers, and the opportunity to visit traditional village islands and meeting the locals, Handhu gives all of these and much more!"

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell
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Our peak season is from April to September, ideal for experienced and advanced surfers. March and October are our should season and our Low Season is from November trough February - ideal for beginners and family groups.

The North Male Atoll hosts well-known breaks such as Cokes, Chickens, Sultans, Jailbreaks, Honkys and Ninjas, offering an equal mix of rights and lefts featuring some long point style breaks, as well as some hollower reefs, all within 2 hours cruising. Some have described these breaks as the most user-friendly high-performance waves on the planet with something for everyone from cruiser to the shredder.

The South Male atoll is only a 2-hour boat trip from North Male atoll breaks and has several great set-ups that turn on with larger swells & will be 2' smaller than North Male breaks.

On our shorter trips, you will surf the best breaks in the Malè atolls at the best times, and our guide will assess the surfing needs of your group to ensure you are maximizing the conditions on offer.

The Central Atolls lie between the Male Atolls and Outer Atolls and host some classic breaks that you need to go the extra mile to surf with your mates. On our longer trips, you can surf Dhaal, Thaa, Laamu and Meemu atolls feasting on waves such as Aquariums, Little Heaven, Ying Yangs, Machines, etc. Our expert local surf guide aims to get you surfing where no one else is - in pristine, perfect locations. We have many repeat customers on these trips for this very reason. On these longer trips that start and finish in Malè, you'll also have the opportunity to sample the famed waves of the North & South Atoll breaks.

The boat

The Handhu is a 90ft length and 25ft width boat, perfect for cruising around the Atolls of the Maldives. It was launched in February 2004, but in 2018-19 underwent a significant rejuvenation with a complete engine overhaul, two new generators & hull repairs/cleaning during two dry dockings. It was also entirely repainted: exterior & interior with Hamptons style color scheme. As a result, it looks and runs like a new boat.

In the lower deck, you find our seven guest cabins, five of which are used for private charters unless prior arrangement. Two cabins are used for tour guide & boat manager. All our cabins have a lower double bed & upper single bed, air conditioning & ensuites bathroom.

In our main/mid-deck, there is a large saloon, lounge, and dining area with bar, galley, aft deck for fishing, speedboat launch, outdoor shower, and our crew area. The forward deck features a fully shaded, twelve-seater outdoor dining and substantial lounge, plus shaded surfboard storage.

Our upper sundeck reserves a massive open space with perimeters bench seating, sun-lounges with partial shade. Ideal for sunset drinks and yoga. Last but not least, the aft deck is set up for fishing. Onboard, our guests have access to our 4.5-meter speedboat with 50hp outboard, basic snorkeling and fishing gear, and one SUP.

Unlike a resort package where you are relatively isolated to one island in a resort, our trips will allow you to surf, snorkel, fish & island-hop the Maldives archipelago. We offer a unique experience that will tick all the boxes for your perfect escape from your everyday life!

Location

South Asia/Maldives/North Male Atoll
Getting there
Fly to Velana International Airport. One of our guides will be there waiting for you!

Island Hop Maldives is a collaboration between myself, Shaun Levings, and Handhu Charters. I have been involved in Maldives tourism since the mid-’90s, catering primarily to surfers; hence I am aware of the myriad of options available to potential visitors.

Over the last two years, Handhu -90’ Motor Cruiser, has been rejuvenated and now we’ve re-invented the typical Maldives Surf Charter concept. Besides that, we are the most experienced Surf charter team operating in the Maldives today. Our combined skill-sets will deliver the highest levels of comfort, quality, safety, and hospitality.

Experience counts and with twenty-five years of experience in Maldives tourism, I am confident our Island Hop packages are unrivaled in quality, personalized service, and moderate pricing.

Languages: English
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Questions?

What's included?
High-quality meals, snacks tea/coffee, unlimited drinking water (purified), airport meet & greet, use of all onboard equipment, basic fishing & snorkeling gear, bed tax and green tax, services of an e... read more
What's not included?
Flights, alcoholic drinks, surfboards and travel insurance.
Which route should I choose?
Malè Atolls charters are recommended for 7-night trips and will operate all year excluding period 15 may-15 jun (break for maintenance and wet season). If you are interested in exploring the outer ato... read more
Can solo travelers join a group?
No. Island Hop Maldives only accepts 'sole use groups bookings' ideal for mates, family, couples trips and for 'occasion vacations'. Book the boat and Island Hop will customise a trip specific to your... read more
How do you calculate the prices?
Rates displayed are our special deals and are subject to change without previous notice. We calculate the rates based on seasonality, group size and route. Please, send us a message so we can work on... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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