It’s a goldmine for surf explorers.
The Maldives is an archipelago consisting of 26 atolls made up of 1192 coral islands. Just let your imagination run wild for a minute. Do the maths and think how many surf spots are still out there waiting to be discovered?
The ocean of Maldives is alive the most all around the world.
The Maldives have wisely banned large-scale net fishing of the tuna fishery, ensuring that the catch is sustainable and the other large sea creatures such as spinner dolphins and turtle avoid becoming by-catch. It is common to see pods of hundreds of spinner dolphins anywhere in the Maldives performing their spectacular above the water spins and flips.
It’s only been 4 Decades for Maldives tourism.
Tourism has only existed in the Maldives since the early 1970s, with the first two resorts in the country opening to international guests in late 1972.
It’s a life-sized aquarium.
The waters surrounding the Maldives are home to 187 species of coral, over 1000 species of fish, 21 species of dolphins and whales, 5 different kinds of sea turtles, as well as more than 145 crab and 48 species of shrimp. There is even a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve surrounding the Baa Atoll in the northern end of the archipelago.
It’s only been surfed since the 70s.
Australian Tony Hussein Hinde is considered the “father of surfing in the Maldives”. Hinde, and a fellow Maroubra-based mate Mark Scanlon, first surfed the Maldives after the fishing vessel they were sailing on was shipwrecked in the North Malé Atoll in December 1973. Hinde was so impressed by the waves in the area that he never left, eventually marrying a local Maldivian and opening the country’s first surf resort at Pasta Point.