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THE RE­SORT GROUP SONEVA IS NOW adding a surf pro­gramme at its two Mal­di­vian venues. Ac­cord­ing to the brand, they will be one of the few op­er­a­tors there to use surf­boards (Rock-it and Firewire), leashes (Revolwe), surf wax (Matu­nas) and sun­screen (Manda) all made with recycled and/or re­spon­si­bly sourced ma­te­ri­als. The pro­gramme will run from May through to Oc­to­ber, of­fer­ing 13 spots in Baa Atoll – ac­cessed from Soneva Fushi – and 11 spots in Noonu Atoll, ac­cessed from Soneva Jani. Though the Mal­dives is gen­er­ally more suited to in­ter­me­di­ate to ad­vance surfers, be­gin­ners just need to ask for ad­vice to be pointed to one of the more gen­tle spots. Prof­its from the pro­gramme go to­wards there sort’ s ef­forts to pro­vide equip­ment, op­por­tu­ni­ties and train­ing for as­pir­ing Mal­di­vian surfers as a means to foster a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the ocean in the young gen­er­a­tion. Prices for surf­ing pack­ages start at US$350 per guest for three hours from ei­ther Soneva Fushi or Jani, which in­cludes an in­struc­tor, drink­ing wa­ter, snacks, surf­boards, rash guards, sun­screen and board wax. Pri­vate boats for a max­i­mum of four guests for three hours in­clud­ing equip­ment and guide can also be rented at US$1,000. True en­thu­si­asts can opt for The Surf Char­ter aboard a lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed boat that houses a max­i­mum of four adults and two chil­dren for one night. Meals, a surf guide, ho­tel but­ler, spa ther­a­pist, chef and cap­tain are in­cluded in the US$4,200 price tag. To find out more, con­tact Surf Ex­pe­ri­ence Man­ager, Sunny Yang, at or visit

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