The Maldives is, in two words, perfect fun. Warm water, predominantly offshore winds, remarkably consistent swells and reefs that work from two feet upwards. As a destination is it easy to get to - a long haul flight with one short stop in the Middle East being the norm, then a 30-45 minute speed boat out to the camps or your boat will meet you in the harbour. The airport is harbour side so you walk out of departures and into your trip whch is pretty handy. The reefs are generally flat with not as many sharp bits, shallow or unpredictable sections from hell awaiting to take your skin off like in Indo or the Pacific. There is nothing that really wants to eat you in the sea, or on land, no terrible tropical diseases, and the camps are safe with great relationships with locals.
Wave wise it is the most user friendly place you can think of and is ideal for first trips, intermediates, experts and groms. Expect more power than the UK, but not as much as Indo unless there is a big swell and you are at one of the hollower breaks like Cokes or Beacons. Most of the waves offer long walls wrapping around the islands with deep channels. All the camps will also offer speed boats to the breaks nearby for variety. Boats will cruise around looking for the best wave. Despite being more popular than ever you can still score uncrowded ‘golden hours’ here even at the height of the season.
Outside of the surf you have seen the shots - impossibly turquoise water, serene backdrops, turtles, fish, dolphins, mantas, lion fish, massive fruit bats … it is all there. The best diving or snorkelling in the world is right there in the channels that surround your camp.