The offering is also being spearheaded by the expert team at TropicSurf, who have 14 years’ experience operating in the Maldives. They use advanced weather technology forecast systems to identify the days when the waves will be in peak condition and contact guests ahead of time so they can fly in and be accompanied by a world class surf instructor.
The cost of the Seaplane Surfing experience is $10,000 a day / Regular Surfing lessons start at US$125 per hour, with equipment hire. Age range from eight upwards / Villas at Gili Lankanfushi start at $1,385 / night + taxes.
About Luxe Surfing with TropicSurf Gili Lankanfushi
In the North Male atoll, surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, Gili Lankanfushi has some of the best breaks in the country on its doorstep, with three just a five-minute boat ride from the resort and several more within 20 minutes. Tropical water temperatures, consistent swell and low crowds add to the appeal.
The main surfing season is from May to October, however, there’s great surfing all year, with beginners and first-timers able to enjoy the smaller waves and empty line-ups outside of the peak period. Gili Lankanfushi shares the same stretch of reef as the famous ‘Jails’ surf break, where the more experienced can push their performance (American legend Shane Dorian’s a fan). Thrill-seekers will love the challenge of the open tubes at Cokes or the excitement of racetrack waves like Honkies, while mellow waves at Ninjas or in the calm of the lagoon keep novices happy.
Tropicsurf specializes in combing the very best surfing with the very best resorts around the world and amazing, experienced instructors personally ensure everyone from the complete beginner to the hardened surfer feels inspired and in safe hands. All lessons and surf trips are bespoke and tailored to guests’ needs, whether it’s a private or group session. Schedules are never fixed but depend on ocean conditions and individual requests. Options include surfing from the resort and trips by dhoni (traditional sail boat) or speedboat to other waves, and range from an hour’s beginner lesson to all-day excursions (although 3.5 hours is the general session length). State-of-the-art equipment can be hired at Gili Lankanfushi’s new Surf Centre, with all surfers might need, from special sun cream to protective clothing, on sale too. And at the end of a day in the swell, the fantastic facilities of Gili Lankanfushi await for pampering, relaxing and celebrating newly-learned skills in style. Truly a match made in heaven.
About Gili Lankanfushi
The Maldives’ jewel in the crown Award winning private island and resort Gili Lankanfushi is an easy 20 minutes by speedboat from Male’ international airport – where guests enjoy a luxurious barefoot existence and 360° views of the Indian Ocean with its white waves breaking gently over the house reef. Enjoy naturally chic accommodation and a 24/7 Mr. Friday butler service.
The resort’s 45 huge over-water villas with outdoor showers, including the secluded Private Reserve, offer unrivaled privacy and space. Highlights include diverse fine dining (many ingredients grown in the organic garden), a chocolate cave, a jungle cinema, ample water sport options, a coral restoration program and the holistic Meera Spa. Gili Lankanfushi offers an authentic, luxurious experience that embraces eco conscious efforts and its natural surroundings. www.gili-lankanfushi.com