Ayada Maldives - The best Luxury Surf Resort in the Southern Atolls

Ayada is surrounded by some of the best waves in the Maldives. Blue Bowls, Love Charms and Tiger Stripes are all within a five to 15-minute boat trip from the resort. The large variety of uncrowded waves ensures there is always an option to suit your preference and skill level. Guests have the choice of over-water villas and beach villas. Great for families as well as those looking for a romantic honeymoon getaway.

pp/night from USD $412

Getting There

You will be greeted by friendly Ayada staff on arrival at the airport and escorted to the VIP lounge. We have worked out the best and quickest route to Ayada is by a 55-minute scenic flight over beautiful atolls to KDM domestic airport, the closest airport to Ayada. You will then be met by another representative, who will take care of your luggage and escort you to the harbour to board the 50-minute Ayada boat trip to the resort. No need to worry about logistics, we will sort it all out for you!


The best time to go to Ayada in order ensure the highest chances of you getting perfect waves are during the months of March and April and between September and November.

Tiger Stripes

To the east is a narrow inlet between the islands of Gan and Gadhdhoo, where the first local surfers are starting to ride the lefts and reforms at Tiger Stripes. Antiques are the rights, which are always a couple of feet smaller and a lot more forgiving than the lefts.

Named after the narrow gouges in the reef that give a striped effect, Tigers has some real growling lefts in a strong swell. There are tricky take offs into a long speed wall before you commit to an inside tube section that wraps and peters out in the channel. Unimpressive when small, it always seems to be bigger than everywhere else. Tigers works on all tides, all variations of S swells and any N wind.


Antiques are the rights which break opposite to Tiger Stripes. Here it is always a couple of feet smaller and a lot more forgiving than the lefts across the channel.

Love Charms

Directly next door to Two Ways are the reliable lefts of Love Charms, which can handle E winds and any sized swell. Low tide is best, when it is small, soft and broken into two distinct sections. Bigger swells morph it into a long, hollow wall, with powerful pockets.

Two Ways

Two Ways does as its name suggests. The right is generally better, but it needs a big swell to hit its protected position, making it a favourite with intermediates. You can expect fun, peeling, long walls with a bit of depth to the water.

Five Islands

Five Islands is another right-hander that breaks hard and hollow on the shallow inside reef. The outside section encourages deep take offs into racy walls and handles the biggest swells at all tides.


Less intense is Castaways, which is exposed on an outside reef. It is predictable, but shallow, on the end section, especially at low tide. Anything North is offshore, and the deserted island backdrop is idyllic. Both Beacons and Castaways are flanked by No Names lefts, across the channels, which have their days in big swells but tend to go unridden.


Ayada Maldives offers nine different types of accommodation – all with private pools and designed in authentic Maldivian style. Thatch-roofed water villas line the peaceful lagoons, while the beach villas offer ultimate privacy along the palm-filled shorelines. 


Ayada Maldives offers unparalleled dining experiences, with a selection of seven authentic gastronomic experiences to choose from. From over-water dining at Ocean Breeze to teppanyaki at 'Mizu', Ayada offers a variety of cuisines and restaurants to cater for every dining preference.

Kids Activities

Ayada Maldives offers a dedicated kids club, supervised by trained and experienced professionals. Opening hours are 9am to 6pm. The kids club area is complete with its own pool, nanny room, a stage and playground area with a jungle gym. All activities and services are complimentary, unless otherwise specified. A babysitting service is available on request. Fun and innovative activities are on offer, including supervised snorkelling and swimming lessons, cooking classes, t-shirt painting, face painting and educational insights into the flora, fauna and marine life that is unique to the Maldives.


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