Niyama Private Islands

Niyama is one of the best ultimate luxury resorts in the Maldives surrounded by perfect waves. Choose from a selection of beautiful over-water villas and beach villas. This is the perfect resort for a romantic honeymoon getaway or that well deserved family vacation.

For the surfers: Niyama has a world class left-hand point break that exclusive to guests of the resort. In addition there are a number of other perfect waves to choose from all within 5 - 15 minutes boat ride of Niyama.

And for those avid yogi lovers, Niyama also offers daily sunrise yoga sessions!

pp/night from USD $630

Getting to Niyama

On arrival at Velana (Malé) International Airport you will be greeted by a team of Niyama's friendly resort staff. They will escort you to your private chauffeured car, which will whisk you off to Niyama's very own airport lounge at the Seaplane terminal. This will be your first experience of Niyama's exceptionally high service standards.

While waiting for your seaplane departure, you can enjoy the amazing hospitality, which offers fast wifi, delicious snacks and refreshing beverages. You will then board your 45-minute seaplane flight where you are guaranteed to be mesmerised by the spectacular views en route to Niyama.

Waves to surf at Niyama

Below is a list of the various waves that surround Niyama. There is a dedicated surf team at the resort who run daily boat transfers ensuring you are always surfing at the best times of the day.

Vodi Surf Break

This wave works best when the wind blows from a north to easterly direction. Or, with just a light breeze, this left-hander becomes perfect. It usually picks up even more swell than Kasabu, as it is perfectly exposed to south-westerly swell. The wave is faster and more challenging, yet makeable for the intermediate to advanced surfer. Even when the swell is small the waves are still fun and cater well for longboards and fun-boards, as well as beginner surfers.

The best part of all is that it’s exclusive to Niyama guests. Plus, you can reach this wave from land by simply walking to the point and paddling out. Upon request we'll do our best to get you a beach villa as close to this spot as possible.

Mauroof / Kasabu

This is the main spot to be surfed in a North-westerly wind. It works best in westerly- to north- westerly wind, or with no wind at all. Mauroof aka Kasabu is located on the opposite side of the channel from Niyama's Play Island, approximately 10 minutes away by boat. The reef is perfectly shaped and offers world-class right-hand waves suitable for all levels.

Beginners can surf down towards the lagoon in the north, where the waves fade out and are more user-friendly but still enjoyable. In medium-sized swells, intermediate and advanced surfers can enjoy the corner where the wave wraps around the point – offering long, rippable walls.

Hocus Pocus / Screaming Kids

This is a challenging, but rewarding, right-hander where you can get the barrel of your life when it’s on. This place only works when everywhere else is maxing out. It is a hidden gem for those days when it’s too big at Mauroof and Vodi.


At Niyama you have the choice of beach villas or water villas. Our personal preference is a beach villa numbered 125 to 139, as they are a short walk from the point. Perfect for that early morning surf- check! If you're looking for complete privacy and a Maldivian postcard experience, book yourself into a water villa. They are incredible! Bicycles are provided for all guests, so at any time you are never more than five minutes away from the point for a quick surf check.


At Niyama you are truely spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Guests have the choice of 9 completely different outlets to choose from. Whether it be a cultural experience, dining among the blazing fires at Tribal or a more romantic night out watching the sunset over the water at Edge. Niyama has ticked all the boxes and you can be sure to leave satisfied.


Kids Activities

Niyama is renowned for its exceptional kids’ club. Your little VIPs are in great hands, with exciting activities taking place daily and catering to imaginations of all ages. From dolphin adventures to presentations in the marine biology lab, the fun doesn't stop. Constant entertainment is a top priority. Guaranteed happiness all round!



Amazing place, amazing surf!

“Everything was amazing!!
We had the best surfing ever!!!! Perfect uncrowded waves. Trust me, if you like surfing, you must go there. That place is unique. And everything is sooo well organised. Zach, the guide, is the best!!! He took us surfing every day, checking the conditions in advance to make sure he was taking us to the perfect spot. We made a lot of progress thanks to him and we are glad he was there, making of our surf experience the best one.

— J.K.

Everything you could ask for, and more!

“My wife and I went to Niyama as a getaway without our kids. We wanted to relax, surf, and experience one of those amazing over the water bungalows! Wow did it hit the spot! Great surf, incredibly relaxing, beautiful beaches, and overall great experience.”  ”

— W.M.

Luxurious resort with un-crowded waves

“My daughter and I chose Niyama mostly for the uncrowded waves and because the resort has a private wave.
We had a fabulous week. The hotel totally met our expectations but the surf exceeded them. The waves in the island were great, the vibe in the water was incredible (never more than 8 surfers and everyone really relaxed) The surf team was outstanding! 
Thank you all! ”

— B.D.

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