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Our mission and vision

At The Ocean Spell, our mission is to make real and fulfil the surf travel dreams of fellow surfers by creating unique and meaningful surf travel experiences.

Our vision is surfers as propellers for positive change,  inspiring others through surfing, by focusing towards social and environmental wellbeing.

The importance of surfing in Ancient Hawaiian times

In those times, surfing was for everyone, regardless of age, gender, social status…everyone surfed.

During the good swell season, responsibilities changed, no work no wars, however during those 4-5 months it was all about enjoying the surf and time, about playing in nature.
Somewhere along the timeline, the true essence of surfing was lost.

Surf for a positive change

We believe surf and surfers are powerful, with authority within society, including the capacity to inspire others. This can be used for good, to change the big picture.

Our contribution is by challenging the status quo as a hybrid surf travel agency and sustainable surf tourism consultancy; including an inclusive surf platform and community.

At The Ocean Spell Surf Travel Agency we organize dream surf holidays, developing sustainable tourism practices, supporting local providers and communities.

Once-in-a-lifetime holidays

Designing responsible once-in-a-lifetime surf adventures for fellow surfers is our passion. Whether you are looking for meaningful time surfing with your loved ones or with your friends, or the chance to reconnect with yourself, connecting with the ocean or meeting fascinating people with different stories to tell, we design surf holidays for those who wish to take part in something bigger.

We do not sell to the tourist,
we do not sell to the deal-catcher tourist.
We cater to the real surf traveller.

Be a traveller

Fortunately, travellers have nothing to do with tourists.
For travellers, travelling is a journey in search for something much more profound. We strive to make sure our guests connect on an emotional level with the destination and all it encompasses. This includes its people, history, culture, food and nature. It is a lot more than just a physical trip of waves and beets. It is a journey for transformation.
Adding to it our ingredient, integrating the travellers with the local community, as they both nurture and learn from each other. It is a journey for both the travellers and the community. It is a whole.
Local surf transfer in motorbike Maldives

Our crew

Often described as surf buddies, our designers, coaches, photographers, guides, love what they do. You can trust that you will get expert recommendations from someone who surfs, travels, and has been in your shoes.

Our way of working and organising might seem different, we don´t work with you just via email, we want to know you. We dont ask you where, we want to know why, because understanding your motivations, desires and expectations is how we make sure the surf adventure is right for you. If we sense that the fit is not quite, be sure we will share our honest opinion and offer advice.

The Ocean Spell founder

Silvia San Laureano, an industrial engineer who quickly made a purposeful living from her passion, surfing and the ocean, through academic research at universities in Australia and Europe. Her main focus being coastal management, and sustainability of surf tourism.

As a result of the scarcity in high quality welcoming surf travel experiences where solo surfers could join to a like-minded group, she started to organise her own with the best surf professionals and providers. Quickly what was just some fun surf trips, grew into the project we now know as The Ocean Spell Surf Travel Agency.

The Ocean Spell is formed by fellow surfers, academic researchers, surf photographers, high performance coaches, collaborators, and people like you wanting to change the big picture, and believing in surfing as a powerful tool for social and environmental positive change.

Our trips are designed around responsible travel principles, aiming to support organisations and people that preserve habitats and empower local communities.

AUTHENTIC SURF TRAVEL THAT MATTERS

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Excellent
Based on 105 reviews
roger ragi
roger ragi
2024-05-07
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Best surf trip so far thanks to the contiuous assistance of Ocean Spell and Silvia in the full 10 days in the North and Central Atols! We had a blast! Everything was well studied and coordinated. Saved time, money and had best waves!! Highly recommended. We'll do it again for sure!
Marco Aurelio Benedetti
Marco Aurelio Benedetti
2024-05-07
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Silvia was a great support throughout the holidays, from the planning - by recommending the locations most suitable for surfing - to the trip! She was always available and promptly to give precious insights to make sure that we were going to choose the best spots at the right moment!! Strongly recommended! Lastly, she was able to make us spend the least by obtaining the best!
Marie Groover
Marie Groover
2023-12-18
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Silvia and The Ocean Spell offer a world-class retreat experience. I absolutely could not recommend traveling and trusting Silvia anymore. She is thoughtful, thorough, and creates the most spectacular, life-changing experiences. Additionally, she personally meets with everyone prior to booking, and so if you’re not traveling with her privately, you can rest assured that you’ll be placed with the most perfect group of humans. I signed up for the Nov 2023 longboard retreat with Josie and team and it was the highlight of my entire year. 20/10 recommend!!
Beltran Hernandez
Beltran Hernandez
2023-12-15
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Muy atenta Silvia y con capacidad de reacción ante imprevistos.
Giulio
Giulio
2023-12-08
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If you’re looking for a surf trip where you only have to think about surfing, look no further. Silvia is very knowledgeable about the surf tourism industry and will make sure the trip runs smooth. Highly recommend
Leticia Hervás
Leticia Hervás
2023-12-07
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Las empresas destacadas siempre tienen personas que lo hacen posible y diferente. En este caso, Silvia una gran profesional, humana, sensata y al servicio constante de la necesidad de sus clientes hace que, marque la diferencia entre muchas otras. Curiosa y cercana, te ayuda en todo momentos en tus inquietudes y a resolver cualquier inconveniente durante tu estancia en Maldivas. Conoce bien la cultura del país y a su gente, ya que sabe tratar con ellos y mantiene sus costumbres. 100% RECOMENDABLE para conocer Maldivas de una manera diferente y trato inigualable, GRACIAS SILVIA, seguro que nos vemos pronto!!!
Sonia Rodríguez
Sonia Rodríguez
2023-12-06
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Si quieres experimentar lo que es ser informada, guiada y llevada de la mano a Maldivas, Silvia es la persona. Es generosa, atenta y exhaustiva con los detalles, los procesos, las gestiones. Te inspira, alimenta tu curiosidad y te hace vivir el viaje mucho antes de comenzarlo. Profesional, segura y con mucha experiencia real con la cultura, la tradición y la vida en Maldivas. Recomendable 100%. Gracias Silvia por tu cuido y tu sostén continuo en nuestra primera de muchas estancias en Maldivas¡
Denise Dellagiacoma
Denise Dellagiacoma
2023-12-01
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Amazing trip!
Yuki
Yuki
2023-11-29
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We had an awesome longboard trip. Everything was organized very well, from the beginning till the end. Silvia, the owner, was with us on the board, and for any question available. We went surfing twice a day and everything was scheduled very good. There was a coach on the trip which was very helpful and i could lern a lot and really improve my surfing. There was also a videographer, so we could see every wave we took, which was very helpful. We also did other amazing experience, like swimming with sharks, which was soooo cool! The food on the boat was delicious, a lot of variety and also very vegetarian friendly. This was the first trip with Oceanspell but definitley not the last one. Its an experience you will never forgot. Thanks Silvia!