Coed Surf Coaching
Welcome to a Once-in-a-lifetime Experience
Swell and wind directions will define the sailing itinerary, in search of the best waves across 5 different atolls, more than 300kms of the Maldivian Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Together, with our family & team of professionals.
Maldives, Indian Ocean
17th - 27th October (11 days)
Check in: 17th October 10:00 am; Velana International Airport, Malé Maldives
Check out: 27th October 18:00 pm; Velana International Airport, Malé Maldives
Maximum 10 surfer guests
The minimum requirement is to catch you own waves and surf along the wall of the wave. All surfboards welcome.
Shared cabin 7420 USD per person
That is why we take a lot of pride in joining efforts & passion with the local community, no one can share their culture and home as them.
Stoked to announce this special collaboration: Kassia Meador & Leah Dawson joining forces with our tribe to put together this rad Salty Sensations edition all the way from the Californian beaches to the Maldives, in collaboration with the local NGO Raalhu Edhuru.
Dhahau Naseem (Annu)
Silvia San Laureano
And many more amazing local guests and activists that will share their knowledge and experience with us, so as to get closer to the authentic Maldives.
Aya Naseem, a local female surfer and scientist at the Maldives Coral Institute, will share understandings and opportunities of what to do to help with the tragic coral situation.
A donation per guest will be shared with the local NGO Raalhu Edhuru, for social projects, we will keep you informed with the activities run.
What is Included
- Private luxurious sailing charter with crew, captain, skipper and chef (plus a team of 12 experienced staff members) offering a delightful stay;
- Accommodation (11 days, 10 nights) in our luxury sailing charter (shared or private cabin) with full board (3 delicious healthy meals, afternoon snack, plus water, tea/coffee);
- World-Class surf breaks for intermediate surfers onwards;
- Three boats (main boat, auxiliary boat the dhoni & dingy);
- Local experienced surf guide, athlete & surf coach, Kuda Issey;
- Daily surf coaching with Kassia & Leah (video analysis, guided surfing);
- Professional photographer on board;
- Professional videographer on board;
- Daily restorative surf yoga with Silvia;
- Meditation and restorative sound techniques with Kassia;
- Presentations on environmental & social issues with local experts;
- Snorkeling & fishing in crystal clear waters;
- Visit uninhabited islands/beaches;
- Opportunities to give back through environmental & social activities;
- Some goodies;
- Footage of your surfing waves on digital copy;
- Lifts to airport/charter/airport (as a group);
- Domestic flight back to Malé International Airport with checked in luggage up to 20kg (excess luggage 2 USD/kilo)
- All current applicable taxes included.
What is not included
- International flights;
- Beverages, softdrinks & alcohol (to be payed on board);
- Photo package;
- Tips for crew;
- Surf travel & health insurance with cancellation;
Our Home in the Indian Ocean
We will be sailing across the Indian Ocean on this 34 m luxury yacht. Each of the 10 spacious cabins have ensuite toilet with hot/cold shower and a/c. All dietary requirements can be catered, prior early notice.
This boat allows a smooth and cruisy sailing journey. You will enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets. Not to speak about the yoga on the top deck as the stars fill up the sky.
Much More Than a Trip
Sound Healing Practices
Plenty of Surfing
New Surfing Familia
Owen Watson – Cronulla, Australia
“I have been home a few weeks now and cant stop thinking about how good this Maldives trip was. They have created the ultimate surf trip experience by incorporating surf coaching with video analysis and yoga for the mind and body. The surf coaching part of this trip is such a great concept, video analysis is the key to breaking down your surfing so the coach can give feedback on mistakes you are making and gives you the techniques needed to improve your surfing. My surfing definitely improved over the 10 days and I have lots of new skills to work on to make my surfing more enjoyable. This trip was awesome to share with my son (truly a family friendly trip) and all the other like minded people on the boat, it was such a great experience meeting all these people from around the globe becoming good friends and having a fun surf trip together! Thanks!”
Kerri Heard – Cornwall, UK
“My trip to the Maldives with Silvia from The Ocean Spell was INCREDIBLE. So well organised and I felt confident throughout the process of booking that I was going to be looked after by the team. I had the best trip of my life. Met incredible like minded souls and had the best coaching I could have ever imagined. I recommend The Ocean Spell to anyone, you’ll be guaranteed the best trip of your life and with amazing people to support you and show you that you are capable and can achieve anything. Cant wait till the next trip!”
Sunshine Makarrow-California, USA
“In the two weeks I spent working with the coaching in the Maldives, my surfing improved more than it would have in months if not years on my own (I have been surfing more than 20 years). The daily video analysis was especially helpful to truly understanding how to improve. I highly recommend The Ocean Spell surf coaching trips to anyone looking to take their surfing to the next level.”
Iván Fernandez – Spain
“I had a great and awesome surf trip with The Ocean Spell, all the organisation was fantastic, great surf coaching sessions, very nice boat (double room, AC, private toilet, towels), awesome surf photographer, and obviously amazing waves. Yoga sessions on the rooftop during unbelievable sunsets, unbeatable experience. Besides, the small group and the staff creating a cozy environment, good vibes. This trip was for experience surfers, and I can assure you everyone improved in the 10 days of perfect waves and video analysis. I also joined the group trip as The Ocean Spell has a strong purpose promoting environmental actions. Obviously everything can not be perfect, but was very close. I highly recommend to book your surf holidays! Great organization.”
David Becerra – USA
“If I could give them 10 stars I would!! The Ocean Spell team is formed by amazing, funny and down-to-earth people, I feel like I have made new friends for life. Definitely the best surf trip I have been on. The whole trip was super organised. After more than 20 years surfing, the video analysis was super educational, I was able to make changes to my surfing and improve in the 10 days I was there. Now I have a ton of tips I can work on to get my surfing to the next level for many years to come.We spent the entire time surfing, laughing, learning and having a blast. They are very well respected by the locals and regulars in the water, and they make sure to educate everyone on proper surf etiquette to maximise fun in the water for everyone. Highly recommend to any surf at any level who wants to surf great fun waves and meet some cool people. Will be definitely going back!”
Annie Croteau – Canada
“I have been in one of the all women surf trip in the Maldives and strongly recommend the experience if you want to improve your surf. 10 days in paradise with an amazing group of inspiring women that I am so happy to now call my friends. An excellent coach, very patient and passionate. I improved a lot in 10 days and I now know what to work on in the next year to keep improving. The yoga was also very nice after long days surfing, my back needed this! Thanks The Ocean Spell for the unforgettable experience.”
Karmen Lopez – Spain
“UNBEATABLE. I joined the only women Maldives trip, 10 out of 10! The boat with all comforts, surf coaching incredible, I have improved my level in just 10 days, what could have taken a couple of years! I have returned with amazing photos as we had a professional photographer on board! The food was varied, I am vegetarian, so I was afraid that I would be hungry, but the crew would surprise us each day with different delicious meals, lucky that we burnt all the calories while surfing! The opportunity of meeting women from all around the world, in an amazing atmosphere, it has been so much fun that the bad thing has been to return home. The Ocean Spell team took care of us, showed us the best waves in the Maldives. Every night Silvia would give us a yoga session on the top of the boat, watching the stars. Next year I will repeat! I recommend it 100%!” ❤️
Haruna Pager – Japan
“l really enjoyed my Maldives surf coaching trip, I went to the all genders trip. One of the best quality waves in the world with great people. The coach was very professional, passionate and funny.
Silvia is kind, caring and always making sure everyone is happy and things are going well.
My surfing skill definitely improved in 10 days especially with the video analysis was so helpful in understanding what needed to be improved.Also evening yoga helped my bad neck and shoulder a lot, to survive surfing 3 times a day for 10 days.
I highly recommend this trip to anyone thinking of joining. It included what you need, comfy boat, nice food, professional surf coaching, yoga, every morning surf session video and awesome photos, off the scale of my expectation!
Thank you so much, hopefully see you soon!”
Yael Zamir – Israel
“Highly recommended, amazing experience. Great hassle-free organization,professional attitude, with super fun environment. Will definitely do it again.
It was my first trip without my family (I’m a mum of three grown up kids), initially I was going with a friend to one of the only women surf coaching trips that The Ocean Spell organizes, but my friend pulled out…and honestly I was going to cancel it, as I was scared of traveling alone, joining a group of unknowns. Silvia transmitted trust and confidence and told me how everyone was in the same position as me, with doubts and fears. So good she insisted me, I have repeated again after that trip! And soon more! My recommendation, don’t think it twice, don’t look for a friend with who to travel…as you will find plenty of like-minded people at The Ocean Spell.”
Do I need to bring my own surfboard?
Yes its a must, we are going to have an adventure exploring the remote Indian Ocean, nowhere to rent a board.
We recommend you to bring at least two surfboards, in case something happens. You know how boards are sometimes handled at airports, also things happen in the water too.
If this is a problem, please notify our team with time, so we can arrange an alternative solution with our local partners.
What else do I need to bring regarding surfing?
Note: we highly recommend you to bring reef booties, no matter your level. Its good to have them with you, just in case.
Are there any pre-requisites to join?
If you just want to join us, cruise, enjoy, go with the flow…you are more than welcome to come along.
If you are a beginner or low intermediate, keen to join, and you are aware that possibly the waves will be big, and you will have to either sit wide open or on the boat; if you feel comfortable with this, you are welcome to join this adventure. We will encounter lots of different type of waves, however beginner/low intermediates will not be able to surf most days. If you are comfortable with that, happy with sailing, swimming, snorkeling, chilling, hanging out with like-minded women and keen to have a blast, and listen to our recommendations regarding surfing…then we are stoked to have you on board.
Is there an age limit/requirement?
Minors are welcomed on our family trips, or on our kids surf coaching trips. Please contact us for more information.
Am I too old to join?
Most of our guests range between 30 and 55 years old.
I do not have with who to travel...is it a problem?
If you are waiting for a friend to join you, our recommendation is “just go”, the people joining our trips are with similar circumstances to you.
If I do not surf...can I join?
We will sail, cruise, relax, snorkel, visit uninhabited islands, practice yoga, meditation…and while we are surfing, the guests who do not surf but want to be close to us, can snorkel around or hang at the dhoni (the auxiliary boat that will be anchored beside the surfbreak).
This trip is aimed for longboards and retro surfing, however, everyone is welcomed.
Is there WIFI?
Can I work from my laptop?
Do I need to bring snorkel, mask and fins?
Fins are available on the boat. This means you won’t have to try and find room for them in your bag and leaves you space for other essentials!
Do I need to arrive one day early?
If you decide you want to arrive early in order to rest and become acclimatized to the weather, we can help you book a hotel close to the airport with pick up and drop off.
When & where do we meet on the first day?
We will meet at Malé Velana International Airport, at 10 am on the 17th of October.
When & where do we finish on the last day?
We will finish at Malé Velana International Airport, in the afternoon on the 27th of October. Domestic flights have not been published yet, apologies for the inconvenience. We suggest that the flight out of Malé should be late in the afternoon/evening.
How much cash do I need?
This depends on personal preferences.
Almost everything will be covered: accommodation, meals (water, tea, coffee), airport transfer to the boat (as a group).
Here are some things you might need cash money for:
– alcohol, softdrinks;
– bottled water (we recommend to refill for environmental reasons);
– photo package (300 USD);
– tips (5-10 USD per day);
– SIM card (50 USD for 30 gigs)
On the boat you will be able to pay with credit card. Tips should be given to the captain and crew in cash.
Local Currency and Banking in the Maldives
One US Dollar is equivalent to aprox 15.5 Rufiyaa. The US Dollar is accepted as legal tender. All major credit cards can be used.
The national bank, Bank of Maldives has a branch and an ATM in Male’ International Airport.
The banks in the Maldives are very particular about the condition of bank notes and will refuse deposits of old style USD$, even though still an active currency, damaged notes, badly creased or well-worn notes will also be rejected. Therefore, if presenting such a note as form of payment you may be requested to change to a note of better condition. Please do not take offence, it is purely that the note will have no worth to the individual to whom you are paying. Also, note that small bills .i.e. $1 and $5 have a lower exchange value, as the Bank of Maldives charges for small notes to be deposited.
Note some resorts operate Island Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Maldives standard time.
You can buy an insurance package to suit you and your travel plans, allowing you to depart on your holiday confident that you are covered. We recommend our clients to get quality travel insurance with a well-known company: Blue-Cross, Manulife, Escapade, RBC, TravelGuard, etc. You should check the small print in the policy to make sure activities like surfing, snorkeling are covered. You need to be covered for medical expenses abroad and any emergency repatriation that may be required due to your illness/injury. We also recommend that you take out cancellation cover and baggage cover.
IMPORTANT: We must have your travel insurance details (policy number, issuing company details, and emergency telephone number) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the trip.
A video-call must be organized with the team, in order to be invited to book your space in this adventure. To fully confirm your spot, a non-refundable deposit is needed.
Private and shared rooms availability are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your reservations early to receive your preferred accommodation.
Travel & Flight Information
If you decide to extend your stay, we can assist you to book your desired vacation in our luxurious resort recommendations.
Travel Documentation & Insurance Policy
Maldives Entry Requirements with Covid-19
Citizens/residents from most countries are currently allowed to enter Maldives by air. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter.
Quarantine not required.
Specific entry requirements that must be met:
1) Mandatory Maldives PCR Test for Entry
All tourists traveling to Maldives in COVID-19 must take a mandatory PCR TEST (nucleic acid nasal & throat) taken no more than 96 hours before the departure time of the first ticketed flight to Maldives, counting from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives. If the tourist makes a transit during the journey, the initial PCR test will be valid if the transit does not exceed 24 hours. If the tourist makes a transit exceeding 24 hours, the passenger must repeat the PCR test within 96 hours prior to embarkation at the port of transit.
Maldives Immigration requires the Negative PCR test results to show the name of the passenger (name as in passport), name & address of testing laboratory, testing officer & testing officer signature, type of test stated as a PCR test, date & time of sampling, result.
Tourists who have completed the full vaccination process and hold a valid vaccination certificate for a vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation are still required to take a mandatory PCR test for entry to Maldives when traveling to Maldives in COVID-19.
The PCR test result should be submitted through the IMUGA portal within 24 hours prior to departure to Maldives. In addition, the lab result should be presented in paper or electronic format during the airline check-in.
2) Pre-fill Online Health Declaration Form
The Health Declaration Form must be pre-filled 0-24 hours before traveling to Maldives. The Negative PCR Test results must be attached.
Recommended to take a screenshot of the form’s QR Code upon completion.
A separate form must be pre-filled 0-24hrs prior to your departure from Maldives . Take a screenshot y of the new QR code again upon departure as it’s required to enter the departures hall for flight check in.
3) Confirmed Reservation & Return Flights
Travelers must have a confirmed reservation at our licensed accommodation facility when traveling to Maldives (including a resort, liveaboard, guesthouse, that is approved by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with safe tourism guidelines).
4) Passport Validity
Passport must have 6 months validity from departure date for entry.
Cancellation Policy due to Covid-19
We want to make the booking process as re-assuring as possible.
In the extenuating circumstances that the entire group trip needs to be rescheduled to new travel dates, due to international border closures and/or restrictions due to Covid-19, all funds paid will be rolled over to the new travel dates. New dates will be discussed with all attendees before being confirmed. If attendees are unable to attend on new proposed group travel dates, existing booking payments will become credit for other The Ocean Spell signature group trips (value to exclude any group fees previously utilised to a third party supplier). Credit not redeemable for refund.
It is mandatory to purchase travel and health insurance with cancellation cover, that in the event of individual attendee tests positive for Covid-19 in the days prior to the trip departure, the insurance provider will refund the credit, always with the proper evidence and proof. The Ocean Spell or our providers cannot refund the money, that is why it is mandatory to be covered for such circumstances. We do know various good insurance providers and we also work with some excellent products, please get in touch with our team.
Non-Covid related refunds. If you cancel 90 days or less before the trip departure date, we will reimburse any payments made to us (excluding admin fee and any non-refundable monies paid to third party suppliers), as long as we are able to resell the place(s) that we have been holding for you. The reimbursement can be either in the form of a refund or held in credit for a future booking. Either way, we will retain a $200 admin fee per person. We will be able to offer a partial refund (excluding admin fee and any non-refundable monies paid to third party suppliers) only if we are able to resell the place(s).
Please note that fear to travel due to Covid is not a valid reason for cancellation or for any insurance provider.