Women’s Surf Sailing Adventure
sailing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, yoga, being
11 days sailing surf-adventure across the Maldives, organised by women for women
1 – 11 August 2021 | Maldives, Indian Ocean
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Welcome to a once in a lifetime adventure
This is the right suf adventure for you if you value…
- An authentic surf experience away from the crowds;
- A different way of traveling along Maldives, a proper sailing route to the deep Indian Ocean of Maldives (not the usual trip where you get to surf just one atoll and the same 5 surf spots);
- Surfing, playing, living, being is a priority for your holidays, and not following schedules;
- Quality service from the minute you book your discovery video-call till after you have returned from the trip, with you along all the way;
- A group of like minded people that soon you will call friends;
- A supportive group of inspiring women that will encourage you to take your surfing to the next level;
- A safe, inclusive, trustful and welcoming space, we have been in your feet willing to explore the other side of the world but not sure with who;
- Your valuable free time and funds to be invested in a mind-blowing experience where you feel refreshed and rested.
Our aim is to empower female surfing, having an unforgettable time sailing across different atolls of the Maldivian Indian Ocean paradise with our team of professionals.
You won’t regret it.
1st – 11th August 2021
Available for maximum 12 guests
Check in: 1st August 10:00 am; Velana International Airport, Malé Maldives
Check out: 11th August 14:00 pm; Velana International Airport, Malé Maldives
Itinerary: start the adventure in North Malé atoll, cruise to the South Malé atoll, across to Vaavu, Dhaalu, Meemu, Thaa atolls, down to Laamu atoll. Then return back to Malé atoll. Over 500kms of surfing, exploring and sailing. The itinerary selected will be dependent on the surf and weather conditions.
Price: 4900 USD
Skill Level: recommended Intermediate surfer onwards
Explanation: if you want to make the most of the surfing part of the trip we recommend you to be a confident paddler, being able to catch waves on your own and surfing along the wall of the wave.
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 happy with the idea that possibly the waves will be big, and you will often have to either sit wide open on the safe area or on the boat. We will encounter lots of different type of waves, however you will not get to surf most days.
The ultimate surf travel adventure for any recreational female surfer, wanting to surf and explore with a small group of like-minded women while having all the necessary comforts.
What is Included
- Private luxurious yacht with crew, captain, skipper and chef (a team of 7 experienced staff members) offering a delightful stay;
- Accommodation (11 days, 10 nights) in luxury cruise vessel with full board (3 delicious healthy meals, afternoon snack, plus water, tea/coffee);
- Sailing itinerary to explore up to 7 different atolls, dependent on weather and where the best waves are pumping;
- Shared cabin (possibility of private cabin upon request);
- World-Class surf breaks for intermediate surfers onwards;
- Three boats (main boat, auxiliary boat the dhoni, and small dingy);
- Daily yoga session;
- Professional photographer on board;
- Snorkeling & fishing in crystal clear waters;
- Visit uninhabited islands/beaches;
- Special guest: artist Robin Lanei;
- Your personal portrait done by Robin Lanei plus a group illustration of the experience;
- Local experienced surf guide;
- The Ocean Spell goodies;
- Lifts to airport/charter/airport;
- GST & green tax & service tax (all taxes included).
What is not included
- Airfares, flights
- Beverages, softdrinks & alcohol (to be payed on board)
- Photo package
- Tips for crew ($10 per night)
- Travel & health insurance
- Cancellation insurance can be purchased
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Our Signature Trips
You might want to know…
The Ocean Spell is a surf travel agency which started with Silvia (founder) organizing only women surf adventures for female solo surf travelers, which like her, wanted to travel with like-minded souls in search of dream tropical waves. Real raw surf yoga adventures where comfort, high quality service and professionalism was not compromised.
After the first few trips, men were requesting to open these trips to editions for all genders / family friendly, inclusive trips where a friendly safe atmosphere was guaranteed for families, couples, friends.
The photos you see on our website, and on this url are all from our organised surf trips with our team of professional photographers: Sarah Lee from Hawaii @hisarahlee; Aznil Ahmed from Maldives @ahmed_aznil; Juan Fernandez from Spain @juanfedezphoto; Margarita Salyak from Russia @margarita_salyak; Alex Postigo from Spain @thefrogeye; Marina Farinos from Australia @marinaemerald. We believe in photos as visuals of the memories engraved from these one-in-a-life-time adventures. That is why our team of photographers are some of the best professionals in the surfing scene.
For us it is very important to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, a group of like-minded people to enjoy 12 days on a boat adventure.
It is a must to have a video-call with Silvia, the founder of The Ocean Spell and hostess of the trip, before booking. It is important for us to meet you, to understand your needs, desires and expectations, and make sure that the trip will satisfy them.
For us the most important is your satisfaction, it is not about the money or filling up all the spots, it is about a positive unforgettable surf experience. 90% of our guests are repeaters.
After the video-call if the trip suits your expectations, we can proceed with the booking and confirmation of your spot. Remember availability is very limited, and these trips are well sought after.
Our Home, Away from Home
Our home in the Indian Ocean for 12 unforgettable days, is one of a kind. We are in love of each and every single detail of this sailing boat, as well as the fantastic crew formed by 7 staff members. We are proud to say that a great team is behind the scenes, making sure you live a mind-blowing experience on this 112ft (34m) wooden sailing boat. Each of the 11 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.
As soon as you see this majestic boat, you will surely call it home.
11 Days Full Board Accommodation
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The team is formed by every single of you joining this trip, as well as the crew behind our home away from home. This trip will be hosted by Silvia De San Laureano, founder of The Ocean Spell project; and a special guest will be joining this adventure, artist Robin Laeni.
Artist & illustrator
Photo credit: Emily Dosset (@salty_see)
I am Robin Lanei, a surfer/artist from Monterey, CA. Surfing and creating art are my most natural forms of self-expression, adding a funny twist to both is just part of my personality. I’m looking forward to meeting the guests and crew and showcasing their personalities and love of surfing in the form of digital illustration!
SILVIA DE SAN LAUREANO
The Ocean Spell Founder
Hola hola! Looking forward to meeting you all and experiencing this life-changing unique adventure together. I will be hosting the trip and sharing my surf-yoga practice at the end of the day. Very excited to share this exceptional adventure with you.
Push your surfing to the next level with different kind of waves and conditions. Imagine how many waves you will be able to check out on the 500km route.
Under the sky lit with stars on top of the deck will be the setup for the daily surf yoga practice, making sure we are fresh to hit the waves the following morning.
Unbeatable, sailing across 6 different atolls, over 500kms of the majestic Indian Ocean.
New Surfing Familia ♥
New Surfing Familia ♥
Being able to share this unique experience with new international surfing buddies. Inspiring others and being inspired by them, magic.
After 12 days of such an inspiring atmosphere, something in you will click. Magic will start to take place.
Dolphins, turtles, manta rays, friendly reef sharks, friendly nurse sharks, fishes of unimaginable colors & patterns. Whole new under-water world.
Very Limited Availability
Spots are filling up fast so we suggest to
book early to receive preferred accommodation
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Frequenty Asked Questions
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.
At least two, in case something happens (touch wood). You know how boards are sometimes handled at airports, also things happen in the surf too.
What else do I need to bring regarding surfing?
At least two good leashes, to make sure they will resist. Plenty of tropical wax. At least two sets of fins. Remember its an adventure in the remote Indian Ocean, we won´t find any surf shops…just coconuts 😉
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 want to make the most of the surfing, we recommend you to be a confident paddler, being able to catch waves on your own and surfing along the wall of the wave. Not straight as the reef is just there.
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?
You must be 18 years old to book a trip by yourself.
Minors are welcomed on our family trips, or on our kids surf coaching trips.
Am I too old to join?
Excuse me? We have been joined by 65 year old women who were younger in spirit than some of the 20 year olds we know.
Most of our guests range between 30 and 50 years old.
I do not have with who to travel...is it a problem?
These group surf trips were originally put together for people who wanted to travel the world in search of waves, but did not have with who to go.
If you are waiting for a friend to join you, our recommendation is to just go, the people joining our trips are with similar circumstances to you.
If I do not surf...can I join?
Yes you can join us, however be aware there will be no surf lessons.
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).
Everyone is welcome to join! We have both longboarders and shortboarders on board. Some of our guests bring different kind of boards to play around with.
Is there WIFI?
Our recommendation is to buy a SIM card at the airport upon arrival. There are several packages of 15 Gigs and 30 Gigs, pretty reliable if you need to work or speak with your family.
Can I work from my laptop?
Sure you can if you buy a SIM card at the airport upon arrival. There are several packages of 15 Gigs and 30 Gigs, pretty reliable if you need to work or speak with your family. While crossing the big channels we might not have much reception, it may last for 2-3 hours.
All dietary requirements can be catered, but they need to be informed in advance. Preferable inform our team when you book.
Do I need to bring snorkel, mask and fins?
We would advise to bring along your own mask and snorkel as this means you’ll be assured your mask fits your face properly and is comfortable and less likely to have leakage. We find that peace of mind goes a long way. A mask and snorkel is small and light and should take up very little space in your suitcase.
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?
There is no need for you to arrive one day early, unless your air travel itinerary is long and you want to be fresh for the trip.
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.
How much cash do I need?
This dependes 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 (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
The Maldives has a non-convertible currency – Maldivian Rufiyaa – this cannot be purchased beforehand.
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.
If you are happy with the services provided by the boat crew a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service. The amount to tip is always subject to your satisfaction with the service provided, and your budget. As a rough guide, we recommend you budget $10 – $20 a day extra for the duration of the holiday which you can use as tipping money at your discretion.
Maldives Standard Time is GMT/UTC + 5 and during BST + 4
Note some resorts operate Island Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Maldives standard time.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our trips.
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, the full payment is needed (as there are less than 30 days for the start of the trip).
Private and shared rooms availability are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your reservations early to receive your preferred accommodation. We reserve the right to refuse bookings at our discretion.
Travel & Flight Information
Please confirm availability with our team, before booking your flights. The flights are not included in the package. We do offer concierge services to help you make all the arrangements needed.
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
Activities & Risk
Contract & Liability Release Forms
Additional Travel Recommendations
Book a video-call with our team.
Lets meet with the team, get to know you, understand your needs, desires and expectations of the trip.
Confirm your spot with the payment of the trip. Purchase a medical & travel insurance policy with cancellation cover.
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.”
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.”
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