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Recharging Maldives Surf Camp

Find yourself in the perfect harmony in a pristine and quiet island in the idyllic Maldives. By indulging yourself in this surf camp, you can radically improve your surfing with Vakaru Surf's friendly international team of experienced instructors. Discover new culture and experience island life of Thulusdhoo, Maldives. During this surf camp, you can enjoy your stay in a luxury hotel in front of the surf spots.

Highlights

  • 5 surf lessons
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 2 yoga and meditation lessons
  • 1 introduction class or graduation party (certificate)
  • Qualified and experienced international instructors
  • Best learning techniques for all level of surfers
  • 1 instruction video feedback class
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Catalan, French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 7

Airport transfer included: Malí© International Airport

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Accommodation

During this surf camp, you will be staying at Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo. Whether you are traveling with family or with friends, looking for an adventurous holiday or a quiet, romantic getaway, Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo offers you an unforgettable experience which exceeds your expectations. Their team’s top priority is to make sure your stay is an unforgettable one.

‘Experience island life’ with the locals: mingle with the people of the island and make friends from around the world. Guests are provided with entertainment by the locals with cultural activities, performances, excursions, and other interesting things: a way of interacting and learning about the local way of life on your holiday getaway.

Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo (CRT) was inaugurated in March 2015, as the first guest house under the Canopus Retreats brand focusing on providing premium services to the growing numbers of budget travelers and backpackers around the globe.

Located in a prime beach front area of Thulusdhoo, Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo offers a spectacular view of the ocean and the infinite horizon ahead. Dubbed ‘Cokes’ by local surfers, the surf at Thulusdhoo is one of the most famous and well-recognized waves in the Maldives.

The rooms

Built to fit the modern times in trendy interior designs with an authentic touch to give the rooms a more local feel, these hotel rooms at Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo are well designed to feel homey, cozy, and comfortable. It's your ‘home away from home’. All rooms are equipped with modern furniture and luxurious amenities.

Cable TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safety box, air-conditioned rooms, attached toilets with hot and cold water, ironing facility on request, hairdryer and universal shaving point, tea, and coffee facility, complimentary bottled water, and daily housekeeping services are available.

Rooms are also fitted to cater to your every need. Whichever room you choose, your experience at Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo will be unique and exceed expectations.

Vakaru Surf Camp Maldives Program

Vakaru Surf will teach you how to surf safer, better, and faster. The lessons are run daily for individuals and groups of all ages and levels. Vakaru Surf's mission is not only to teach surfing as a sport but also as a personal fulfillment through the gratifying contact with the sea and the amazing sensation of sliding on the waves.

Reasons to choose Vakaru Surf

  • International instructors who are professionally qualified and experienced
  • Best learning techniques for beginners, advanced, and professional surfers
  • Best knowledge of Maldives surf spots so you have the most satisfying surfing experience
  • Small classes so you improve faster
  • Tailor-made classes and individual intensive coaching
  • Specific physical and mental programs are organized to improve student’s surfing approach: surf training programs with professional trainer or surf instruction and video feedback courses
  • Yoga classes with professional instructors: Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin yoga, Fly High yoga, and yoga Nidra, and meditation classes
  • The surf photographer, videographer, and editor take the best surf photo and video memories of your surf trips (DVD surf movie available)
  • Thulusdhoo surf spots and beaches are among the most beautiful places of the Maldives. The waves around Thulusdhoo islands are very fun, consistent, and world-class quality
  • Vakaru Surf's friendly team will welcome you in Vakaru Surf's convivial place combining a surf school, surf shop, and café or coffee shop

Included excursions

  • Diving
  • DJ night
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Night fishing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Photo video shooting or DVD holidays or surf trip movie
  • Sandbanks
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional dances
  • Wave boarding

Instructors

SIPPE Riffah
SIPPE Riffah would be your instructor for this surf camp.
Alexandro Latorre Lasso de la Vega
Alexandro, born in Basque Country, Spain (close to the famous wave of Mundaka), is a surf head coach. He has more than 30 years of experience enjoying waves and the sea; surf, SUP, scuba diving, and swimming are just some of the sports he loves. He is ISA level 2 surf coach and a certified lifeguard (Spanish Surf Federation). With a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, an MBA, and several years working as controller or business consultant, he felt he wanted a new life closer to the sea, at least for a while.
Adelaide Gouveia
Adelaide Gouveia is one of the instructors who will be with you during this surf camp.
Delphine Juillet
Delphine Juillet is the manger of Vakaru Surf. She will be one of the instructors in the surf camp.

Location

Thulusdhoo island is located just 28 kilometers north of Male. It is the capital of Kaafu Atoll. Approximately 1400 people live on the island. The size of Thulusdhoo is 700 and 400 meters (according to Google Maps). After the devastating tsunami that happened in 2004 on Rinbodhoo island, more than a half of the population had to move to Thulusdhoo, so the population of Thulusdhoo grew.

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar

Services

  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Wireless internet

Food

Only breakfasts are included in the price (continental or Maldivian breakfast). A melting pot of cuisines alive with flavor in Fusion Restaurant which offers a blend of your favorite dishes from west and east. Enjoy a truly unique memorable dining experience with a breathtaking view of the ocean and the sounds of waves breaking on the beach and soothing background music.

Dine with your partner or your family, enjoy a romantic dinner at Fusion Restaurant by Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo. If you are in a rush just grab an ice cream or a drink and snack from the Grab and Go juice bar. There are also few restaurants which are located in Thulusdhoo offering fusion, continental, and Asian food.

There is a special offer for the surfers at Vakaru Surf Café (15% discount on all the products). Vakaru surf Café offers healthy food products: a large choice of fresh sandwiches and burgers, salads, and delicious desserts. Tasty snacks for the surfers who need some extra boost to catch the last waves are also available. You can also taste multivitamins fresh juices in the juice bar.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Spa

Canopus Retreats' brand new spa will give you a chance to unwind and relax at the end of a hectic day. Enjoy spa treatments that relaxe and rejuvenate your body and mind. Enjoy a couples’ massage or a private one with a professional masseur who will help you relax and detox your body before you go to bed at the end of the day. Pamper your body with exotic spa at Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo.

Below are the spa treatments Canopus Retreats has to offer:

  • Canopus Retreats' signature: Canopus Retreats' signature treatment focuses on limbs, joints, and pressure points to give you a complete relaxation experience. The treatment does not require oil.
  • Traditional massage: a full body, deep-tissue, holistic treatment that combines acupressure, reflexology, and stretching to stimulate blood circulation, ease muscular and joint pain giving you a sense of wellbeing, calmness, and deep relaxation
  • Aromatherapy massage: a gentle and relaxing massage that uses aromatherapy to clear the mind and refresh the body
  • Reflexology massage: a healing art which applies pressure to reflex zones on your feet to affect your entire body. A healing art focusing entirely on feet by applying pressure on different parts to relieve pressure on respective parts of your body.
  • Head and shoulder massage: head, shoulder, and back massages soothe away tensions in your upper body, break down knots and improve blood circulation
  • Manicure and pedicure: first class sole and hand therapy with a difference: fusing health and beauty and providing outstanding care that visibly transform the feet and hands

Other things to do

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Fitness or physical training
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Surf trips or safari boat
  • Swimming
  • Watersports: kayak, canoe, wakeboard, or banana ride

What's included

  • 5 surf lessons
  • 2 yoga and meditation lessons
  • 1 instruction video feedback class
  • 1 introduction class or graduation party (certificate)
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Transfer from the airport
  • Surfboard and yoga equipment

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Massages
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Speed boat transfer (surf spots)
  • Taxes
  • Visa
  • Lunch and diner
  • Photo, video, and DVD
  • Surf trip or excursions DVD or photos

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Velana International Airport (MLE). Transfer from the airport is included. Vakaru Surf will pick you up from the airport.

All the international flights arrive at Velana International Airport (MLE), which is on an island of its own. Many holidaymakers arrive on chartered flights, but there are other scheduled services with Emirates, Qatar, Air Sri Lanka, and Air India.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Fast and efficient, these high-powered vessels (speed boats) can deliver you from the airport to Thulusdoo in just 25 minutes. “Speedboat ferries” now operate several times per day to the island at a set schedule and private speedboats can be organized for anytime night or day.

Vakaru Surf organize the best value boat at any given time to meet your needs, saving money and maximizing holiday time for you. Vakaru Surf endeavor to extend their customer service from the moment you touch down in the Maldives till the moment you hop back on your airplane.

Exceptionally affordable, the Thulusdoo ferry will get you from the island capital Male to Thulusdoo island in 85 minutes for just 3 USD. A small additional fee applies for large baggage but either way, this is top value.

The ferry moves at a respectable 13 knots and features very comfortable padded seats, a toilet, helpful staff, and an upstairs open air area where you can stretch out and have a sleep or watch the scenery pass by. Kept meticulously clean by the staff, the ferry is non-smoking and generally very comfortable.

The express trip departs Male at 3:30 p.m. sharp on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Fridays, the ferry departs Male at 10:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, there is a ferry that stops at several islands including Thulusdhoo, that departs Male at 2:30 p.m., departing from the ‘Villigili’ ferry terminal.

Ferry times can change at short notice due to public holidays or very bad weather. Vakaru Surf recommend you who are traveling by ferry to contact them, so they can ensure you have the most up to date ferry information.

Airport: Malí© International Airport Airport transfer included: Malí© International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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