Submitted by JustinWatts on Wed, 05/15/2019 - 23:19
I am heading to the Maldives from the 22 May to 01 June 2019. Looking for an overview of the conditions during this period. From what I can see there is plenty of movement in the Southern Indian Ocean pushing up toward Sumatra for the 23/24 May. No idea how this will relate in the Maldives, it looks like we may receive the corner of that big system which could induce classic conditions? Any ideas/forecasts would be greatly appreciated.
I'm here now, been looking at a bunch of websites trying to get info and none of them seem to have anything useful for Maldives. S'line have some info behind a paywall but whether it is worth dropping the cash on I have no idea??? I have been going to to Swellnet's Nicocabar forecast hitting the WAMS tab Zoom 2 and drawing a line from approximately the top of Sumatra to just west of the tip of India (Geez Swellnet surely if Nicobar gets a dedicated page Maldives deserves one?). I arrived 11th and first day was bordering on epic 5ft clean fun and it's been gradually dropping since (still with the odd overhead bomb every day). But with the conditions, every day has been fun and the dawny I had this morning at 2ft still left me with a grin on my face. I brought a 6'6 just in case but the reefs (Male Atolls at least) here are pretty gentle and I haven't needed it, even at 5ft my daily twinny with little Aipa's loves it. I predict you're gonna be happy and yeah I'm keeping my eye on that big red blob coming, that's what it looked like when I arrived and that made for some fun days.
A very knowledgable fellow on these waters called Donweather may be along shortly to help you out .
Sounds like you need “Swellnet Traveller” ;-)
Thank you for the update Luke.
I have family and friends over at the moment and they have had similar reports of the swell slowly dropping off the last few days...
From what I can see it looks like a small pulse late next week from about Thursday the 23/05. Have you found any successful forecasting tools or been able to calibrate the conditions you have had on hand with what MSW is showing or another forecasting platform?
Udo - Hopefully Donweather can come to the party and give us some local knowledge of the upcoming forecast.
Yeah it's still dropping... There is still decent waves everyday, just longer waits between the good ones. 24th should be great, open up a few spots that aren't really working at the moment and spread the crowd. It's a bit tight on the peaks at busy times of the day now.