A world class right that breaks off an island housing a Coca-Cola factory, Cokes is also referred to as Colas—but strictly by Pepsi drinkers or anti-corporation activists. Soft drink loyalties aside, Cokes will quench the thirst of even the most barrel-starved. A hollow, pounding righthander, Cokes is the best big wave spot in the area, and the poster wave of the North Male Atoll.
The location of the break makes Cokes consistently bigger than anywhere else, but that benefit comes with the price of being more susceptible to the southwest wind. It’s ideal during a straight south swell with northwest winds and head high to double overhead waves. Like Chickens, it is best on mid to high tide, but a larger swell usually makes low tide manageable. This is one of those waves you must add to your boat trip schedule. Cokes is definitely most enjoyed during the magical Maldivian months from March to October that bring both consistency and size, with bigger swells peaking in July and August.
Just across the channel from Cokes, and only accessible by a boat is Chickens: A world class left that breaks off an island housing a poultry farm.
Located on the Eastern reef of North Male Atoll, this long, excellent left has two sections with an enjoyable, thin, peeling, racing lip. Best winds are NW-NNE (offshore). This wave is also best on a mid to high tide, but a larger swell usually makes low tide manageable. The peak swell season is from March to October which are the most consistent. Largest swells peak in July and August.
HONKEYS: One of the most consistent waves of North Male Atoll off the island of Thanburudhoo, which is uninhabited. This is an excellent, long, world-class left-hander. The take-off is a steep outside peak called ‘Phantoms’, which slingshots into a very long, walled, super fast section called the ‘Pinnacles’. Rides are 100 to 150 meters. It is best on high tide with any wind from W to N and is only accessible by boat.
SULTANS: Easy spot located off Thanburudhoo Island, on the other side of Honkeys. Excellent and long right-hander that can become very walled and long, but only with big swells from the south. Inside is a heavy, throwing barrel that could fit a truck on its day. One of the most consistent waves of the Male Atolls that never closes out, even on large swells. It is best at high tide and with west to north winds.
JAILS: The break off the island Himmafushi, which used to have a jail on it. The jail has moved to a new island, but the name stays. This wave is a perfect right-hand reef break with a big wack-able wall, and fast sections to get a few cover-ups. One of the most popular breaks due to the fact it isn’t a heavy wave, and is normally a little smaller than its cousin Honkeys across the channel.