We're incredibly proud to launch the world's first sustainable surfing program.
Conscious travel leaders, Soneva, are behind the world’s first luxury, fully-sustainable surf program at its high-end properties in the Maldives. ‘Soneva Surf’ is an eco-friendly surfing experience, offered at Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll and Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, and is the first of its kind anywhere in the world!
There are 13 surf breaks in the Baa Atoll and 11 in the Noonu Atoll, and not only do they boast some of the best waves in the region, they’re a well-kept secret, which means they’re uncrowded and pristine – a surfer’s dream.
The aim of Soneva Surf is to be a model for sustainable surfing around the world where surfing guests can select the experience that suits them, according to their level of expertise, time, and budget.
The Soneva team encourage them to leave everything at home – which makes travelling to the Maldives easier – because they provide everything needed, from rash guards to sunscreen, and wax, and everything’s entirely eco-friendly.
Soneva’s eco boards are made from poxy resin, bamboo woven mats; and bio-foam, which comprises materials converted from natural plant materials (soy, sugar, algae); and they’re manufactured by an approved ECOBOARD builder. The production of these boards produces 40% less carbon dioxide emissions than regular surfboards!
To find out more or to join the sustainable surfing movement, visit the Soneva website.
Nihi Sumba is an environmentally-conscious resort on Indonesia’s second largest but most unexplored island, Sumba.
The island is home to one of the world’s most coveted private waves. Known as “God’s Left,” or often “Occy’s Left” (after Australian surfer Mark Occhilupo), the wave is popular for its character. Even for the most experienced surfer it presents a challenge because it is so sensitive to different conditions: tides, size, strength, and direction. Catching a good ride isn’t as easy as it looks, but once you make the right pick, the reward is a 200m to 300m long and often thrilling ride down the line through sections of ripple walls and heaving barrels.
The resort reserves the amount of surfers to 10 per day, which not only enhance’s the special experience, it ensures the beach isn’t at risk of the impacts that come with overcrowding, such as pollution and damage to the ecosystem.