Photo credits | Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Male’, Maldives, 27th February 2024 – In a move aimed at addressing concerns raised by residents and tourists alike, Maldivian Airlines has announced a significant reduction in charges for the carriage of surfboards. The decision, made public by the airline yesterday, comes after a query was posted on the Q&A platform ‘Raeesge Javaab’ by Ahmed Rasheed, a resident of GDh. Gadhdhoo, shedding light on the financial burden faced by visitors to the island for surfing activities.

Ahmed Rasheed pointed out that tourists were bearing costs amounting to approximately USD 800, inclusive of round-trip airfare and surfboard charges, when traveling to Gadhdhoo, renowned for its exceptional surfing spots.

Under the revised fee structure, charges for large surfboards measuring 86” x 24”, with a thickness or width ranging between six to 10 inches, have been reduced by 33 percent. Additionally, a new category has been introduced for small surfboards featuring a width of up to five inches, with charges slashed by 66 percent from the original rates

Gadhdhoo, located in the southern region of the Maldives, boasts some of the country’s premier surf points, including the renowned Tiger Stripes surf point, making it a highly sought-after destination for surfing enthusiasts.

This move by Maldivian Airlines is expected to alleviate financial burdens for tourists and enhance the overall experience of surfing enthusiasts visiting the island.

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