Introduction to surfing at Pasta Point, Chaaya Island Dhonveli, Maldives.
The surf at Chaaya Island Dhonveli is world class and the amazing left hand point break “Pasta point” is right on your door step if you stay at Chaaya Island Dhonveli.
Pasta Point is a unique surf spot in terms of access to surf it. In 1973 Australian born Anthony Hussein Hinde ran aground en-route from Sri Lanka to Réunion Island. Hinde spent several unplanned months in the Maldives repairing the boat. However, he quickly discovered how good the surfing potential was in the northern Maldives and decided to stay in the country.
He developed the Chaaya Island Dhonveli resort and bought the land access to Pasta Point before big investment firms could move in to exploit it further.
Today it is only possible to surf this perfect wave if you book through Errant Surf Holidays which acts as the UK’s agent for Atoll Travel.
Can I buy a surf pass if I have booked with Thomson Holidays, Thomas Cook or First Choice Holidays?
In short no. The resort itself can hold hundreds of people, without limted access, the break would become very busy. You can not turn up and buy a surf pass. Surf passes are limited to 30 people on any given day.
If you wish to surf at Chaaya Island Dhonveli you will need to book through Errant Surf Holidays.
About Anthony Hussein Hinde
He was an Australian-born Maldivian surfer and surfing pioneer. Hinde is considered to be the “father of surfing in the Maldives.” He is co-credited with discovering the surfing potential in the Maldives, along with Australian surfer Mark Scanlon, and kick-starting the nation’s emerging tourism industry.
Hinde’s life in the Maldives began in December 1973. Hinde and fellow Australian surfer Mark Scanlon were shipwrecked on the North Malé atoll in the Maldives aboard the Whitewings, a ketch in which they had been hired as crew members. The Whitewings had been en route across the Indian Ocean from Sri Lanka to Réunion Island when they ran aground. Hinde spent several unplanned months in the Maldives repairing the boat. However, he quickly discovered how good the surfing potential was in the northern Maldives and decided to stay in the country.
In order to stay in the country Hinde became a Maldivian citizen and converted to Islam. He married a Maldivian woman, Zulfa, on May 27, 1983. Hinde largely managed to keep the surfing possibilities of the Maldives an open secret among surfing friends for almost fifteen years. However, in the mid-1980s Hinde opened Atoll Adventures, a surfing camp in Tari village, in response to plans by foreign investor to open resorts in the area. Hinde continued to run the surfing camp and hotel, which changes its name to Dhonveli Beach & Spa in early 2000. It is now known as Chaaya Dhonveli, or Dhonveli Beach.
Tony Hussein Hinde died on May 27, 2008 while surfing at Pasta Point in Malé Atoll in the Maldives at the age of 55. He suffered an apparent heart attack after riding a wave. He was found floating face down in the water, but CPR failed to resuscitate him. He was buried at Mollymook cemetery in his native New South Wales, Australia on June 3, 2008. Local Maldivian and foreign surfers held a memorial at Varunulaa Raalhugandu, the main surfing spot in the capital city of Malé, and at Pasta Point on June 8.
Hinde was survived by his daughter, Mishal, and his son, Ashley. His wife, Zulfa, whom he married in 1983, died in January 2008. The same day that Hinde died would have marked the couple’s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
The Dhivehi Observer, a Maldivian newspaper based in the United Kingdom, said of Hinde that “In fact most Maldivians think he is a Maldivian but is an Australian who has bridged that cultural gap” (between the two countries).