|by Steve Coleta|
|Surfing blue water is a tropical experience. Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Indonesia, and the Maldives are just part of a world of colorful tropical destinations available to travelers seeking uncrowded waves in a beautiful and peaceful setting.|
The experience of destination surfing is heightened by century old means of transportation to these remote locations. Travel by boat through the exotic wave rich seas of the South Pacific and Indian Ocean embraces the senses with the smell of salt air, the coolness of tropical breezes, and the clarity of water over the shallow reefs and deep passes.
The Maldives are in island nation in the equatorial latitudes of the southern hemisphere. The islands form a long archipelago between the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean west of Sri Lanki. There are over 2000 islands and islets, all formed of natural coral. Most of the islands are surrounded by reefs and passes covered with waves- waves colored by shades of blue. The term atoll comes from these islands. The multitude of atolls stretching over these thousands of miles make up the "String of Pearls".
Chartered and uncharted waves peel along the reefs on either side of the inlets between the islands. They taper off as they wrap around the corners of the passes, diminishing in power in size as they disappear into the protected lagoon waters. As they move through angles of light and refract over the living reefs they define color after color in the palate of blues- aquamarine,turquoise,ultramarine,sapphire, lapis,pthalo, teal, indigo, cyan, and more. These are shades of beauty and peace.
If you live in the moment, you may be fortunate enough to see the elements that combine to make surfing blue water the experience it is.