The Maldives experiences two predominant seasons, the North-East (Iruvai) and the South-West (Hulhangu). During these times the winds and currents move across the atolls in the direction after which they are named. The North-East, or Iruvai monsoon, occurs from around December time, and will change only in May the following year. This Iruvai monsoon is a particularly good time to be on Kuredu, as it brings with it many changes that make our island such a special place.
Once this season arrives, so do the Manta Rays, in large numbers, and in short distances from the resort. It is also not uncommon to see mantas on the house reef, or in either lagoon. The daily speedboat excursions to Manta Point and to the Komandoo house reef have been rewarded with excellent sightings, and the record number of mantas in a single trip already stands at 26!
This monsoon period also brings in some good winds, and some of our kitesurfing conditions will be the best around this time. The water in front of our centre is sheltered by the jetty, making it perfect for lessons or general fun.
Of course, Christmas will also arrive during this time, and Father Christmas makes his appearance, much to the delight of our younger visitors. Father Christmas can sometimes be found competing in the annual Gladiators show, which raises funds for a local charity, and is a favourite event among our regular visitors.
Between Christmas and New Year, our annual street market offers a carnival-like atmosphere, and guests may sample delicacies from around the world, as prepared by our team members, who hail from all four corners of the globe. Entertainment includes live music under the stars.
What a great time to visit Kuredu, a time which offers something for everyone. Hope to see you here soon!