Kanda Muli is the swell magnet of Addu Atoll that cannot always handle the amount of swell it attracts. Located on the southeast side of the atoll, opinions differ on when Kanda Muli is worth checking out. Some feel it is not worth bothering with in small swells, while others claim it is the best reprieve during small swells. Hey, every respectable boat trip needs a surf spot to argue about—even in a place as perfect as the Maldives Atolls.
The reef Kanda Muli breaks off is too straight for a point break, so it leads to a few different peaks instead of one killer. The peaks break both left and right, but neither of them last very long. A small swell with any northerly wind means a ton of short but surfable peaks, which can be a lot of fun (especially the lefts), but not quite screaming barrels. This lefthander picks up a bit more during larger swells, when the reef line starts breaking a little more fully, creating fast and heavy walls that pound right into the safety of the lagoon. Unfavorable side winds from the east or west, and too low of a tide can, however, end up making this powerful left nearly unrideable.
Ultimately, Kanda Muli is a reef break that typically ranges between two to four feet, and breaks best during mid to high tide on a southern swell with northwesterly winds. You’ll have to surf it to get an opinion on the debate over when it is best.