MALDIVES ISLANDS - ATOLLS
Ari Atoll is a dream destination one of the natural atolls of the magical Maldives, it is one of the biggest located on the west side of the archipelago. The almost rectangular atoll measures 55.3 by 1.9 miles divided into two sections; Northern Ari Atoll, and Souther Ari Atoll consisting of 105 islands. More than 20 of these idyllic atolls are home to luxurious self-contained luxury resorts, each boasting its own accommodations and recreational facilities. The Ari Atoll is a dream location for snorkeling and scuba diving, and a famous get-away for water enthusiasts who wish to become one with the sea.
Among some of the fantastic resorts found in the Ari Atolls includes the LUX* South Ari Atoll, a desert island paradise with 193 private villas dotted along the water's edge, sitting on stilts above the tropical turquoise waters. The luxurious resort boasts eight eateries and five bars and the waters surrounding the resort are a diver’s paradise.
Baa Atoll, is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve since 2011, boasting one of the richest coral reefs in the entire world. The atoll is made up of three separate natural atolls, named Maalhosmadulu Atoll, Fasduthere Atoll, and the smaller natural atoll of Goifulhafehendhu Atoll. A major tourist destination in a protected area featuring stunning island resorts, a year-round destination for divers and snorkelers with abundant marine life.
Vakkaru Maldives is one of the atolls newer arrivals, nestled on an island in an idyllic setting with no other resorts insight. Stunning white sands stretch for miles lapped by a tranquil turquoise lagoon with coconut palms lining the beach. Iconic overwater villas line the wooden boardwalks and beach villas are tucked amongst verdant vegetation. The overwater Merana Spa is one of the highlights here, along with the Lagoon Bar, an overwater venue with an award-winning mixologist.
Dhaalu’ Atoll is one of the gorgeous atolls of the Maldives, home to several luxurious resorts including St Regis Vommuli Maldives, Niyama Private Islands Maldives, and Vilu Reef. The atoll measures 14 miles wide and 24 miles long, there are 56 islands within the atoll, only 7 of which are inhabited. Hulhudheli and Rinbudhoo islands are located to the west of the atoll, these islands are renowned for their jewelers. The stunning atoll is surrounded by shimmering sapphire waters and sparkling white sands, and home to world-class resorts such as Hotel Riu Atoll located on a private island boasting the best 24-hour all-inclusive service, a rich variety of culinary delights, and high-end amenities for an exclusive holiday. Baglioni Resort Maldives is an idyllic retreat in the Dhallu Atoll featuring 96 villas in the heart of the Indian Ocean with unique Italian hospitality. The clear tranquil waters are teeming with marine life and a thriving reef system.
Faafu Atoll is a natural atoll in the Maldives also known as North Nilandhe Atoll or Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi located southwest of the capital of Male. The one high-end resort that resides on this atoll is Filitheyo Island Resort Maldives, regarded as one of the best honeymoon retreats among the island chain with charming comfortable villas, exceptional restaurants, and a spa-like no other. There are Hindi and Buddhist archeological sites on the atoll and the second oldest mosque in the Maldives. Faafu is a diver’s paradise, with two wrecks on the resort's house reef found at 98 feet, unspoiled reefs, and frequent manta ray sightings.
Lhaviyani is the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, there are 5 inhabited islands out of 54 total. Lhaviyani is a large yet intimate feeling island featuring a fabulous range of resorts, facilities, high-end dining, and pristine beaches. Famed for its underwater scenery offering excellent snorkeling and scuba diving and the world’s largest all-glass underwater restaurant. Hurawalhi Island Resort is set on the enchanting private island, the perfect blend of comfort and serenity amid this tropical paradise. The luxurious resort boasts 90 villas for adults only ringed by pristine beaches and lapped by gorgeous turquoise waters offering guests exclusivity and mesmerizing views.
Male is the capital city of the Maldives, one of the smallest capitals in the world measuring just 2.2 square miles. The city is full of top sights and is one of the most visited locations in the Maldives, the bustling city features ancient mosques, museums, authentic colorful buildings, and a charming public square. Male is situated on the island of Hulhule where the airport is located. There are many bustling bazaars in the tiny city worth a visit, plenty of restaurants, bars, and other tourist attractions. There is an artificial beach here and a protected ocean pool. Some of the main attractions are the Tsunami Monument, Grand Friday Mosque, Male Fish Market, Sultan Mosque, and The Male National Museum.
Meemu Atoll or Mulaku Atoll measures 30 miles long and 19 miles wide, consisting of 9 inhabited islands and about 30 small uninhabited islands. There are two resorts located on the atoll, Medhufushi Island Resort, and Hakuraa Club offering guests luxurious accommodations, tropical grounds, and fantastic amenities. There are numerous coral reefs found inside the atoll with openings in the barrier reef to the western side, this opening is shallow and splits into two channels great for snorkeling and diving with abundant sea life.
Raa Atoll is a stunning coastal city in the Maldives, the capital is Ungoofaaru, formally it was off-limits to tourists, there was a change in the 1990s and the main resorts now are Loama Maamigili and Meedhupparu. The atoll is adorned with stunning white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas where an abundance of marine life can be seen. The atoll will effortlessly entice any visitor with a variety of attractions and sights to explore including dolphin watching, relaxing in a spa, snorkeling, scuba diving, island hopping, Surfing, and Paddleboarding. The accommodations here are out of this world, set in a tropical haven with lush comforts and outstanding amenities.
The Vaavu Atoll is the least populated atoll in the Maldives, located between South Male atoll and Meemu Atoll, known for its natural Felidhoo Atoll, which includes the ring-shaped Vattaru reef. There are a few small resorts on the atoll offering visitors a secluded tranquil paradise escape in an authentic Maldivian atmosphere. Vaavu offers some of the best channel diving in the archipelago, and one of the most exciting night dives amongst astonishing underwater topography. Visitors can bask on deserted white sandy beaches amidst stunning tropical surroundings and famous natural beauty. Vaavu is also famous for sport fishing where fishermen can catch mighty blue marlin, sailfish, dog-tuna, and GT (giant trevally).