Destinations – Maldives
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The Maldives is one of the world’s most unique holiday destinations. Made up of 26 atolls, the country stretches out in a double chain of live coral reefs and sandbars. The only open passage is at the southern end of the chain, making the Maldives the perfect, protected diving destination!
Less than 4% of the country is above water, so it’s no surprise that most Maldivian resorts are on their own island. When you wake up in your own portion of paradise, it’s not hard to see why the Maldives should be right up there on your Must-see Destinations list!
The Raa Atoll is located in the north of the Maldives. This administrative division includes a range of inhabited islands including Meedhoo Island—settled over 300 years ago and home to the Raa Atoll Education
Centre; and Furaveri Island—a private island dedicated to the exotic Furaveri Island Resort & Spa.
Malé is the capital of the Maldives and is located toward the middle of the country’s chain, at the southern edge of the North Malé Atoll. The city is home to over 130,000 people and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world! All international flights enter in through the nearby Malé International Airport. The airport is located on Hulhulé Island and domestic transfers also operate from here.
North Malé Atoll
The North Malé Atoll is home to the capital of the Maldives, Malé, and Furanafushi Island—the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa’s own private island. Furanafushi Island is located just 10 minutes away from the Malé International Airport. The closest inhabited island is just 1km away. Speedboat transfers operate to and from Furanafushi.
North Ari Atoll
The North Ari Atoll is home to Fesdu Island. This island is approximately 80 kilometres west of Malé International Airport and is privately owned by the W Maldives Resort & Spa. The Fesdu House Reef is fascinating and can be accessed directly from the island!
Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
The Gaadu Dhaalu Atoll contains 153 islands and sits at the southern end of the Maldivian island chain. The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort occupies its own private island in this atoll. The resort island is approximately 340 kilometres south of the capital Malé.
The Baa Atoll is located on the west of the Maldives atoll chain, 125km north of Malé. It consists of three separate atolls—Maalhosmadulu, Fasdūtherē Atoll, Goifulhafehendhu Atoll, and is home to Hanifaru Bay, famous for its marine conservation efforts, including the Coral Adoption Programme which features at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas.