Republic of the Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. More than 99% of the Maldives is sea, meaning our local guides know the sea well. The 99 % of sea is home to one of the most diverse marine treasures of the world. The Maldives comprises of 26 natural atolls consisting of tropical island chains.
Addu Atoll is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. Addu Atoll is one of the only two atolls that extends the Maldives into the Southern Hemisphere and is located 541 km south of the capital Malé. It takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to fly from Male’ to Gan International Airport in Addu atoll.
The island is about 4.5 km by 1.2 km with a submerged reef extending for about three km in a SE direction. In the past Fuvahmulah was a small coral atoll whose southern end was open at a spot called Diyarehifaando and the inside of the island was a saltwater lagoon forming a natural harbor. The channel connecting the lagoon with the ocean was closed by massive coral boulders in the past.
Huvadhu is the largest atoll of the Maldives with an area of 3152 km². The atoll has more than 250 islands, numerous reefs and lagoons. Huvadhu Atoll has been divided into two administrative districts which are Northern Huvadhu (Gaafu Alifu) in the north, and Southern Huvadhu (Gaafu Dhaalu). There are two domestic airports in Huvadhu which are in the islands of Kaadhedhoo and Koodoo.
Laamu Atoll (also known as Haddhunmathi Atoll) is 249.88 km away from Male’. It is a large atoll with mostly rimmed by barrier reefs, the broadest of which are topped by islands. There are many islands along its eastern and southern boundaries. The domestic airport is in the island of Kadhdhoo.