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Kaafu atoll

Kaafu atoll



Malé Atoll consist of two separate atolls: Nort Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll.

Together with Kaashidhoo Island and Gaafaru, Malé Atoll forms the administrative division known as Kaafu Atoll. Kaafu is the administrative name of the largest atoll of the Maldives, both economic and tourist population.
It is located in the center of the chain of the Maldives.
Of the 80 islands of the atoll, only 12 are inhabited.

Malé, capital of the Maldives, is located at the southern end of North Malé atoll. The only international airport of the Maldives is located at Hulhule.

Practically all uninhabited islands of this Atoll became tourist resorts during the two final decades of the 20th century.

The Kaafu Atoll is a paradise for divers and surfers. Many sites of surf E of N. Male Atoll
Thulusdhoo island in the atoll of Male N, is a major shopping center known for its plant bottling Coca-Cola. There is also the main storage of dried fish in the Maldives.

The depths within the lagoon are from 40 to 50m; the bottom is of coarse sand except over coral reefs. Shoals within the lagoon are easily discernible in favorable conditions of sun and sea.

During the Northeast Monsoon, a 2 to 3 knot western current sweeps through the channel between Male Atoll and Gaha Faro Reef, causing strong eddies and turbulence where it meets tidal currents from the lagoon. During this season, it is advisable to pass through the N reef at about slack water.

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North Malé (Kaafu) Atoll

N Male Atoll is the main atoll of the Maldives. It stretches 69 km S of N and 39 km E of W.
There are 8 islands of fishermen and 26 resort islands.
A number of islands surrounding the capital used in industry.
Divers will find many sites that have made the country's reputation.
9 Nov 11

Himmafushi and Lankanfinolhu islands (Kaafu)

Himmafushi, inhabited, and Lankanfinolhu (Lankanfushifinolhu), about 1.8 miles SW, lie on the same reef, with a low islet about midway between.
Himmafushi is a fishing village.Lankanfinolhu houses Paradise island resort. On the outer reef, southeast of the island, there are two ...
12 Nov 11

Asdu (Asdhoo) (Kaadu)

Asdu (320 x 150 m), in the lagoon, about 3 miles W of Mirufuri, is covered with coconut palms.
At 32 km N of airport.ASDU is famous for its live house reef jealously guarded and protected by it's management.The natural beauty of this tiny island is in its white sandy beach ...
12 Nov 11

Hulhule island (Kaafu)

Hulule, about 0.6 mile E of Funadhoo, bears some tall coconut palms; an airstrip runs the full length of the island and joins it to an islet close S. Airport buildings and a small village lie along the central part of the W side of Hulule.
The Malé International Airport is located ...
17 Nov 11

Kanifinolhu (Kaafu)

Elongated, with an area of ​​10 hectares, Kanifinolhu located E Reef North Male Atoll, is surrounded by a large lagoon that is home to an island of fishermen.
16 Nov 11

Funadhoo island (Kaafu)

Funadhoo (Funidu) lies about 0.3 mile N of the E end of Male, and is surrounded by a reef which dries in places.
A small tank farm, with three large and about six smaller tanks,stands on the island.
17 Nov 11

Paradise Island (Lankanfinolhu) (Kaafu)

Located NE from N Mal; It measures 800 meters long and 200 m wide.
Reef within 250 m, two entries.The lagoon is large and very shallow in places, not coral, you can swim without any problem but the snorkeling was ...
13 Nov 11

Thamburudhoo island (Kaafu)

Thamburudhoo is an uninhabited island near Velidhoo. There are only eight modern bungalows built here that can be rented during the daytime. For special occasions, it's possible to arrange overnight accommodation.
Thamburudhoo, meaning "lotus island" is located in the best surfing ...
17 Nov 11

Kanuhuraa island (Kaafu)

Kanuhura is in Lhaviyani Atoll. Kanuhura Maldives Beach Resort hotel is built on this island with two beautiful little island neighbors, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon.
The outer reef at Kanuhura drops down to more than 1200 meters below sea level, offering an immensely rich ...
17 Nov 11

Lohifushi island (Kaafu)

Lohifushi Island Resort is the Eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll: Good and hollow left-hander with two sections.
Need big SE swells and high tides to work well. Best during NW-NE offshore winds.
Named "Lohis" after the island resort Lohifushi.
Access by boat even from ...
16 Nov 11

Bandos island (N Kaafu)

The island of Bandos is 2 km² aera. It was open at tourist in 1972.
The turquoise of the lagoon, the lush green vegetation, the pearl white beaches are very beautifull.
19 Nov 11

Thulusdhoo island (Kaadu)

Surf: Thulusdhoo (Cokes), Atoll Capital. Eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll: a short but intense ride.
A big wave tube spot. A steep barreling takeoff, then a very shallow inside section that opens up even more than the takeoff.
Best on mid to high tide, however, can be ...
17 Nov 11
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