Sailing Guide

Malosmadulu Atoll (Maldives)

Malosmadulu Atoll (Maldives)



Malosmadulu Atoll consists of North Malosmadulu Atoll and South Malosmadulu Atoll, which are separated by Moresby Channel, about 1.8 miles wide.
These two atolls are similar in character, their W sides being composed of a series of lagoon reefs, some prominent and others in the background. This is a feature common to the N atolls of the Maldive Islands.

A huge atoll, 65 kms long and 28 kms wide in dimensions. Several complex reef formations mark the centre of the atoll. The eastern and western sides of the atolls are covered with numerous channels with 'thilas'. These 'thilas' have some excellent diving sites.
The pass Kanduolhi Kuda, about 2 km wide, through the atoll from east to west, while that of Maa Kanduolhi, 4 km wide, separates the southern side of the atoll. The atoll, no more than 50 meters deep, the bottom was covered with coral formations.

The Malosmadulu atoll is also well-known for its boat building tradition and proudly boasts the largest fishing fleet in Maldives.

The capital Island of the Atoll, Ungoofaaru, has the largest fishing fleet in the country.
This island has a population of more than 1100 people. Ungoofaaru also plays host to the regional hospital for the inhabitants of the North Atoll.

The island Alifushi (Powell islands) is located on the northern part of the Raa Atoll. The island, Alifushi, is a center for imparting traditional boat-building skills and famous for construction of fishing boats or 'Dhonis'.
L'Atoll Malosmadulu est divisé en deux parties: l'atoll Malosmadulu du Nord et celui du Sud. Ils sont séparés par Moresby Channel, qui fait environ 1,8 miles de large.

Ces deux atolls sont de même nature, leur côté W étant composé d'une série de récifs du lagon, certains émergeants et d'autres dans le fond. C'est une caractéristique commune aux atolls N des îles Maldives.

Le vaste atoll de Malosmadulu comporte plus de 90 îles, d'une longueur de 65 km et d'une largeur de 28 km, au N de l'archipel.

Seules 16 îles sont habitées par une population de 12500 maldiviens.

Les bords W et E de l'atoll sont pourvus de nombreuses passes favorables à d'excellentes plongées.
La passe Kuda Kanduolhi, avec environ 2 km de large, traverse l'atoll d'E en W, tandis que la passe Maa Kanduolhi, large de 4 km, sépare le côté S de l'atoll. L'atoll n'a pas plus de 50 m de profondeur, le fond est recouvert de formations coralliennes.
L'atoll Malosmadulu est célèbre pour sa tradition de construction de bateaux.
La capitale, Uggofaaru, qui compte 1100 habitants, est fière de posséder la plus importante flotte de bateaux de pêche du pays. 

Au N de l'atoll, Alifushi (Powell islands) est un centre de fabrication de bateaux et de formation aux techniques traditionnelles de construction. La nouvelle génération des dhonis est produite dans ses chantiers.
Share your comments about "Malosmadulu Atoll (Maldives)"


To precisely geolocate this site. Update if necessary.
Sites around Malosmadulu Atoll (Maldives)
Flying distances - Direct line

N Malosmadulu (Raa) Atoll

Malosmadulu Atoll (65 km long and 28 km wide) consists of 90 islands of which only 16 are inhabited.
The Maldives has 12 500 principal economic activity for fishing. Capital Ugoofaaru a fishing ...
7 Nov 11

S Malosmadulu (Baa) Atoll

The S side of the atoll is formed by reefs lying between Berriam Faro and Mamanago Faro, about 7 miles SW; three islets lie on this section of the barrier reef.The SW face of the atoll is formed by Mamanago Faro, at its SW extremity, and three similar lagoon reefs farther ...
8 Nov 11

Aligau pass (Fadiffolu)

There is a wide opening into the atoll between Aligau and Lowalfuri, about 3.5 miles NNW; the islet of Madewaru lies near the middle of the opening.
5 Nov 11

Barrier reef from Kanifushi to Madivaru (Fadiffolu)

From Kanifuri (Kanifushi), the barrier reef extends about 7 miles NNE to Fallwaru (Madivaru).The islet of Naifaru, the most densely populated of the atoll lies on the reef about 2 miles SSW of Fallwaru. It is the capital of Lhaviyani (Fadiffolu) atoll. The total ...
5 Nov 11

Maduni Faro and Vaadhoo (N Malosmadulu)

Maduni Faro, a lagoon reef, lies at the N of the atoll. Vaadhoo lies about 3 NM ESE of Maduni Faro, at the S end of a large lagoon reef.A wide opening into the lagoon lies between Maduni Faro and Wadu; it is free of known dangers in the middle of the fairway, with depths ...
6 Nov 11

From Mavaidu to Hurawali (Fadiffolu)

BetweenMavaidu and Hurawali, about 4.5 miles NE, several islets and detached reefs lie some distance SE of the enclosing reef. There are several channels into the lagoon between islets in this section of the atoll.
5 Nov 11

Hanikandu Faro (S Malosmadulu)

Hanikando Faro, at the NW extremity of the atoll, is separated from Kari Faro, about 0,8 NM S, by an opening into the lagoon. Dukandu, an island, lies in the middle of the inner end of the opening.Kari Faro is a reef enclosing a lagoon, with the islets of Iwafuri and ...
7 Nov 11

Eudhafushi (S Malosmadulu)

Eudhafushi island is the administrative capital of the Malosmadulu atoll.
8 Nov 11

Kanifuri (Fadiffolu)

Kanifuri (Kanifushi), about 2 miles W of Dehu, forms the W extremity of the atoll.
5 Nov 11

Maalhoss island (S Malhosmadulu)

SE Malosmadulu Atoll Maalhoss island characterized by a small lagoon on the west side as a perfect refuge for shallow-draft boats during the northeast monsoon. 
The entrance is marked by a small lighthouse. Maalhoss is a tiny island with approximately 500 inhabitants. 
8 Nov 11

Hithaadhoo island (S Malosmadulu)

South maaslhosmadulu atoll hithaadhoo is located on the south west in the atoll. 
Hithaadhoo is 2600 feet long and have 1430 feet in width. A total of about 1171 people are registered in the island. Main occupation of the residance of hithaadhoo is fishing.There is a ...
7 Nov 11
Local Area


The Republic of Maldives is a SW Asian country. The population of the Islamic Republic is about 300 000 inhabitants. The capital is Male. The language "Devehi" comes in part from an ancient form of Sri Lancans mixed with Hindi, Arabic and English. English is the ...
16 Nov 11

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, ...
6 Apr 12

Lhaviyani (Faadhippolu) atoll (Maldives)

With a length of 35 km and a width of 37 km, this atoll has about 50 islands, of which only five are inhabited.
Most are large, they are all located on the outer ...
6 Jul 12

Miladummadulu Atoll

Miladummadulu Atoll contains about 100 islands and islets lying principally on the E side; over 40 of these were populated in 1970, and almost all are wooded, with palms predominating.
Miladummadulu Atoll lies on the same submarine plateau as Tiladummati Atoll and ...
7 Jul 12

Tiladummati Atoll (Haa-Dhaalu) (Maldives)

Thiladhunmati Atoll (Tiladummati in the Admiralty Charts) is a very open, atypical atoll without a clearly delimited lagoon. It stretches SSW for 76 km and contains nearly forty islands generally of a fair size.
Tiladummati Atoll consists of about 40 islands and islets; ...
4 Nov 11

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 ...
6 Jul 12
During your navigation, remember to update the data. If a harbor, marina or anchorage is missing, create it. Thank you for all boaters.