Kaafu atoll

Kaafu atoll

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Localisation

Kaafu atoll
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Characteristics

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Description

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.

Tides
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

13nm
356°
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
Jojo

Himmafushi and Lankanfinolhu islands (Kaafu)

5.5nm
172°
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
Jojo

Asdu (Asdhoo) (Kaadu)

9nm
56°
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
Jojo

Hulhule island (Kaafu)

11nm
184°
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
Jojo

Kanifinolhu (Kaafu)

4.3nm
130°
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
Jojo

Funadhoo island (Kaafu)

13nm
198°
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
Jojo