Malosmadulu Atoll (Maldives)

Malosmadulu Atoll (Maldives)

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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'.
2011/11/8
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Jojo
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.
2011/11/8
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N Malosmadulu (Raa) Atoll

18nm
348°
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
Jojo

S Malosmadulu (Baa) Atoll

17nm
178°
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
Jojo

Aligau pass (Fadiffolu)

29nm
100°
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
Joëlle

Barrier reef from Kanifushi to Madivaru (Fadiffolu)

22nm
79°
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
Joëlle

Maduni Faro and Vaadhoo (N Malosmadulu)

30nm
354°
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
Jojo

From Mavaidu to Hurawali (Fadiffolu)

25nm
74°
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
Joëlle