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Most of the other resorts are situated in the North and South Male Atolls; however, there are also many others, most in the northern island groups.

Alifu (Ari) Atoll

Alifu (Ari) Atoll lies west of Male, housing 26 resorts including Kuramathi, a fairly large island with a nice beach offering a variety of watersport facilities such as excellent diving, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, night fishing and 3 resorts.

The 121-room Aribeach Resort offers superior and standard accommodation, with hot and cold fresh water and air conditioning. An outstanding range of scuba diving and watersport activities are also provided.

Nika Island is a cosy, upmarket, 25-room resort which is tucked away from-it-all. It offers some of the most comfortable boats in the country.

Fesdu is located in the centre of the Alifu (Ari) Atoll rather than within the boundary. Accommodation available consists of fifty thatched round-houses, all located near the beachfront.

Angaga is a small traditional Maldivian style resort, exquisitely built in Ari Atoll, offering air-conditioned rooms with fresh hot and cold water.

Additional resorts are Halaveli, Machchafushi, Bathala, Madoogali Gangehi, Ellaidoo, and Maayaafushi. Many others are currently being constructed or have recently opened.

Baa Atoll

Baa Atoll with its 5 resorts is approximately 130 kilometres or 80 miles northwest of Male and it is one of only a few locations where traditional arts and crafts are still practiced. The atoll’s coral reefs are in immaculate condition and are popular for the many mantas and reef sharks visiting during the southwest monsoon or from May to July. Baa Atoll is different from others in that it has its own doctor. Travel time is about 30 minutes by helicopter or seaplane from the airport.

The Coco Palm and Reethi Beach are both 5-star resorts, each with more than 100 rooms split into 3 categories of well-appointed villas. 5 restaurants, a fully-equipped gym including tennis and squash courts are provided.

Sits on Kunfunadhoo Island, the Soneva Fushi Resort boasts 62 villas, all located along the beachfront on both sides of the island. It lies 121 kilometres or 75 miles north of Male airport with a travel time of about 25-30 minutes by Hummingbird Island Airways. The resort provides 2 major restaurants, both with indoor and outdoor dining serving international and local cuisine.

The atoll’s other 2 resorts are Royal Island (150 rooms) and Le Meridien (Kihaadhuffaru) (100 rooms). All have facilities for plenty of water sports, a health spa and a professional dive school.

Elsewhere

Lhaviani Atoll is located in the north of North Kaafu Atoll and is home to the Kuredhdhoo Resort which offers simply designed 250 bungalows. It is a location for those who love diving. Just south of South Kaafu Atoll lies the Vaavu Atoll, boasting some of the very best diving spots in the whole archipelago. Alimatha with its 70 bungalows is a well-established, long-popular resort, particularly among Italians.

Most tourism is in the northern island groups; however, Seenu, the southernmost atoll of the archipelago, located south of the equator, is well known as the location of a former RAF staging post in Gan. It offers tourist accommodation at the Ocean Reef Club. A regular, heavily booked domestic flight operates between Male and Gan.
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