South Male' Atoll Map Maldives

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This is where tourism began in 1972. Kaafu Atoll consists of four geographical atolls; North and South Male’ Atoll, Gaafaru and Kaashidhoo Atolls. The atoll is located almost in the centre of the Maldives atoll chain. With 80 islands in all, only 12 are inhabited. That includes the capital, Male’ and the island of Hulhule on which Male’ International Airport is located. While the first resort opened with just 30 rooms in 1972 now there are a total of 3657 rooms distributed amongst 44 resorts in the atoll. In fact the biggest concentration of resorts is in North Male’ Atoll.

The atoll is dotted with dive sites, many of them well known in the diving community. Manta points, interesting reef formations, coral gardens and wrecks are all part of the diving experience in these atolls. The Maldives Victory, which sank on Friday the 13th 1981 near the airport island of Hulule, is now an exciting diving attraction.

Transport to the resorts in Male’ Atoll are by ‘dhoni’, motorised local vessels or by speedboat. The island of Thulusdhoo in North Male’ Atoll is a centre of commercial activity. It is most famous for its Coca Cola bottling plant- certainly one of the few, if not the only plant that uses desalinated water. The State Trading Organisation (STO) has one of its main warehouses for dried fish on the island. It is a trans-shipment point for dried fish, smoked and salted fish for export. Vessels from the northern atolls loaded with dried fish stop by at Thulusdhoo to sell their fish. In addition to these there are garment factories and a boat building facility that uses fibre-glass to build the traditional ‘dhonis’. The eastern side of Thulusdhoo is famous for its surfs aptly named ‘Cokes’.

Kaafu Atoll is also a haven for surfers. The eastern reef of North Male’ Atoll has many recognised surf sites for the avid surfer - ‘Cokes’ at Thulusdhoo is one. Most of the recognised surfs in the Maldives are in North Male’ Atoll.


Thulusdhoo, an important island in the North Male Atoll, is the hub of commercial activity. One of the main warehouses of the State Trading Organization (STO) is located on the island. The warehouse is a trans-shipment point for dried fish as well as smoked and salted fish. A Coca Cola bottling plant is also located here. A boat building facility, which builds traditional 'dhonis' by using fiber-glass is also located here. Thulusdhoo is a top destination for surfers and is popular with surfers for its surfs, appropriately named "Cokes".


To the north lies a large agricultural island, Kaashidhoo. This island has a population of about 1800.


To its south lies the Gaafaru Atoll, an atoll isolated from the rest. The Gaafaru Island, in the Gaafaru atoll, is the only island on the northern side of the reef to be marked by several shipwrecks. The population in this atoll is around 1100.

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