The Maldives is a small nation consisting of twenty six coral atolls that are made up of hundreds of islands. The total number tops one thousand, of them only two hundred islands are inhabited. This is where you come to gain a true appreciation for the ocean. This dreamy destination gives a new meaning to the word resort; Maldives does accommodation in style, with private over-water pavilions that offer three hundred and sixty degree ocean views.
Rasdhoo Atoll can be found northeast of the Ari Atoll. Ari Atoll is also known as Alifu and it sees the most amount of tourist activity mainly because of its remarkable dive sites, often thought to be the best in the country. Nearby, Rasdhoo Island is the main island of the atoll with which it shares its name. Despite not being a part of the actual atoll itself, Rasdhoo Island is also the administrative capital of the North Ari Atoll. This island is one of the few that is inhabited and it has a population of eight hundred and fifty. It has a charming little town with a school, a health centre, a number of mosques, several souvenir shops for tourists and Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives. Rasdhoo is often on the itineraries of sightseers who make day trips from neighbouring islands.
Naturally, water sports are popular in this very watery locale. The lagoon of Kuramathi, a beautiful shade of turquoise, is ideal for snorkelling. This is an activity suitable for all ages who want to admire the beauty of the local marine life. You even have the option of booking a snorkelling cruise on board a motorboat through the island’s water sports school. One of Madivaru Island’s most popular attractions is Hammerhead Point. Here, just offshore, schools of hammerhead sharks can often be spotted during early morning hours.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.