Alifu Alifu Atoll
The Maldives’ Alifu Alifu Atoll, also known as Northern Ari Atoll, is an administrative division. It is part of the larger Ari Atoll and is located in the western Maldives. On March 1, 1984, the atoll was formed by combining the northern section of Ari Atoll, the small Rasdhukuramathi Atoll, and the isolated island of Thoddoo.
The atoll is made up of approximately 20 inhabited islands as well as a number of uninhabited islands. Many of the islands in this atoll have been inhabited since ancient times, and archaeological remains from the Maldivian Buddhist period can be found on many of them. Vajrayana Buddhist remains have been discovered on the island of Maalhos, which is geographically the atoll’s westernmost island.
Alifu’s capital city Rasdhoo, an island in Alifu Atoll, is located near the center of the atoll. It has a population of about 1,500 people and is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and diverse marine life. In addition, the island serves as a transportation hub for the surrounding islands.
The Alifu Alifu Atoll is well-known for its stunning natural surroundings and diverse marine life. The atoll is home to several world-renowned dive sites, including Maaya Thila. This dive site near Maalhos is known for its diverse marine life, which includes reef sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles.
Tourism is a significant industry in Alifu Alifu Atoll, with many of the islands developed as resorts. The Constance Halaveli Resort, the W Maldives Resort, and the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa are among the most popular resorts in the atoll. These resorts provide visitors with a variety of activities, such as diving, snorkeling, and other water sports.
Aside from tourism, fishing is an important industry in Alifu Alifu Atoll. The atoll is well-known for its tuna fishing, with many local fishermen catching fish using traditional methods.
A number of significant cultural sites can also be found on the atoll. The Bodu Beru Cultural Center is dedicated to the traditional Maldivian music known as Bodu Beru and is located on the island of Rasdhoo. Visitors can experience this unique aspect of Maldivian culture by attending performances and workshops at the center.
The Maldives’ Alifu Alifu Atoll is a beautiful and diverse part of the country. Its stunning natural surroundings, abundant marine life, and rich cultural heritage provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience.