Alifu Dhaalu Atoll
Alifu Dhaalu Atoll is one of the Maldives’ administrative divisions, formed on March 1, 1984, when Ari Atoll was divided into two sections, Alifu Alifu Atoll and Alifu Dhaalu Atoll. The atoll is situated south of the channel between Himendhoo Dhekunukandu and Genburugau Kandu.
The atoll is made up of 50 islands, only 10 of which have a population of more than 12,000 people. The remaining islands are uninhabited, and some are used as tourist resorts. The capital of the atoll is located on the island of Mahibadhoo, one of the atoll’s largest islands.
Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, like many other atolls in the Maldives, has a long history dating back to ancient times. The atoll’s Ariadhoo island contains archaeological remains from the Maldivian Buddhist period, including a stupa, indicating that the island was once a major Buddhist center. Another atoll island, Fenfushi, had a beautiful ancient mosque with wooden decorated ceilings and lacquerwork panels.
Alifu Dhaalu Atoll is well-known for its natural beauty and marine biodiversity, in addition to its historical and cultural significance. The coral reefs on the atoll are a popular attraction for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The atoll’s crystal-clear waters are home to a diverse range of marine life, including sea turtles, dolphins, and various fish species.
Tourism is one of the atoll’s main sources of revenue, with a number of resorts located on its uninhabited islands. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, and beach activities. The atoll is also well-known for its local handicrafts, particularly lacquerwork and wooden carvings.
Alifu Dhaalu Atoll is an enthralling destination with a distinct blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. There is something for everyone in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, whether you want to explore the atoll’s rich heritage, enjoy its pristine beaches, or experience its vibrant marine life.