Where is Dhaalu Atoll Located?

Geography and Location On The Map 

Dhaalu Atoll Map
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Dhaalu Atoll, a captivating part of the Maldives, is nestled in the central region of the archipelago. Geographically, it is situated approximately 140 kilometers southwest of the capital city, Malé.

It is situated between the Thaa Atoll to the south and the Faafu Atoll to the north. Dhaalu Atoll is part of the more significant administrative division, the Maldives’ administrative atolls.

Islands In Dhaalu Atoll

Dhaalu Atoll encompasses a collection of picturesque islands, each with unique charm and natural allure. The atoll consists of approximately 56 islands, inhabited and uninhabited. The largest islands in Dhaalu Atoll include Kudahuvadhoo, Meedhoo, and Rinbudhoo.

These islands boast pristine white-sand beaches, lush tropical vegetation, and serene turquoise lagoons, offering visitors an enchanting tropical paradise.

Characteristics of Dhaalu Atoll

Dhaalu Atoll is characterized by its remarkable natural beauty, tranquility, and untouched landscapes. The atoll showcases an abundance of vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters, making it a haven for snorkelers and scuba diving enthusiasts. The unspoiled beaches, lush vegetation, and tranquil ambiance create an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Tourism in Dhaalu Atoll

Luxurious Escapes in Dhaalu Atoll

Dhaalu Atoll offers a unique and authentic Maldivian experience, attracting travelers seeking a peaceful and secluded getaway. Unlike the more developed and crowded tourist destinations, Dhaalu Atoll provides a tranquil escape, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the pristine beauty of nature.

Its unspoiled charm, pristine beaches, and rich marine biodiversity make it a favored destination for eco-tourism and sustainable travel.

Diving Sites

Dhaalu Atoll boasts exceptional diving sites, allowing diving enthusiasts to explore its thriving underwater world. The atoll features diverse coral formations, vibrant reefs, and abundant marine life, including colorful fish, rays, and occasional sightings of reef sharks.

Popular diving sites in Dhaalu Atoll include the Kudahuvadhoo Corner, Nilandhoo Giri, and Maa Giri, offering thrilling underwater adventures and memorable encounters with marine creatures.

Resorts and Accommodation

While Dhaalu Atoll is less densely populated with resorts than some other Maldivian destinations, it still offers a range of luxurious hotels and resorts catering to discerning travelers. These establishments blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings, providing guests privacy, exclusivity, and personalized experiences.

Some notable resorts in Dhaalu Atoll include Niyama Private Islands, Angsana Velavaru, and Kandima Maldives, offering world-class amenities, stunning villas, and unparalleled atoll’s pristine beauty views.

Local Population and Transportation

Local Population

Dhaalu Atoll is home to a small local population residing in the inhabited islands. The local communities embrace the traditional Maldivian way of life, primarily dependent on fishing and agriculture.

Visitors can interact with the friendly locals, explore their unique culture, and gain insights into traditional practices.

How do I get to Dhaalu Atoll from Malé?

To reach Dhaalu Atoll, travelers typically arrive at Velana International Airport (MLE) in Malé, the capital city of the Maldives. From there, transportation to Dhaalu Atoll is facilitated by domestic flights to Dhaalu Airport, depending on the destination within the atoll.

The duration of the flight is approximately 30 minutes. Upon arrival, resorts and hotels in Dhaalu Atoll offer convenient speedboat transfers to their respective locations.

The rates for transportation to Dhaalu Atoll vary depending on the distance, and the specific resort or island you choose. Domestic flights from Malé to Dhaalu Atoll typically range from USD 150 to USD 300 per person for a one-way ticket, depending on the season and availability

Rates and Travel Options

Travel OptionTravel TimePrice
Seaplane30 minutes$300-$500
Speedboat2 hours$150-$250
Ferry3 hours$50-$100
Table of different travel options from Male to Dhaalu Atoll

Rates for transportation to Dhaalu Atoll can vary depending on the resort you choose and the package you opt for. It’s recommended to check with the resort you are planning to stay.