Where is Laamu Atoll Located?

Geography and Location On The Map 

Laamu Atoll (Haddhunmathi Atoll) Map
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Laamu Atoll, also known as Haddhunmathi Atoll, Situated approximately 240 kilometers south of Malé, the capital city, is a breathtaking destination in the Maldives archipelago’s southern part. It is situated between the Gaafu Alifu Atoll to the south and the Thaa Atoll to the north.

This remote atoll is nestled in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and breathtaking marine life. Its geographical coordinates are approximately 1.92° N latitude and 73.43° E longitude.

Islands In Laamu Atoll

Laamu Atoll is comprised of several islands, both inhabited and uninhabited. In total, there are 89 islands within the atoll. The largest and most notable islands in Laamu Atoll include Gan, Fonadhoo, Maandhoo, and Hithadhoo.

These islands showcase the natural beauty and charm of the Maldives, with pristine white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and lush tropical vegetation.

Characteristics of Laamu Atoll

Laamu Atoll , also known as Haddhunmathi Atoll is characterized by its serene and untouched environment, offering a tranquil retreat for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

The atoll is known for its pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant marine life. Its remote location and limited tourism infrastructure contribute to its exclusivity and unspoiled charm.

The laid-back and peaceful atmosphere of Laamu Atoll creates the perfect setting for a relaxing vacation surrounded by natural beauty.

How long is the Laamu Atoll? 

The length of Laamu Atoll varies depending on the measurement criteria. It spans approximately 37 to 41 kilometers (23 to 25 miles) from its northernmost to southernmost points. The atoll’s width is around 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) from east to west.

Tourism in Laamu Atoll

Luxurious Escapes in Laamu Atoll

While Laamu Atoll may be lesser known than other popular destinations in the Maldives, it offers a unique and authentic experience for travelers seeking a quieter and more intimate escape.

The atoll’s untouched beauty and serene ambiance make it an ideal destination for honeymooners, nature lovers, and those seeking a tranquil getaway.

The limited number of resorts in Laamu Atoll ensures privacy and seclusion, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the pristine natural surroundings.

Diving Sites

Laamu Atoll is a haven for diving enthusiasts, offering many stunning dive sites that showcase the vibrant underwater world of the Maldives.

The atoll is home to various dive sites, including the famous “Gan Kandu,” known for its strong currents and thrilling drift dives.

Other popular dive sites in Laamu Atoll include “Fushi Kandu” and “Hithadhoo Corner,” which boast impressive coral formations, colorful marine life, and the chance to encounter majestic creatures like manta rays, reef sharks, and turtles.

Resorts and Accommodation

While Laamu Atoll is not as densely populated with resorts as some other atolls in the Maldives, it offers a selection of high-end luxury resorts that provide unparalleled comfort and service. These resorts are designed to blend harmoniously with the natural environment, offering exclusive overwater villas and beachfront bungalows that provide direct access to the pristine waters and stunning coral reefs.

Local Population and Transportation

Local Population

Laamu Atoll has a small local population residing in the inhabited islands. The local communities in Laamu Atoll are known for their friendly hospitality and strong connection to the traditional Maldivian way of life. Interacting with the locals offers a unique opportunity to learn about their culture, customs, and traditional crafts.

How do I get to Laamu Atolll from Malé?

To reach Laamu Atoll, travelers typically fly into Malé International Airport (MLE), the main gateway to the Maldives. From there, a domestic flight is available to Kadhdhoo Airport, the nearest airport to Laamu Atoll. The duration of the domestic flight is approximately 50 minutes.

A few airlines offer flights from Male Airport to Kadhdhoo Airport, including Maldivian, Flyme, and Manta Air. A one-way flight typically ranges from $200 to $300.

Once at Kadhdhoo Airport, resorts in Laamu Atoll arrange for guests to be transferred by speedboat to their respective destinations.

Does Laamu Atoll have an airport?

Laamu Atoll has an airport. Is called Kadhdhoo Airport (IATA: KDO, ICAO: VRMK). It is a domestic airport located on the island of Kadhdhoo. Maldivian, the national airline of the Maldives, serves the airport.

The Kadhdhoo Airport is located approximately 3.7 km (2.0 NM) northeast of Fonadhoo. It has one runway designated 03/21 with a bituminous surface measuring 1,220 by 30 meters (4,003 ft × 98 ft). The airport apron is 105 m x 22 m.

The airport is used for both domestic and international flights. Maldivian operates the domestic flights, while Flyme and Manta Air operate the international flights.

The Kadhdhoo Airport is small, but it is well-maintained and safe. It is a popular destination for tourists looking to visit Laamu Atoll.

Rates and Travel Options

Travel OptionTravel TimePrice
Seaplane50 minutes$300-$500
Speedboat2 hours$150-$250
Ferry4 hours$50-$100
Table of different travel options from Male to Laamu Atoll

Rates for transportation to Thaa 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.