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List of Atolls in Maldives - Discover the Maldivian Atolls

As a collection of over 20 natural atolls the Maldives is a pristine holiday hub unlike any other. From the popular resort hubs to lesser known corners of paradise the country's atolls are as follows.

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Thiladhunmathi Atoll

Thiladhunmathi Atoll

As one of the more unusually shaped atolls in the archipelago the Thiladhunmati Atoll is made up of nearly 40 separate moderately large islands.

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Etthingili Alifushi Atoll

Etthingili Alifushi Atoll

Made up of two islets named Etthingili and Alifushi the Etthingili Alifushi Atoll is collectively known as 'The Powell Islands'. Alifushi is the only island that is currently inhabited among the two.

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Ihavandhippolhu Atoll

Ihavandhippolhu Atoll

Located in the northernmost reaches of the archipelago the natural atoll is 22km long and is home to 25 islets.

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Maamakunudhoo

Maamakunudhoo

Located in the western reaches of the country the Māmakunudhoo Atoll also known as Makunudhoo is home to four islands named Edipparufushi, Makunudhoo, Fenboahuraa and Innafushi.

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Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi

Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi

Nearly 71km long and 26km in width Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi atoll contains a number of oval shaped reefs that are oddly located along its western fringes.

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Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi

Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi

Also known as the Southern Maalhosmadulu Atoll is also home to a large number of Farus while the inner lagoon is equally picturesque.

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Goidhu Atoll

Goidhu Atoll

Known as Goifulhafehendhu Atoll or the Horsburgh Atoll this atoll is relatively small and is made up of seven islands.

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Fasdhūetherē

Fasdhūetherē

Nestled between two neighbouring atolls the Fasdhūtherē Atoll contains eleven islands of which only one is inhabited.

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Gahaafaru

Gahaafaru

Synonymous with the elliptical shaped reef within its confines that has caused many a ship wreck this atoll is best known as the home of the Gaafaru reef.

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Kaashidhu Atoll

Kaashidhu Atoll

Home to two islands dubbed Kaashidhoo Huraa and Kaashidhoo of which only the latter remains at present.

11

Faadhippolhu

Faadhippolhu

As one of the smaller atolls in the archipelago Faadhippolhu Atoll is home to nearly 52 islands. Five islands are inhabited.

12

Male'atholhu Uthuruburi

Male'atholhu Uthuruburi

Perhaps better known as the North Malé Atoll Male'atholhu Uthuruburi is where the country's capital Male is found. This atoll is home to nearly 50 islands.

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Felidhe Atoll

Felidhe Atoll

Made up of ten islands Felidhe Atoll is one of the larger atolls in the Maldives. Encircled by barrier reefs the atoll's Fottheyo Muli cape in the east is the country's eastern tip.

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Thoddu Atoll

Thoddu Atoll

As an isolated circular shaped atoll the Thoddu Atolls serves as the western entry point of the Kardiva Channel. Home to a narrow reef it is one of the few atolls that are devoid of a lagoon.

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Rasdhu Atoll

Rasdhu Atoll

Also dubbed Rasdhukuramathi Atoll this rather minute atoll contains an almost circular lagoon that is 7km in width which is littered with patches of colourful coral reefs.

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Ari Atoll

Ari Atoll

Made up of 50 islets the Ari Atoll is a well-known hub for divers and snorkelers as its lagoon and sea beds contain substantial coral reefs. Located in its southern fringes Maafushivaru Maldives is among the Maldives island resorts located on the atoll.

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Vattaru Atoll

Vattaru Atoll

A smaller atoll within the Maldives the elliptical shaped Vattaru Atoll is home to just one island and an inner lagoon.

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Haddhunmathi

Haddhunmathi

An impressive 48km in length the Haddhunmathi Atoll is contains a lagoon with shoaled areas and is often compared to Kolhumadulhu in appearance.

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Mulaku Atoll

Mulaku Atoll

Located in a world of its own away from the principles atolls of the Maldives the Malaku Atoll is encircled by barrier reefs. Separated from other atolls by a number of channels including Kudahuvadhoo Kandu and Hatharu-Atholhu Medu Kandu the atoll made up of 21 islets.

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Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi

Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi

Also known as the Southern Nilandhe Atoll the Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi is larger than the Northern Nilandhe Atoll which is separated from its southern counterpart by the Dheburudheetheree Kandu channel.

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Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi

Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi

Detached from Ari Atoll by the Ariadhoo Kandu channel the Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi is 29km length atoll with four islands to its name.

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Kolhumadulu

Kolhumadulu

With a majority of its islands located along its southern fringes Kolhumadulu is51km in length.

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Haddhunmathi

Haddhunmathi

Typical in its shape the Haddhunmathi Atoll is similar to Kolhumadulu in appearance.

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Huvadhoo Atoll

Huvadhoo Atoll

As the most expansive atoll in the country the Huvadhoo Atoll is also the largest in the world.