Dhaalu Atoll Wikipedia
Dhaalu' Atoll (also known as Southern Nilandhe Atoll or Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi) is one of the atolls of the Maldives. It corresponds to the natural atoll of the same name.
It stretches 23km (14 mi) from east to west, and 38km (24 mi) north to south. Out of a total of 56 islands, seven of the islands are inhabited, with a total population of around 6694. The capital island is Kudahuvadhoo, located at the atoll's southern tip.
Hulhudheli and Rinbudhoo (Rimbudu) islands, located to the west of this atoll, are islands traditionally renowned for the skill of their jewellers.
The formerly inhabited island of Gemendhoo on the eastern fringe of the atoll is surrounded by a long line of 11 uninhabited islands. The route from Bulhalafushi to Naibukaloabodufushi passes through these islands and can be walked in low tide.
Dhaalu Atoll Hospital is located in the island of Kudahuvadhoo.
Dhaalu atoll is accessible through regular domestic flights from Velana International Airport to Dhaalu Airport located on Kudahuvadhoo as well as local ferry services.
Some of the islands in this atoll have remains from the Buddhist period, but none of them have been properly excavated yet. Mysterious mounds known as hawittas are found in Kudahuvadhu. The old mosque of Kudahuvadhoo, possesses some of the finest masonry in the country.
Opened to tourism in 1998, the atoll has become a popular location for SCUBA diving.
Gemendhoo was abandoned after the tsunami of 2004 destroyed the buildings.
Dhaalu Atoll is home to several luxury tourist resorts including St Regis Vommuli Maldives, Niyama Maldives, Kandima Maldives, Angsana Velavaru, Vilu Reef and Aaaveee. Several other resorts are under development.