The Huvadhoo Atoll is located in the far south of the Maldives just above the equator. It’s the region’s second largest atoll and is divided into two separate administrative regions – the northern Gaafu Alifu and the southern Gaafu Dhaalu.
The tropical climate brings a north-east monsoon (the dry season) from December to March, and the water temperature is a minimum of 24° C (75° F) all year. Accommodation options are limited, and they're generally luxury resorts. In the low season, during the wetter south-west monsoon (May - November), good discounts can be negotiated. Depending on your budget, and the type of holiday you’re after, liveaboards can offer good value.
Huvadhoo provides an escape from the developed north, and its diving is less chartered. You’ll need to use local knowledge to explore the atoll’s 1,864 square miles (3000 km²) of ocean.
Due to its distance from the country’s capital, the locals speak a different form of the Dhivehi language called Huvadu Bas. After a day spent diving, you can admire the red-hued sunset from the beach. The silhouettes on a traditional dhoni sailing by are more likely to belong to fishermen than tourists.
If you decide to travel this far south, you might be rewarded by seeing a rare tiger shark. Just don’t swim away too quickly.
There are many Buddhist archaeological sites on the atoll, but they haven’t been properly investigated yet. Unlock the inner explorer and arrange a trip to any known areas – just don’t dig for ‘hidden treasure.’
You can visit an uninhabited island and fish for tuna with a pole and line, or you can learn to fish like a true Maldivian – set sail in a traditional dhoni and attempt handline fishing.
After a relaxing day on the beach, lie-down and enjoy the stars.
Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer – it may require a lay-over in the Middle East first.
If you’re staying on the Huvadhoo Atoll, then you will transfer by domestic flight (one hour) to either Kooddoo in the north or Kaadhedhoo in the south. It depends on where you’re staying.