The Ihavandhippolhu Atoll is the Maldives’ most northerly atoll and falls under Haa Alif Atoll for administration.
The Maldives’ tropical climate is split into two distinct monsoons. The weather is drier during the northeast monsoon (December to March) and wetter during the south-west monsoon (May to November). The warm waters are always above 75° F (24° C), and air temperatures consistently average 84° F (29° C).
Only five of its islands are inhabited, and a long barrier reef can be found on the atoll’s western side. There are no resorts on the atoll, and it isn’t a common destination for liveaboards. As a result, the atoll's reefs and channels remain unchartered. A visit to the area offers pristine reefs and a true sense of exploration during your dives.
If your group is large enough to fill all the cabins on a private charter, then this area could be visited as an extension to an itinerary around the northern atolls. Alternatively, base yourself on Haa Alif and arrange a trip from there.
The Ihavandhippolhu Atoll could provide your opportunity to feel like a diving pioneer.
You’ll be able to explore an uninhabited island and feel like a marooned explorer (walk around the island so that you can’t see your boat).
The Maldivians are very welcoming and will allow you to watch while they make handicrafts. They’ll also share their culture and traditional way of life with you.
Water sports, such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing, are available. For something less strenuous, consider paddling a kayak.
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.
A transfer Haa Alif, the nearest atoll, will take 75 minutes by seaplane.