The Lhaviyani Atoll (Faadhippolhu Atoll) is located in the Maldives’ northern region. The tropical, warm water never drops below 75° F (24° C), and the air temperature consistently averages 84° F (29° C). The climate is defined by the drier north-east monsoon (December to March), and the wet south-west monsoon (May to November). The latter reduces visibility, but higher levels of plankton increases activity within the ocean’s ecosystem.
Due to its close proximity to Male, and its great channel, reef and wreck diving, the atoll is a popular destination. There are several resorts that cater for varying budgets. As with the Maldives in general, liveaboards can offer good value. Great discounts can be found during the low season.
You can arrange a trip to the island of Kurendhoo and explore contemporary Maldivian life, try sea cucumber in its cafes, and visit the tomb of Sheikh Najeebul Habashee.
After the excitement of exploring a shipwreck for the first time, lay down on a beach, write your dive log, and smile (assuming that the sea cucumber’s texture didn’t disagree with you).
Most of the Lhaviyani Atoll’s income comes from fishing, and you can visit the Maldives' only canning factory on the island of Felivaru. You can also try to catch tuna as the Maldivians do – using just a pole and line.
You can arrange a sunset cruise around the islands aboard a traditional dhoni, or experience your own castaway on one of the atoll’s uninhabited islands.
If you’ve finished your book then learn how to windsurf, or gently cruise the lagoons in a sea kayak.
The Maldives is about relaxing. Enjoy it.
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.
Transfer to Lhaviyani takes 40 minutes by seaplane.