The Meemu Atoll, also known as Mulaku Atoll, is located to the south of Malé in the Maldives, and only nine of its thirty-three islands are inhabited. There aren't many channels on the atoll’s eastern side, and this helps to protect beginners from strong currents.
You’ll be diving in warm water with temperatures never below 75° F (24° C), and the tropical climate is defined by two monsoons. The dry northeast monsoon runs from December to March, and the wet south-west monsoon runs from May to November. Air temperatures are consistently 84° C (29° C).
There aren’t any Buddhist archaeological sites on the island, but great diving and watersports will keep you entertained. You can walk along the atoll’s long pristine beaches when you’re not enjoying a lazy afternoon in a secluded spot.
Accommodation options are upper mid-range to luxury spa resorts, and they're often discounted during the low season. The atoll is a popular destination for liveaboards, and if you’re visiting during the high season, they can be a cost-effective alternative.
The sharks that patrol the channels’ stronger currents are the yin to the beaches' yang.
Just before sunset, head out on a traditional dhoni to try night fishing. As the sky’s redness concedes to darkness, play dot-to-dot with the stars while you're waiting for a squirrelfish to take your bait.
The atoll has great surfing and the quiet spots cater to different levels of experience. You can learn to kitesurf and windsurf, or you can paddle a kayak around the lagoons.
Arrange a trip to an uninhabited island, find some shade, and enjoy the irony of reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies.
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 Meemu Atoll, then you will need to transfer by seaplane (45 minutes).