The Noonu Atoll, also known as the Southern Miladhunmadulu Atoll or Miladhunmadulu Dhekunuburi, is located in the Maldives’ northern region. Only thirteen of its islands are inhabited.
The Maldives’ tropical climate is defined by two monsoons. From December to March the north-east monsoon brings drier weather, and wetter conditions arrive during the south-west monsoon, which runs from May to November. Regardless of when you visit, the air temperature is consistently 84° C (29° C), and the warm water is 75° F (24° C) and above.
The archaeological site on the island of Landhoo was discovered by a Norwegian explorer who attributed it to the Redin – people that feature in Maldivian folklore. Historical evidence would suggest otherwise. After a visit to the site, allow your own imagination to complete your own story.
The atoll’s accommodation options are mid-range to luxury. Plankton levels increase during the south-west monsoon and visibility decreases. This low season is a great time to find discounted rates at the resorts. Many liveaboards visit the atoll; if diving is your main objective, they are good value for money.
An authentic insight into Maldivian life is easily accessible on the inhabited islands. The only stress you’ll find on Noonu will come from shark encounters.
If you’re not looking to relax then you can windsurf, kitesurf or learn how to sail. If the winds are low, which they often are during the dry monsoon, then paddle across the lagoons in a sea kayak.
After your visit to explore authentic village life on an island, let the locals show you how to fish for tuna using the pole and line technique.
You can arrange a trip to an uninhabited island, take shade under a palm tree, and listen to the ocean as you practice drawing the many grey reef sharks you’ll have seen. You can even add their marks from mating.
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 Noonu Atoll, then you will transfer by seaplane (45 minutes) upon arrival in Male.