The Thaa Atoll, also known as Kolhumadulu Atoll, is located in the Maldives’ southern atolls, north of the equator. The tropical climate sees drier weather during the north-east monsoon (December to March). The south-west monsoon arrives in May, lasting until November, and brings wetter weather and decreased visibility. The water’s temperature is still 24° C (75° F) during this period.
The atoll has one luxury resort, and it’s possible to negotiate reduced rates during the low season. This atoll is becoming popular with liveaboards that travel to the south of the Maldives, but if you’re just looking to dive, they can be good value. However, most operators do require a minimum of twenty logged dives.
On the island of Dhiyamigili you can walk around the ruins of a palace that belonged to Mohammed Imaaduddeen II - a sultan who founded one of the archipelago’s longest ruling dynasties during the 18th century.
If you’re there during the Eid al-Adha festival, you can witness 'The Dance of the Giant Being'. Local people dance under the moonlight to the escalating beats of traditional Boduberu music, wear elaborate costumes and call upon mystical creatures.
After strolling around the ruins of a palace, read a book on the beach before exploring the atoll’s coral on a night dive.
The Thaa Atoll receives a lot of wind and has some great surfing. You could also try windsurfing, kitesurfing or sailing a catamaran.
A traditional dhoni can take you out to try and catch a dogtooth tuna.
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 Thaa Atoll, then you will need to transfer by seaplane (one hour).