The Vaavu Atoll is located in the south of the Indian Ocean’s Maldives. It’s the least densely populated of the country’s atolls, and its islands are inhabited by fishermen and boat builders. It is comprised of the Felidhu Atoll, and a second, smaller atoll known as the Vattaru Reef.
Its tropical waters are at least 75° F (24° C) all year, and the dry north-east monsoon runs from December to March. Wetter and less stable weather arrives in May and lasts until November (south-west monsoon). The diving is suitable for both beginners and advanced divers, and the Fotteyo Falhu, the most easterly point of the Maldives, is also the archipelago’s largest, unbroken barrier reef.
As one of the Maldives’ least developed atolls the islands offer an authentic insight into traditional Maldivian life. When you’re walking along the white beaches you’re just as likely to see locals fishing as you are a tourist reading a book. The atoll is a popular stop for liveaboards, and they are good value if you’re just looking to dive. Both mid-range and luxury resorts are available on the atoll, and during low season, when visibility decreases, discounts can be found.
After the excitement of diving the atoll’s channels you can arrange a sunset fishing trip, and try to impress the local fishermen by catching a Mahi Mahi. Its Hawaiian name means ‘very strong’ – learn a magic trick just in case.
Other than planning your next dive, or checking each morning to see if the local fisherman have spotted any whale sharks, the relaxed and less developed Vaavu atoll allows you to embrace a Maldivian way of life.
Arrange a tour to watch fisherman at work, or arrange a private trip to one of the islands and imagine what it would be like to win the lottery and name your own island.
You can learn how to windsurf and kitesurf, but if you want to expend less energy, paddle a canoe around the lagoons.
Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer - and you need to transfer in the Middle East first.
If you’re staying on the Vaavu Atoll then you will transfer by speedboat, which will take approximately 90 minutes.