Places in Maldives
The pint-sized Maldivian capital is the throbbing, mercantile heart of the nation, a densely crowded and extraordinary place, notable mainly for its stark contrast to the laid-back pace of island life elsewhere in the country. Male (mar-lay) offers the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives away from the resort buffet and infinity pool.
North Malé Atoll
Tourism is well developed in North Male Atoll, and as well as having lots of resorts, there are several guesthouses on inhabited islands here too. Male itself isn’t the atoll capital, as it’s considered to be its own administrative district. Instead, the atoll capital is Thulusdhoo, on the eastern edge of North Male Atoll, with a population of about 1200.
The geographic entity of Ari Atoll is about 80km from north to south, 30km wide and contains 18 inhabited islands out of a total of 81. The most populous island is Mahibadhoo, the capital of South Ari, with around 2000 people. There are now several guesthouse on Mahibadhoo, and it's a good place to experience life in a large Maldivian town.
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