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 & South Malé Atolls
These atolls boast remote-feeling desert-island paradises and many of the country’s most famous island resorts, despite also being home to the Maldives’ main international airport. Excellent dive sites pepper both sides of Vaadhoo Kandu, the channel that runs between North and South Male Atolls.
North Malé Atoll
Tourism is well developed in North Male Atoll, and as well as having lots of resorts, there are several fledgling guesthouses 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 1150.
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