Faafu Atoll is perhaps the least visited corner of Maldives and one of the least populated, with just 4200 people living on its five inhabited islands. Its tranquility has attracted interest: the Saudi government was apparently planning to purchase the atoll in 2017 to create a Special Economic Zone that would see billions invested in this tiny place. The deal, however, appears to have fallen through, much to the delight of atoll residents, who feared they would be relocated if the project went ahead.
For now, the capital island Nilandhoo is a small fishing village with a very traditional community. There is just one midrange resort and one guesthouse in the atoll, meaning that whoever makes it here will have the place pretty much to themselves.