Southern Atolls

On the southern edge of the atoll, the capital island of Nilandhoo is home to the second-oldest mosque in the country, Aasaari Miskiiy, built during the reign of Sultan Mohammed Ibn Abdullah (r 1153–66). It is made of dressed stone and the interior is decorated with carved woodwork. It’s possible that the stones were recycled from the ruins of pre-Islamic structures.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Southern Atolls attractions

1. Maamigili

29.06 MILES

Maamigili is a large island that's home to around 2300 people. As well as boasting Ari Atoll's only airport, it's a busy fishing island with two harbours…