Those Unpronounceable Atolls

Confusingly enough, the 26 atolls of Maldives are divided for official purposes into 21 administrative districts, which are named by the letters of the Thaana alphabet and as such are a lot easier to pronounce. Note that this usage is not used for North and South Male Atolls, North and South Ari Atoll, and Addu Atoll, so we also use their traditional names instead of Kaafu, Alifu and Seenu. Stars indicate the name used by Lonely Planet.

Alifu Alifu Atoll

Atoll name

North Ari Atoll*

Alifu Dhaalu Atoll

Atoll name

South Ari Atoll*

Baa*

Atoll name

South Maalhosmadulu Atoll

Dhaalu*

Atoll name

South Nilandhe Atoll

Faafu*

Atoll name

North Nilandhe Atoll

Gaafu Alifu*

Atoll name

North Huvadhoo Atoll

Gaafu Dhaalu*

Atoll name

South Huvadhoo Atoll

Gnaviyani*

Atoll name

Fuvahmulah Atoll

Haa Alifu*

Atoll name

North Thiladhunmathee Atoll

Haa Dhaal*

Atoll name

South Thiladhunmathee Atoll & Maamakunudhoo Atoll

Kaafu

Atoll name

North & South Male Atoll*

Laamu*

Atoll name

Hadhdunmathee Atoll

Lhaviyani*

Atoll name

Faadhippolhu Atoll

Meemu*

Atoll name

Mulaku Atoll

Noonu*

Atoll name

South Miladhunmadulu Atoll

Raa*

Atoll name

North Maalhosmadulu Atoll

Seenu

Atoll name

Addu Atoll*

Shaviyani*

Atoll name

North Miladhunmadulu Atoll

Thaa*

Atoll name

Kolhumadulu Atoll

Vaavu*

Atoll name

Felidhe Atoll