Tropical beach with coconut palms, shortly after sunrise. Biyadhoo island, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean.

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North & South Male Atolls

North and South Male Atolls are home to many of the country’s most famous and best established resorts, and all the islands here are within easy reach of the capital city and Velana International Airport. South Male Atoll is also home to Maafushi, the biggest success story of Maldives' opening up to independent tourism on inhabited islands, where there are now more than 50 guesthouses and multiple dive and water-sports centres, although concerns about overdevelopment abound.


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