Northern Atolls attractions

Top Choice Palace in Haa Alifu

Utheemu Ganduvaru

This small palace – now a museum – was the childhood home of Maldivian national hero Mohammed Thakurufaanu, who, alongside his brothers, overthrew Portuguese rule in 1573. Visitors are escorted around the complex by…
Mosque in Haa Alifu

Kandhuvalu Mosque

The date of construction for this stone-and-wood mosque is unknown, although national hero Mohammed Thakurufaanu is known to have prayed here in his youth, meaning that it's been here since at least the mid-16th cen…
Island in Haa Dhaalu


Hanimaadhoo has the atoll airport on it, and also has the best-developed guesthouse scene. It's an attractive and friendly island with some excellent beaches.
Island in Noonu


This island houses the remnants of a hawitta (an ancient man-made mound) supposedly left by the fabled Redin, a people who figure in Maldivian folklore. The 6m-high hawitta is known locally as maa badhige (great coo…