Crossing the Vaadhoo Kandu, the choppy channel between North and South Male Atolls, you’ll notice that South Male Atoll has a very different feel from its busy northern neighbour. This is partly due to the lack of people – there are only three inhabited islands here, all of which have relatively small populations – and partly to do with the fact that the uninhabited islands are spread out, giving an immediate sense of remoteness.
This is not likely to be the case for long, however, with the massive new Crossroads development under construction at the time of writing. This US$680 million project will create eight new interconnected resorts on a chain of man-made islands reclaimed from the Embudhoo Lagoon. Already boasting the most successful guesthouse island in the country, Maafushi, South Male Atoll, it seems, is also going to be home to Maldives' first mega-resort.