Thaa Atoll consists of 59 islands; of these, 13 are inhabited and one is a resort. The capital is Veymandhoo, with a population of 1100 people. Nearby Thimarafushi was expanded recently by reclaiming land to accommodate the atoll's airport, which has daily connections to Male. The atoll is a popular destination for surf safaris and has a number of breaks that can only be reached by boat.
Despite its remote location and small population, there is a surprising number of historical sites here, including the grave of Sultan Osman I, who ruled Maldives for only six months before being banished in 1388 to the island of Guraidhoo, where his tomb was discovered in 1922. On Dhiyamigili there are ruins of the palace of Mohammed Imaaduddeen II, a much more successful sultan who ruled from 1704 to 1721 and founded one of Maldives’ longest-ruling dynasties.