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Kaafu is a region of the Maldives, which covers North Male Atoll, South Male Atoll and the islands of Kaashidhoo and Gaafaru.


Map of Kaafu
  • 1 Male — the capital city. The airport island Hulhule is located nearby.
  • 2 Hulhumale — artificial island near Male
  • 3 Maafushi


Surrounding both the capital Male and its airport, North and South Male have seen the heaviest amount of tourist development in the country. Practically all uninhabited islands of this atoll became tourist resorts during the two final decades of the 20th century; Club Med and Sheraton are two of the companies with resorts there.

Get in[edit]

Practically all visitors fly into Velana International Airport, near the capital island Malé. from where all resorts in Kaafu are accessible from Velana International Airport in an hour by speedboat or 15 minutes by Seaplane.


Scuba diving and snorkelling are the main activities.


All resorts listed here are on private islands.


  • OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, North Male, +960 6644615. Swiss-run 50-room resort at the northernmost tip of North Male Atoll, catering primarily to divers. Rooms are basic and have open-air bathrooms. OceanPro dive shop, small pool, one restaurant and bar, very limited recreational activities aside from diving. The house reef and nearby diving are excellent, but fairly exposed to currents. US$160.
  • Thulhagiri Island Resort, North Male (25 min by speedboat from airport), +960 6645930. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. 55 basic beach bungalows and 17 water bungalows (fully separated, with direct reef access). Good house reef, excellent Sub-Aqua 5* PADI dive centre (~US$50/dive), small pool, some watersports but minimal other facilities (no spa). One restaurant, mostly buffet fare, half/full board packages only. Drinks very reasonably priced (wine from US$2/glass). A very good budget choice. Beach bungalows US$200, water bungalows US$350.


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Most resorts run shopping and sightseeing excursions to Male.

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