Alif Dhaal Atoll

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Alifu Dhaalu Atoll
Alif Dhaal Atoll.jpg
CountryMaldives
Corresponding geographic atoll(s)Ari Atholhu Dhekunuburi
Location3.85° N and 72.83° E
CapitalMahibadhoo
Government
 • Atoll chiefMohamed Mahir [1]
Population
 • Total8,145
Letter codeI
Dhivehi letter codeADh (އދ)
• Number of islands49
• Inhabited islandsDhangethi
Dhiddhoo
Dhigurah
Fenfushi
Hangnaameedhoo
Kunburudhoo
Maamingili
Mahibadhoo
Mandhoo
Omadhoo
• Uninhabited islandsAlikoirah, Angaagaa*, Ariadhoo, Athurugau*, Bodufinolhu, Bodukaashihuraa, Bulhaaholhi, Dhehasanulunboihuraa, Dhiddhoofinolhu*, Dhiffushi*, Dhiggiri, Enboodhoo, Finolhu, Gasfinolhu, Heenfaru, Hiyafushi, Hukurudhoo, Hurasdhoo, Huruelhi, Huvahendhoo*, Innafushi, Kalhuhandhihuraa, Kudadhoo, Kudarah*, Maafushivaru*, Machchafushi*, Medhufinolhu, Mirihi*, Moofushi*, Nalaguraidhoo*, Rahddhiggaa, Rangali, Rangalifinolhu*, Rashukolhuhuraa, Theluveligaa, Tholhifushi, Thudufushi*, Vakarufalhi*, Vilamendhoo*, Villingili, Villingilivaru*
Resort islands(*), airports(¤) and industrial islands are also considered uninhabited.

Alifu Dhaalu Atoll (also known as Southern Ari Atoll or Ari Atholhu Dhekunuburi) is an administrative division of the Maldives.

The separation of Ari Atoll (formerly Alifu Atoll) on March 1, 1984, into a Northern and a Southern section formed the two most recent administrative divisions of the Maldives, namely Alifu Alifu Atoll and Alifu Dhaalu Atoll. Alifu Dhaalu Atoll lies south of the line between the channels of Himendhoo Dhekunukandu and Genburugau Kandu.

There is a beautiful ancient mosque in Fenfushi island having wooden decorated ceilings and lacquerwork panels.

Buddhist remains, including a stupa, have been found in Ariadhoo Island.

Rangalifinolhu island in Ari Atoll or Alif Dhaalu Atoll where Conrad-Hilton operates its resort in the Maldives.

Whale sharks are year-round residents of Alif Dhaal Atoll. [1]

Geography[edit]

The South Ari Atoll administrative division consists of the southern part of the geographic or natural Ari Atoll (described as Southern Ari Atoll in this context to differentiate from the official name of the administrative division). The atoll consists of Inhabited Islands and Uninhabited Island, a definition which includes resort islands, airport islands and industrial islands.

Inhabited islands[edit]

Name Population[2] Coordinates[3] Geographic Atoll/Island Remarks
Dhangethi 713 3°36′27″N 72°57′19″E / 3.60750°N 72.95528°E / 3.60750; 72.95528 Southern Ari Atoll
Dhiddhoo 137 3°28′59″N 72°52′39″E / 3.48306°N 72.87750°E / 3.48306; 72.87750 Southern Ari Atoll
Dhigurah 529 3°31′50″N 72°55′33″E / 3.53056°N 72.92583°E / 3.53056; 72.92583 Southern Ari Atoll
Fenfushi 729 3°29′21″N 72°47′1″E / 3.48917°N 72.78361°E / 3.48917; 72.78361 Southern Ari Atoll
Hangnaameedhoo 481 3°50′57″N 72°57′18″E / 3.84917°N 72.95500°E / 3.84917; 72.95500 Southern Ari Atoll
Kunburudhoo 438 3°46′32″N 72°55′30″E / 3.77556°N 72.92500°E / 3.77556; 72.92500 Southern Ari Atoll
Maamingili 2,079 3°28′34″N 72°50′12″E / 3.47611°N 72.83667°E / 3.47611; 72.83667 Southern Ari Atoll
Mahibadhoo 1,939 3°45′25″N 72°58′9″E / 3.75694°N 72.96917°E / 3.75694; 72.96917 Southern Ari Atoll Capital of the South Ari Atoll Administrative Division
Mandhoo 295 3°41′52″N 72°42′34″E / 3.69778°N 72.70944°E / 3.69778; 72.70944 Southern Ari Atoll
Omadhoo 843 3°47′29″N 72°57′43″E / 3.79139°N 72.96194°E / 3.79139; 72.96194 Southern Ari Atoll

Resort islands[edit]

Resort islands are classified as Uninhabited Islands which have been converted to become resorts. The following are the resort islands, with the official name of the resort.

Name Resort Name Coordinates[4] Geographic Atoll Remarks
Angaagau Angaaga Island Resort and Spa[5] 3°39′9″N 72°49′18″E / 3.65250°N 72.82167°E / 3.65250; 72.82167 Southern Ari Atoll
Athurugau Diamonds Athuruga[6] 3°53′13″N 72°48′58″E / 3.88694°N 72.81611°E / 3.88694; 72.81611 Southern Ari Atoll
Dhidhdhoofinolhu LUX* South Ari Atoll[7] 3°29′54″N 72°53′46″E / 3.49833°N 72.89611°E / 3.49833; 72.89611 Southern Ari Atoll
Dhiffushi Holiday Island Resort [8] 3°28′30″N 72°49′29″E / 3.47500°N 72.82472°E / 3.47500; 72.82472 Southern Ari Atoll
Huvahendhoo Lily Beach Resort and Spa at Huvahendoo[9] 3°39′13″N 72°57′13″E / 3.65361°N 72.95361°E / 3.65361; 72.95361 Southern Ari Atoll
Kuda Rah Amaya Kuda Rah [10] 3°34′26″N 72°54′38″E / 3.57389°N 72.91056°E / 3.57389; 72.91056 Southern Ari Atoll
Maafushivaru Maafushivaru [11] 3°36′28″N 72°54′1″E / 3.60778°N 72.90028°E / 3.60778; 72.90028 Southern Ari Atoll
Machchafushi Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa [12] 3°35′37″N 72°53′0″E / 3.59361°N 72.88333°E / 3.59361; 72.88333 Southern Ari Atoll
Mirihi Mirihi Island Resort [13] 3°37′9″N 72°46′49″E / 3.61917°N 72.78028°E / 3.61917; 72.78028 Southern Ari Atoll
Moofushi Constance Moofushi [14] 3°53′5″N 72°43′40″E / 3.88472°N 72.72778°E / 3.88472; 72.72778 Southern Ari Atoll
Nalaguraidhoo Sun Island Resort[15] 3°29′0″N 72°48′5″E / 3.48333°N 72.80139°E / 3.48333; 72.80139 Southern Ari Atoll
Rangalifinolhu Conrad Maldives Rangali Island [16] 3°36′58″N 72°42′59″E / 3.61611°N 72.71639°E / 3.61611; 72.71639 Southern Ari Atoll
Thundufushi Diamonds Thudufushi[17] 3°47′10″N 72°43′51″E / 3.78611°N 72.73083°E / 3.78611; 72.73083 Southern Ari Atoll
Vakarufalhi Vakarufalhi Island Resort[18] 3°34′42″N 72°54′7″E / 3.57833°N 72.90194°E / 3.57833; 72.90194 Southern Ari Atoll
Vilamendhoo Vilamendhoo Island Resort[19] 3°38′1″N 72°57′32″E / 3.63361°N 72.95889°E / 3.63361; 72.95889 Southern Ari Atoll
Villingilivaru Ranveli Village 3°37′8″N 72°57′18″E / 3.61889°N 72.95500°E / 3.61889; 72.95500 Southern Ari Atoll


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/diving-and-snorkelling/best-of-diving-and-snorkelling/content/travel-tips-and-articles/77788
  2. ^ Based on 2014 Census "Statistical Yearbook Maldives 2017". National Bureau of Statistics, Maldives. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  3. ^ Based on list of islands in "Atolls of the Maldives". Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  4. ^ Based on list of islands in "Status of Islands" (PDF). Department of National Planning, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Republic of Maldives. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  5. ^ "Angaaga Island Resort and Spa". Angaaga Island Resort and Spa. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  6. ^ "Diamonds Athuruga". Plan Hotel SA. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  7. ^ "LUX* South Ari Atoll". LUX* Resorts and Hotels. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  8. ^ "Holiday Island Resort". Villa Hotels and Resorts. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  9. ^ "Lily Beach Resort and Spa at Huvahendoo". Lily Beach Resort and Spa at Huvahendoo. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  10. ^ "Amaya Kuda Rah". Amaya Kuda Rah. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  11. ^ "Maafushivaru". Maafushivaru Maldives. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  12. ^ "Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa". Centara Hotels and Resorts. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  13. ^ "Mirihi". Mirihi Luxury Boutique Resort. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  14. ^ "Constance Moofushi". Constance Hospitality Management. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  15. ^ "Sun Island Resort". Villa Hotels and Resorts. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  16. ^ "Conrad Maldives Rangali Island". Hilton. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  17. ^ "Diamonds Thudufushi". Plan Hotel SA. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  18. ^ "Vakarufalhi". Vakarufalhi Island Resort. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  19. ^ "Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa". Crown & Champa Resorts. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
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Coordinates: 3°39′N 72°50′E / 3.65°N 72.83°E / 3.65; 72.83