The Maldives isan island nation in the Indian Ocean. It lies 1,5 flight hours southwest of India and Sri Lanka. It stretches for about 960 km from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll to Addu. It is the smallest country in Asia both regarding population and land area. With an average elevation above sea level of 1,5 meters it is the lowest country in the world. Since the 1192 islands are spread over 90.000 square km it is also the world’s most geographically dispersed country.
The largest city is Male. Nowadays the Maldives are a Muslim-majority country. Throughout their history several colonial powers dominated the islands: Portugal, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Independence from great Britain was gained in 1968 when the country became a republic under the rule of a president. The economy is dominated by fishing and tourism.
The Maldives have a tropical-monsoon climate, which is affected by two seasons. The dry season associated with the winter northeast monsoon and the rainy season which can bring strong winds and storms.
The Maldivian waters are home to a variety of marine ecosystems that vary from planktonic organisms to whale sharks. The country is most famous for the variety of colorful coal reefs which are home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of sea turtles, 21 species of whales and dolphins and many, many more living creatures.
Addu Atoll, previously also known as Seenu Atoll, is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. It lies south of the equator and upon crossing of ita certificate is issued which makes it a lovely experience. Unlike other atolls Addu is pretty unique with large islands surrounding the atoll. These islands are protected from the storms and waves of the Indian Ocean by barrier reefs. With 4 channels – 2 to the south and 2 to the north – the inside atoll is very calm and protected all year round and not affected by seasonal changes.
Addu Atoll is located 541 km south of Male. Administratively, Addu Atoll consists of Addu City which is one of the two cities in the Maldives. Addu City is not really a city one would imagine. It spreads over all inhabited islands of Addu, namely Hulhudhoo, Meedhoo, Maradhoo, Feydhoo and Hithadhoo.
The westernmost islands are connected by roads over the reef and the total length of the road is 14 km. This makes it the longest road in the Maldives.
Addu also possesses particularly rich whale and dolphin fauna. A great diversity of species has been found there. Personally, we think the inside atoll is a Spinner dolphin nursery due to the large amount of dolphins with babies that roam the waters all year round.
Canareef Resort Maldives is a beautiful island on the eastern side of Addu. It connects to the local island of Meedhoo by a bridge.
The resort is breathtakingly beautiful. Rooms are located on both sides of the 3,4 km long and narrow island. In total 271 free standing spacious villas welcome visitors. With no direct neighbors each bungalow is refined by nature and designed for guests to enjoy the nature in and around the island. The villas consist of 80 Sunrise Villas (facing the Indian Ocean), 71 Sunset Beach Villas (facing the lush lagoon) and 120 Jacuzzi Villas.
If that is not enough water, there are three pools on the island. One of them is even Olympic size and therewith the largest pool in the Maldives.