Maldives Holiday On The Raa Atoll

by : Peter R Stewart

Raa Atoll is perhaps not the first place you would choose to find a Maldives Holiday Island Resort, because it is not as well known as many other atolls.

Raa Atoll is North West of Male Atoll and west of Noonu Atoll, on the outer margins of the Maldives. It is an enormous atoll 65kms long and 28kms wide with more than 90 islands. Only 16 of the islands are inhabited, mostly on the eastern side of the atoll, and only one contains a tourist resort..

The atoll is famous for boat building the traditional 'dhonis' and also for its fishing fleet. As a tourist there are a lot of uninhabited islands to visit, fishing villages, and the diving is particularly spectacular due to the unusual formation of the atoll with complex reef formations at the centre of it.

Raa Atoll is located in the Northern part of Maldives and to the west of the Noonu atoll. The Raa Atoll comprises of a collection of over 90 islands of which only 16 are inhabited. With a population around 19,003, the majority of these inhabited islands lie on the eastern side of the atoll. Out of the remaining uninhabited islands, only one island has been developed as a tourist resort.

Meedhupparu Island Resort is a 4 star hotel with 225 rooms and it is situated 130 Km from the airport, and is reached by sea plane transfer in 40 minutes. It is a very large resort being spread over 43 acres and is a very new and bright star. There are 215 beach bungalows and then the Water Villas part of the Water Village, an exclusive complex with its own restaurant, and bar. There are 20 spacious villas on stilts.

Raa Atoll may not be top of your list, in fact you may never have heard of this area in the Maldives, but if you like unspoilt islands and you want a truly great honeymoon vacation, and you don't mind a short seaplane flight, you need to do some research on Meedhupparu Island Resort and Raa Atoll.

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