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Coral Islands

Coral Islands

03 March, 21:03

The Maldives is a country of islands in the Indian Ocean not far from India. This country, which consists of 1200 islands, has extraordinary and natural atolls. While some atolls are inhabited, some atolls are in the form of isolated coral reefs. Coral islands, or Atol, are usually seen in a circular shape in the middle of the sea. Atolls consist mostly of calcareous skeletons of millions of coral polyps on a volcanic base. In the middle, there is a lake with varying depth, called the lagoon. Reefs and atolls are seen in seas with temperatures above 18 degrees.

In Maldives, atolls form a regular chain, which is particularly evident in the array of atolls in the north and middle. There are both deep and wide canals between some atolls. There are 20 administrative districts and 26 natural atolls in the Maldives. The word Atol has both geographical and administrative meaning in Maldives.

We can list the Maldivian atolls as follows;

  1.  Haa Alifu Atoll (Thiladhunmathee Uthuruburi)
  2.  Haa Dhaalu Atoll (Thiladhunmathee Dhekunuburi)
  3.  Shaviyani Atoll (Miladhunmadulu Uthuruburi)
  4.  Noonu Atoll (Miladhunmadulu Dhekunuburi)
  5.  Raa Atoll (Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi)
  6.  Baa Atoll (Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi)
  7.  Lhaviyani Atoll (Faadhippolhu)
  8.  Kaafu Atoll (Malé Atholhu - Capital)
  9.  Alif Alif Atoll (Ari Atholhu Uthuruburi)
  10.  Alif Dhaalu Atoll (Ari Atholhu Dhekunuburi)
  11.  Vaavu Atoll (Felidhe Atholhu)
  12.  Meemu Atoll (Mulaku Atholhu)
  13.  Faafu Atoll (Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi)
  14.  Dhaalu Atoll (Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi)
  15.  Thaa Atoll (Kolhumadulu Atholhu)
  16.  Laamu Atoll (Hadhdhummathi Atholhu)
  17.  Gaafu Alif Atoll (Huvadhu Atholhu Uthuruburi)
  18.  Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (Huvadhu Atholhu Dhekunuburi)
  19.  Gnaviyani Atoll (Foahmulah)
  20.  Seenu Atoll (Addu Atholhu)

 It is thought that the names of the atolls were given by the first settlers. The word Atol is derived from the Maldivian word "Atholhu" and is used in many languages worldwide

 The natural and cultural heritage of the Maldives is very strictly protected. A wide variety of plant and animal species are found on the islands and surrounding waters. The marine ecosystem and resources are an essential resource for the life of the people of the islands. The Baa Atoll contains many coral reefs protected by UNESCO. As Maldivlere, we are here to make you have your dream vacation in these magnificent atolls.

 
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