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North Ari Atoll

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

The Northern Ari Atoll is one of the most touristic islands in the Maldives. The archipelago is made up of many islands including the beautiful and original Dhoni Migili, which accommodates you in a bungalow and a very comfortable boat. The archipelago also includes the fine and long island of Kuramathi, the only island in the Maldives to have 3 hotels.

To see

You can certainly visit another island-hotel than your own, or even a desert island and an island village. If you have time to go back to Male before taking your return plane, do not hesitate to go! The atmosphere is special, and it is interesting to explore the Maldivian architecture. You can also have a look at the Friday Mosque, the Presidential Palace, the Islamic Centre, Park Sultan and the National Museum. Also not to be missed, is the fish and the local markets which have an atmosphere of their own.

To do

Once you get to your island, it might seem that there is not a lot to do, though there are several different activities such as diving, snorkeling, water sports and land sports. Feel free to enjoy a massage in the spa, which is very professionally done. You can also go fishing in the daytime and at night. As well as this, the hotel will serve you a barbecue on a desert island and you can visit a local island and another island hotel.

pros

  • +  The calm and serenity

cons

  • -  Far from the capital city of Male

To think about

Do not forget to take your camera along with you in the hydroplane. The view is magnificent. The atolls and the islands exude an unforgettable magic!

To avoid

Even though violent storms are rare in the Maldives, it is advisable to avoid the monsoon season, from May to November.

To try

The cuisine in the Maldives is both local and international with lots of seafood and fish. A large range of fruits are grown too.

To bring back

The Maldivian crafts show a certain taste for art and many objects are exhibited. You can buy some items in the shops, as well as other things such as wooden sculptures or stone coral. Coral jewellery is also particularly popular. For those who want to bring some sand home with them, do not hesitate, but on a reasonable scale, of course!
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