The picturesque location of Utheemu, located in the far northern reaches of the Haa Alif Atoll, the northernmost of all the Maldivian island groups, has a particular position in the archipelago country’s history.
This is because it was once the residence of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who is credited with driving Portuguese invaders from the islands in the late 16th century.
As sunsets blaze orange and golden over the Indian Ocean’s lapping seas, drinks clink at the resort’s opulent bar, sea kayaks bob on the turquoise beach, and crystal-clear waves wash in softly from the interior lagoon.
Many visitors to the Maldives will come only for the purpose of diving.
The greatest site in the country to use SCUBA equipment and wetsuits is at the Banana Reef.
Fuvahmulah is expected to stand out among the Maldivian atolls.
To begin with, this little dot on the Indian Ocean map has no close neighbours and is the area’s lone atoll.
It’s also dotted with inland lakes, which are unusual in this flat landscape.