Lying in the heart of the Maldivian island chain is the inhabited island of Maradhoo, which is part of the Addu or Seenu atoll. Part of the Maradhoo-Feydhoo district, this island is a brilliant blend of habitation and solitude, with its long beaches and golden white sand beckoning one to visit. There are several places of interest for curious visitors to this island, as well as natural delights to enjoy in this home away from home. Boasting of natural beauty that has been preserved despite environmental changes, this island is a paradise on earth.
Geography of Maradhoo
Located around 539 kilometres away from the Maldivian capital Malé, Maradhoo is home to over 3000 inhabitants and is a happening place for tourism. It is flanked to the North by Hankete followed by Rujjehera, Abuhera, Hithadhoo, RAF and Hithadoo’s Gaukendi. On its South lie Maradhoo-Feydhoo, Gan and Feydhoo islands. At the Northeast side of Maradhoo is a British naval marine maintenance base and slipway which is now used as a dock by a private company.
The location of Maradhoo Island makes it the perfect bridge between Gan and Hithadhoo for administration, transport and tourism. The climate of Maradhoo is pleasant, making travel here perfect during the months of December to April when the weather is dry and there is little rain. The local tourism offices and administrative offices assist visitors with getting here, booking accommodation is needed and in getting around.
Ecology of Maradhoo
The landscape of Maradhoo Island is replete with tropical shrubs, palm trees, lush greenery and must-see fauna. There are several close lanes, small roads and houses built closely to one another in colonies throughout the island. Most houses in Maradhoo consist of just a single storey and it is rare to see one with a second floor. Almost every house has a home garden with ample vegetation. Especially seen are banana trees and coconut palms that are considered to be part of Maradhoo’s domestic agriculture.
Fishing abounds in Maradhoo and this island is in fact the main fishing village of the entire atoll. There is a good house reef here with multi-coloured corals and tons of varieties of fish that are of great interest to divers and visitors. There is a lot of investment in tourism in Maradhoo, and as a result, several guest houses, resorts and hotels have sprung up throughout the island. Visitors can also enjoy the island’s many water sport centres here. This place will surely give tourists one of its kind experiences and will add some amazing memories to their life, which they can cherish forever.