Located in the north of the Maldives, in Haa Alifu Atoll, Utheemu Island is equally admired by tourists for its scenic beauty. Although, its historical significance is not less. Utheemu is the birthplace of the national hero of Maldives – Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who, along with his brothers, was known for fighting and defeating the Portuguese invaders in the 15th century. In 1573, he was crowned as the Sultan of Maldives and raised the flag of Utheemu Dynasty, which ruled till 1692 with the lineage of eleven Sultans after him.
The palace of the Sultan has further strengthened the presence and tourism of this island in the states of Maldives. The locals are well-acquainted by the attraction of Utheemu island, but most of the tourists are not well-aware of this place. In additional to the palace, ‘Badi Fasgandu’ is absolutely a must visit place where one can observe local life, and can also catch a glimpse of the glorious history at Bodu Thakurufaanu Memorial Centre and pay tribute to the Kadhuvalhu old mosque.
The only way to reach the Utheemu Island is via sea route. However, the island lacks a harbor or jetty for safer docking of the boat. This is one strong reason why Utheemu Island is not amongst the most visited tourist and excursion spot. This also means that one can’t find any best Maldives Resorts to stay during their visit to Utheemu Island.
According to the locals, the island changes its shape with the change in season therefore making a permanent jetty unstable and non-durable for a longer run. However, with the help of an experienced boatman, it is not difficult to get to the island.
Accommodation on Utheemu Island
Due to the accessibility problem and lack of accommodation on the island, it is not ideal for the tourist to be chosen as their long holiday destination. But the prominent scattering of the nearby islands, provides some good options to the visitors. It is important to note that getting to Utheemu Island from any neighboring island can be very difficult, as long as, you are not with an experienced local boatman.
What to take along?
Utheemu Island is full of local people, so it’s is not impossible to find a place to have some good snacks and meal. However, one should not expect a superior quality service as accustomed in other tourist islands. So, to be on safer side, it is always a good idea to carry some food packs along on this journey.