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Addu Atoll, Maldives

Addu City is a city in Maldives that consists of the inhabited islands of the southernmost atoll of the archipelago. Addu Atoll being the furthest south of all the Maldivian atolls and is 335miles south of the capital Malé. It just tips over the equator and along with Fuvahmulah is the only Maldivian Atoll in the southern hemisphere

The Maldives are a dream destination. Even those who “don’t do” beach holidays fall in love with the white sands and turquoise seas of the Maldive Islands.

There is however another side to the Maldives that many do not see. This is an island nation, spread along a chain of atolls in the Indian Ocean. Many atolls are uninhabited, some are only used as luxury resorts and only the capital of Malé in the north and Addu Atoll in the far south have larger populations.

Addu City is the main hub of the heart shaped atoll and like Malé in the north is developing like any other town or city. Addu Atoll is a natural anchorage and this was used by the British during World War 2. It was a secret base missed by the Japanese throughout most of the war. The island village of Gan is now the airport but was originally built as a Royal Navy base by the British in 1941. It is a strange place with the feel of a military base from the past. All the old barracks and buildings are still there, slowly being converted to residences, hotels and shops.
General Information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
Language – Dhivehi
Electricity – 2 round pins European style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT plus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 960

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