The mysterious island, near which 7 species of sharks live, is a tourist mecca for all divers in the world. The only place in the world where you can see tiger and whale sharks all year round. The island is known for incredible diving, fishing and magical beaches. What you need to know about holidays on Fuvahmulah Island?
Fuvahmulah takes its name after the areca nut palm, Fuvah, in the local Dhivehi language. Located in the southern region of Maldives, Fuvahmulah is one large island about 4.5 km long and 1.2 km wide, local population is about 13,000, which itself is also an atoll unlike any other islands nor atolls of Maldives. Located below the zero degree equator on the Indian ocean, on the southern side of Maldives, and is often described as one of the most beautiful Maldivian islands.
The island’s main economic revenue being tourism, fishing and agriculture. Fuvahmulah boasts lush vegetation comprising of coconut palms, Malabar plums, taro fields, and an abundant growth of mango trees.
The land of Fuvahmulah is a volcanic bowl with woodlands, freshwater lakes and verdant marshes covering its interior. The unique geographic setting makes the surrounding sea and reefs of Fuvahmulah, one of the most biodiverse water in the Maldives. In addition to the diverse biodiversity and unique ecology, the island has a storied history filled with tales, traditions, ancient ruins and a dialect of its own that sets Fuvahmulah apart from the rest of the Maldives.
The ecology of Fuvahmulah is well-known for its diverse coral ecosystems, including coral, mangrove, and wetland systems. The atoll is home to various biodiversity, including significant populations of tiger, thresher, and whale sharks, as well as over 1,200 species of fish. The island is also an important station for migratory birds, with over 167 species found there, including five endemic species. The island’s geology is characterized by hard coral and sand conglomerates, forming a shallow bowl with two water bodies, surrounded by marshes covered in peat and mud, and coconut palms, trees, and shrubs. Due to the absence of a lagoon, the island is affected by strong wave action, resulting in the famous “Thoondu,” an area of fringing reef extending from the northern point of the island, with a unique pebble beach.
A UNESCO Designated Biosphere Reserve
Fuvahmulah is a UNSESCO designated biosphere reserve recognized as such for its unique ecology and rich marine biodiversity. Fuvahmulah Biosphere reserve is approximately 1300 hectares and is the country’s only single island d administrative atoll. This atoll boasts the most diverse coral ecosystems in the country with its healthy habitats and unique coral sand beach formations. This atoll is unique due to its single island and its bowl form