Thudufushi

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Thudufushi
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Thudufushi
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 3°47′10″N72°43′52″E / 3.786169°N 72.731091°E / 3.786169; 72.731091 Coordinates: 3°47′10″N72°43′52″E / 3.786169°N 72.731091°E / 3.786169; 72.731091
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Alif Dhaal Atoll
Distance to Malé99 km (62 mi)
Area
  Total0.046 km2 (0.018 sq mi)
Dimensions
  Length0.24 km (0.15 mi)
  Width0.19 km (0.12 mi)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Thudufushi (sometimes spelled Thundufushi), formerly one of the uninhabited islands of Alif Dhaal Atoll (South Ari Atoll), Maldives, was developed into a 70 room 5 star resort called Diamonds Thudufushi Beach and Water Villas in 1990. It is currently managed by Planhotel Hospitality Group. Some of the best diving points in the Maldives are located in the Ari Atoll. [1]

Alif Dhaal Atoll atoll of the Maldives

Alifu Dhaalu Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives.

Maldives South Asian country in the Indian Ocean

The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a country in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.

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Name

In Divehi, "Thudufushi" means "Point Island". [2]

Geography

Surrounded by a lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, and encircled by a reef, it is the only resort on the island. It measures about 240 by 194 metres (787 ft × 636 ft) 11 hectares (27 acres). Seaplane transfer from Male International Airport is a scenic, 25-minute flight. Most tourists, mainly Italians, Swiss, and Germans, reach the island by means of seaplane.

Seaplane airplane with an undercarriage capable of operating from water surfaces

A seaplane is a powered fixed-wing aircraft capable of taking off and landing (alighting) on water. Seaplanes that can also take off and land on airfields are in a subclass called amphibious aircraft. Seaplanes and amphibians are usually divided into two categories based on their technological characteristics: floatplanes and flying boats; the latter are generally far larger and can carry far more. These aircraft were sometimes called hydroplanes, but currently this term applies instead to motor-powered watercraft that use the technique of hydrodynamic lift to skim the surface of water when running at speed.

Reef

Due to the rise in temperature caused by La Niña, the coral reef had suffered but is starting to recover. [3] As the sea life returns, so do many sea creatures such as sharks and turtles. The island has a fully equipped diving centre.

La Niña A coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that is the counterpart of El Niño

La Niña is a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that is the colder counterpart of El Niño, as part of the broader El Niño–Southern Oscillation climate pattern. The name La Niña originates from Spanish, meaning "the little girl", analogous to El Niño meaning "the little boy". It has also in the past been called anti-El Niño, and El Viejo. During a period of La Niña, the sea surface temperature across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean will be lower than normal by 3 to 5°C. An appearance of La Niña persists for at least five months. It has extensive effects on the weather across the globe, particularly in North America, even affecting the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons.

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Atoll Ring-shaped coral reef, generally formed over a subsiding oceanic volcano, with a central lagoon and perhaps islands around the rim

An atoll, sometimes called a coral atoll, is a ring-shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. There may be coral islands or cays on the rim. The coral of the atoll often sits atop the rim of an extinct seamount or volcano which has eroded or subsided partially beneath the water. The lagoon forms over the volcanic crater or caldera while the higher rim remains above water or at shallow depths that permit the coral to grow and form the reefs. For the atoll to persist, continued erosion or subsidence must be at a rate slow enough to permit reef growth upward and outward to replace the lost height.

Geography of the Maldives

Maldives is a country of South Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India. It consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. Composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, the atolls are situated atop a submarine ridge, 960 km (600 mi) long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south. Only near the southern end of this natural coral barricade do two open passages permit safe ship navigation from one side of the Indian Ocean to the other through the territorial waters of Maldives. For administrative purposes the Maldives government organized these atolls into nineteen administrative divisions.

Tourism in the Maldives

Tourism is the largest economic industry in the Maldives, as it plays an important role in earning foreign exchange revenues and generating employment in the tertiary sector of the country. The archipelago of the Maldives is the main source of attraction to many tourists visiting the island country..

Atolls of the Maldives physical geographic entity

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Trans Maldivian Airways airline

Trans Maldivian Airways (Pvt) Ltd. (TMA) is a private airline headquartered on the grounds of Velana International Airport in Malé, Maldives.

Noonu Atoll atoll of the Maldives

Noonu Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives corresponding to the southern section of Miladhunmadulu Atoll. The capital is Manadhoo. Total population of Noonu Atoll is around 10.000 people.

Raa Atoll atoll of the Maldives

Raa Atoll is an administrative division from the Maldives. The capital is Ungoofaaru. It includes Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll proper and the island of Alifushi.

Baa Atoll atoll of the Maldives

Baa Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives. It consists of three separate natural atolls, namely southern Maalhosmadulu Atoll, the Fasdūtherē Atoll and the smaller natural atoll known as Goifulhafehendhu Atoll.

Alif Alif Atoll atoll of the Maldives

Alif Alif Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives. It was created on March 1, 1984 combining northern section of Ari Atoll, the small Rasdhukuramathi Atoll, and the isolated island of Thoddoo. Many of the islands in this atoll have been inhabited since ancient times and have archaeological remains from the Maldivian Buddhist period.

Rasdhoo is an inhabited island of the Maldives. It is also the capital of the Alif Alif Atoll administrative division.

Vilamendhoo, formerly one of the uninhabited islands of Alif Dhaal Atoll of the Maldives, has been developed into a 184 room 4 star plus resort, called Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, managed by CCR. Some of the best diving points in Maldives are located in Ari Atoll.

Ari Atoll atoll in the Maldives

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Wildlife of Maldives

The wildlife of Maldives includes the flora and fauna of the islands, reefs, and the surrounding ocean.

Fishing industry in the Maldives

The fishing industry in the Maldives is the island's second main industry. According to national tradition in the words of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, "Fishing is the lifeblood of our nation, it is inborn. From the soil on which we live, to the sea around us, it remains an integral part of our existence. Fishing, and our country and its people, [are] one and shall remain inseparable forever." The Maldives has an abundance of aquatic life and species of fish. Common are tuna, groupers, dolphin fish, barracuda, rainbow runner, trevally and squirrelfish and many more. Aside from being of essential importance to the economy, fishing is also a popular recreational activity in the Maldives, not only among locals but by tourists. The islands have numerous fishing resorts which cater for these activities.

Diving in the Maldives

The Maldives has become one of the world's best scuba diving destinations because of the white sand beaches, coral reefs, clear warm waters, numerous scuba diving sites and rich marine life.

Haa Alif Atoll atoll of the Maldives

Haa Alif Atoll is the code name based on the letters of the Maldivian alphabet commonly used to refer to the administrative division officially known as North Thiladhunmathi Atoll in the Maldives.

Landaa Giraavaru island resort in Maldives

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Bodufolhudhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll in the Republic of Maldives.

References

  1. "Lonely Planet, The best places to swim with whale sharks" . Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  2. "English-Dhivehi-English Dictionary" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  3. "Global Coral Bleaching 2014-2017: Status and an Appeal for Observations" . Retrieved 2 September 2017.