Fuvahmulah is an island like no other. Situated in the far south of the Maldives between Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and Addu Atoll, this serene and exquisite place is about 4.5 km by 1.2km, with a submerged reef extending for about 3km to the Southeastern direction.
It features the most diverse coral ecosystems in the country and is home to the most prolific marine life on the planet, earning itself the accolade “the most beautiful island in the Maldives.” In addition, because of the island’s rich biodiversity, it has been declared as a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve.
The gem of the island is its unique pebble beach called Thoondu, which is regarded as one of the most unique beaches in the world. The pebbles have an almost mystical shine that doesn’t fade even when they are taken elsewhere.
Fuvahmulah’s unique white sandy beach is not the only thing that sets this island apart from the rest.
Due to its close proximity to the equator and distinctive geographical formation, the island is very rich in its marine flora and fauna. Accordingly, diving in Fuvahmulah is a truly unique experience as you will encounter rare shark species like Thresher Sharks, Oceanic Mantas, and many other pelagic creatures.
Fuvahmulah houses the largest freshwater lakes in the Maldives; a rare find that certainly makes for breathtaking views. Unlike other islands in the regions, which are formed of coral reefs, Fuvahmulah has volcanic origins. This fact is evident from the eccentric black stone beach, also called Kalho Akiri Gando, which is situated on the southern side of the island.
Fuvahmulah is home to about 8,510 people. Locals speak the Mulaku Bas language, a variation of Dhivehi, the official Maldivian language. Based on the local dialect, Fuvahmulah means “island of the areca nut palms.” The people strive to live in harmony with nature and constantly strive to promote sustainable development, which is also one of the reasons the island was named a UNESCO Biosphere reserve.
Essentially, Fuvahmulah proudly stands on its own in every aspect possible. From its rich flora and fauna to its scenic beaches, this island is an epitome of sheer natural splendor.