The picturesque location of Utheemu, located on the far northern limits of the Haa Alif Atoll, the northernmost of all the Maldivian island groups, occupies a particular position in the history of this archipelago country.
This is because it was formerly the residence of the renowned Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, the leader credited with driving away Portuguese invaders from the isles in the late 16th century.
Sunsets glow orange and golden over the Indian Ocean’s lapping seas; drinks clink in the resort’s opulent bar; sea kayaks bob on the turquoise beach; and crystal-clear waves flow in softly from the inland lagoon.
Many visitors to the Maldives’ islands will be there for one reason and one reason only: diving.
And there isn’t a better spot in the country to wear SCUBA gear and wetsuits than at the Banana Reef.
Fuvahmulah promises to be different from the rest of the Maldivian atolls.
For starters, tiny blip on the map of the Indian Ocean has no close neighbours, and it occupies an atoll all to itself.
It’s also dotted with the occasional inland lake, which is unusual in this flat region.