The One Island Atoll

Fuvahmulah is a one-island atoll, situated all on its own on the vast ocean in the south of Maldives, just below the equator. The island runs a length of 4.5 kilometer, making it one of the biggest in Maldives and is home to a living working community of more than 9000 people.

Truly Unique

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. 

Ecological Characteristics

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

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