Raa Atoll, an emerging destination in Maldives – An important hub for tourism

Maldives is a picturesque destination which is well known the world over for its blue lagoons and beaches. Raa Atoll has gained a special soft spot among the tourists who travel to Maldives. Read on.

About
Also known as Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll or Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi, Raa Atoll is one of the administrative divisions in Maldives. Although this destination remained largely ignored for more than 30 years, it has risen from ashes with the introduction of seaplanes in late 90’s. Raa Atoll is home to beautiful coral reefs, exotic marine creatures, and mesmeric beaches.

Location
At present, Raa Atoll features some of the leading Maldives island resorts the likes of Dhigali Maldives. The primary mode of transfer in Raa Atoll is by seaplanes and domestic flights. This is mainly due to the fact that this destination mostly comprises lagoons and extensive reefs.

Diving
Raa Atoll’s geographical and topographical features make it rich in marine life. The inner islands feature shallow plateaus making better conditions for diving and snorkelling. If you are a dive enthusiast, you’ll be able to glide with Napoleon wrasses, turtles and eagle rays.

Majestic Rays
The rays can truly intimidate you as they glide effortlessly in the oceans. Rays can be easily recognized by their flat bodies similar to sharks. Encounters with eagle rays are quite common in the Raa Atoll as they generally prefer the open waters over the deep bottom of the sea.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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