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Hanimaadhoo, Maldives Overview

Located in the Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Hanimadhoo is one of the largest islands of Maldives. Stretching over a length of 7 km with the widest part of the land being only 750 metres, the place is surrounded by beach all along the periphery of the island. Hanimadhoo is ideal for engaging in activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking.

Apart from the scenic beauty of the island, Hanimadhoo also houses around two thousand people along with an international airport. Due to the atmospheric conditions, a lot of banana plantations may be observed while touring the place. The Conservation Centre present on the northern end of the island is also a must–visit during the trip to Hanimadhoo Island.

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Things to Do at Hanimadhoo

Snorkelling may be experienced at a magnificent house reef situated close to Hanimadhoo Island. Easily accessible by a boat or a kayak, booking a snorkelling session will allow witnessing the beauty of the marine life at Hanimadhoo with much closeness. 

Scuba Diving: Get a chance to learn different types of diving courses as per your expertise level at the diving school present on Hanimadhoo. With linguistic–friendly professional instructors taking diving classes in five different languages, the diving sessions planned as part of the package chosen will surely provide a memorable experience.

Kayaking: By hopping on to a kayak, visitors may go for a trip around the island, getting a chance to witness the beauty of Hanimadhoo’s beaches and the vegetation cover. Not only this, but those carrying snorkelling gear along with them may also go for a snorkelling session of their own. However, such private snorkelling sessions are not recommended for those who are not good at swimming.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Hanimadhoo Island is during the months of January to March and from May to June. During these months, the crowd is comparatively less and the weather is pleasant as well. So the services may be availed at comparatively lower prices than during other parts of the year.

How To Reach Hanimaadhoo

Hanimadhoo Island is situated at a distance of around 300 Km towards the north of Male. The following modes of transportation may be adopted for travelling to Hanimadhoo:

Waterways: To reach Hanimadhoo Island via waterways, one may reach the island of Kulhudhufushi from Male. The route followed by ferries running between Kulhudhufushi island and Hanimadhoo island goes via Nolhivaran and Nolhivaranfaru islands. So, visitors may also travel to either one of them and continue their journey for Hanimadhoo in the ferry. The ferries running usually accommodate 50 to 100 people per journey, and charges around MVR 50 per kilometre of journey. Thus, the fares may vary depending upon the boarding place. 

Airways: To travel via airways, tickets for the island may be purchased from any of the domestic airlines flying to the place. It hardly takes around 30 to 50 minutes to reach Hanimadhoo from Male. The prices of tickets depend upon the airline chosen as well as the date of the booking.

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