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Addu - best preserved reefs of Maldives

Posted on : 05 Feb 2020

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  • Addu is the most southerly of the Maldives’ 26 coral atolls, comprising just over two dozen of the country’s 1,192 islands.
  • Lying just below the Equator, it represents the southernmost point of South Asia. Its six inhabited islands are home to around 10% of the Maldives 350,000 people, sharing a unique culture and dialect.
  • British troops were stationed in the atoll during WWII and later on RAF Gan, developing strong transport infrastructure as well as an experienced and well-trained workforce.
  • Other than its big beautiful islands and special southern culture, Addu’s unique selling point for the mid-market tourism sector is its accessible geography.
  • The 14.7km link road unites 80% of the population across four islands, while inter-atoll ferry services complete the atoll’s unmatched connectivity.
  • With some of the best-preserved reefs in the country, Addu offers everything visitors have come to expect from the Maldives - ocean environment, island culture, and tropical hospitality with a freedom to explore that cannot be found elsewhere in the archipelago.
  • Addu can lay claim to the longest history of hospitality in the Maldives, having first hosted British forces during the last century, developing the Maldives’ first cash economy.
  • The atoll is well known for its diving, and its reefs have avoided the most damaging effects of recent warming events.
  • The need to protect and preserve the atoll’s marine ecosystem has resulted in President Solih’s nomination both Addu and Fuvahmulah as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements
    1.Addu is the most southerly of the Sri Lankan coral atolls.
    2.It represents the southernmost point of South Asia.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 2 only

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