Historic Haa Alifu & Haa Dhaalu - For Lovers of History and Tales of Adventure

Welcome to Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu, the northernmost region of the Maldives. One of the eight sideline experiences offered during the Visit Maldives Storytellers' Conference 2023, this captivating region is home to historically significant islands known for their rich heritage and adventurous tales. As part of this exclusive conference, participants will have the opportunity to explore Haa Alifu & Haa Dhaalu, immersing themselves in its natural wonders, engaging in exciting activities, and creating unforgettable stories to share with the world.
Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu are popular among tourists for their pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and the opportunity to explore the Maldives' cultural richness. Here, you can indulge in a wide range of experiences that will leave you with lifelong memories. Embark on a journey to this captivating region and explore the wonders it has to offer.
Unveiling the Sultan's Legacy at Utheemu
As the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, a revered figure who valiantly fought against the Portuguese in the 16th century, Utheemu Island offers a unique opportunity to delve into Maldivian history while experiencing the cultural richness of the Maldives. One of the must-visit attractions in Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu is the well-preserved Utheemu Ganduvaru, the childhood residence of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, which has now been transformed into a fascinating museum. Step into the Sultan's world as you explore the rooms filled with historical artefacts, royal possessions, and vivid depictions of his courageous journey. Walk in the footsteps of a true hero and gain a deeper understanding of the Maldives' rich heritage.
Explore Architectural Marvels
The region is home to the remarkable Kandhuvalu Mosque, a testament to the architectural prowess of the Maldivians. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient mosque, believed to have been constructed between 500 and 1502 AD. As you wander through its courtyard, you'll come across a unique pool-like structure called veu. This intriguing feature adds to the mosque's mystique and provides a glimpse into the historical and cultural significance of the Maldives. Visit the archaeological Kaani tree, a symbol of Maldivian history, before enjoying refreshments at Utheemu Beach, accompanied by local specialities and cultural performances.
Diving into Underwater History
For those seeking underwater adventures and historical intrigue, the Filladhoo shipwreck is a must-visit site. In 1963, the ship named ‘Captain Pentails’ sank on the southeast coast of Filladhoo Island, and its remains can still be seen 15 metres beneath the surface of the water. Strap on your snorkelling gear and explore this underwater time capsule, where you'll encounter a captivating blend of marine life and the remnants of the ship. This unique experience offers a glimpse into the maritime history of the Maldives and provides an unforgettable adventure for diving enthusiasts. You can also indulge in thrilling water sports activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and inflatable fun rides, and try your hand at traditional Maldivian fishing.
Luxury and Comfort Combined
During your stay in this captivating region, several exceptional properties offer a luxurious and comfortable experience.
The Barefoot Eco Hotel is located within an almost pristine forest, on the local island of Hanimaadhoo, in the preserved deep North of the Maldives. This 4 star Eco Hotel is well connected to Malè International airport by numerous daily 45 minute flights. The dense vegetation allows not only privacy but the opportunity to experience untouched nature and the genuine, natural Maldives along with all the amenities expected from a charming accommodation option. A private, half mile sandy beach and a turquoise lagoon frame the hotel, inviting you to experience an authentic and relaxing holiday at outstanding value.
Hondaafushi Island Resort is a breath-taking island paradise of leafy jungle foliage and sparkling white sand. Splash in the warm turquoise lagoon, enjoy a private dinner for two under the starlight, hop on a boat excursion to explore island communities; the opportunities for rest and relaxation are limitless whilst we also offer plenty of activities and excursions. Guests at this charming resort can discover a spa like no other. Nestled in the heart of the island, the jungle spa is an oasis of calm surrounded by verdant tropical vegetation. The spa therapists offer a range of Balinese and international treatments. The freeform infinity-edge swimming pool adjacent to the sea, complete with a swim-up bar, is the perfect vantage point to relax.
Prepare for a historic journey
Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu in the Maldives are a treasure trove for lovers of history and tales of adventure. From the well-preserved Utheemu Ganduvaru and the architectural wonders of the Kandhuvalu Mosque to the intriguing Filladhoo shipwreck, this region offers a truly immersive experience that combines history, culture, and natural beauty.  Immerse yourself in the beauty and cultural richness of Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu in the Maldives. Explore historical landmarks, indulge in local delicacies, and create unforgettable memories in this enchanting region. With pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and a range of immersive activities, Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu beckon history enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
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