Resplendent Raa - Explore the Road Less Travelled

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Welcome to Raa Atoll, one of the exceptional regions handpicked for sideline experiences during the prestigious Visit Maldives Storytellers' Conference 2023. Raa Atoll, a hidden gem in the Maldives, is captivating the hearts of travellers seeking the road less travelled with offers comprising a unique blend of natural wonders, captivating history, and unforgettable adventures. This exquisite destination has been handpicked to showcase the breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Maldives. As part of this exclusive conference, participants will have the opportunity to explore this remarkable region, immersing themselves in its natural wonders, engaging in exciting activities, and creating unforgettable stories to share with the world. 
Join us on this journey as we explore the treasures of Raa Atoll, uncovering its pristine waters, captivating tales, and extraordinary experiences that await the curious traveller.
Unleash your adventurous spirit
Adventurous souls will find Raa Atoll to be a haven for thrilling water activities. Diving into the turquoise waters surrounding Raa Atoll is like stepping into a mesmerising aquatic wonderland. Snorkelling enthusiasts will be thrilled by the vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life. Dive deeper, and discover a world filled with colourful tropical fish, graceful sea turtles, and even majestic manta rays. The unspoiled dive sites of Raa Atoll promise exhilarating encounters and unforgettable memories beneath the surface.
Surfers and sailors flock to Raa Atoll for its excellent surf spots and idyllic sailing routes, catering to beginners and seasoned wave riders alike. Catching the perfect wave against the backdrop of pristine beaches and stunning scenery is a true surfer's dream come true. The atoll's consistent swells and uncrowded breaks make it a haven for surfers looking for an extraordinary experience. The tranquil waterways in the atoll allow visitors to discover hidden islands, secluded beaches, and picturesque landscapes while enjoying the serenity of the open sea.
Unearth history, appreciate nature 
Rasgetheemu, an island within Raa Atoll, holds a captivating historical tale. It was here that the Maldivian monarchy is said to have first emerged when a Sinhalese prince and his bride, the daughter of the Sri Lankan King, became stranded on the island. Exploring Rasgetheemu takes visitors on a journey through time, offering glimpses into the rich heritage and cultural traditions that shaped the Maldives.
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Among the islands of Raa Atoll, Kandholhudhoo stands as a haunting reminder of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Following the devastating natural disaster, all residents were relocated, leaving the island deserted. Today, Kandholhudhoo remains a ghostly testament to the immense power of the surrounding seas. Visitors can travel to the island and witness the fading remnants of human existence, evoking a deep sense of reflection and appreciation for the forces of nature.
Experiences off the beaten path
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To make your journey to Raa Atoll even more memorable, engage in some unique experiences. Indulge in a sunset evening tea on the beach, savouring delicious international cuisine while being serenaded by the gentle lapping of waves. Embark on island tours and guided snorkelling sessions, allowing you to discover the hidden treasures of Raa Atoll. Immerse yourself in the local culture by taking the Dutch Onion Tour in Rasgetheemu, where over 400 local artefacts are showcased in a fascinating museum. Learn the traditional art of Fangi (mat) weaving from the skilled locals of Inguraidhoo Island, gaining insight into their craftsmanship and traditions.
Indulge in Luxurious Retreats  
To enhance your experience in Raa Atoll, several outstanding stay properties await your arrival. Each of these properties offers unique amenities, exceptional service, and breathtaking views of the azure waters. From luxurious private villas to eco-friendly resorts and cosy guest houses, the options cater to various preferences and budgets. 
Freedom reigns at Cora Cora Maldives, a 5 star one-island resort. Breathe in the fresh sea air and breathe out your worries. You’ve found your escape route to happiness. Cora Cora prides itself on its freedom to indulge with a Premium All-inclusive concept meaning you can enjoy most island and water activities as much as you like. Footloose and fancy-free is their philosophy, so when you’re wondering what to pack, you can leave the tuxedo behind and pop in another beach read instead.
A tropical coral island that is approximately 750m long and 400m wide, Furaveri Maldives  offers a variety of cosy options, from entry level Garden Villas to luxurious Ocean Pool Villas and Residences, which have been specifically designed to meet guests individual preferences and are set among lush vegetation and over water, on a sandy white beach or settled above a sparkling turquoise lagoon. At Furaveri, you will discover an unspoiled part of Maldives – it’s amazing flora, fauna, rich marine life and the diversity and friendliness of the team will put you at ease from the moment you step on the island. 
Amid the abundant life between the palm trees and sparkling turquoise water sits JOALI Maldives, the very first art-immersive resort in the Maldives. Each of the 73 villas is the epitome of sustainable glamour and was inspired by individual stories and designed to take the guests on a rich sensory journey. Central to the JOALI offering is its exceptional array of art and design which pervades all areas of the resort, while at its epicentre is the JOALI Art Studio & Gallery. JOALI BEING invites guests to reconnect with themselves and with the beauty of nature, featuring unique transformational spaces that allow guests to immerse in elemental therapies and healing experiences.
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Resplendent Raa Awaits 
Raa Atoll beckons travellers seeking a destination off the beaten path, to take the road less travelled towards the extraordinary. Discover the unspoiled beauty of its underwater world, ride the waves of its legendary surf spots, and delve into its captivating history. Resplendent Raa awaits, prepared to inspire and ready to enchant.
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