Fuvahmulah: A Paradise Within A Paradise
As an epitome of sheer natural splendor mingled with pure luxury, Maldives undoubtedly is among the most sought after tropical beach destinations in the world.
Fuvahmulah, a lush green island in the Maldivian archipelago, is increasingly gaining much deserved attention as a remarkable diving destination, and as a great alternative to the private resort islands that the Maldives is widely known for.
Fuvahmulah is different from the rest of the Maldivian islands by having sprawling verdant woodlands, marshes, fresh water lakes, and wildlife; earning itself the accolade “the most beautiful island in the Maldives”. Its location in the Equator enables the divers to swim with troves of pelagic fish all year around, including an array of rare Shark species. Read on to find out why exactly Fuvahmulah is considered the Maldives at its best.
A Unique Island in the Maldives
Due to the unique way this island had been geographically formed and its close proximity to the Equator, Fuvahmulah boasts of a rich diversity of flora and fauna when compared to the other Maldivian islands. This is the reason it is widely believed by the locals that this idyllic island is the most beautiful island in the entire archipelago of Maldives. This belief is often shared by the tourists who visit the island due to its lush bio-diversity when compared to the rest of the Maldives islands.
The origin of Fuvahmulah is different from that of its sister islands. While the majority of the Maldivian islands have been formed of coral reefs, this island has a volcanic origin which makes it more similar to the islands such as Bali and Gili islands from the Indonesian archipelago.
Fuvahmulah is the only island in all of the Maldives that has freshwater lakes, tropical woodlands, and wetlands that make rich habitats for wildlife. It boasts of great many species of animals, mostly birds that cannot be seen anywhere else in Maldives.
Valikukulhu or the Common Moorhen, easily distinguishable bird due to its colorful beak and feet, is particularly native to this island. You can see this friendly bird raised as a pet by many locals. Fuvahmulah is the largest producer of Mangoes in the country, so you can enjoy an abundance of juicy tropical fruits if you visit during the summer months as well!
A Diver’s Dream
The location of Fuvahmulah ensures the presence of pelagic fish all throughout the year surrounding the island, similar to other popular diving destinations on the Equator such as Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and Cocos Island in Costa Rica. That, along with fully formed coral reefs with schools of colorful fish roaming around year long, Fuvahmulah surely makes a diver’s dream destination. One of the most extraordinary opportunities this island offers the divers is the ability to witness 7 different types of rare sharks – Tiger sharks, Scalloped Hammerheads, Whale sharks, Thresher sharks, Gray Reef Sharks, Silver Tips and White Tips – all in one dive.
When you make a diving trip to Fuvahmulah, it will not be about getting a mere sighting of one shark only if you are lucky. In fact, you can see many dozens of Tiger Sharks, and Thresher Sharks in shallow waters in their cleaning stations any time of the year.
There are also Oceanic Mantas and Mobulas roaming around, giant Mola Mola idling around in all their glory, plenty of other fish that roam freely in schools, and many special sea creatures that arrive seasonally to the waters around the island. Seeing a great many pelagic fish in one place at one go, in an environment that is not yet tainted or overcrowded with tourists is a rare experience that is truly invaluable.
A Beach like No other
No island in the Maldivian archipelago would be worthy of its name without a stunning beach that appears to be out of this world – and Fuvahmulah does not disappoint! The island has a unique white pebble beach called Thoondu, located in the northwest part of the island. It is believed that the special texture of these small soft and round pebbles cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The almost mystical shine that these pebbles have do not fade or go away even when they are removed from the beach and taken to a different place. They are very commonly collected as souvenirs by tourists. Every year, there is a unique natural phenomenon called Bissaveli that happens in the Thoondu beach. A part of the beach moves from the shore to the nearby coral reef, creating a lagoon of sorts.
This makes a lovely natural swimming pool where people swim and celebrate.
There is also a unique Black Pebble beach that is similar to the beaches close to volcanoes in the Indonesian Archipelago in the south side of the island. This shows the volcanic origins of Fuvahmulah and is fascinating to see how drastically it is different from the rest of the beaches of Maldives.
A Fisher’s Favorite
Last but not least, there is an activity enjoyed by both locals and tourists in Fuvahmulah – fishing. It is done both as a source of income and for entertainment purposes. Tourists often join the locals in their fishing and boating trips, done in both the coastal waters and the freshwater lakes. Some of the known fish caught daily in these fishing trips are Barracuda and Tuna varieties.
Fuvahmulah is the Maldives at its best. It is authentic in its natural beauty and truly pure in what it has to offer you without the need to create any fluorescent spectacles to attract tourists. Fuvahmulah proudly stands on its own, awaiting you with all its verdant wetlands, freshwater lakes, chirping birds and roaming fish.