To the masses, a holiday in the exotic islands of Maldives would be time spent in an ocean myriad overlooking the setting sun, or the grains of sand tickling their toes. Many travellers do not get to experience the numerous other charms of the island archipelago, beyond the sun, sea and sand. Addu City is home to many of the hidden attractions of the country, particularly the remains of its crucial role in the allied victory in World War II. Many of the historic remains in Addu are covered by dense foliage and need a trained local eye to pinpoint. They are, nevertheless, worth exploring. The local history of Addu includes far more than the secret British base of the Second World War, and its reincarnation as RAF Base Gan. Koagannu, the oldest cemetery in the country’s recorded history is located in Gan. It is, today, a popular site for tourists exploring the local culture and history.
Adduans will also relate colourful accounts of its secessionist past, including bold revolutionary politics and its thorny interactions with the capital.
Visiting these sites and interacting with the locals are a “must do” while in Addu. In recent years, Addu’s popularity as a holiday destination with a difference has been on the rise. In addition to the creature comforts found in Canareef Resort Maldives, Equator Village and Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa – some of the best choices for tourists to stay during their visit past the equator in the Maldives, Addu has so much more to offer towards your Maldives experience!
Canareef Resort Maldives
Cross the Equator, and you arrive at this beautiful resort in Addu Atoll – guests are welcome here to have all the fun they can pack into their stay; from dolphin cruises to manta ray dives, as well as the largest World War II shipwreck.
With a spa and a sub-oceanic dive club topping off numerous in-resort activities, Canareef Resort Maldives is your ultimate stay in the southern extremes of the Maldives.
Located in Addu City’s Gan Island, your stay at Equator Village is bound to be comfortable and fulfilling. Surrounded by the intriguing history of the British remains of what once used to be an RAF base, you are bound to be pampered by luxury in the heart of local living.
Cycle around for leisure, while taking in the greenery of the island. You will be welcomed buy a war memorial built by the British – and a building in Maradhoo used as an armory by the British forces during the war. The biggest shipwreck in Maldives – The British Loyalty lies on a seabed within the enclosed atoll harbor.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
Like icing on a cake, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is the centerpiece of regional tourism in Addu City – an elite hideaway where extraordinary adventures await you. With private villas perched atop the emerald green jungle, the luxury of space makes it the perfect haven for couples and families alike.
With a variety of fine dining options available, the resort experience goes on to take another form as you get to indulge in tranquility at CHI, The Spa, explore the luscious tropical forest, play a round at the only nine-hole golf course in the Maldives or embark on an adventure of water sports.
The districts in Addu City also offer a number of budget accommodation options for travellers looking for closer interactions with locals without burning a hole in your pocket. Comfortable and affordable, these guest houses offer you excellent dining options as well as customized excursion and adventure packages to suit your needs.
There’s beauty in the south, and words cannot do them justice. But a firsthand experience in the heart of Addu City can surely change your mind!