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Dec 15, 2021
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Ukulhas (Dhivehi: އުކުޅަސް) island is one of the inhabited islands of North Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The island has been a travel destination since 2012; therefore, it has just a couple of inns and is somewhat hard to get to. Hence, if you enjoy diving, fishing and swimming without a crowd of fellow tourists, Ukulhas might be the destination you’re looking for.

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Snorkelling just off the coast at Ukulhas Island

Although this flat, coral sand cay is only 1,025 m long and 225 m wide at its widest point, it’s one of the best diving spots in Maldives. No land anywhere on Ukulhas is more than the height of a tall man above the high water mark and all of the Maldives are probably doomed to be inundated by rising seas during the next century.

Like the other islands in the Maldives, Ukulhas has traditionally been a meeting place of people from cultures from around the Indian Ocean. The about 1,000 inhabitants are Muslims and have a diverse heritage being descendants of Tamils, Sinhalas, and other people from the Indian Subcontinent. Ukulhas was the second Maldivian island that was electrified, but it’s still a quite green island, with coconut palm trees covering good portion of it.

Opened to tourism only in late 2012, Ukulhas was recognized as an environmental role model island in the Maldives and achieved the ‘Green Leaf Award’ in the year 2014.

Like the rest of the Maldives, Ukulhas has a tropical monsoon climate with warm temperatures around the year. December through April is usually the dry season which is also a high tourist season. The hottest month is typically April and the coolest is December, though in practice the difference between the months is just a couple of degrees.

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