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Seenu Atoll
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Hithadhoo the capital of Seenu Atoll, the most southerly atoll of the Maldives, as well of Dhekunu (South) Province.The town is situated on the island of the same name, the westernmost of Seenu (Addu).In terms of population count it comes second only to Male, the Maldives' national capital.The part of the island south of the town is lushly vegetated with palms and shrubs, whilst the northern end of the island consists of a partially stony, unreal scrubland, which can be explored only on narrow trails. Hithadhoo Town is marked by dusty roads, narrow lanes, leaning houses and dense vegetation.Island traffic is generally quite colourful, particularly when hundreds of island school children dressed in a multitude of differently coloured school uniforms are queueing up for the bus.

Hithadhoo has a population of some 18,000 residents.The local dialect of Dhivehi, Addu Bas, is spoken by most of the people who live here.Addu Bas is closely related to dialects spoken on nearby atolls.It is also the second most spoken dialect in the whole Maldives.Hithaadhoo has a number of educational institutions; two kindergartens (nursery schools), three primary and two secondary schools as well as a college. Most Hithadhoo residents complete their education up to Ordinary Level on the island itself, whilst a few opt to continue their studies in Male or abroad.A certain number of yougsters from neighbouring islands, mainly from Maradhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo, and Feydhoo attend Muhibbuddin School,a secondary school on Hithaadhoo, to complete their O-level studies.Several students from other atolls like Fuvahmulah and Huvadhu Atoll also attend secondary schools on Hithadhoo in order to have a better education than can be had on their home islands.

The government has provided the residents with a hospital.This hospital has a regional function and provides around-the-clock care.Most residents of neighbouring islands visit Hithadhoo Regional Hospital to receive treatment for their ailments.People from atolls and islands further afield, such as Fuvammulah and Huvadhu Atoll also occasionally visit to receive medical treatment, although most opt for hospitals in the Southern Indian state of Kerala which is relatively close by.

How to Reach

By Air

Gan International Airport (IATA: GAN) can be reached from the capital, Male, in a beautiful unforgettable 60-minute-flight over the southern atolls of the Maldives.The airport has been upgraded to international status and is scheduled to start receiving direct charters from Europe in 2007.

Key places to visit
Herathera Island, Equator Village, Shangri-la's Villingili Resort and Spa


Places to Visit

Herathera Island

Seenu Atoll is a resort with 600 beds owned by Maldives Tourism Development Corporation is only 20 mins away from Gan International Airport.This is the one of the few resorts of this scale in the Maldives at the moment and expected to be operational by Summer 2010.

Equator Village

Addu Atoll which is the most southern Atoll of the country.Gan which was used as a Royal Air Force base by the british throughout World War II is full of a history for any visitor to enjoy.This is a part of Maldives that most visitors to the country is not able to experience however with resorts such as Equator Village, the opportunity to explore this unique and historical region has become possible for many.Equator Village was initially the RAF sergeants MESS quartors and later became a holiday camp for the Royal Air Force transit stops.Gan is also known for its wonderful diving spots and many visitors to the Equator Village are repeaters who have been completely charmed by the resort and the region.

Shangri-la's Villingili Resort and Spa

Located in Addu atoll is the first luxury resort  and opened in July 2009.The resort has much to offer to its visitors.Being a Shangri-la property, visitors are guaranteed the true Shangri-la experience of pure luxury and elegance within an environment full of lush vegetation and bird life in addition to the 6 kilometers of pure white beaches that are almost synonymous with the Maldives.

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