Maldives: Boat Cruising Around Raa Atoll

Another way to explore the Maldivian archipelago is by a boat cruise. The landscape is quite different from what you see from a floatplane – everything is flat, and all the atolls rise mere feet from sea level. Raa Atoll lies in the very north of Maldives, and until 1990 was totally off-limits to tourism. There are 88 islands in total (only about a dozen are inhabited. The atoll took a severe blow during the tsunami back in 2004, as the waves traveled unobstructed from the epicenter in Aceh and completely covered the islands, destroying absolutely everything. Some islands never came back to life.