Royal Island The Island

The Royal Story

“The centuries old banyan trees keep whispering – epiphanies; of the rich legacy we behold …”

In 1227AH Horubadhoo was inhabited and considered a strong hold of fisheries, especially for big game fishermen who were said to accompany the king who visited the island only to go fishing with these master fishermen of the island. The catch included gigantic fish including sharks which were processed in the nearby sandbanks, the most used one lies on the west side of the Island which was referred as “Theyohaana Finolhu”.

One family (Aiminaa Faanu Aaila) among the two most competitive, moved to “Finolhas” located in the East of Baa Atoll, but later on moved to Baa. Dhonfanu.

Another family known as Horubadhoo Thin Badavin or Fas Badavin moved to “Dhonfinolhu” now known as “Dhonfanu”. This family consisted of 7 marriages (14 people), an infant less than 10 months was also said to have been with them who was later referred to as “Bodu Kaashi Ali” or “Bodu Kaashi Alithakurufaanu” and had excellent relations with the king in rein and was very popular among people of Dhonfanu for his contributions to the island.

A community of people called “Redhin” who were famous for their architectural mastery was also said to have lived in Horubadhoo and locals still reminisce over the folklores of them.

It was said “Utheemu Kalhuali Khatheeb Thakurufaanu” got married to one of the ladies of the family known as Horubadhoo Thin Badavin or Fas Badavin. An ancient bath (Vevu) which was said to have been used by this lady to take languorous baths still remains preserved; retaining the luxuriant aura enjoyed by royals’ eons ago.

A government section called “Thaareekh Committee” was known to have conducted an expedition to explore the history of the island in 1365AH.

During the construction of Royal Island Resort & Spa, various ancient artifacts (dated back to 11th century) were found which now remains preserved in the National Museum.

Getting Here

Whichever method of transport you choose, your journey to the island will be a whole new breathtaking experience by itself

Royal is now accessible by wheeled aircraft to nearby Dharavandhoo airport.

Wheeled aircraft to Dharavandhoo takes 20 minutes. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the jetty of the airport island via air-conditioned shuttle where a speedboat awaits you. From here it takes just 20 minutes to your destination Royal Island.

Hospitality

Royal Hospitality will prove to exceed your highest expectations by providing you services as naturally as possible.

Experience the unique Royal hospitality, a legacy of hundreds of years of proud history. The grandmother of the great Maldivian hero of all time, Boduthakurufaan, made this island her home and is buried here.

The remnant of this rich historical heritage is preserved for its symbiosis with the local social and natural environment, epitomizing the Maldivian hospitality. Today, Royal Island is a vibrant reality, a marriage of ancient traditions and modern living, dedicated to ensure that visitors experience the heart and soul of Maldives at Royal Island.

Maldives

There are few secrets left in the world. The exotic has, in time, turned into commonplace, but the Maldives remains an exception, both exotic and still a secret. It’s a place where your holiday begins with your expectations already fulfilled. It’s a corner of the world so pristine, so beautiful that you would want keep as your very own little secret.

The Maldives is situated in the South West of Sri Lanka, on the equator. The numerous coral reef islands, 1,190 in total, form an archipelago of 26 natural atolls ( groups of neighboring coral islands).

These 26 atolls are organized into 19 administrative atolls with the capital island of Male' established as an entity of its own forming the twentieth division. Seen from air, the atolls and the islands form breathtakingly beautiful patterns against the blue depths of the Indian Ocean.

The country stretches 823 km north to south and 130 km east to west. Out of the incredibly large number of islands only 200 islands are inhabited, with 88 islands adapted as exclusive resort islands. The sea forms over 99 percent of the Maldives. Only 0.331 percent, 298 km2 (115 square miles), of its 298 km2 (34, 750 square miles) is land.

The climate is generally warm and humid. Sun shines all year through with average temperature around 29 - 32 degrees Celsius. The country's 2000 population census shows a total of 270,101 people living in the country. Almost 2/3 of this figure resides in the capital island Male'.

Origins of the Maldivians are not very certain. However, it is believed that the history goes as far back as BC 1000. Early settlers were travelers on the Silk Route, and from the Indus Valley Civilization. The Maldivians are inherently warm, friendly and hospitable by nature, and anyone can easily establish a casual conversation with the Maldivians. Dhivehi, a fantastic language not spoken anywhere else on the globe, is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken and can be recognized on signboards, neon lights and even in the main newspapers and in some radio and TV programmes. In the resorts, a variety of languages, including English, German, Italian, French and Japanese, is spoken by the staff.

Dress is generally casual. T-shirts and cotton clothing are most suitable. In the inhabited islands, it is recommended that women wear modest clothing without baring too much.

The latest archaeological findings suggest the islands were inhabited as early as 1500 BC. Around 947 AD, recorded contact with the outside world began with the first Arab traveler. One can imagine accounts taken home depicting the potential for trade in pearls, spices, coconuts, dried fish, and certainly the abundance of cowry shells. The cowry shells were the accepted currency from Africa to China until the sixteenth century. Together with the description of the exotic paradise islands and expensive natural resources, the news the travelers must have taken home probably resulted in the arrival of more ships bearing traders and other travelers. The outside world influenced Maldivian life significantly as legends and history reveal. Early traders found Buddhist customs and practices. But the greatest contribution made by the Persian and Arab Travelers was the conversion of the Maldivians to Islam in 1153 AD. Dhivehi (Maldivian language) also underwent a certain conversion as a result of contact with the outside world. Perhaps blending rather than converting better describes the evolution of Dhives Akuru to Thaana, the present-day script. The writing of Thaana is from right to left, unlike Dhives Akuru, probably to accommodate the many Arabic words then in everyday use.

The Maldives has been an independent state throughout its known history, except for a brief period of 15 years of Portuguese occupation in the 16th century. The Maldives became a British Protectorate in 1887 and remained so until 26 July 1965. The independent Maldives reverted from a Sultanate to a Republic on 11th November 1968. The first written constitution was proclaimed in 1932. It seems certain that the islands of Maldives were first settled by Aryan immigrants who are believed to have colonized Sri Lanka at the same time, (around 500 BC). Further migration from South India, as well as Sri Lanka, occurred.

There are few secrets left in the world. The exotic has, in time, turned into commonplace, but the Maldives remains an exception, both exotic and still a secret. It’s a place where your holiday begins with your expectations already fulfilled. It’s a corner of the world so pristine, so beautiful that you would want keep as your very own little secret. The Maldives is situated in the South West of Sri Lanka, on the equator. The numerous coral reef islands, 1,190 in total, form an archipelago of 26 natural atolls ( groups of neighboring coral islands). These 26 atolls are organized into 19 administrative atolls with the capital island of Male' established as an entity of its own forming the twentieth division. Seen from air, the atolls and the islands form breathtakingly beautiful patterns against the blue depths of the Indian Ocean.

The country stretches 823 km north to south and 130 km east to west. Out of the incredibly large number of islands only 200 islands are inhabited, with 88 islands adapted as exclusive resort islands. The sea forms over 99 percent of the Maldives. Only 0.331 percent, 298 km2 (115 square miles), of its 298 km2 (34, 750 square miles) is land.

The climate is generally warm and humid. Sun shines all year through with average temperature around 29 - 32 degrees Celsius. The country's 2000 population census shows a total of 270,101 people living in the country. Almost 2/3 of this figure resides in the capital island Male'.

Origins of the Maldivians are not very certain. However, it is believed that the history goes as far back as BC 1000. Early settlers were travelers on the Silk Route, and from the Indus Valley Civilization. The Maldivians are inherently warm, friendly and hospitable by nature, and anyone can easily establish a casual conversation with the Maldivians. Dhivehi, a fantastic language not spoken anywhere else on the globe, is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken and can be recognized on signboards, neon lights and even in the main newspapers and in some radio and TV programmes. In the resorts, a variety of languages, including English, German, Italian, French and Japanese, is spoken by the staff.

Dress is generally casual. T-shirts and cotton clothing are most suitable. In the inhabited islands, it is recommended that women wear modest clothing without baring too much.

Biosphere

Royal Island is located at the heart of UNESCO Biosphere reserve , Ba atoll, Maldives.

Of a total of 50 islands in the Baa atoll, only one fifth of them make up the population of this atoll. The main occupation of the people of this atoll is tuna fishery. Some of the islanders are well known for their skilled craftsmanship.

Lacquer ware is a particularly unique creation of the people of Thulhaadhoo and is sold in many souvenir shops and resort boutiques. Eydhafushi, the capital island of Baa atoll is famous for ‘feyli’ weaving – a traditional-style wrap around skirt for women. The remaining islands are deserted with unspoiled wildlife and barely trodden-on beaches.

Some of these neighboring uninhabited islands are ideal picnic spots for guests of the Royal Island and Spa.

Due to the location of Baa atoll it is influenced by the southwest, especially from May to July, bringing in large quant-

ities of nutrients from the surrounding ocean which attracts whale sharks and manta rays.

Hanifaru Bay which is known locally as Vandhumaafaru Adi is thought to be one the few places in the world where whale sharks congregate in to mate although recent research suggests otherwise with the vast majority of the whale sharks seen there being young males. The bay is however regularly sees some of the largest gatherings of Manta rays worldwide with up to one hundred individuals in the small inlet when the tide pushes plankton into the bay.

Due to rich marine diversity, Ba Atoll is now officially the one and only UNESCO World Biosphere reserve in the Maldives.