The Central Province of the Maldives consists of the Dhaalu, Faafu and Meemu Atolls.
Meemu Atoll also known as Mulaku Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives that corresponds to the natural atoll of the same name, which is also known as Mulak Atoll or 'Mulakatolhu'. The inhabited islands of the Atoll include: Boli Mulah, Dhiggaru, Kolhufushi, Madifushi, Maduvvaree, Muli – the capital of Meemu Atoll, Naalaafushi, Raimmandhoo, and Veyvah
Though no Buddhist remains have been found on this atoll, there are some sites of historic interest including a mosque on Kolhufushi Island, and the 1573 wreck of Kalhuohfummi off the south-eastern reef, also of this island.
Faafu Atoll, also known as Northern Nilandhe Atoll or Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi is an administrative division of the Maldives that corresponds to the natural atoll of the same name. Its inhabited islands include: Bileddhoo, Dharanboodhoo, Feeali, Magoodhoo, and Nilandhoo, which is the capital of the Atoll. There are other islands in this atoll that used to be inhabited, like Himithi, but the islanders were resettled to other islands so that Friday prayers could be held.
Dhaalu Atoll, also known as Southern Nilandhe Atoll or Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi is an administrative division of the Maldives that corresponds to the natural atoll of the same name. It stretches a distance of 23 kilometres from East to West, and 38 kilometres from North to South. The Atoll is composed of 56 islands, seven of which are inhabited, these are: Bandidhoo, Gemendhoo, Hulhudheli, Kudahuvadhoo - the capital of the Atoll, Maaenboodhoo, Meedhoo, and Rinbudhoo.
The island of Gemendhoo that was formerly inhabited on the eastern fringe of the atoll is surrounded by a long chain of 11 uninhabited islands that at low tide can be walked along. The islands of Hulhudheli and Rinbudhoo are located to the west of Dhaalu and many of its residents have traditionally been renowned for their skills as jewellers.
Maduvvaree is an island of the Meemu Atoll and the third smallest inhabited island in the world.
Muli is the capital of the Meemu Atoll, and was one of the islands affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Nilandhoo is the capital of the Faafu Atoll. It is the most populous island of the Faafu atoll and has various attractions that bring tourists. A historical spot known as foah'mathi is believed to conceal a Buddhist temple beneath it. There are beautiful beaches including one ideal for children and a western harbour for large vessels and an eastern harbour for travellers.
Gemendhoo is an island of the Dhaalu Atoll that was formerly inhabited but was completely abandoned after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in favour of Kudahuvadhoo. It is located on the eastern edge of the atoll and surrounded by a long chain of 11 uninhabited islands. The path through these islands from Bulhalafushi in the north to Naibukaloabodufushi approximately 7 kilometres away, can be walked at low tide. Today the island remains in ruins, and is mostly visited for picnics. Excursions to the ruins of Gemendhoo can easily be arranged by contacting the locals at Kudahuvadhoo, and some of the structures, such as the jetty still stands on its concrete stilts.
Kudahuvadhoo is one of the islands of the Dhaalu Atoll and its capital. The island is known to have one of the mysterious mounds known as hawittas, which are believed to be the ruins of Buddhist temples from the pre-Islamic period that have as yet not been excavated. Another popular sight is the ancient coral-stone mosque believed to be one of the finest examples of masonry world-wide.
Rinbudhoo Jewellers Island is an island of the Dhaalu Atoll. The islanders are famous for being among the most skilled silver and goldsmiths in the Maldives.