North Male Atoll is the principal atoll of the Maldives and includes Male, the island capital. The administrative capital is the island of Thulusdhoo.
North Male Atoll, which includes Gaafaru is 69km long and 39 km at its widest point. There are 50 islands in the North Male Atoll and several small islets. There are eight inhabited islands (counting the airport) and out of the 42 uninhabited islands, 27 are resorts and most of the remaining 15 are privately leased with some buildings on them.
Many resort islands are close enough to the airport for transfers to be made by traditional dhoanis, but those more distant ones usually use speedboats and seaplanes to save time. Transfers to the more distant islands by engine dhoani can take just over four hours.