An administrative division in the west of the Maldives, Baa Atoll consists of three natural atolls made up of 75 islands, 57 of which are uninhabited. Baa Atoll is the only UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, known for its high biodiversity, and is home to Hanifaru Bay, the largest gathering of manta rays on earth and one of the only whale shark mating sites in the world. Along with its renowned scuba, boating, and watersports, Baa Atoll boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling spots on earth. Many of the islands are home to luxury resorts providing wonderful spa’s, restaurants and clubs. It is also well known for its delicious fish, lacquer work and distinct woven cotton sarongs.