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Inhabited island
Dharavandhoo Aerial View (Recent)
Dharavandhoo Aerial View (Recent)
Dharavandhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°09′30″N 73°07′50″E / 5.15833°N 73.13056°E / 5.15833; 73.13056Coordinates: 05°09′30″N 73°07′50″E / 5.15833°N 73.13056°E / 5.15833; 73.13056
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Baa Atoll (South Maalhos Madulu)
Distance to Malé 116.53 km (72.41 mi)
 • Total 0.4550 km2 (0.1757 sq mi)
 • Length 1.330 km (0.826 mi)
 • Width 0.480 km (0.298 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 857 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Dharavandhoo (Dhivehi: ދަރަވަންދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll.


The island is 116.53 km (72 mi; 63 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]


Dharavandhoo Thila - Manata Black Pearl

This island is surrounded by clear waters known as Dharavandhoo Thila and Hanifaru Bay; which are famous amongst divers around the world, for it is a sanctuary for a variety of marine life, including manta rays and whale sharks. This globally renowned eco-life zone is now strictly protected by law.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
2006 740 —    
2014 744 +0.5%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


The island is administered by an Island Council consisting of five councillors elected by the people of the island.


The economy is mainly based on tourism related activities, fishery and agriculture, though most of the educated run their own businesses or are employed with work in Male (the capital city of Maldives).

The island has a powerhouse, run by a utility company.


Dharavandhoo has a Children's Nursery School. The education system is only available up to secondary school; further education is sought from Male' or elsewhere.


The island has its own health centre.


Dharavandhoo Airport was opened on 17 October 2012. Inner harbour was first dredged by MTCC, in the last four months of 1997. There is also a breakwater jetty.


Dharavandhoo has two football grounds.


The island has two mosques.


The citizens of the island are all Dhivehi speaking.

Poetry and literature

Dharavandhoo is a significant island in poetry and Dhivehi literature. Most popular poets and linguists were found in Dharavandhoo's Hussain Edhurukaleyfaanu family. The most famous Maldivean scholar is Shaikh Hussain Salahudhdheen (father of Hon. Ibrahim Shihab, Hon.Adnan Hussain, First lady Her Excellency Fathimath Saeed (Wife of Amimn Didi), First lady Her Excellency Mariyam Saeed (Wife of President Ibrahim Nasir)and His Brother Abdullah Kamaludhdheen (father of Chief Justice Shaikh Mohamed Jameel Didi and Moosa Jameel)'s mother Thuththu Manike is a grand daughter of Dharavandhoo Edhuru kaleyfaanu. Famous poets Mr.Yoosuf Alifulhu and Mr.Saeed Alifulhu are also from EdhuruKaleyfaanu family. Mr.Ahmed Nashid and Mr.Abdullah Muaz are also well known poets in Maldives.



  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

External links

  • https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=5.168566,73.144484&spn=0.062573,0.090895&t=h&z=14&lci=com.panoramio.all
  • https://web.archive.org/web/20081121040725/http://www.baa.gov.mv/contents/islands/dharavandhoo.html
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/231176730273332/

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