Dharavandhoo (Baa Atoll)
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Dharavandhoo Aerial View (Recent)
|Administrative atoll||Baa Atoll (South Maalhos Madulu)|
|Distance to Malé||116.30 km (72.27 mi)|
|• Total||0.4550 km2 (0.1757 sq mi)|
|• Length||1.330 km (0.826 mi)|
|• Width||0.480 km (0.298 mi)|
|• Density||4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+05:00)|
This island is surrounded by clear waters known as 'Dharavandhoo Thila' & Hanifaru Bay; which are famous amongst divers around the world, for it is a sanctuary for a number of marine life, including Mantas Whale Sharks. This globally renowned eco-life zone is now strictly protected by law.
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 education system is only available up to secondary school; further education is sought from Male' or elsewhere.
Dharavandhoo Airport was opened on 17 October 2012. The island also consists of a Health Centre, a Children's Nursery School, two Football Grounds, a break-water Jetty, a Powerhouse (run by a Utility Company), and two mosques.
The citizen of the island are all English speaking. The island is administered by an Island Council consisting of 5 councilors elected by the people of the island.
Dharavandhoo Airport Runway near Completion
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