Kaafu Atoll

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Kaafu Atoll
Kaafu Atoll.jpg
Country Maldives
Corresponding geographic atoll(s) Malé Atoll
Location 4°25′N 73°30′E / 4.417°N 73.500°E / 4.417; 73.500Coordinates: 4°25′N 73°30′E / 4.417°N 73.500°E / 4.417; 73.500
Capital Maafushi
Government
 • Atoll chief Mohamed Adam[1]
Population
 • Total 9,886
Letter code H
Dhivehi letter code K (ކ)
• Number of islands 107
• Inhabited islands Dhiffushi Gaafaru Gulhi Guraidhoo Himmafushi Huraa Kaashidhoo Maafushi Thilafushi Thulusdhoo
• Uninhabited islands Aarah Akirifushi Asdhoo Baros Bandos Biyaadhoo Bodubandos Bodufinolhu Boduhithi Boduhuraa Bolifushi Dhigufinolhu Dhoonidhoo Ehrruh-haa Enboodhoo Enboodhoofinolhu Eriyadhoo Farukolhufushi Feydhoofinolhu Fihalhohi Funadhoo Furan-nafushi Gasfinolhu Giraavaru Girifushi Gulheegaathuhuraa Helengeli Henbadhoo Huraagandu Ihuru Kagi Kalhuhuraa Kandoomaafushi Kanduoih-giri Kanifinolhu KKanuhuraa Kudabandos Kudafinolhu Kudahithi Kudahuraa Lankanfinolhu Lankanfushi Lhohifushi Lhosfushi Maadhoo Madivaru Mahaanaélhihuraa Makunudhoo Makunufushi Maniyafushi Medhufinolhu Meerufenfushi Nakachchaafushi Olhahali Olhuveli Oligandufinolhu Ran-naalhi Rasfari Thanburudhoo Thulhaagiri Vaadhoo Vaagali Vabbinfaru Vabboahuraa Vammaafushi Velassaru Velifaru Veliganduhuraa Vihamanaafushi Villingilimathidhahuraa Villingilivau Ziyaaraiffushi
Resort islands, airports and industrial islands are also considered uninhabited.

Kaafu Atoll is an administrative division of the Maldives. It consists of Kaashidhoo Island, Gahaafaru Atoll, and Malé Atoll (which includes the North Malé Atoll and the South Malé Atoll). It also has a number of uninhabited islands.

Malé, capital of the Maldives is naturally located within the North Malé Atoll, but it is not part of the Kaafu administrative division.

NOTE: Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa, Kaafu, etc. are code letters assigned to the present administrative divisions of the Maldives. They are not the proper names of the natural atolls that make up these divisions. Some atolls are divided into two administrative divisions while other divisions are made up of two or more natural atolls. The order followed by the code letters is from North to South, beginning with the first letters of the Thaana alphabet used in Dhivehi. These code letters are not accurate from the geographical and cultural point of view. However, they have become popular among tourists and foreigners in the Maldives who find them easier to pronounce than the true atoll names in Dhivehi, (save a few exceptions, like Ari Atoll).[2]

Uninhabited islands[edit]

Although uninhabited, some islands of the atoll have commercial uses. These include

  • Baros which was previously inhabited and abandoned only during the reign of Sultan Hassan Nooraddeen I for unknown reasons. It is now the home of the Baros Island Resort.[3]
  • Bodu Hithi which houses a 5-star Coco Palm resort.[4]
  • Dhoonidhoo which houses a detention unit.[5]
  • Farukolhufushi which housed a Club Med until the tsunami on December 26, 2004. Another resort named Club Faru[6] opened here around the end of 2005.
  • Ihuru on which is located a Maldivian 4 star resort, the "Angsana Resort and Spa Maldives"
  • Kanifinolhu which houses a Club Med village (Club Med Kani),[7] the only one on the atoll since the Club Med Faru on Farukolhufushi was destroyed.
  • Lankanfinolhu which has been home to a tourist-resort called Paradise Island Resort[8] since 1979.
  • Dhigufinolhu which has housed a 5-star Maldivian resort, Anantara Dhigu Resort and Spa,[9] since September 2006.
  • Vihamanafushi was the first Island in the Maldives to be developed for Tourism, now called Kurumba Maldives being a 4.5 star Resort.[10]

Gallery[edit]

Lankanfushi
Island of Lankanfushi from Lankanfinolhu- two of the tourist resorts 
Malé
Malé, the capital of the Maldives, as viewed from Vilingilli island 
Lohi's Break
Surfing at Lohi's Break, off Lhohifushi island 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Head of Atolls (Atoll Chiefs)". Ministry of Atolls Development. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  2. ^ Tim Godfrey, Atlas of the Maldives, Atoll Editions 2004
  3. ^ "Baros Maldives". Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Bodu Hithi s". Coco Palms Resort. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Maldives: Renewed repressive measures against the opposition". Amnesty International. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  6. ^ amridesign.com. "Club Faru". Club Faru. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  7. ^ "Resort : Kani (Maldives), The Resort". Club Med. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Paradise Island Resort and Spa, Paradise Island Maldives". Maldives Tourism. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  9. ^ "Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives". Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa Maldives. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Kurumba Maldives since October 1972.". 
  • Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. Divehi Bahāi Tārikhah Khidmaiykurā Qaumī Markazu. Reprint 1958 edn. Malé 1990.
  • Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī.
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999.