Himandhoo (Alif Alif Atoll)

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Inhabited island
Himandhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 03°55′15″N 72°44′35″E / 3.92083°N 72.74306°E / 3.92083; 72.74306Coordinates: 03°55′15″N 72°44′35″E / 3.92083°N 72.74306°E / 3.92083; 72.74306
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Alif Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 89.49 km (55.61 mi)
 • Length 0.750 km (0.466 mi)
 • Width 0.425 km (0.264 mi)
 • Total 596
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Himandhoo (Dhivehi: ހިމެންދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll.



The community of the Himandhoo is a warm and welcoming one. The people are friendly, kind, intelligent, and devout; tolerant and respectful of each other and of visitors to the island.It is customary here both to shake hands, and to share either coffee or a local meal. If you visit, you will quickly learn the hospitality of the local people. Nearly every inhabitant knows more than one profession. A fisherman may not only know fishing, but also carpentry or masonry works. Most of the people do involve with different games. Football, volleyball, tennis, badminton and swimming are the common sport items in the island. The life of the island society is casual, peaceful, spiritual and family-oriented. Football, volleyball, tennis, badminton and swimming are common sports; there is even a football field. Night-time entertainment includes the colourful cultural memories of traditional music, singing and dance known as ‘Boduberu’. Almost all are Sunni Muslims; local language is Dhivehi, however most people know and speak English language well. The people of the island are family oriented. As the Maldives is in the middle of Indian Ocean, the route has long been a meeting place for African, Arab, Malay and Indonesian mariners. This exchange has led to a very diverse culture; composed of many different ethnic groups. We have descendents of Tamil, Sinhalese, and Indians; all who live harmoniously yet are proud of their origins. The people of the Himandhoo have distinct physical features - “white smiles”, honey-colored eyes and brownish hair.