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Inhabited island
Kendhoo from north east.jpg
Kendhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°16′34″N 73°00′40″E / 5.27611°N 73.01111°E / 5.27611; 73.01111Coordinates: 05°16′34″N 73°00′40″E / 5.27611°N 73.01111°E / 5.27611; 73.01111
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Baa Atoll
Distance to Malé 140 km (87 mi)
 • Length 0.600 km (0.373 mi)
 • Width 0.350 km (0.217 mi)
 • Total 1,100
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Kendhoo (Dhivehi: ކެންދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll, Maldives. It is located in the northern part of the Baa Atoll.


Traditionally fishery and thatch making is the main occupation and major livelihood of the people of Kendhoo. A significant number of the island’s youths work in resorts. In addition to this, there are people who do construction work and retail business.



Kendhoo is famous for its historical and cultural significance. It is said that the island was visited by the Arabian scholar, Abdul Barakaath Yoosuf-al Barbari, also known as Thabreyzgefaanu who is believed to have been responsible for introducing Islam to the Maldives in 1153. While he waited on the island, he taught Islamic rituals to the islanders and offered daily prayers there. The place where he stood to offer the prayers was marked by building the now seen historical house named after him.


The island has a higher secondary school which teaches up to grade 12. In the school most of the teachers are local teachers. In addition, the island has a pre-school which is run by Kendhoo Zuvaanunge Gulhun.

Health Facilities[edit]

Kendhoo Health Centre

There is a Health Centre on the island which opens for eight hours a day. Currently the centre has an expatriate doctor for general consultations. The Health centre has also laboratory that investigate the diseases. The island has also a pharmacy run by a private party. In addition Kendhoo is very famous for traditional herbal medicine, people from different parts of the country and even from other countries are visiting for treatments.


Kendhoo has electricity for 24 hours generated from a powerhouse. The powerhouse has three generators to power the island round the clock. Recently an expansion project of electricity service in the island was completed with installing a new generator set and replacing the panel board and the entire cable network installed in the island. The project was funded with RF1 million loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank.


Kendhoo Harbour

The island has a harbour of 76 m by 46 m. The harbour has been vastly damaged after the tsunami in 2004. Transportation is by cargo ferries and launch.


The main issue facing the island is lack of a sewerage system. The residents of the island have raised this issue to the concerned authorities on several occasions. But as of today their concern has not been addressed by the government.

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