List of islands of the Maldives

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This is a list of islands of the Maldives. There are around 1,190 in total. They are listed by administrative division/atoll. The islands are divided into:

  • Inhabited islands- those officially recognised as towns, villages, fishing and farming communities with permanent human habitation. They all have an island office and island chiefs (councillor and katheeb).[1]
  • Uninhabited islands- islands with no permanent human habitations. They are sometimes used for agricultural and industrial purposes, and more recently as tourist resorts and picnic islands. Some of these islands are valuable breeding grounds of various species of seabirds and sea turtles.
  • Disappeared islands- islands which during recorded history, have been completely eroded away, claimed by the sea due to the sea-level rise associated with global warming or assimilated by other islands. Some of these islands were previously inhabited and have been important in the history of the country. Some natural atolls are named after them (islands of Thiladhoo and Addu after which Thiladhunmati and Addu atoll are named respectively) while others are thought to have been the sites of the first settlements in the Maldives (Ihadhoo- meaning seen first and possibly the first settlement of the Maldives).[2]

Contents

ހއ North Thiladhunmathi (HA) (Haa Alif Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ހދ South Thiladhunmathi (HDh) (Haa Dhaalu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ށ North Miladhunmadulu (Sh) (Shaviyani Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ނ South Miladhunmadulu (N) (Noonu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ރ North Maalhosmadulu (R) (Raa Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ބ South Maalhosmadulu (B) (Baa Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ޅ Faadhippolhu (Lh) (Lhaviyani Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ކ Male' (K) Atoll (Kaafu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

އއ North Ari Atoll (AA) (Alif Alif Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

އދ South Ari Atoll (ADh) (Alif Dhaal Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ވ Felidhu Atoll (V) (Vaavu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

މ Mulakatholhu (M) (Meemu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ފ North Nilandhe Atoll (F) (Faafu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ދ South Nilandhe Atoll (Dh) (Dhaalu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ތ Kolhumadulu (Th) (Thaa Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ލ Hadhdhunmathi (L) (Laamu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ގއ North Huvadhu Atoll (GA) (Gaafu Alif Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ގދ South Huvadhu Atoll (GDh) (Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

ޏ Fuvahmulah (Gn) (Gnaviyani Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

DhadimagoDiguvāndoHōdhadoMādhadoMiskimmagoFunādoMāleganDūndigan

Note: Taking into consideration the geography of the island along with its size and population, the 8 wards of Fuvahmulah are officially recognised as administrative divisions which act as the replacement for islands in other atolls. For each ward a chief ('Katheeb') was appointed as in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the respective ward and held accountable for an Atoll chief. According to the Decentralisation Act 2010 an island council too have to be elected for each division of the island. There was formerly a ninth ward named Dhashokubaa which was merged with Miskimmago.[3]

ސ Addu City (Seenu Atoll)[edit]

Inhabited Islands[edit]

Uninhabited Islands and Sand Banks[edit]

Disappeared Islands[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godfrey, Tim. Maldives, Travellers and Divers Map: Islands, Resorts, Dive Sites, Protected Marine Areas, Surfing Locations. Apollo Bay, Vic., Australia: Atoll Editions, 1999. ISBN 1-876410-30-2
  2. ^ Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī. Malé 1999.
  3. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom, Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5