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Inhabited island
Naifaru is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 5°26′39.74″N 73°21′56.56″E / 5.4443722°N 73.3657111°E / 5.4443722; 73.3657111Coordinates: 5°26′39.74″N 73°21′56.56″E / 5.4443722°N 73.3657111°E / 5.4443722; 73.3657111
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Lhaviyani Atoll
Distance to Malé 141.97 km (88.22 mi)
 • Length 1.095 km (0.680 mi)
 • Width 0.725 km (0.450 mi)
Population (May 2013)
 • Total 5,082
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Naifaru (Dhivehi: ނައިފަރު) is the capital of Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives.

Naifaru is 142 km (88 mi) north of the capital, Malé. The total area of Naifaru is 53 hectares (0.53 km²), including the part of the island expanded by reclaiming the surrounding lagoon of the island, in 2004. President Mohamed Nasheed declared Madivaru (an un-inhabited island about half a kilometer northeast of Naifaru) as a part of Naifaru.


As per the census of 2006, Naifaru has population of 3,687, contributing 1.23% of total population of the country. Compared to the 2000 census, Naifaru has a slightly negative population growth (-0.09%). As of 31 December 2008, Naifaru had a registered population of 4720. The current population as of 31st May 2013 is 5082.

Naifaru is the fifth most populous island in the Maldives.