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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)
 • Total 0.545 km2 (0.210 sq mi)
 • Length 1.095 km (0.680 mi)
 • Width 0.725 km (0.450 mi)
Population (May 2013)
 • Total 5,082
 • Density 9,300/km2 (24,000/sq mi)
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 54.5 hectares (0.545 km²), including the part of the island expanded in 2004 by reclaiming the surrounding lagoon of the island.


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%).This negative change is because of emigration to the Capital. 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 6th most populous town in the Maldives after Male City, Addu City, Fuvahmulah, Kulhudhuffushi and G.Dh Thinadhoo.