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Inhabited island
The coral sand covered streets of Alifushi
The coral sand covered streets of Alifushi
Alifushi is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 5°58′00″N 72°57′15″E / 5.96667°N 72.95417°E / 5.96667; 72.95417Coordinates: 5°58′00″N 72°57′15″E / 5.96667°N 72.95417°E / 5.96667; 72.95417
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Raa Atoll
Distance to Malé 207.43 km (128.89 mi)
 • Total 0.31 km2 (0.12 sq mi)
 • Length 0.950 km (0.590 mi)
 • Width 0.750 km (0.466 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,804 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Alifushi (Dhivehi: އަލިފުށި) is one of the inhabited islands of Raa Atoll.


Powell Islands[edit]

Alifushi and Etthingili were named as the Powell Islands by Captain Robert Moresby after Lieutenant F.F. Powell, who assisted during the difficult survey of the Atolls of the Maldives in 1834-36. Later promoted to Captain, Powell went on to survey the northwest coast of Ceylon.


Alifushi and Etthingili (Powell Islands in the Admiralty Chart) stand on a detached reef of their own with very deep waters (no sounding), between this isolated reef shelf and the northern end of the main Northern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll.

Alifushi is 207.43 km (129 mi; 112 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[3]


Historical population
2006 1,974—    
2014 1,578−20.1%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [4]


This island is renowned for its carpenters and boat builders.


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Burton, Richard (1894). First Footsteps in East Africa. I. London: Tylston and Edwards. Preface: XX. OCLC 4872739. 
  3. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 11 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2018.