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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 207.41 km (128.88 mi)
 • Total 0.31 km2 (0.12 sq mi)
 • Length 0.950 km (0.590 mi)
 • Width 0.750 km (0.466 mi)
 • Total 2,745
 • Density 8,900/km2 (23,000/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

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

This island is renowned for its carpenters and boat builders.

Powell Islands[edit]

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. Captain Robert Moresby named this small island group 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 NW coast of Ceylon.

...and the ink of the Maldive charts had scarcely dried, when the labours of those employed were demanded of the Indian Government by Her Majesty’s authorities at Ceylon, to undertake trigonometrical surveys of that Island, and the dangerous and shallow gulfs on either side of the neck of sand connecting it with India. They were the present Captains F. F. Powell, and Richard Ethersey, in the Schooner “Royal Tiger” and “Shannon,” assisted by Lieut. (now Commander) Felix Jones, and the late Lieut. Wilmot Christopher, who fell in action before Mooltan. The first of these officers had charge of one of the tenders under Lieut. Powell, and the latter another under Lieut. Ethersey. The maps of the Pamban Pass and the Straits of Manaar were by the hand of Lieut. Felix Jones, who was the draftsman also on this survey: they speak for themselves


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