Bandidhoo (Dhaalu Atoll)

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Bandidhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 02°56′10″N 72°59′25″E / 2.93611°N 72.99028°E / 2.93611; 72.99028Coordinates: 02°56′10″N 72°59′25″E / 2.93611°N 72.99028°E / 2.93611; 72.99028
Geographic atollSouth nilandhe atoll (nilandhe atholhu dhekunuburi)
Administrative atollDhaalu Atoll
Distance to Malé148.65 km (92.37 mi)
 • Length0.575 km (0.357 mi)
 • Width0.450 km (0.280 mi)
 • Total793 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Bandidhoo (Dhivehi: ބަނޑިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Dhaalu Atoll.


Like other islands, Bandidhoo was impacted by the 2004 tsunami[2] with several casualties and massive infrastructure damage. However, the island has managed a full, albeit slow, recovery.


The island is 148.65 km (92 mi; 80 nmi) south of the country's capital, Malé.[3]


Historical population
2006 578—    
2014 716+23.9%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [4]


The commerce of the island is centered around their famous fleet of fishing boats (approx: 25). Although typically a fishing community, inhabitants have started working construction and resort jobs.


Bandidhoo has a hospital (Bandidhoo Health Centre) and a school (Bandidhoo School) teaching from preschool to grade 10.


Bandidhoo also has a harbour to enable faster loading and unloading for boats. The harbour development was begun on 10 March 2014.[5] The expanded harbour was reopened by President Abdulla Yameen on 4 May 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 35. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Tsunami Impact Assessment 2005" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Maldives: Bandidhoo Harbour Project Inaugurated". Dredging Today. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Bandidhoo Harbor Opening Ceremony". Dredging Today. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2018.