Biyadhoo

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Biyaadhoo
Inhabited island
Biyaadhoo is located in Maldives
Biyaadhoo
Biyaadhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 3°55′20″N 73°27′23″E / 3.9223°N 73.4564°E / 3.9223; 73.4564Coordinates: 3°55′20″N 73°27′23″E / 3.9223°N 73.4564°E / 3.9223; 73.4564
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Kaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé 29 km (18 mi)
Area
 • Total 0.040 km2 (0.015 sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
Biyadhoo is famous for its crystal-clear turquoise water.[1]

Biyaadhoo or Biyadhoo is a circular ten-acre[2] resort-island in South Malé Atoll in the administrative division Kaafu Atoll of the Maldives. The island is located 18 miles (28.9 km) south of Malé International Airport.[3][4] It is located 0.62 miles from the island of Makunufushi, and only 330 yards from another resort-island, Villivaru. Both Biyaadhoo- and Villivaru islands are owned and managed by the Taj group from India.[5][6] It is mostly made up by the Biyadhoo Island Resort,[7] but remains a densely vegetated and forested island.[8] The rich soil allows the cultivation of various fruits and vegetables, e.g. numerous coconut-, banana-, and mango trees grow on the island. Experts here have also been employed in growing vegetables hydroponically,[9] some of the vegetables grown on the island includes tomatoes, cabbage, and cucumbers used by the resort in preparation of various buffets.[10] There is one resort, a restaurant, spa, and one bar located on the island, all which are parts of the resort.[11] There is also evening entertainment for guests several times aweek.[12]

View of neighboring Villvaru Island from Biyadhoo.

The island of Biyadhoo is oftentimes referred to as a scuba-diving island,[13] and its situation in South Malé Atoll gives access to many famous diving sites in the Maldives.[14] The scuba-diving in the area is famous for sites such as Kandooma Thila, known for its dense schools of fish species, Kandooma Caves, which is famous for its soft corals, and the Protected Marine Area of Guraidhoo Kandu, which is a broad, fast channel.[15] The Nautico Watersports Center runs the scuba-diving on both Villvaru- and Biyadhoo islands.[16] It is close to shore all the way around, with an abundance of coral growth inside its lagoon as well as down the drop-off. Other water sport activities on the island includes snorkeling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and canoe paddling.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Dutch) Günaydin, Armagan and Esther Ottens (2001). Maldiven. ANWB Media - Boeken & Gidsen. Page 40. ISBN 9789018013011.
  2. ^ (in German) Gstaltmayr, Heiner F. and Hšhne Wieland (2014). Baedeker Reisefÿhrer Malediven. Baedeker. Page 183. ISBN 9783829714198.
  3. ^ Bomanta (2015). Maldives: God's Masterpiece on Earth. Bomanta Publishing. Page 40.
  4. ^ http://www.visitmaldives.info/biyadhoo-island-resort-maldives.html
  5. ^ Kate, Meere (2000). World Travel Guide. Columbus Press. Page 484. ISBN 9781902221366.
  6. ^ Korniczky, Peter (2004). Columbus World Travel Guide: 2004-2005. Highbury Columbus Travel Publications. Page 467. ISBN 9781902221847.
  7. ^ Harwood, Sam and Rob Bryning (2004). Globetrotter Dive Guide: The Maldives. New Holland Publishers. Page 72. ISBN 9781843308478.
  8. ^ (in Dutch) Günaydin, Armagan and Esther Ottens (2001). Maldiven. ANWB Media - Boeken & Gidsen. Page 40. ISBN 9789018013011.
  9. ^ Pritchard-Jones, Sian and Ellis Royston. Maldives: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. Page 28. ISBN 9781841621432.
  10. ^ (in French) Labourdette, Jean-Paul and Auzias Dominique (2011). Carnet de voyage: Maldives. Petit Futé. Page 97. ISBN 9782746936614.
  11. ^ Naville, Adrian (2015). Resorts of Maldives. Arvinder Kumar. Page 23.
  12. ^ (in German) Gstaltmayr, Heiner F. and Hšhne Wieland (2014). Baedeker Reisefÿhrer Malediven. Baedeker. Page 183. ISBN 9783829714198.
  13. ^ Masters, Tom (2012). Lonely Planet Maldives. Lonely Planet. Page 127. ISBN 9781743213438.
  14. ^ (in French) Labourdette, Jean-Paul and Auzias Dominique (2011). Carnet de voyage: Maldives. Petit Futé. Page 97. ISBN 9782746936614.
  15. ^ Neville, Adrian (2006). Resorts of the Maldives. SevenHolidays Publishing. Page 13. ISBN 9789991521657.
  16. ^ Cuthbertson, Lydia J. (1994). Guide to the Maldives. Immel. Page 80. ISBN 9780907151807.
  17. ^ (in German) Gstaltmayr, Heiner F. and Hšhne Wieland (2014). Baedeker Reisefÿhrer Malediven. Baedeker. Page 183. ISBN 9783829714198.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-16.