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Bodufolhudhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 04°11′05″N 72°46′25″E / 4.18472°N 72.77361°E / 4.18472; 72.77361Coordinates: 04°11′05″N 72°46′25″E / 4.18472°N 72.77361°E / 4.18472; 72.77361
Administrative atollAlif Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé81.64 km (50.73 mi)
 • Length0.300 km (0.186 mi)
 • Width0.300 km (0.186 mi)
 • Total608 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Bodufolhudhoo (Dhivehi: ބޮޑުފޮޅުދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll in the Republic of Maldives.


The island is 81.64 km (51 mi; 44 nmi) west of the country's capital, Malé.[2] Bodufolhudhoo is a small island located in the central area of North Ari Atoll and surrounded by many famous tourist resorts, including Nika Island Resort, Velidoo and Gangehi.


Bodufolhudhoo is the first island in the Maldives to ban single-use plastic bags.[3]


Historical population
2006 456—    
2014 586+28.5%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [4]


Bodufolhudhoo's economy has been based mostly on fishing until the early 1990s. The current economy is mainly supported by people working in the tourism industry.

There are a few tourist shops on the island for the guests who come island hopping from nearby resorts.

Bodufolhudhoo now boasts over five[vague] operating guesthouses with many guest houses under development. The island council has designated a private beach (Sunset beach) specifically for the visiting tourists.

Employment is predominantly provided by nearby resorts, however island employment may also be found in education, island council, health centre, utilities, shops, restaurants and guesthouses.


There is a health centre in the island to provide basic health care service to the community. The health centre has a medical officer and two registered nurses and nearly 15 staff members.


As Bodufolhudhoo is an island surrounded by sea, transport is mainly water based. There are speed boats and normal boats that people use for transport between the islands. Larger vessels are used to travel to and from the capital Male' and for faster transport residents use a seaplane service from the nearby resorts. Fishermen will use purpose-built fishing vessels to catch fish from the open sea. The government ferry system was introduced in 2012, whereby boats became available to travel between the islands at a cheaper fare.

People mostly walk on the island, but may also use bicycles and motorbikes to travel from one place to another. Wheelbarrow "gaadiyaa" in different sizes are used to transport heavy materials.

In the early 1990s a nationwide helicopter service was provided by Hummingbird. To this day the helipad used by Hummingbird exists in Bodufolhudhoo.


  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 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "First island in Maldives to ban single-use plastic bags".
  4. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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