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Children playing on a bokkura, Fua Mulaku

A bokkura (Dhivehi: ބޮއްކުރާ) is the smallest type of boat commonly used in Maldives. It has slight similarities to a dhoni, but is smaller in size, holding just two or three individuals,[1] and without lateen sails. A bokkura usually has a set of oars, and was traditionally used for fishing near reefs or to commute between the shore and anchored fishing or trading vessels[2] especially before there were any jetties on the Maldives.[3]


  1. ^ "Exploitation of Reef Resources". Food and Agriculture Organization. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. p. 55
  3. ^ visittomaldives. "Bokkura (small traditional vessel of Maldives) | Visit to Maldives". Retrieved 2013-08-21.

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