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Dhevvadhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 00°33′32″N 73°14′37″E / 0.55889°N 73.24361°E / 0.55889; 73.24361Coordinates: 00°33′32″N 73°14′37″E / 0.55889°N 73.24361°E / 0.55889; 73.24361
Administrative atollGaafu Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé400.97 km (249.15 mi)
 • Length0.600 km (0.373 mi)
 • Width0.520 km (0.323 mi)
 • Total584 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Dhevvadhoo or Devvadū (Div: ދެއްވަދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of the administrative division known as Northern Huvadhu Atoll (code letter: Gaafu Alifu).


Some of the ancient kings of Maldives traced their ancestry to certain families of this island. Dhevvadhoo Rasgefaanu, Al-Sultan Mohamed Ibn Haji Ali Thukkalaa (1692-1701), is one of the Kind in the Maldives.


There are many Buddhist archaeological remains in Devvadū. It is likely that it was an important island in that period of Maldivian History.

  • A mound called “Dhevvadhoo Usgadu”, probably a large Stupa is on the north-east of the island, about 285 feet (87 m) from the shore. It is 200 feet (61 m) long, 96 feet (29 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high.
  • A ruin also called “Usgadu”, measuring 96 X 64 feet (20 m) with a height of 4 feet (1.2 m) is on the northwest, about 485 feet (148 m) from the shore.
  • Near this “Usgadu” there is another mound 116 feet (35 m) long, 52 feet (16 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high.
  • There is a third mound 69 feet (21 m) long 47 feet (14 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high within this area.
  • On the north-west there is another “Usgadu”, measuring 120 X 49 feet (15 m) with a height of 4 feet (1.2 m). It is about 385 feet (117 m) away from the shore.

None of these ancient remains have been properly investigated yet.


The island is 400.97 km (249 mi; 217 nmi) south of the country's capital, Malé.[2] It is a sizeable round island located almost in the centre of Huvadhu Atoll.


Historical population
2006 480—    
2014 505+5.2%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 36. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
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  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
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