Dhiffushi (Kaafu Atoll)

Coordinates: 4°26′28″N 73°42′40″E / 4.44111°N 73.71111°E / 4.44111; 73.71111
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inhabited local island
Difushi Atoll
Difushi Atoll
Dhiffushi is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 4°26′28″N 73°42′40″E / 4.44111°N 73.71111°E / 4.44111; 73.71111
Administrative atollKaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé36.99 km (22.98 mi)
 • Length0.950 km (0.590 mi)
 • Width0.200 km (0.124 mi)
 • Total1,053 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Dhiffushi (Dhivehi: ދިއްފުށި) is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll.


The island is 36.99 km (23 mi; 20 nmi) northeast of the country's capital, Malé.[2] Dhiffushi is 0.95 km (0.59 mi) in length and just 0.2 km (0.12 mi) wide, with a total land area of 22.3 ha (55 acres). It is located next to Meerufenfusi.

Dhiffushi is the most eastern inhabited island in the Maldives and hence the island witnesses sunrise first in the country.


Historical population
2006 767—    
2014 967+26.1%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


In accordance with the recently passed Decentralization Act of Maldives, Dhiffushi is governed by an elected Island Council composed of three Councillors. The Council is headed by the President of the Council. The Island Council reports to the Local Government Authority (LGA). As democracy and decentralization are at the infant stage in the Maldives, the councilors, and the government may find it difficult to deal with important issues like land, and resource utilization.


Dhiffushi has a variety of guesthouses run by locals along with a few guest shops opened up for business.



The island has a pre school, public school, hospital, two mosques, Magistrate court, gas station, football turf and sewage plant .

Drone shot of a Dhiffushi island, Maldives

As of the beginning of 2012 Dhiffushi council has started to build an industrial area next to the harbor in order to claim additional land, the land has been used for commercial industrial use.

Notable people[edit]



  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". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.