Dhiffushi (Kaafu Atoll)

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Dhiffushi
Inhabited local island
Dhiffushi is located in Maldives
Dhiffushi
Dhiffushi
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 4°26′28″N 73°42′40″E / 4.44111°N 73.71111°E / 4.44111; 73.71111Coordinates: 4°26′28″N 73°42′40″E / 4.44111°N 73.71111°E / 4.44111; 73.71111
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Kaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé 36.99 km (22.98 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length 0.950 km (0.590 mi)
 • Width 0.200 km (0.124 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,053 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

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

Geography[edit]

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. The island has true Maldivian flora and fauna with coconut palms along the shoreline.

Dhiffushi is the most eastern inhabited island in the Maldives and hence the island witnesses sunrise first in the country. There are about six sandbanks at very close proximity to the island along with one of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the Maldives. The island's house reef is more than 10 km (6.2 mi) long housing colorful corals, breathtaking varieties of fishes and other marine flora and fauna.

Demography[edit]

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

Governance[edit]

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 is at the infant stage in Maldives, the councillors, and the government find it difficult to deal with important issues like land, and resource utilization. There are still many legal issues that need to be settled, before the island council can confidently perform its duties independently. The current island councillors elected and in office are young, educated and highly motivated.

Economy[edit]

Dhiffushi is the leading island in Local Guesthouse industry the Maldives. The island is famous for its hospitality and friendliness of the people while there are a variety of guesthouses run by locals along with a few guest shops opened up for business.

Dhiffushi is of the best island for a getaway as the island is 40 minutes away from Malé Airport via speed boat. Daily schedule transfers are available except Friday.

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Infrastructure[edit]

The island has a hospital, two mosques and public school. Currently there are three local cafes which operates from morning 6am until 11pm, seven local shops, and a few restaurants serving international menus open from morning 11am till 11:45pm. About a dozen guesthouses are in operation ever since local islands are opened up for guesthouse business. Many new boutique and island style tourist accommodations are budding in the island. There is a local soccer club and a soccer field.

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

The island doesn't have a police station due to extremely low crime rate. However, the island council and the community ensures safety and security of visitors/community.

Transport[edit]

Public ferry[edit]

  • Everyday except Friday
  • Takes 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Tickets per person MVR 20
  • Leaves from Male' at Villingili Ferry Terminal at 2:30pm. The ferry dhoni arrives at the island at 5:30pm
  • Leaves from Dhiffushi to Male' at 6:30am. The ferry dhoni arrives at Male' at 09:30am

Fast ferry[edit]

A scenic speedboat ride of just 40 mins, tickets cost $25 per person.

From Saturday to Thursday, this ferry leaves from Male' to Dhiffushi at 4:30pm in front of the Bank of Ceylon. The return journey from Dhiffushi to Male' leaves at 7:30am. On Fridays, the journey from Male to Dhiffushi is at 8:30am and 7:00pm. The return journey from Dhiffushi to Male' is at 5:00pm.

References[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.