Faafu Atoll

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Faafu Atoll
Faafu Atoll.png
Corresponding geographic atoll(s)Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi
Location3° 20' N and 3° 03' N
 • Atoll ChiefAbdulla Jameel [1]
 • Total4,119
Letter code
Dhivehi letter code
F (ފ)
 • Number of islands23
 • Inhabited islandsBileddhoo * Dharanboodhoo * Feeali * Filitheyo * Magoodhoo * Nilandhoo
 • Uninhabited islandsBadidhiffusheefinolhu, Dhiguvarufinolhu, Enbulufushi, Faanuvaahuraa, Himithi, Jinnathugau, Kandoomoonufushi, Maafushi, Maavaruhuraa, Madivaruhuraa, Makunueri, Minimasgali, Villingilivarufinolhu, Voshimasfalhuhuraa
Resort islands(*), airports(¤) and industrial islands are also considered uninhabited.

Faafu Atoll (also known as Northern Nilandhe Atoll or Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi) is an administrative division of the Maldives.

It corresponds to the natural atoll of the same name.

Certain islands of this atoll used to be inhabited, like Himithi. The islanders were resettled in other islands so that Friday prayers could be held.

NOTE: Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa, Kaafu, etc. (including Faafu) are code letters assigned to the present administrative divisions of the Maldives. They are not the proper names of the natural atolls that make up these divisions. Some atolls are divided into two administrative divisions while other divisions are made up of two or more natural atolls. The order followed by the code letters is from North to South, beginning with the first letters of the Thaana alphabet used in Dhivehi. These code letters are not accurate from the geographical and cultural point of view. However, they have become popular among tourists and foreigners in the Maldives who find them easier to pronounce than the true atoll names in Dhivehi, (save a few exceptions, like Ari Atoll).[1]


  1. ^ Tim Godfrey, Atlas of the Maldives, Atoll Editions 2004
  • Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. Divehi Bahāi Tārikhah Khidmaiykurā Qaumī Markazu. Reprint 1958 edn. Malé 1990.
  • Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī.
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999.

Coordinates: 3°14′N 72°56′E / 3.233°N 72.933°E / 3.233; 72.933