Guraidhoo (Kaafu Atoll)

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Aerial view of Guriadhoo and surrounding atolls
Aerial view of Guriadhoo and surrounding atolls
Guraidhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 03°54′00″N 73°28′06″E / 3.90000°N 73.46833°E / 3.90000; 73.46833Coordinates: 03°54′00″N 73°28′06″E / 3.90000°N 73.46833°E / 3.90000; 73.46833
Administrative atollKaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé30.77 km (19.12 mi)
 • Length0.675 km (0.419 mi)
 • Width0.500 km (0.311 mi)
 • Total1,738 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Guraidhoo (Dhivehi: ގުރައިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll in the Maldives.


The island is 30.77 km (19 mi; 17 nmi) south of the country's capital, Malé.[2] Guraidhoo is less than 1 km (0.62 mi) long and wide. It is located in South Malé Atoll. Guraidhoo is about 31 km (19 mi) from Male Airport - the only way you can reach it is by boat. Wildlife includes birds and bats. There are no dogs on the island but a few cats.


Historical population
2006 1,220—    
2014 1,580+29.5%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]



Guraidhoo has about 1800 locals but the population can rise to over 2500 as Guraidhoo is also home for special needs people, and has the only mental hospital in Maldives. There are many shops that sell the basic necessities and a few big souvenir shops as well.


Guraidhoo is a local island, geographically recognized for its famous surfing and turtle snorkeling, dolphins, sand banks, and diving spots.


The public ferry takes two hours to reach Guraidhoo.

Speedboat ferry:

  • Guaraidhoo to Male
  • Male to Guaraidhoo

Local direct ferry:

  • Guaraidhoo to Male
  • Male to Guaraidhoo

Local province ferry (Transit)

  • Guraidhoo to Male
  • Male to Guraidhoo


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