Guraidhoo (Kaafu Atoll)

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Guraidhoo
Inhabited island
Guraidhoo is located in Maldives
Guraidhoo
Guraidhoo
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
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Kaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé 30.77 km (19.12 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length 0.675 km (0.419 mi)
 • Width 0.500 km (0.311 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 1,738 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

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

Geography[edit]

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.

Ecology[edit]

Wildlife includes birds and bats.

Demography[edit]

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

Economy[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

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.

Tourism[edit]

There is a semi legal bikini beach and a seasonal surf beach. There are restaurants which are an easygoing affair selling meals starting from US$3. There is no alcohol obtainable on the island. The staple diet contains tuna and coconut. The food is simple but good. There are no dogs on the island but a few cats.

The locals are very quiet - rarely a loud noise from the men and never from the women. The men are relatively easy going. Muslim faith is upheld thus most women are in hijab. There is no deliberate thieving or violent crime from locals. However, be aware of dishonest conduct such as overcharging visitors etc.

Guraidhoo is ideal for the budget conscious traveller that wants to have a relaxing holiday and see a bit of local life. Snorkelling tours etc. can be booked. Be sure to bring some cheap reef shoes/water socks. Snorkelling equipment can be hired and is supplied for the tours. The bikini beach is shallow and warm - so very family friendly. Snorkelling is simply world class.

Sport[edit]

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

Transport[edit]

Getting to Guraidhoo to reach the hotels in Guraidhoo, a public ferryboat or chartered speedboat can be arranged by the hotel for which payment will be collected upon check–in. Passengers need to transfer from the airport to Male by ferry - this goes most of the time and frequently and will cost US$1. Locally arranged airport pickups can be very unreliable.

The public ferry takes two hours to reach Guraidhoo and costs approximately USD 2.00 per person per way. The ferry departs from Male’ at 14:30 hrs and the return journey departs from Guraidhoo at 07:00 hrs. There is also a speedboat transfer to Guraidhoo which costs $30 per person per way. No public ferry services operate on Friday, when only speedboat transfers available.

Speedboat ferry schedule:

  • Guaraidhoo to Male; 0800hrs, 1430hrs and 1730hrs.
  • Male to Guaraidhoo; 1230hrs, 1600hrs and 2200hrs.

Local direct ferry:

  • Guaraidhoo to Male; 0700hrs
  • Male to Guaraidhoo; 1430hrs

Local province ferry (Transit)

  • Guraidhoo; 0700hrs to Male 0920hrs (transit to Maafushi and Gulhi)
  • Male; 1500hrs to Guraidhoo 1730hrs (transit to Gulhi and Maafushi)

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.