Himandhoo (Alif Alif Atoll)

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Himandhoo
Himandhoo is located in Maldives
Himandhoo
Himandhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 03°55′15″N 72°44′35″E / 3.92083°N 72.74306°E / 3.92083; 72.74306Coordinates: 03°55′15″N 72°44′35″E / 3.92083°N 72.74306°E / 3.92083; 72.74306
CountryMaldives
Administrative atollAlif Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé89.57 km (55.66 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length0.750 km (0.466 mi)
 • Width0.425 km (0.264 mi)
Population
 (2014)[1]
 • Total724 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Himandhoo (Dhivehi: ހިމެންދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of the Alif Alif Atoll in the Maldives.

Geography[edit]

The island is 89.57 km (56 mi; 48 nmi) west of the country's capital, Malé.[2] A short seaplane journey from Velana International Airport would take approximately 25–45 minutes to reach this pristine piece of land in the Northern Alif Atoll. Speedboat transfer options are also available to reach the island.

Demography[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 515—    
2014 667+29.5%
2020 824+23.5%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Economy[edit]

Tourism[edit]

The exclusivity of the area around this unique Maldivian island has been known by many international travellers for a long time. Well known dive spots and white sand beaches around the area are so famous that it is an attraction for thousands of travellers every year. The island is gifted with its very own unbeatable house reef for snorkelers, beautiful beaches, infinite lagoon for kite and wind surfers. Around 700+ islanders who live on the Island are well known for their kindness and always-friendly attitude towards life, which is now creating better opportunities and transforming their lives opening new doors to everlasting peace and to become an exemplary destination for the hospitality business.

History[edit]

In 2007 a standoff occurred when Maldivan authorities investigating the 2007 Malé bombing attempted to enter the Dar-al-Khuir mosque on the island. A 40-hour standoff ensued between authorities and male congregants, ending in the arrest of 60 men and boys, and injuries to 30 police officers.[4]

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. 35. 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.
  4. ^ Chan Tau Chou. Maldives faces social divide. Al Jazeera English. 6 November 2007.