Hoarafushi (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Hoarafushi is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 6°58′50″N 72°53′45″E / 6.98056°N 72.89583°E / 6.98056; 72.89583Coordinates: 6°58′50″N 72°53′45″E / 6.98056°N 72.89583°E / 6.98056; 72.89583
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Ihavandhippolhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 316.95 km (196.94 mi)
 • Council Hoarafushi Island Council
 • Length 1.75 km (1.09 mi)
 • Width 0.45 km (0.28 mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,826
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
Area code(s) 650, 20

Hoarafushi (Dhivehi: ހޯރަފުށި) is an inhabited island of Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives and is geographically part of the northern-most atoll in the country, Ihavandhippolhu Atoll. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Hoarafushi Island Council.

The people who live in Hoarafushi claim to have originated from Gudhanfushi, a vanished island adjacent to Huvahandhoo. The population moved to Huvuhandhoo as Gudhanfushi eroded away before moving onto Hoarafushi. The new settlers also called the island 'Huvarafushi'.

Health Facilities[edit]

Currently the island has a government established Health Center from where the people of the island can get basic health facilities 24/7.


The Hoarafushi island has 3 well known educational institutions.

  1. H.a Atoll School (ހ.އ އަތޮޅު މަދަރުސާ), a government manipulated educational institution. (LKG to Grade 12)
  2. Adam Saleem Hadhaanee Pre-school (އާދަމް ސަލީމް ހަދާނީ ޕްރީ ސްކޫލް), Private. (Kindergarten)
  3. Thauleemul Bayaah (ތައުލީމުލް ބަޔާން), a private educational institution mainly focused on Qur'an Studies.

Guest Houses[edit]

Annamaa Lodge, the first guest house in the island will be opened for business soon. This place offers tourist to explore the natural beauty within the island and enjoy their holidays with various activities including diving into the profusion of psychedelic colors and the abundance and variety of underwater life.

Another Guest House (Hoara Beach Inn) is on its way to attract tourists towards the island in December 2017

Police & Security[edit]

A police station was established by the government to ensure the safeguard of the people living in the island.


The island is named after the great frigatebird, known as the 'hoara' in Dhivehi, which used to be seen there.

Notable facts[edit]

  • It is believed that Huyy Ali Didi, the first poet of the Maldives is buried at the Kuda mosque on this island.


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