Hulhudhoo (Addu)

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For other islands named Hulhudhoo, see Hulhudhoo (disambiguation).
Inhabited island
Hulhudhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 00°35′20″S 073°13′50″E / 0.58889°S 73.23056°E / -0.58889; 73.23056Coordinates: 00°35′20″S 073°13′50″E / 0.58889°S 73.23056°E / -0.58889; 73.23056
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Addu Atoll
Distance to Malé 528.9 km (328.6 mi)
 • Length 2.350 km (1.460 mi)
 • Width 1.625 km (1.010 mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 3,686
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Hulhudhoo is the third most populous island in Addu Atoll in the Maldives. It is located on the north east side the atoll adjoining the island of Meedhoo to the north is approximately 541 km south of Male' City, the capital of Maldives. Hulhudhoo has a population of 3583 people.


Hulhudhoo is a large island by Maldivian terms, with a thickly vegetated fertile land, it spreads to an area of around 214 hectares. Hulhudhoo's landscape is mainly of palms trees and thick tropical vegetation as in other islands of the atoll. The island consists of small roads, close lanes, large number of closely built houses, only a few has a second floor, green vegetation surrounds most of the housing compounds, specially banana trees and in some households there are even yam fields within the housing compound. This vegetation is regarded as part domestic agriculture and often send to Male' to local market.

Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo "islands" are naturally one island as in Maradhoo and Maradhoo-Feydhoo on the western side of the atoll. At one point the island was called Hulhumeedhoo, and had a one administrative office and was regarded as one island. Early days the two communities were separated with a large mangrove tree standing in a muddy land area. This area has later become as a border between two communities of Hulhumeedhoo. Some difference of opinion, historical and cultural backgrounds of the two communities enforced them to be independent of each other and hence declared separation. Today the two communities live side by side with peace and harmony under two different administrative divisions and are regarded as two different islands even though the island is naturally one island.

To the south of Hulhudhoo is Hulhudhoo Herathera. An uninhabited section of the island which is located to the south, within the lagoon of Hulhudhoo. This island has been linked with Hulhudhoo by land and now it is regarded as a part of Hulhudhoo. The island of Maafishi, which is also located on the south of Hulhudhoo, has now been linked to Hulhudhoo. Now Herathera has been developed as a resort and hundreds of tourists visit there every year.

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