Ihavandhoo (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Ihavandhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 6°57′17″N 72°55′33″E / 6.95472°N 72.92583°E / 6.95472; 72.92583Coordinates: 6°57′17″N 72°55′33″E / 6.95472°N 72.92583°E / 6.95472; 72.92583
Geographic atollIhavandhippolhu Atoll
Administrative atollHaa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé314.08 km (195.16 mi)
 • CouncilIhavandhoo Island Council
 • Length0.88 km (0.55 mi)
 • Width0.86 km (0.53 mi)
 (including foreigners2014)[1]
 • Total2,575
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)
Area code(s)650, 20

Ihavandhoo is an inhabited island in Maldives. It is located in the northernmost geographic atoll in the country, and is administratively part of Haa Alif Atoll. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Ihavandhoo Island Council.


The story of Mohamed Thakurufaanu (Boduthankurufaanu), the Maldivian hero who defeated the Portuguese rule in Maldives, reveals that mother of Mohamed Thakurufaanu was an Ihavandhoo lady. The island has a mosque built by Sultan Ibrahim Muhirudheen in 1701 using brain corals. Through restorations, its origin is maintained as the mosque is the only remaining archaeological evidence in Ihavandhoo island.


The island is 314.08 km (195 mi; 170 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

One of the major environmental problems faced by Ihavandhoo islanders has been soil erosion.


Historical population
2006 2,447—    
2014 2,468+0.9%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


Traditionally, the island has been a pure fishing island, with the majority of the working age group being experienced fishermen. Ihavandhoo also accounts for the country's export of tuna (chilled and frozen) and dried fish. The government owned fisheries company, Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company also operates in the region.


Opened on 14 May 1979, Ihavandhoo School serves as the public school in the island, providing primary to higher secondary education.[4] Initially, the school was named "Ihavandhoo Madharusaa", when it was owned by the local people. The school started offering secondary grades in 1999, preparing students for international GCE Ordinary Level examinations, with A-Level grades in 2003. The school became a government owned school in 2005.

Today, this school has almost the largest student population in the entire atoll (757 students in 2011).


A harbour has been dug to solve the problem of getting into the island. An area of 13,150 m2 (141,500 sq ft) was dredged in 1992. The harbour was repaired in 2000. This harbour plays an important role in the economy of the island especially the fact that majority of the islands working population are fishermen who had to use the harbour every day.

On 11 November 2010, the government started a project costing US$4,490,678.94 to build a new harbour. The project is yet to be finished. According to MTCC, the contractor of the project, as of 7 September 2011, 36% of breakwater construction has been completed. This new harbour has an area of 35,945 m2 (386,910 sq ft).


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 33. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ http://isles.egov.mv/Island/Index.aspx?lid=2&tid=0&id=7 Isles: island profile

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