Kaafu Atoll

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Kaafu Atoll
Kaafu Atoll.jpg
Country Maldives
Corresponding geographic atoll(s) Malé Atoll
Location 4°25′N 73°30′E / 4.417°N 73.500°E / 4.417; 73.500Coordinates: 4°25′N 73°30′E / 4.417°N 73.500°E / 4.417; 73.500
Capital Thulusdhoo
Government
 • Atoll chief Mohamed Adam[1]
Population
 • Total 12,166
Letter code H
Dhivehi letter code K (ކ)
• Number of islands 107
• Inhabited islands Dhiffushi
Gaafaru
Gulhi
Guraidhoo
Himmafushi
Huraa
Kaashidhoo
Maafushi
Thilafushi
Thulusdhoo
• Uninhabited islands Aarah, Akirifushi, Asdhoo*, Baros*, Biyaadhoo*, Bodubandos*, Bodufinolhu*, Boduhithi*, Boduhuraa, Bolifushi*, Dhigufinolhu, Dhoonidhoo, Ehrruh-haa, Enboodhoo*, Enboodhoofinolhu*, Eriyadhoo*, Farukolhufushi*, Feydhoofinolhu, Fihalhohi*, Funadhoo, Furan-nafushi*, Gasfinolhu*, Giraavaru*, Girifushi, Gulheegaathuhuraa, Helengeli*, Henbadhoo*, Huraagandu, Ihuru*, Kagi, Kalhuhuraa, Kandoomaafushi*, Kanduoih-giri, Kanifinolhu*, Kanuhuraa*, Kudabandos, Kudafinolhu, Kudahithi*, Kudahuraa, Lankanfinolhu*, Lankanfushi*, Lhohifushi*, Lhosfushi, Maadhoo, Madivaru, Mahaanaélhihuraa*, Makunudhoo*, Makunufushi, Maniyafushi, Medhufinolhu*, Meerufenfushi*, Nakachchaafushi*, Olhahali, Olhuveli*, Oligandufinolhu, Ran-naalhi*, Rasfari, Thanburudhoo, Thulhaagiri*, Vaadhoo*, Vaagali, Vabbinfaru*, Vabboahuraa, Vammaafushi, Velassaru*, Velifaru, Veliganduhuraa, Vihamanaafushi*, Villingilimathidhahuraa, Villingilivau*, Ziyaaraiffushi*
Resort islands(*), airports(¤) and industrial islands are also considered uninhabited.

Kaafu Atoll is the code name given to an administrative division in the Republic of Maldives which consists of the geographical atolls of Kaashidhoo Island, Gaafaru, North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll. As the two Malé Atolls are the main islands of the administrative district, the entire Kaafu Atoll administrative division is officially named Malé Atoll or Malé Atolhu in the Maldivian language, Dhivehi.

The capital of the administrative division is Thulusdhoo.

Although Malé, the capital of the Maldives, and the adjacent islands of Vilingili, Hulhule and Hulhumalé, are geographically part of the North Malé Atoll, they do not form part of the Kaafu Atoll administrative division and are a separate administrative division.

Kaafu or Malé Atoll[edit]

Kaafu is a code letter of the Thaana alphabet used in the Maldivian language, Dhivehi, assigned to one of the administrative divisions of the Maldives which is officially and traditionally known by the name Malé Atoll. The Thaana alphabet code names are not the names of the natural or geographical atolls of the Maldives which make up these divisions. These administrative divisions may consist of part of, a single or several natural atolls.

Malé Atoll is the name of two natural atolls which form part of the administrative division of Kaafu Atoll. The two Malé Atolls are North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll which are separated by the Vaadhoo Kandu. Malé and Thulusdhoo are both located in North Malé Atoll.

Geography[edit]

The Malé or Kaafu Atoll administrative division consists of the geographic or natural atolls of North Malé Atoll, South Malé Atoll, Gaafaru Atoll and Kaashidhoo Island. The atolls consists of Inhabited Islands and Uninhabited Island, a definition which includes resort islands, airport islands and industrial islands.

Although Malé, Hulhulé, Hulhumalé and Villingili are geographically part of North Malé Atoll, they are not part of the Kaafu Atoll administrative division and are part of the separate Malé City administrative division. Please see the Malé for these islands.

Inhabited islands[edit]

Name Population[2] Coordinates[3] Geographic Atoll/Island Remarks
Dhiffushi 967 4°26′31″N 73°42′49″E / 4.44194°N 73.71361°E / 4.44194; 73.71361 North Male Atoll
Gaafaru 1,013 4°44′09″N 73°30′00″E / 4.73583°N 73.50000°E / 4.73583; 73.50000 Gaafaru Atoll
Gulhi 832 3°59′25″N 73°30′32″E / 3.99028°N 73.50889°E / 3.99028; 73.50889 South Male Atoll
Guraidhoo 1,580 3°54′02″N 73°28′05″E / 3.90056°N 73.46806°E / 3.90056; 73.46806 South Male Atoll
Himmafushi 1,334 4°18′32″N 73°34′16″E / 4.30889°N 73.57111°E / 4.30889; 73.57111 North Male Atoll
Huraa 1,014 4°20′01″N 73°36′03″E / 4.33361°N 73.60083°E / 4.33361; 73.60083 North Male Atoll
Kaashidhoo 1,728 4°57′20″N 73°27′40″E / 4.95556°N 73.46111°E / 4.95556; 73.46111 Kaashidhoo Island
Maafushi 2,631 3°56′26″N 73°29′22″E / 3.94056°N 73.48944°E / 3.94056; 73.48944 South Male Atoll
Thulusdhoo 1,133 4°22′26″N 73°39′03″E / 4.37389°N 73.65083°E / 4.37389; 73.65083 North Male Atoll Capital of the Malé Atoll administrative division.

Resort islands[edit]

Resort islands are classified as Uninhabited Islands which have been converted to become resorts. Practically all uninhabited islands in Malé Atoll became tourist resorts during the two final decades of the 20th century.

The following are the resort islands, with the official name of the resort.

Name Resort Name Coordinates[4] Geographic Atoll Remarks
Asdhoo Asdu Sun Island Resort[5] 4°27′58″N 73°39′40″E / 4.46611°N 73.66111°E / 4.46611; 73.66111 North Male Atoll
Akirifushi Oblu Select at Sangeli[6] 4°38′15″N 73°24′2″E / 4.63750°N 73.40056°E / 4.63750; 73.40056 North Male Atoll Opening in July 2018.
Baros Baros Island Resort[7] 4°17′05″N 73°25′38″E / 4.28472°N 73.42722°E / 4.28472; 73.42722 North Male Atoll
Biyaadhoo Biyadhoo Island Resort[8] 3°55′19″N 73°27′23″E / 3.92194°N 73.45639°E / 3.92194; 73.45639 South Male Atoll
Bodubandos Bandos Maldives Resort[9] 4°16′10″N 73°29′29″E / 4.26944°N 73.49139°E / 4.26944; 73.49139 North Male Atoll
Bodufinolhu Fun Island Resort[10] 3°51′27″N 73°27′23″E / 3.85750°N 73.45639°E / 3.85750; 73.45639 South Male Atoll
Boduhithi Coco Bodu Hithi Resort[11] 4°25′49″N 73°23′04″E / 4.43028°N 73.38444°E / 4.43028; 73.38444 North Male Atoll
Boduhuraa Naladhu Private Island[12] 3°58′17″N 73°30′23″E / 3.97139°N 73.50639°E / 3.97139; 73.50639 South Male Atoll
Bolifushi Jumeirah Vittaveli[13] 4°05′45″N 73°24′05″E / 4.09583°N 73.40139°E / 4.09583; 73.40139 South Male Atoll
Dhigufinolhu Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort[14] 3°58′20″N 73°30′08″E / 3.97222°N 73.50222°E / 3.97222; 73.50222 South Male Atoll
Enboodhoo Embudu Village[15] 4°05′02″N 73°30′43″E / 4.08389°N 73.51194°E / 4.08389; 73.51194 South Male Atoll
Enboodhoofinolhu Taj Exotica Resort & Spa[16] 4°06′11″N 73°31′31″E / 4.10306°N 73.52528°E / 4.10306; 73.52528 South Male Atoll
Eriyadhoo smartline Eriyadu[17] 4°35′24″N 73°24′52″E / 4.59000°N 73.41444°E / 4.59000; 73.41444 North Male Atoll
Farukolhufushi Formerly Club Med and
then Club Faru
4°13′51″N 73°32′38″E / 4.23083°N 73.54389°E / 4.23083; 73.54389 North Male Atoll The resort is closed.[18] The island is now part of the Hulhumale land reclamation.
Fihalhohi Fihalhohi Island Resort[19] 3°52′38″N 73°22′01″E / 3.87722°N 73.36694°E / 3.87722; 73.36694 South Male Atoll
Furan-nafushi The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa[20] 4°14′59″N 73°32′44″E / 4.24972°N 73.54556°E / 4.24972; 73.54556 North Male Atoll
Gasfinolhu Club Med The Finolhu Villas[21] 4°21′40″N 73°37′34″E / 4.36111°N 73.62611°E / 4.36111; 73.62611 North Male Atoll
Giraavaru Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives[22] 4°12′01″N 73°24′46″E / 4.20028°N 73.41278°E / 4.20028; 73.41278 North Male Atoll
Helengeli Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli[23] 4°38′04″N 73°33′48″E / 4.63444°N 73.56333°E / 4.63444; 73.56333 North Male Atoll
Henbadhoo Vivanta by Taj - Coral Reef Maldives[24] 4°28′53″N 73°23′35″E / 4.48139°N 73.39306°E / 4.48139; 73.39306 North Male Atoll
Ihuru Angsana Ihuru[25] 4°18′24″N 73°24′57″E / 4.30667°N 73.41583°E / 4.30667; 73.41583 North Male Atoll
Kandoomaafushi Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma[26] 3°54′12″N 73°28′24″E / 3.90333°N 73.47333°E / 3.90333; 73.47333 South Male Atoll
Kanifinolhu Club Med Kani[27] 4°20′36″N 73°36′29″E / 4.34333°N 73.60806°E / 4.34333; 73.60806 North Male Atoll
Kanuhuraa Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives[28] 4°19′06″N 73°35′30″E / 4.31833°N 73.59167°E / 4.31833; 73.59167 North Male Atoll
Kudabandos Malahini Kuda Bandos[29] 4°15′49″N 73°29′59″E / 4.26361°N 73.49972°E / 4.26361; 73.49972 North Male Atoll
Kudahithi Coco Prive[30] 4°25′01″N 73°22′48″E / 4.41694°N 73.38000°E / 4.41694; 73.38000 North Male Atoll
Kudahuraa Four Seasons Resort[31] 4°19′41″N 73°35′51″E / 4.32806°N 73.59750°E / 4.32806; 73.59750 North Male Atoll
Lankanfinolhu Paradise Island Maldives[32] 4°17′06″N 73°33′13″E / 4.28500°N 73.55361°E / 4.28500; 73.55361 North Male Atoll
Lhohifushi Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi[33] 4°21′02″N 73°37′05″E / 4.35056°N 73.61806°E / 4.35056; 73.61806 North Male Atoll
Maadhoo Ozen by Atmosphere at Madhoo[34] 3°52′15″N 73°27′31″E / 3.87083°N 73.45861°E / 3.87083; 73.45861 South Male Atoll
Mahaanaélhihuraa Rihiveli by Castaway Resorts & Spa 3°48′43″N 73°24′41″E / 3.81194°N 73.41139°E / 3.81194; 73.41139 South Male Atoll
Makunudhoo Makunudu Island[35] 4°32′33″N 73°24′20″E / 4.54250°N 73.40556°E / 4.54250; 73.40556 North Male Atoll
Makunufushi Como Coco Island[36] 3°55′04″N 73°28′11″E / 3.91778°N 73.46972°E / 3.91778; 73.46972 South Male Atoll
Medhufinolhu One & Only Reethi Rah[37] 4°30′50″N 73°22′09″E / 4.51389°N 73.36917°E / 4.51389; 73.36917 North Male Atoll
Meerufenfushi Meeru Island Resort & Spa[38] 4°27′13″N 73°43′00″E / 4.45361°N 73.71667°E / 4.45361; 73.71667 North Male Atoll
Nakachchaafushi Huvafen Fushi Maldives[39] 4°22′06″N 73°22′12″E / 4.36833°N 73.37000°E / 4.36833; 73.37000 North Male Atoll
Olhahali/Olhuhali Lux* North Male Atoll 4°41′23″N 73°27′04″E / 4.68972°N 73.45111°E / 4.68972; 73.45111 North Male Atoll Opening October 2018.[40]
Olhuveli Olhuveli Beach & Spa[41] 3°51′01″N 73°27′18″E / 3.85028°N 73.45500°E / 3.85028; 73.45500 South Male Atoll
Ran-naalhi Adaaran Club Rannalhi[42] 3°54′11″N 73°21′27″E / 3.90306°N 73.35750°E / 3.90306; 73.35750 South Male Atoll
Thulhaagiri Thulhagiri Island Resort and Spa Maldives[43] 4°18′41″N 73°29′14″E / 4.31139°N 73.48722°E / 4.31139; 73.48722 North Male Atoll
Vaadhoo Adaaran Prestige Vadoo[44] 4°07′26″N 73°27′26″E / 4.12389°N 73.45722°E / 4.12389; 73.45722 South Male Atoll
Vabbinfaru Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru[45] 4°18′35″N 73°25′26″E / 4.30972°N 73.42389°E / 4.30972; 73.42389 North Male Atoll
Velassaru Velassaru Maldives[46] 4°07′17″N 73°26′13″E / 4.12139°N 73.43694°E / 4.12139; 73.43694 South Male Atoll
Veliganduhuraa Anantara Veli Maldives[47] 3°58′2″N 73°30′19″E / 3.96722°N 73.50528°E / 3.96722; 73.50528 South Male Atoll
Vihamanaafushi Kurumba Maldives[48] 4°13′36″N 73°31′11″E / 4.22667°N 73.51972°E / 4.22667; 73.51972 North Male Atoll This was the first resort island in the Maldives.
Villingilivaru Formerly Dream Island Maldives 3°54′51″N 73°27′20″E / 3.91417°N 73.45556°E / 3.91417; 73.45556 South Male Atoll This resort is closed. [49]
Ziyaaraiffushi Summer Island Maldives[50] 4°31′59″N 73°22′20″E / 4.53306°N 73.37222°E / 4.53306; 73.37222 North Male Atoll

Other Uninhabited Islands[edit]

Name Current usage Coordinates Geographic Atoll/Island Remarks
Aarah 4°13′48″N 73°29′40″E / 4.23000°N 73.49444°E / 4.23000; 73.49444 North Malé Atoll
Akirifushi 4°38′15″N 73°24′2″E / 4.63750°N 73.40056°E / 4.63750; 73.40056 North Malé Atoll
Dhoonidhoo Detention facility 4°11′49″N 73°30′49″E / 4.19694°N 73.51361°E / 4.19694; 73.51361 North Malé Atoll
Erruh-huraa 3°48′53″N 73°24′58″E / 3.81472°N 73.41611°E / 3.81472; 73.41611 South Malé Atoll
Feydhoofinolhu 4°12′50″N 73°29′8″E / 4.21389°N 73.48556°E / 4.21389; 73.48556 North Malé Atoll
Funadhoo Oil storage 4°11′1″N 73°31′4″E / 4.18361°N 73.51778°E / 4.18361; 73.51778 North Malé Atoll
Girifushi 4°19′6″N 73°34′42″E / 4.31833°N 73.57833°E / 4.31833; 73.57833 North Malé Atoll
Gulheegaathuhuraa Staff accommodation for nearby resort 3°58′36″N 73°30′23″E / 3.97667°N 73.50639°E / 3.97667; 73.50639 South Malé Atoll
Huraagandu 4°21′58″N 73°37′20″E / 4.36611°N 73.62222°E / 4.36611; 73.62222 North Malé Atoll
Kagi 4°40′37″N 73°30′3″E / 4.67694°N 73.50083°E / 4.67694; 73.50083 North Malé Atoll
Kalhuhuraa 4°0′34″N 73°22′22″E / 4.00944°N 73.37278°E / 4.00944; 73.37278 South Malé Atoll
Kanduoih-giri 4°15′28″N 73°32′26″E / 4.25778°N 73.54056°E / 4.25778; 73.54056 North Malé Atoll
Kudafinolhu 3°51′54″N 73°27′30″E / 3.86500°N 73.45833°E / 3.86500; 73.45833 South Malé Atoll
Lhosfushi 3°53′49″N 73°28′11″E / 3.89694°N 73.46972°E / 3.89694; 73.46972 South Malé Atoll
Madivaru 4°30′2″N 73°22′5″E / 4.50056°N 73.36806°E / 4.50056; 73.36806 North Malé Atoll
Maniyafushi 4°3′21″N 73°24′40″E / 4.05583°N 73.41111°E / 4.05583; 73.41111 South Malé Atoll
Oligandufinolhu 3°48′42″N 73°25′4″E / 3.81167°N 73.41778°E / 3.81167; 73.41778 South Malé Atoll
Rasfari 4°23′40″N 73°21′5″E / 4.39444°N 73.35139°E / 4.39444; 73.35139 North Malé Atoll
Thanburudhoo 4°18′55″N 73°35′3″E / 4.31528°N 73.58417°E / 4.31528; 73.58417 North Malé Atoll
Thilafushi Industrial 4°11′0″N 73°26′44″E / 4.18333°N 73.44556°E / 4.18333; 73.44556 North Malé Atoll
Thunbafushi Industrial 4°35′23″N 73°35′23″E / 4.58972°N 73.58972°E / 4.58972; 73.58972 North Malé Atoll
Vaagali 3°56′54″N 73°21′22″E / 3.94833°N 73.35611°E / 3.94833; 73.35611 South Malé Atoll
Vabboahuraa 4°19′9″N 73°35′46″E / 4.31917°N 73.59611°E / 4.31917; 73.59611 North Malé Atoll
Vammaafushi 3°56′55″N 73°29′46″E / 3.94861°N 73.49611°E / 3.94861; 73.49611 North Malé Atoll
Velifaru Gaafaru Atoll
Villingilimathidhahuraa 4°22′37″N 73°39′46″E / 4.37694°N 73.66278°E / 4.37694; 73.66278 North Malé Atoll

Gallery[edit]

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