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Inhabited island
Kendhoo from north east.jpg
Kendhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°16′34″N 73°00′40″E / 5.27611°N 73.01111°E / 5.27611; 73.01111Coordinates: 05°16′34″N 73°00′40″E / 5.27611°N 73.01111°E / 5.27611; 73.01111
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Maalhosmadulu dekunuburi
Administrative atoll Baa Atoll
Distance to Malé 140 km (87 mi)
 • Total 0.145 km2 (0.056 sq mi)
 • Length 0.600 km (0.373 mi)
 • Width 0.350 km (0.217 mi)
 • Total 1,250
 • Density 8,600/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Kendhoo (Dhivehi: ކެންދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll, Maldives. It is located in the northern part of the Baa Atoll.


Traditionally, fishery and thatch making is the main occupation and major livelihood of the people of Kendhoo. A significant number of the island’s youths work in resorts. In addition to this, there are people who do construction work and retail business. It is the most populated Island among kendhoo constituency.



Kendhoo is famous for its historical and cultural significance. It is said that the island was visited by the Arabian scholar, Abdul Barakaath Yoosuf-al Barbari, also known as Thabreyzgefaanu, who is believed to have been responsible for introducing Islam to the Maldives in 1153. While he stayed on the island, he taught Islamic rituals to the islanders and offered daily prayers there. The place where he stood to offer the prayers was marked by building the house named after him.


The island has a higher secondary school which teaches up to grade 10. In the school most of the teachers are local teachers. In addition, the island has a pre-school which is run by an NGO, Kendhoo Zuvaanunge Gulhun.

Health facilities[edit]

Kendhoo Health Centre

There is a Health Centre on the island which opens for eight hours a day. Currently the centre has an expatriate doctor for general consultations. The Health centre has also laboratory that investigate the diseases. The island has also 2 pharmacy run by STO (State Trading Organaization) and a private party. In addition Kendhoo is very famous for traditional herbal medicine, people from different parts of the country and even from other countries visit for treatments.


Kendhoo has electricity for 24 hours generated from a powerhouse with three generators. Recently an expansion project of the electricity service in the island was completed by installing a new generator set and replacing the panel board and the entire cable network installed in the island. The project was funded with RF1 million loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank.


The island has a harbour of 165 m by 55 m reconstructed by the government in 2017. The project includes 145 meter breakwater, 42 meter sand-cement bag quay wall, dredging works for existing and new harbor area for 3 meter from mean sea level,72 meter rock boulder revetment and 87 meter sand-cement bag revetment. It also includes 181 meter long 5 meter wide pavement next to quay wall and 262 meter long concrete block quay wall. Project also installed navigation lights and harbor lights for the new harbor. The project costs total MVR 29,294,992.10 of Government budget.


The main issue facing the island is lack of a sewerage system. The residents of the island have raised this issue to the concerned authorities on several occasions. But as of today their concern has not been seriously addressed by the government.

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