Kinbidhoo (Thaa Atoll)

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Kinbidhoo jetty.JPG
Kinbidhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 02°10′08″N 73°03′52″E / 2.16889°N 73.06444°E / 2.16889; 73.06444Coordinates: 02°10′08″N 73°03′52″E / 2.16889°N 73.06444°E / 2.16889; 73.06444
Administrative atollThaa Atoll
Distance to Malé227.29 km (141.23 mi)
 • Length0.930 km (0.578 mi)
 • Width0.675 km (0.419 mi)
 • Total768 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Kinbidhoo (Dhivehi: ކިނބިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Thaa Atoll. In the order of the inhabited islands, Kinbidhoo is the 12th island and the island code is N-12.



There were important Buddhist ruins in an area of this island. The islanders call this place Veyru. The most conspicuous was a large Stupa whose stones had been removed and looked like a very steep small hill. Muhammad Ismāīl Dīdī, led a Maldivian expedition to this island in order to explore the Buddhist ruins in the 1960s. Some excavations were conducted and a report on the Buddhist remains of Kimbidu Island was published.[2]

Unfortunately the Buddhist site was not protected after excavation and has been heavily vandalized in recent times. The steep hill that marked the location of the ancient Stupa has been almost flattened out. That place is facing erosion.

2004 tsunami[edit]

Kinbidhoo was struck by the tsunami that followed the Indian Ocean earthquake on 26 December 2004, which swept across the western coast of Sumatra and the whole island flooded completely, destroying some houses and farms, although there were no casualties.


The island is 227.29 km (141 mi; 123 nmi) south of the country's capital, Malé.[3] Kinbidhoo is situated closest to Veymadoo, the capital of Tha Atoll.


Historical population
2006 808—    
2014 764−5.4%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [4]


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 35. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. There is a chapter on Kimbidu Stupa with pictures.
  3. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 13 August 2018.