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Mahibadhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 3°45′27.07″N 72°58′7″E / 3.7575194°N 72.96861°E / 3.7575194; 72.96861Coordinates: 3°45′27.07″N 72°58′7″E / 3.7575194°N 72.96861°E / 3.7575194; 72.96861
Administrative atollSouth Ari Atoll
Distance to Malé75.72 km (47.05 mi)
 • President of the Mahibadhoo CouncilAhmed Khaleel
 • Total0.1770 km2 (0.0683 sq mi)
 • Length1.00 km (0.62 mi)
 • Width0.305 km (0.190 mi)
 • Total3,000 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Mahibadhoo (Dhivehi: މަހިބަދޫ) is the capital of South Ari Atoll.


The island is 75.72 km (47 mi; 41 nmi) southwest of the country's capital, Malé.[2] Mahibadhoo is the capital island of Alif Dhaal Atoll. The island measures 2.4 km (1.5 mi) in length and 1.21 km (0.75 mi) in width.


Historical population
2006 1,780—    
2014 1,939+8.9%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]


Secretariat of the Mahibadhoo Council
  1. President Ahmed Khaleel
  2. V.President Gasim Sihan


Having a population of around 2500 people, major economic activities of the residents include fishing, handicraft, tourism related works, construction, boat building and carpentry. A vast majority of the youth either work in nearby tourist resorts or on fishing boats, making tourism and fisheries the biggest sources of income for the island. Mahibadhoo has also seen a rise in local tourism, since the booming of the guesthouse industry across the Maldives

Infrastructure and services[edit]

Important places in Mahibadhoo include the Secretariat of A DH. Atoll Council, Atoll house, Atoll Hospital, Atoll Education Centre, Police Station, Mahibadhoo Social Centre, Bank of Maldives Mahibadhoo Branch, South Harbour, North Harbour, Traditional Mosque, Masjid al-Ihsan mosque, Falaah Mosque, Masjid-Ul-Thazkira, Villa College Campus, and a turf football ground.

Other services available in Mahibadhoo include speed boat ferry and rental services, budget and luxury guesthouses, restaurant/coffee shops and catering service, wireless internet connection, banking ATM, and cable TV service.


Alif Dhaal Atoll Education Centre is the biggest school in the atoll. Students can join to grade 1 at the age of 7 years and complete their O’ Level at the end of their 10th grade at this school. Those students doing O’ Level can choose either business stream or Science stream for their studies at Alif Dhaal Atoll Education Centre. A'level has recently started in the Alif Dhaal Atoll Education Centre for business stream students. And with the subject "Sociology' as an optional subject.


Services provided by the Atoll Hospital include blood transfusion, E.C.G, laboratory investigations, gynecology related operations, x-ray, ultra sound scanning and family planning. Specialist consultations include gynecology and pediatrics. Mahibadhoo also has a privately owned clinic, Procare Clinic and Dental Centre


Mahibadhoo, as an island, is famous for its long history of sporting endeavors. While the youth of Mahibadhoo enjoin in various types of sports - including volleyball, netball, handball and the traditional ‘bashi’ - the one sport that made Mahibadhoo stand out from The rest of the country is football.
The history of Mahibadhoo football stretches back to the 1980s, and since then, the island had become home to some of the greatest football players the country has witnessed.
In 2010, Ahmed Tariq and Imran Mohamed, founded Mahibadhoo Sports Club, the leading body of sporting activities in the island.


  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 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.