Nellaidhoo (Haa Dhaalu Atoll)

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Inhabited island
Nellaidhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 06°43′00″N 72°56′44″E / 6.71667°N 72.94556°E / 6.71667; 72.94556Coordinates: 06°43′00″N 72°56′44″E / 6.71667°N 72.94556°E / 6.71667; 72.94556
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Thiladhummathi Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Distance to Malé 287.01 km (178.34 mi)
 • Length 0.780 km (0.485 mi)
 • Width 0.480 km (0.298 mi)
 • Total 1,073
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Nellaidhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Haa Dhaalu Atoll administrative division and geographically part of Thiladhummathi Atoll in the north of the Maldives.

On Saturday 8 December 1821, an extremely strong cyclone hit Nellaidhoo and many other island of northern Maldives causing severe damage. More recently, in 2006 the government of the Maldives listed Nellaidhoo as one of the islands under significant threat from sea level rise due to global warming. The government planned to relocate the population to larger islands with more facilities and better protection against rising sea levels. On 6 September 2006, the residents of the island protested outside the island office as their opinion was not consulted beforehand regarding the relocation.[1]

Nellaidhoo is famous for fishing in history. However fishing has dropped down people especially young generation more engage in tourism. And many are involved in the construction industry. Woman plays a key role in the island to look after the children and do the works like thatch weaving, coir rope making. Nowadays making snacks and selling is also a common work doing by the woman.

Football and Bashi are the common sports in the island and rarely netball and volley too. Nellaidhoo has won the H.DH. Atoll Inter School Football Tournament named as "Kulhudhuffushi Bodukaleyfanu cup" in 1993 and FAM H.Dh Atoll Tournament in 2001 and 2002.


  1. ^ Nellaidhoo office opens, Miadhu News, 11 September 2006.