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ރަތަފަންދޫ/ ރަތަފަންދުއާ
Inhabited island
Rathafandhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 00°15′13″N 73°06′18″E / 0.25361°N 73.10500°E / 0.25361; 73.10500Coordinates: 00°15′13″N 73°06′18″E / 0.25361°N 73.10500°E / 0.25361; 73.10500
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
Distance to Malé 431 km (268 mi)
 • Total 0.3716 km2 (0.1435 sq mi)
 • Length 1.275 km (0.792 mi)
 • Width 0.250 km (0.155 mi)
Population (Island Office Data 2010)
 • Total 1,325
 • Density 3,600/km2 (9,200/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Rathafandhoo (Dhivehi: ރަތަފަންދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives. The island is located at the South West of South Huvadhu Atoll.


According to the history of the Maldives, the islanders are famous for its handicrafts and making nets (kunaa) from local plant called Hau. Some islanders still do mat weaving work which is a famous souvenir for the tourists who visits Maldives.


The main facility which offers the primary and secondary education in the island is the school namely Rathafandhoo School in the island. There are pre-schools which provide the pre-school education the children of the island. The data provided by island office shows that total of 154 students study in the Rathafandhoo School. Total of 21 teachers work in the school to provide education.

Health care[edit]

Health Centre provide the basic health needs to the islanders such as minor injuries, cuts and common cold and flu. If the serious health issue is there, islanders have to go to the nearest Regional hospital located in the atoll capital Thinadhoo, which will take about 45 minutes in a speed boat.


Most common source of economical work for the residents are sea cucumber fishing, mat weaving, agriculture, reef fishing and carpentry etc.


In late 2008, the residents were provided the security service from the Maldives Police Service by opening a police station in the Island. The three police personal based station gave satisfaction to the residents as the there are drugs cases, gang fights, robbery and theft in the island.


Non-Governmental Organisations registered in the island which some of are inactive includes RASFARI, READY(Rathafandhoo Eminent Association of Dynamic Youth).


Due to poor quality and limitations of some of basic services such as Healthcare, Education and Lack of Economical and Job Opportunities more than Half of the Registered Residents of the Island live in Capital Male' City.

Sea cucumber Fisheries[edit]

One of main economic activity of the island is the sea cucumber fisheries with mainstream tuna fisheries which was reintroduced very lately. The island is the collection center and major base for sea cucumber fisherman who carry their fishing operation in the southern part of the Maldives (Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulah and Addu city). There more than 10 registered companies who carry out collection, cooking, drying the sea cucumber prior to the Export to the Export market which includes Hong Kong and other chines cities.