Kaafu Atoll

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Kaafu Atoll
Kaafu Atoll.jpg
Country Maldives
Corresponding geographic atoll(s) Malé Atoll
Location 4°25′N 73°30′E / 4.417°N 73.500°E / 4.417; 73.500Coordinates: 4°25′N 73°30′E / 4.417°N 73.500°E / 4.417; 73.500
Capital Thulusdhoo
Government
 • Atoll chief Mohamed Adam[1]
Population
 • Total 12,166
Letter code H
Dhivehi letter code K (ކ)
• Number of islands 107
• Inhabited islands Dhiffushi
Gaafaru
Gulhi
Guraidhoo
Himmafushi
Huraa
Kaashidhoo
Maafushi
Thilafushi
Thulusdhoo
• Uninhabited islands Aarah, Akirifushi, Asdhoo*, Baros*, Biyaadhoo*, Bodubandos*, Bodufinolhu*, Boduhithi*, Boduhuraa, Bolifushi*, Dhigufinolhu, Dhoonidhoo, Ehrruh-haa, Enboodhoo*, Enboodhoofinolhu*, Eriyadhoo*, Farukolhufushi*, Feydhoofinolhu, Fihalhohi*, Funadhoo, Furan-nafushi*, Gasfinolhu*, Giraavaru*, Girifushi, Gulheegaathuhuraa, Helengeli*, Henbadhoo*, Huraagandu, Ihuru*, Kagi, Kalhuhuraa, Kandoomaafushi*, Kanduoih-giri, Kanifinolhu*, Kanuhuraa*, Kudabandos, Kudafinolhu, Kudahithi*, Kudahuraa, Lankanfinolhu*, Lankanfushi*, Lhohifushi*, Lhosfushi, Maadhoo, Madivaru, Mahaanaélhihuraa*, Makunudhoo*, Makunufushi, Maniyafushi, Medhufinolhu*, Meerufenfushi*, Nakachchaafushi*, Olhahali, Olhuveli*, Oligandufinolhu, Ran-naalhi*, Rasfari, Thanburudhoo, Thulhaagiri*, Vaadhoo*, Vaagali, Vabbinfaru*, Vabboahuraa, Vammaafushi, Velassaru*, Velifaru, Veliganduhuraa, Vihamanaafushi*, Villingilimathidhahuraa, Villingilivau*, Ziyaaraiffushi*
Resort islands(*), airports(¤) and industrial islands are also considered uninhabited.

Kaafu Atoll is the code name given to an administrative division in the Republic of Maldives which consists of the geographical atolls of Kaashidhoo Island, Gaafaru, North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll. As the two Malé Atolls are the main islands of the administrative district, the entire Kaafu Atoll administrative division is officially named Malé Atoll or Malé Atolhu in the Maldivian language, Dhivehi.

The capital of the administrative division is Thulusdhoo.

Although Malé, the capital of the Maldives, and the adjacent islands of Vilingili, Hulhule and Hulhumalé, are geographically part of the North Malé Atoll, they do not form part of the Kaafu Atoll administrative division and are a separate administrative division.

Kaafu or Malé Atoll[edit]

Kaafu is a code letter of the Thaana alphabet used in the Maldivian language, Dhivehi, assigned to one of the administrative divisions of the Maldives. They are not the names of the natural or geographical atolls of the Maldives which make up these divisions. These administrative divisions may consist of part of, a single or several natural atolls.

Malé Atoll is the name of two natural atolls which form part of the administrative division of Kaafu Atoll. The two Malé Atolls are North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll which are separated by the Vaadhoo Kandu. Malé and Thulusdhoo are both located in North Malé Atoll.

Geography[edit]

Kaafu administrative division consists of the geographical or natural atolls of North Malé Atoll, South Malé Atoll, Gaafaru Atoll and Kaashidhoo Atoll. The atolls consists of Inhabited Islands and Uninhabited Island, a definition which includes resort islands, airport islands and industrial islands.

Although Malé, Hulhulé, Hulhumalé and Villingili are geographically part of North Malé Atoll, they are not part of the Kaafu Atoll administrative division and are part of the separate Malé administrative division. Please see the Malé for these islands.

Inhabited islands[edit]

North Malé Atoll

South Malé Atoll

Individual Atolls/Islands

Resort islands[edit]

Resort islands are classified as Uninhabited Islands which have been converted to become resorts. Practically all uninhabited islands in Malé Atoll became tourist resorts during the two final decades of the 20th century.

The following are the resort islands, with the official name of the resort.


North Male Atoll

South Male Atoll

Other Uninhabited Islands[edit]

North Malé Atoll

South Malé Atoll

Gaafaru Atoll


Gallery[edit]

Island of Lankanfushi from Lankanfinolhu- two of the tourist resorts 
Malé, the capital of the Maldives, as viewed from Vilingilli island 
 
Surfing at Lohi's Break, off Lhohifushi island 
Beach on Biyaadhoo Island, 2014. 
Kanifinolhu Islet 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Head of Atolls (Atoll Chiefs)". Ministry of Atolls Development. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
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  3. ^ "Baros Maldives". Baros Maldives. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
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  5. ^ "Bodu Hithi s". Coco Palms Resort. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  6. ^ "smartline Eriyadu". smartline Eriyadu. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
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