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Island Facts:

Island Size: • Length 2.000 km (1.243 mi) • Width 0.575 km (0.357 mi)
Island Population: 2,837 (including foreigners)
Distance from International Airport: 378.07 km
By Boat from Male': Around 12to15hrs (overnight travel) & is cheapest means of transport available
By Speedboat from Male': tba
By Domestic flight: 55 min from Int’l Aport to Kooddoo Aport & then few minutes by local ferry boat
 

Island Description

The northern half of the giant natural atoll of Huvadhoo – one of the largest coral atolls in the world – Gaafu Alifu has 11 inhabited islands and a population of around 9300.

Villingili is the capital island

Just south, the island of Kooddoo has the atoll's airport and a fish-packing works. The atoll also has some productive agriculture, much of it on the island of Kondey, which is also home to four hawittas (Buddhist prayer mounds), evidence of ancient Buddhist settlements. In the centre of the atoll, the island of Dhevvadhoo is famous for its traditional textile weaving and coir-rope making. There are also mosques from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Discover local people & how they live. Talk to the friendly people, join them in cafes & talk about the lifestyle of people & tradition, about food or enjoy taking photos or walking through the island. 

You can simply relax on the beach under shades of the trees, read a book, watch Sunrise and Sunset & listen to sound of sea breeze or waves that will refresh your mind. Enjoy snorkeling, sun tanning, fishing on the beach & then make own BBQ. Fishing lines & hooks are available to buy from local shops at minimal price.

There are few Shops where you can buy soft drinks, biscuits & also there are few local Cafe's from where you can enjoy local & some Int’l dishes at low price. Also you can enjoy eating Hedhi-ka, which is local short eats which the cafes serve at low price including Coffee, tea varieties of juices.

Do not forget to bring your own snorkeling gears & suntanning lotions though they are available to buy from local shops. Water Sports facilities & Diving facilities are available for rent from some of the Guest Houses. It is advisable to check type of water sports facilities available at the time of booking.

During the festive periods like Eid, Celebration Independent day holiday period, Republic day holiday period, school holidays & during new year period most of the islands will celebrate special traditional dance, sports, live-music; traditional dances, cooking traditional local foods. If you plan to make holiday during any of the Festive Period, it is advisable to check in advance any special events scheduled in the island during these special holiday period. It is advisable to check Weather Forecast always before you begin your travel.

Island Health Center / Hospital Detail : Ga. Atoll Hospital 

Accomodations to Book

Classified
EKEFARU INN
EKEFARU INN (✸✸✸)
Villingili Ga

Transportation to Choose

Speed Boat

Speed Boat

Speed Boat is a little fast mode of travel to the island. Equipped with L-Jackets. A small bottle of Water & vomiting bag will be provided on board

Boat Ferry - low budget

Boat Ferry - low budget

For budget traveler’s cheapest way is by Fiber-Boats (Cargo-Ferry). Strong to sea wt L-Jackets. It is adventure & for couples it can be a rom- journey as it travel thru atolls - enjoy watching mnight waves, sunrise n morning mist. Boat provides sleeping area in gen-compart where fan or AC fixed. Some serve free Local food wt free juice/coffee. Do pack S/drinks, water bot n biscuits to add joy n energy. Rem to bring anti-vomit tab incase

Domestic Flight

Domestic Flight

A comfortable and convenient way to travel to distant local island is by Domestic flight