HDh. Naivaadhoo

Escape to the scenic haven of Naivaadhoo, where beaches and crystal-clear waters await. Embrace the traditions, community, and the upcoming allure of tourism.

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Naivaadhoo Island: Stunning Beaches and Crystal-clear Waters

Naivaadhoo, a naturally picturesque island in Haa Dhaalu, welcomes visitors with its pristine white sandy beach and crystalline sea. Spanning an area of 30 hectares, this island paradise captivates with its breathtaking views. Adding to its allure, a small island and finolhu nestled within its lagoon create a scenic wonder. Naivaadhoo boasts a population of 898 people, with around 350 residents currently residing on the island.

HDh Naivaadhoo Aerial
HDh Naivaadhoo Aerial

Naivaadhoo School: Shaping Education for the Island’s Future

Naivaadhoo School plays a vital role in the island’s educational landscape, offering classes up to grade 10 and catering to a student body of 127 learners. This institution serves as a cornerstone for nurturing knowledge and empowering the island’s youth.

Thatching Traditions and Changing Times

Thatching, a traditional practice passed down through generations, remains an integral activity on Naavaidhoo. Many women on the island earn a substantial income by selling thatch to resorts. However, recent times have seen a decline in the demand for this product, posing new challenges to this longstanding tradition.

HDh Naivaadhoo Fangi Vinun
HDh Naivaadhoo Fangi Vinun

Abundant Marine Life and the Call of Fishing

The lagoon surrounding Naivaadhoo teems with an abundance of reef fish, igniting the enthusiasm of children and women to engage in fishing activities. Ruhfushi and Veligandu, located within the lagoon, contribute to the scenic beauty of the area, creating a vibrant and captivating underwater world. Naivaadhoo is home to the Naivaadhoo Dive and Watersports Center. The center offers a variety of activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, Paddle boating,stand-up paddleboarding, Fun tube riding, Banana boat riding, Jetski riding, Wake boarding, Water skiing, kite boarding and many more activities.

HDh Naivaadhoo Underwater
HDh Naivaadhoo Underwater

Embracing Tourism: Naivaadhoo Vision

Naivaadhoo is preparing to introduce tourism to the island, capitalizing on its innate natural beauty. The island council has designated a specific zone for tourism and allocated land for guesthouses. Already, a guesthouse has been established, providing comfortable accommodations for visitors. Naivaadhoo Dive and Water Sports center offers an array of exciting activities, including jet skiing and kitesurfing. Diving enthusiasts can explore a magnificent underwater cave on the west side of Naivaadhoo, boasting impressive dimensions and vibrant marine life, making it a captivating diving destination.

Historical Sites: Treasures of the Past

Within Naivaadhoo, two historically significant sites capture the island’s rich heritage. A well located in the forest on the south side of the island, believed to be approximately 90 years old, has historical ties to a former Prime Minister of the Maldives. Additionally, a large wall found in the island’s courtyard, over 90 years old, was constructed by the islanders to shield the village from the elements.

HDh Naivaadhoo Bahthelige (Old House)
HDh Naivaadhoo Bahthelige (Old House)

Close-knit Community and Safe Environment

Naivaadhoo Island is known for its friendly and close-knit community, fostering a safe and crime-free environment for residents and visitors alike. The island’s welcoming atmosphere creates a sense of warmth and tranquility.

HDh Naivaadhoo Photos
HDh Naivaadhoo Photos

 

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