Welcome to Gaafu Alifu
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, the capital island, is the most populated, with about 3000 people. 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.