Vilufushi (Thaa Atoll)

Vilufushi (Dhivehi: ވިލުފުށި) is an inhabited island in the Indian Ocean.

Vilufushi is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 02°30′18″N 73°18′15″E / 2.50500°N 73.30417°E / 2.50500; 73.30417Coordinates: 02°30′18″N 73°18′15″E / 2.50500°N 73.30417°E / 2.50500; 73.30417
Administrative atollThaa Atoll
Distance to Malé186.09 km (115.63 mi)
 • Length0.18766 km (0.11661 mi)
 • Width0.250 km (0.155 mi)
 • Total1,103 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)


The island was very highly impacted by the 2004 tsunami,[2][3] and the entire population was displaced to other islands.[4] The government then took the opportunity to expand the area of the island with a land reclamation scheme[5] and the population was returned to the island in 2009.[6] With the help of foreign aid, new facilities were built,[7] and fundamental needs provided for residents.


The island is 186.09 km (116 mi; 100 nmi) south of the country's capital, Malé.[8] Vilufushi belongs to the North Central province of the Maldives, according to government documents. It was also named Thaa Atoll, an administrative constituency.


Historical population
2006 16—    
2014 976+6000.0%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [9]


Vilufushi is known for the various kinds of fishing available. Facilities have been rebuilt with the help of foreign aid, following the 2004 tsunami.


  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 35. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Tsunami Impact Assessment 2005" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. xi. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Operation South East Asia Tsunami Assist" (PDF). Medical Journal of Australia. p. 341. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Detailed Island Risk Assessment in Maldives" (PDF). UNDP. August 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Environmental monitoring for the reconstruction of Vilufushi, maldives" (PDF). Terra et Aqua. December 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Maldives - 4 Years after the tsunami" (PDF). Department of National Planning. July 2009. p. 4. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Maldives island reclaimed". International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). 12 December 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 13 August 2018.