Kudahavadhoo Island is the capital island of Dhaalu Atoll. Despite a population of around 3,000, there isn’t much to do on the island but it is best known for its architectural importance due to the presence of mysterious mounds called ‘hawittas’. These mounds are believed to pre-date the Islamic period and are actually ruins of unexcavated Buddhist temples. There are also the preserved remains of an ancient mosque with coral-stone carvings and signs of excellent ancient masonry.
As with the rest of the country, Kudahavadhoo Island is blessed with gorgeous clear waters that are suitable for diving. The popular diving sites near the island are the Utheemu, a shipwreck dating back to 1960, and the Liffery that dates back to the 19th century. The island holds one of the country’s four international airports and is reachable by flight.
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