- Population 1865
- Size 2.765 Square Kilometre
The land of coconut
Kaashidhoo (lit: the land of coconut) lies 88 km north of Male’, roughly in the middle of a channel known as ‘Kaashidhoo Kandu’; the fifth largest island and is blesses with wealth of coconut trees. Kaashidhoo with its vast land and rich soils make it one of the Maldives islands famed for agriculture. Almost every family owns a farm land and bulk of fruits and vegetables sold on Male’ fruit market are products directly from Kaashidhoo.
Kaashidhoo, naturally a single island atoll, separated from the chain of Male atoll by a channel, served shelter for vessels from further north on their way to Male or to the respective island. Kaashodhoo channel detaching Male’ atoll and Lhaviyani atoll, over the years was relied by fishermen in surrounding islands for their livelihood. It is a proven fun ride passing the channel and sighting varieties of fishes living in the vast channel with dolphins and flying fish trailing your passage.
An evidence of early settlement and one of the largest pre-islamic remnants of a Buddhist Monastery built almost entirely with coral stone, dating back to 7th or 8th century BC, lies in the midst of thick jungle is a prime attraction for tourists and local visitors alike.
A schedule speed boat ferry operates daily between Kaashidhoo and Male’ which takes about 2 hour to reach, and a slow boat ferry is available every other day taking about 8 hours to reach.