- Population 1066
- Size 0.1 Square Kilometre
Gaafaru also called Gahaafaru (meaning northern reef) is a small island lies on the eastern end of a large elliptical reef on the northern tip of Male’ atoll, about 62 km north of Velaanaa International Airport. The channel to the north of the island known as Kaasidhoo Kuda Kan’du has long being a shipping lane, and over the years, a number of ships have drifted too far south in the channel and ended up on the Gaafaru reef. Some of these ships include SS Seagull (1879), Clan Alpine (1879), Aracan (1873), Erlangen (1894), Lady Cristine (1974), Crusader (1905). Remains of the shipwreck still lies there on the reef, providing home for corals and varieties of other marine lives, and making the sites popular among divers.
Gaafaru, a place visited by many tourists staying in nearby resorts and passing cruisers exhibit Maldivian culture and rustic island life. Existing guest houses in the island offer affordable accommodation and range of activities including shipwreck diving, snorkelling, fishing and cruising and many other water sports activities.
A schedule speed boat ferry operates daily between Gaafaru and Male’ which takes about 1 hour to reach, and a slow boat ferry is available every other day, reaching in about 3 hours and 45 minutes.