- Population 1738
- Size 0.182 Square Kilometre
Situated in Male atoll, 29km southwest of Male, Guraidhoo was known in ancient history as a refuge for sultans during political turmoil and attempted invasions. A reason for this could be the complex reef formation making it difficult for foreign ships to manoeuvre into the shore.
Since the establishment of tourism in Maldives Its location -lying in the midst of number of resorts- made the island a tourist attraction portraying culture, lifestyle and selling souvenirs to visitors from neighbouring resorts and passing cruisers. Additionally the island boasts well known dive spots and famous surf spots in the neighbourhood and snorkelling areas where one can sight turtles, mantas and many other marine species.
One of the most famous dive sites near Guraidhoo is Kandoomaa thila where beautiful pinnacle lies at the bottom with many overhangings and colourful soft corals. Various species of fishes, sharks, turtles and rays live there. Guraidhoo Corner is another close by dive site where divers’ experience several downstream current. It host many pelagic species during incoming current however due to its nature the site is recommended only for experience divers.
Growing number of guest houses in recent years making it easier for travellers to enjoy affordable holiday and offering choices to enrich itinerary with combination of surfing, scuba diving, water sports and traditional cuisine.
Getting in the island is easier with available daily ferries operating between Capital Male’ and Guraidhoo. Slow boat ferry takes 2 hours to reach and speed ferry about 35 minutes.