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Gaadhoo Koa (Malé passage) (Kaafu)

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Gaadhoo Koa (Malé passage) (Kaafu)

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Gaadhoo Koa (Gaadiinoo Koa) Gaadhoo Koa (Male Passage), the channel close E of Male, is the recommended channel.
The fairway is about 0.4 mile wide between the reefs extending SE of Maleand S of Hulule airstrip.

Caution is necessary as strong cross sets of up to 6 knots caused by the season monssons occur across the mouth of the channel. The W channel (Vaadhoo Kandu) between Male and Viligili is not recommended.

Gaadhoo Koa (Male Passage) is approached with the E side of Dhoonidhu bearing 337°, and open NE of Funadhoo until the S end of Hulule runway bears 085°. Then steer through the middle of the channel between Funadhoo and Hulule, and as required round the N side of Funadhoo to approach the anchorage.
The outline of the reefs is very distinct.

In 1983, it was reported that because of the extended runway S on Hulule Island, a more appropriate approach through Male Passage should be made from farther SE, maintaining a midchannel course.
A vessel, at the approach on course 345°, reported observing a current setting NNE at 3.5 knots until the S tip of the runway was abeam to starboard, when a strong S to SW set of 4 knots was encountered with numerous eddies between Small mill Point and Wild Point. To remain in mid-channel and to counteract the set and drift, a course of 008° was steered, thereafter, adjusting as necessary to the anchorage.
If approaching Male from W, enter Kaashidoo Channel (Kaashidoo) between Thoddoo (Thuddu) and Goidhoo Atoll (Horsburgh Atoll), 25 miles N of it. Pass close N clear of Toddu and then steer SE for Vaadhoo Kandu (Wadu Channel). When Male is identified and  approached, follow the directions as mentioned above.

Low-powered vessels, sailing vessels, and vessels arriving from E, may use the opening in the reef 6 miles NNE of Male.
Steer to pass about 0.6 mile S of Lankanfinolhu, then N and W of the reef lying 0.5 mile NW of Kaduoiygiri. Then steer S to pass W of Vihamanaafushi, a wooded islet 3 miles N of Male, and then W of Dhoonidhu to the anchorage.

18/11/2011
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