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Barrier reef of Ihavandiffulu atoll

Barrier reef of Ihavandiffulu atoll



Hauwandu, about 0.8 mile W of Ihavandu, lies at the SE end of a section of the barrier reef which extends about 9 miles NW, then 3 miles NE; of the eight islands and islets on this stretch of reef, Umbala and Hatefuri were inhabited in 1970.
Umbala, with a large village, lies about 0.5 mile NNW of Hauwandu, and is the principal island of the atoll; its natural harbor, formed between the island and the seaward side of the reef, provides good anchorage for numerous fishing craft.
Hatefuri, about 4 miles farther NW, has a fishing village on its NE side.

Matari, about 0.8 mile NW of Hatefuri, was used as a cemetery and had a flag staff and small temple on it; elsewhere it was well-wooded.

The islet of Kandufuri (Kankolufuri) lies on the above stretch of reef, near the NW point of Ihavandiffulu Atoll. Good radar returns have been reported from the islet at 15 miles.

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Sites around Barrier reef of Ihavandiffulu atoll
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Kelai (N Tiladummati)

Kelai, at the NE extremity of the atoll, was inhabited in 1970. Good radar returns have been reported from Kelai at 14 miles. The islet of Tinadu lies about 3 miles WSW of Kelai.
25 Oct 11

Maduni Faro (N Tiladummati)

Maduni Faro, a lagoon reef, forms the NW extremity of the atoll.
The islets of Marandu, Tukandu, and Miledu, the first two inhabited in 1970, lie, respectively, on the barrier reef between the N end of Maduni Faro and the islet of Gafuri, about 5 miles ESE. Gafuri ...
25 Oct 11

Digufuri reef (Ihavandiffulu)

Digufuri Reef (Digfurhi Reef), at the S end of Ihavandiffulu Atoll, has an islet at its E end; a small sandbank, with palms on it, lies about 0.8 mile ENE of the islet.
21 Oct 11

Uligamu (Ihavandiffulu)

Ulegama, about 1.3 miles SE of Turakuna, is low, level, and thickly wooded. The village lies near the center of the island, surrounded by coconut palms and breadfruit trees. 
A narrow reef fringes the seaward side of the island; a beacon lies on this reef ...
21 Oct 11

Warifuri Faro (N Tiladummati)

Warifuri Faro is a large lagoon with the islet of Warifuri at its S end. A lighted beacon lies on the N side of Warifuri Faro. The islets of Dedu and Warifuri are inhabited; the islet of Noradu lies between the latter two islets.
25 Oct 11

Mulladu (Ihavandiffulu)

Muladu, about 5 miles SE of Ulegama, has a small village on its W side. There is a boat passage, abreast the village, through the otherwise unbroken reef surrounding the island.Between Muladu and Ulegama lie three small thickly-wooded uninhabited islets known from NW ...
20 Oct 11

Wagaru (Ihavandiffulu)

Wagaru, near the N end of the atoll, about 4 miles ENE of Kandufuri, is low and well-wooded;it is surrounded by a reef except on its SE side. North Rock, with a least depth of 5.2m, lies about 1 mile W of Wagaru.
24 Oct 11

Turakuna (Ihavandiffulu)

Turakuna the N island of Ihavandiffulu Atoll, was inhabited in 1970 with a small village on its N side.
On its S side, landing can be effected through a gap in the encircling reef.Good radar returns have been reported from Turakuna at 15 miles.
21 Oct 11

Anchorage E Hauwandu

There is a good anchorage E of the reef between Hauwandu and Umbala, in the SW part of the lagoon, in 33 to 37m.
This is probably the best anchorage during the Southwest Monsoon, but a heavy swell might reach it through Southwestern Entrance.
24 Oct 11

W Uleguma anchorage

It's the best anchorage, in 28 to 37m, sand and coral, lies W of Ulegama.
24 Oct 11

Ihavandhoo (Ihavandiffulu)

Ihavandu, one of the few islands within the lagoon, lies close N of Digufuri Reef and about 3 miles W of Gallandu.
The island is densely populated, and there is a landing on the S side.
21 Oct 11

W Muladu anchorage

Good anchorage during the Northeast Monsoon may be obtained, in 46 to 55m, W of Muladu and Gumati in the E part of the lagoon.
24 Oct 11
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Digufuri reef (Ihavandiffulu)

Digufuri Reef (Digfurhi Reef), at the S end of Ihavandiffulu Atoll, has an islet at its E end; a small sandbank, with palms on it, lies about 0.8 mile ENE of the islet.
21 Oct 11
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