The island is situated in the picturesque fishing village of Omadhoo in the heart of Ari Atoll, a clean and friendly local island. In contrast to the major resorts, on Omadhoo you have the opportunity to experience the real Maldives island life and traditions.
The island is about 3 sq. kilometers with under 1000 residents. Maldivians are reluctant to leave the territory of its atolls, so islands like Omadhoo have fully preserved the ancient way of life and traditions of its nation, carefully passed down from generation to generation.
The house reef surrounding the island is pure and innocent with great live corals and amazing marine life, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. The island’s southwest beachside ends with extraordinary, beautiful sand narrow.
Almost 60% of the island is covered with tropical vegetation such as breadfruit and coconut palms. The western part of the island could be called a real ‘jungle’ due to a rich abundance of large banyan trees and tropical palms.
The island is 73.96 km (46 mi; 40 nmi) southwest of the country’s capital, Malé.
According to the latest census conducted in 2018, the total population of Omadhoo is at 1089 out of which 840 are Maldivians, and above 150 foreigners.
In accordance with the recently passed Decentralization Act of Maldives, Omadhoo is governed by an elected Island Council composed of Three Councillors. The Council is headed by the President of the Council. The Island Council reports to the Local Government Authority (LGA).
As of January 2018, there is nine guest house in Omadhoo. The guest houses provide the island with direct employment and many other indirect economic benefits to the island. Most guesthouses are funded by direct investments by local residents of the island. However, recently there have been investments by businessmen in Male’ and elsewhere.
Guesthouses provide various excursions, including whale shark watching, manta rays, off-island snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, sandbank and picnic island visiting (including overnight staying).
Omadhoo is served by combined one preschool and one primary/secondary school, Omadhoo School.
Omadhoo is connected by MTCC public ferry service from Malé. Some private companies provide scheduled speedboat service. At 16:00 from Male and at 7:00 am from Omadhoo