White sandy beach with clear blue water and a jungle on Thoddoo

Thoddoo – A Small Island With A Mystery

This post was last updated on February 1st, 2020 at 02:46 pm


The Maldives aren’t known for cultural sights. You mainly come here for the sun, sea and beach. Yet there are a number of things that you can visit. The islet of Thoddoo is one of them here. It belongs to the Alif Alif Atoll. Years ago Buddhist ruins were found here which is fairly unique for such a remote place.

 

Thoddoo Island in the Maldives

That island is part of the Ari Atoll, but is a separate island at about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the most important island within the Ari Atoll. Only 1,400 people live on this mini island, which is only one kilometer (0.6 miles) wide.

 

Most people here live off of fishing but they are also known for their fruit production. Watermelons in particular are sold a lot here. You also have traditional dancers on Thoddoo, who perform in the nearby resorts.

 

Street through the jungle
Walking on the streets of Thoddoo, very peaceful!

 

Sights of Thoddoo

However, the most important sight on the islet is the discovery of Buddhist statues. In the 1950s, a head of a Buddha statue was found. This was buried with great care, so it is well preserved.

 

The head can be admired today at the National Museum in Malé. Because the area where the statues were found is not protected, many findings have, unfortunately, been lost over the years.

 

It is believed that people have lived on Thoddoo since 90 BC. In a Buddhist temple there is a Roman coin minted in 90 BC.

 

To get here you can take a daily ferry from the nearby Rasdhoo. The trip takes more than 1.5 hours.

 

Quiet beach with clear water and palm trees
It’s very quiet here so you can have the beach to yourself

 

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