Written by Naba

Exploring the Charms of Haa Alif Baarah: A Journey through History, Nature, and Culture

Located in the northernmost atoll of the Maldives, Haa Alif Baarah is a distinctive island, shaped like the Arabic letter "baa". It holds historical significance as the birthplace of the famous vessel "Kalhuohfummi", constructed amidst the mangrove areas in the latter half of the 16th century. This legendary ship, utilized by Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu and his fighters, played a pivotal role in defending the Maldives against Portuguese invasion.

To reach Baarah, travelers must embark on a domestic flight lasting approximately 55 minutes to Hanimaadhoo International Airport via Maldivian Airlines. From there, a 30 minute transfer by Maldivian public transport RTL, a speed boat takes visitors to Baarah.

Baarah boasts the largest kandoofa (mangrove) in the Maldives. Hence mangrove kayaking is a popular activity on the island. Renting a kayak allows visitors to navigate the winding waterways of the mangrove forest, providing an intimate encounter with its diverse ecosystem.

Nature walks are another enchanting way to explore Baarah. Stroll along wooden boardwalks or trails winding through the mangrove forest, immersing oneself in nature while learning about the unique plant and animal species that inhabit the area. Tour guides share insights into the mangrove's significance in constructing the legendary "Kalhuohfummi".

Fishing excursions offer an opportunity to experience traditional Maldivian fishing techniques, fostering a connection with the local community. Or, engage in traditional crafts like tatch roof weaving and coir rope weaving, still widely practiced by locals.

Baarah also features historical sites such as the tomb of Kanba Aissa, King Ali's widow, and the ancient Friday Mosque, boasting intricate lacquer work on its beams.

Additionally, Baarah's harbor stands out for its distinctive formation within a lagoon, providing a safe haven for boats during rough seas. However, concerns have been raised about the jetty's suitability for cargo loading and unloading, despite facilitating passenger transportation throughout the seasons.

Picture credit: Zuvaan Masveriyaa

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