Ukulhas Picnic Island “Fushi”
Ukulhas holiday will not be completed unless you visit and experience the picnic island “Fushi” is a small uninhabited island which has got enormous natural beauty and a fully set up with three grown trees lining in the middle of the island. Powder white sands lapped by dazzling turquoise waters and stunning underwater beauty. Visiting “Fushi” is also an ultimate holiday of the lifetime, which ensures that every minute of your stay here is worth a lifetime.
This tiny uninhabited island is more natural than Ukulhas or any other inhabited islands and has more privacy to live. This picnic island has been left for free from all other manmade facilities such as toilets, bars, rooms, and dining facilities. However Ukulhas is ready to set up your Beach BBQ in this island.
There are historical sites and monuments which are served as a popular tourist attraction of the island. One of the ideal sights which attracts is to be the “Kuda Miski’h” close to power house.
The mosque (masjid) is known to be built at the time of Hukuru Miskiy (Old Friday Mosque) in Male’ dating from 1656. When you look at the mosque you could recognize that Coral-stone walls are intricately carved with patterns. Before the interior was superb and famed for its fine lacquer work and elaborate woodcarvings, but later on it was replaced by modern roofing sheets due to fungus occurrences. Now the mosque has been left for free due to insufficient space inside the premises for worship, which does not suite to allocate enough people in comparison with existing population of the island. But the monument itself indicates that the people used to live in the Island long time ago.
Gaagandu (the biggest isolated rock in the Maldives) has been erupted in Alif Alif atoll close to the Ukulhas Island has been marked as well known adventurous spot since long time back. The stories about the visitors and sailors to the massive rock have always been revealed and told by the Islanders.
Those fishing boats had been crashed and sank down into the bear ocean close to this mass rock due to heavy wave broke against the big rock.The survival stories of fishing boats and sailors during the ancient time makes the history of the island so adventurous. Gaagan’du is about 50 feet in length, 25 feet in breathe, scarcely about 5 feet from the water’s edge, which recorded was the only solid point which waves of Alif atoll had not engulfed.
It was as such of remained a structure of Lime stone surrounded by the deep ocean close to the Ukulhas Island. The rock had been cracked just in the middle, and had been shattered to two fragments; the rock is surrounded by abundant of living creatures, numbers of fishes. Specially groupers, octopus, turtles, shells, moray eels, Manta ray, Stingray, Eagle ray, anemones, jellyfish, lobsters, prawns, shrimps, squid, giant clam, starfish, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, Surgeon fish, Butterfly fish, Bull eye, parrot fish, anemones fish, red tail butterfly fish, Aetobatus – Narinari etc. The place is found to be really a fantastic place to see moray eels. This place is also recorded as one of the best dive spots in Ari atoll region. To dive or snorkel would certainly be an unforgettable experience during your Ukulhas holiday.
‘Ukulhahu School’ established in the island of Ukulhas is recognized and notified as the first ever A-Level institution in the North Ari Atoll in the history of its archipelago. The A Level studies program (A Level campaign) was started and initiated with an immense effort led by the people of Ukulhas Island.
After the inauguration of the A-Level program, Ukulhas community composed an organizing and managing committee for the A-Level program in the name of “A Level Committee”. When the A-level committee emerged from the first day itself they started its functions, trying to cross all the steps towards its establishment and sustainability. With enormous and tremendous efforts led together by the A Level Committee and the citizens of ukulhas the A-Level program has reaped immense success as the first A- level batch of the institution achieved the national top ten awards. For the continuity and sustainability of the ‘Ukulhas A Level program’ from the beginning, the citizens of ukulhas have been filling their commitment volunteering and providing free aid for all the students at all means if it is in relation with their academic progress.
Qualified students from other islands are highly invited to join the program with Ukulhas Community providing everything required for the whole A Level program including travel costs, accommodation, clothing, uniform, pocket money, books, stationeries etc. Ukulhas community spends more than 1.5 million rufiyaa each year for the program. It’s a huge and a fantastic opportunity to join the ‘Ukulhas School’ to pursue A-Level studies in a gentle and a friendly environment.
It’s also a golden opportunity to spend your higher secondary education days in an Island encircled with turquoise lagoons, marked by clean shady roads, filled with friendly and warm hearted people helping you out throughout ones studies. Students are also welcome to enjoy fishing during weekends and holidays.It’s a tremendous and a fabulous opportunity to receive placement in “Ukulhas School” which will be a great help in furthering your carrier and achieving your ambitions.
Gymnasium and Fitness Training
‘Body Work’ in Ukulhas is the first ever established body building and fitness training institution in North Ari Atoll. It’s a pleasure to experience your fitness at the gymnasium which locates at the harbor side in Ukulhas.
Visitors can enjoy with strenuous work outs in a user friendly environment with fun and sophisticated equipments such as, bench press machine, chest fly machine, shoulder press machine, let pull down machine, biceps curl machine, leg extension machine etc. the place is spacious and could be enjoyed with your own inspection independently. The gym is organized and run by the oldest Association in the island known as Glorious Sports Club (GSC)
Ukulhas Health Centre
Before 1982 there were no provisions of formal health services in Ukulhas. Before the later date, ukulhas people used to gain health services by traditional medical practitioners. Traditional medical practitioners were fond of knowing how to treat ill patients either by medically or surgically. Formal health services were first established in the island office on 7th June 1982 by creating a separate section and providing a local Family Health worker. Family Health worker was a person who only qualified for the provision of limited health services, such as local consultations, counselling, distribution of birth control medicines, dressing a wound, distribution of other symptomatic medicines etc. Family Health worker also visits local residences in a periodic manner to monitor their health standards in order to make records which have to be send to the Concern Authorities.
After a several years of limited health services provided by a local Family Health worker, Ukulhas people had reached the fortune of experiencing a separate Health institution in the name of Health Post on 14th August 2004, with some more facilities and equipments available than a Family Health Section. Health post provided two trained traditional birth attendants with Family Health workers.
Health Centre in Ukulhas was established on 1st June 2007 (after some years of Health post services) with a professional Medical Officer (Medical Doctor), Staff Nurses and Administrative staffs. Health Centre is equipped with modern sophisticated equipments including, ECG machine, Nebulisation facilities, IV injections etc. People used to visit the Centre for their consultation each and every day to acquire treatments for their diseases. Medicines are ready to available from the ‘little pharmacy’ in the island. An ambulance is provided to take patients to the Health centre during urgent matters. Doctor is qualified to provide general medications as well as Accidents and emergency care. Doctor is also ready to attend emergency consultation for 24hr a day
Waste Management in Ukulhas
Ukulhas is known to be the first ever Systematic Waste Management established inhabited island in the Maldives. The systematic waste managing was established on 1st November 2011. As a result of systematic waste management in the island, Ukulhas is marked as an environmentally role model island among all other inhabited islands of Maldives. As a symbolic love with environment and cleaning, ukulhas mark 1st of January of each year as a cleaning day in the name of ‘Saafu Ukulhas’ (clean ukulhas). Environmental awareness programs and waste management workshops are also conducted each year in Ukulhas, which is usually organized by EPA in collaboration with other island councils.
Today people of ukulhas or ukulhas households do not require going out for dump their garbage; instead of that, island council manages household garbage in a systematic manner. For outside trash management, dustbins have been kept in an adequate distance everywhere in the island. People in the island may not require throw away their litters such as cans, bottle, papers etc. As a result of systematic waste management and dustbin placement over the island, the island and its beaches are clean and tidy.
In ukulhas, households manage their wastes by separating into three major groups, such as recyclable items (eg; aluminum, copper, steel, plastics, papers etc), organic items (eg; food items), and plant materials (eg; leafs, stems etc). Those major three portions are kept separately by each household. Except Friday, each day council pick-up visits houses to collect their separated waste materials for the disposing and managing; so that households are not required to take their wastes by themselves to the dumping area. For the collection by the council, council charges MVR 100 per each house, per month for the disposing and managing.
After the transportation of household wastes to the ‘Waste Management Centre’, wastes are un-loaded from the pick-up for the major separation and the disposing. Major separation of the house household wastes is done here at the ‘Waste Management Centre’ and organic items, Recyclable items and Plant materials are separated. When the major separation gets over, disposing is started. Since landfill method is very common in Maldives, Ukulhas is one of the first islands where landfill method had stopped soon after the systematic waste management had been started.
Three major methods are used in ukulhas for the disposal of wastes, such as recycling, pyrolysis and Composting. For the recycling aluminum items such as beverage cans, copper such as wires, steel and aerosol cans, old steel furnishings or equipments, polyethylene and PET bottles, Glass bottles and jars etc are separated. Recyclable items are sold once or twice a month. For the pyrolysis, plant items, wooden materials, card boards, magazines, light paper etc are placed on a decomposition chamber and those are burned into charcoal and ash. For the composting, organic matters are decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer. It’s a key ingredient for organic farming. For decompose organic matters such as leaves, ‘green’ food wastes are wetted make a heap and keep those heaps for a week or months to break down into ‘humus’. After the breaking down into humus, composed fertilizers are packed and labeled for the sale.
Restaurants and Cafes
Ukulhas cafés and restaurants offer diversify cuisines including western, eastern, Indian, Thai, continental and Maldivian ones. As Ukulhas is famous for fishing, fishes have always been the most prominent element of Ukulhas food. Especially sea food dinner makes you the keen interest of Maldivian taste. Like other parts of Maldives, Ukulhas food is spicy even though restaurants are ready to meet up your taste requirements by making it milder. Sweet, sour, hot and spicy foods are common in Ukulhas.
Snacks are found to be in the name of Hedhika. Hedhika is the short eats popular in many restaurants and cafés. Hot and spicy savories are made of smoked fish, grated coconut, lime juice, onion and chili. It includes bajiya (pastry stuffed with fish), Kulhi boakibaa (fishcake), Keemia (fish rolls), gulha (fish balls), and masroshi (small pancake stuffed with fish). Sweet items are made from flour, sugar, and essence. It includes fonibaokibaa (cake made of flour), githeyo boakibaa (made of flour, onions and butter), and huni hakuru folhi (made of grated coconut, sugar and flour). Usual option is served to be a cup of black tea (kalhu sai) within the short eats. Ukulhas cafés and restaurants are opened each and every day from early morning to 1 am.
Traditional meal consists of rice, garudhiya (fish soup) and side dishes consists of chili, lemon and onion. Instead of garudhiya, fish paste known as rihaakuru and curries are also used. (These meals are served during Eid festivals, christening of child, Maulood festivals etc.)
Today Ukulhas meals have been highly affected by western items like sandwiches, margarine; jam noodles and pasta like items. For common meals, like other Maldivians, Ukulhas community uses many items for their everyday meals. Traditional recipe of breakfast and all the other meals have already been altered. Beside of it Roshi (chapatti), mashuni (made of grated coconut, fish, lemon and onions), curries (made from fish or vegetable or egg), are used as popular dishes for breakfast. For lunch variety of items are prepared. Most of the islanders take rice with various types of curries (e.g.: curries made by fish, vegetable, chicken, dhal, potato, egg etc.), salads, garudhiya (fish soup), fried fishes, fried chickens, barbecued grilled fishes, raw vegetables and many others. Those meals are also served with numerous types of drinks. Coconut and Orange juice are the most popular drinks within the meals in Ukulhas Island.
Variety of appetizers, deserts, cool, soft drinks and coffees are also available at the restaurants.
Lots of other meals are also served on requests by the visitors. Alcoholic beverages and pork are prohibited by law in the local islands as per Maldives is known to be a 100 percent Muslim country. However those are served in other resorts and Cruises.