Kendhoo is one of the inhabited islands of Baa Atoll, Maldives with a population of around 1000 people. It is located in the northern part of the Baa Atoll. Kendhoo is famous for its historical and cultural significance. It is said that the island was visited by the Arabian scholar, Abdul Barakaath Yoosuf-al Barbari, also known as Thabreyzgefaanu who is believed to have been responsible for introducing Islam to the Maldives in 1153. While he waited on the island, he taught Islamic rituals to the islanders and offered daily prayers there. The place where he stood to offer the prayers was marked by building the now seen historical house named after him.
Traditionally fishery and thatch making is the main occupation and major livelihood of the people of Kendhoo. A significant number of the island’s youths work in resorts. In addition to this, there are people who do construction work and retail business.