Villingili (Villimalé) Island
SUNSET & SUNRISE
Villingili Island, formally known as Villimalé, is an island located within the North Male Atoll.
This region is considered the fifth district of Malé, Maldives and lies about two kilometres (1.2 mi) west of Malé island, the nation’s capital. Villingili is a wonderful island just off the coast of the Maldivian capital. This makes Villingili a prime destination for those looking to access both the local culture of the Maldives but also not be confined to the chaos of the city.
WHY WE LOVE
Villingili Island is close enough to Malé that it allows you to take a day trip into the city centre but is also far enough away to offer the crystal waters you look for when scuba diving and or snorkelling in the Maldives. We love the suburban feel of Villingili, it is an area that is quaint and welcoming, a few days there and you’ll begin to feel just like a local. Plus, Villingili has a wonderful tourist to local ratio, not to mention the streets belong to pedestrians! Villimalé might be developed but cars and motorised scooters are banned, you will only find a couple of licensed taxis, utility vehicles, and electronic buggies around the island.
Villimalé is also home to many aquatic sport centres. Here you will be able to go windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, boating, and paddle boarding! This Island differs from the others because it offers a middle ground between the exclusive resorts found on their own private islands and the other islands where only locals go.
Villingili also has golf courses and is home to the highest point of natural elevation in the Maldives, Mount Villingili. Although this hill has a humble height of only 5.1 meters (17 feet) it is quite high when compared to the rest of the nation which has the same elevation as the sea and or falls before sea level!
In short, this wonderful island has a magical underwater world, welcoming local culture, and alluring natural sites.
VILLINGILI ISLAND Gallery
DID YOU KNOW?
- Villimalé Island was the second resort to begin operations in Maldives after Kurumba became overbooked.
- The Island is also the only place in Malé, the capital, where you will find natural beaches brimming with colourful fish as well as a house reef.
- Villingili has grocery shops and ATMs that take foreign cards.
- The ferry from Villimale Island to Malé runs 24/7 and costs about 7 Rufyiaa roundtrip. There are constant departures except on Fridays when the ferry stops for a couple of hours beginning at 11 am, just in time for the midday prayers. Between midnight and dawn the ferry runs hourly.
- Villingili Island is an inhabited island and its beaches are very popular amongst locals. Please keep this information in mind when choosing swimwear, rash guard tops and knee length bottoms are recommended unless your snorkel and or dive guide states otherwise.