How to Get from Male to Villingili

Visiting Villingili is a convenient day trip from the Malé. Visible from Malé’s western shoreline, Villingili is a great spot to take a break from the busy street traffic and the high population density that is found in the capital city of the Maldives. With a couple pleasant beaches and tree-lined roads, consider packing your lunch and spend the day on Villingili. During our recent trip to the Maldives we took the public ferry to Villingili from Malé and we would recommend this mode of transport, taking into account how cheap and convenient our journey was.

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Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get to Villingili from Malé:

1. The ferries heading to Villingili are located along the southwest corner of Malé Island. The Villingili Ferry Terminal is hard to miss. Just walk along the coastal road and you will be sure to spot it.

The Villingili Ferry Terminal
The Villingili Ferry Terminal

2. Purchase your ticket at the counter. During our trip the one way price to Villingili from Malé was 3.25 MVR (Approx. $0.20 USD). Yeah, it’s that cheap!

The Villingili ferry ticket counter
The Villingili ferry ticket counter
The ferry ticket to get to Villingili
The ferry ticket to get to Villingili

3. Ferries run quite frequently to Villingili from Malé, therefore take your time to make sure that you board the correct ferry. Other ferries depart to other Maldivian islands from the same terminal.

Boarding the ferry to Villingili
Boarding the ferry to Villingili

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4. Since the trip is very short, it should take only approximately 10 minutes to get to Villingili from Malé or vice versa. 

5. Once you arrive at Villingili’s Ferry Terminal simply disembark and you are good to go.

While on the ferry heading to Villingili
While on the ferry heading to Villingili

6. Whenever, you are ready to go back to Malé from Villingili proceed to the ticket counter located in the small ferry terminal. The ticket should cost the same amount and the travel time should be 10 minutes.

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Enjoy your travels!

3 thoughts on “How to Get from Male to Villingili”

  1. Helloo

    Thanks for such detailed info. only a question I have. as I found out in google map there are 2 Villingili ferry terminal – 1 is on the male island on the southwest point and the 2nd Villingili ferry terminal located on another small island on the west side of male island. Which one I need to get to diffushi island?

    thanks again very much

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