This article covers the steps on how to get from Male Maldives to Villingili Island using the public ferry.
Villingili Island is one of the closest islands to Male, the capital of Maldives. This is the reason why it is very convenient to go to Villingili on a day trip if you decide to stay at a hotel in Male.
But it’s strategic location is not the only reason why you should visit Villingili. Similar to most islands in the Maldives, it is beautiful, gifted with its own white sand beach and clear blue water.
Villingili’s main beach is quite nice with clear water
Villingili is very different from its neighbor, Male. It’s smaller, quieter and much smaller. It’s definitely a worthy day-trip destination if you have a couple of days in Male.
It’s possible to visit Villingili Island without chartering a private boat. Taking the public ferry is cheap and still very convenient if you know how to do it.
Here are the steps on getting From Male to Villingili, Maldives via public ferry:
1. Go to the Villingili Ferry Terminal on the southwest corner of Male Island. This is where the ferries going to Villingili pick up passengers. The port is easily accessible from Male’s coastal road.
Please take note that the ferry terminal going to Villingili is NOT the same terminal as the Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, which is on the northeastern section of Male Island.
2. Proceed to the ticket counter to purchase your ticket.
The one-way ticket price we bought was 3.25 MVR (Approx. $0.20 USD). Take note that this price is subject to change but it should still be relatively cheap as the ferry is meant to service locals who make this trip almost on a daily basis.
The ticket office in Male. This is where you buy your ticket to Villingili Island
3. Make sure to board the right public ferry to Villingili.
Take note that there are other ferries that depart from this terminal to other destinations in the Maldives. So make sure you’re getting on the right one. Do not hesitate to ask one of the staff of the ferry if you’re unsure. Better to be safe than sorry!
4. Enjoy the ride as it does not last long. The total journey from Male to Villingili Island Maldives is only about 10 minutes. Yep! You heard it right.
Inside the ferry to Villingili Island