Welcome to Other Islands
The usefully positioned islands around Male all serve auxiliary support roles for the overcrowded capital. These include Funadhoo, between the airport and Male, which is used for fuel storage – it’s a safe distance from inhabited areas, and convenient for both seagoing tankers and smaller boats serving the atolls. One of the fastest-growing islands in the country, west of Villingili, is Thilafushi, also known as ‘Rubbish Island’ as it's where the capital dumps its garbage. Slightly further north, Aarah is a small island that serves as a government retreat.