Welcome to Villingili
Just 1km from the western shore of Male is the little island of Villingili – also known as Vilimale – the fifth district of the capital. The short boat ride here takes you into a different world, though; far more relaxed than Male proper, Villingili has something of a Caribbean feel, with brightly painted houses and a laid-back pace. Male residents come here to enjoy some space, play soccer and go swimming. While it’s still a great deal more cosmopolitan than most inhabited islands in the Maldives, if you only visit Male and resorts, this is perhaps the best chance you’ll have of seeing everyday life. There are several shops, restaurants and places to go for a (non-alcoholic) drink.