The land and marine life of Villingili sets it apart from many other islands in Maldives. The three-kilometer-long island has 12 hectares of lush foliage, towering banyan trees, 17,000 coconut palms, 45 species of plants, three natural lagoons and multiple nature trails for guests to explore. With all the beautiful vegetation surrounding Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, it is our duty to protect and preserve the wildlife so visitors can enjoy it for years to come.
To preserve the island’s marine life, the resort implemented the Reef Care project. The initiative aims to bring awareness to and foster interest in the ecosystem. The resort’s Eco Centre offers guests activities to engage with the wildlife, particularly at Manta Point around Addu Atoll, the ring-shaped coral reef on the southern tip of the Maldives.
Manta Point is a gathering spot for Mantas during the north-east monsoon season and is considered the ‘cleaning station’ for the Mantas. Resort guides take guests to watch the Manta rays circle gracefully around Addu Atoll, a life changing experience.