Cocoa Island, Maldives
Cocoa Island is a small, private island resort designed for those seeking an easygoing, barefoot luxury experience. The rich, warm waters and bountiful coral also promise some of the world’s best beaches, snorkelling and diving.
Accommodation at Cocoa Island is inspired by the traditional dhoni boats sailed by local fishermen. The rooms are all reached via wooden jetties reaching out over the shallow blue waters of the lagoon, and from the terrace of each one steps lead straight down into the warm Maldivian sea. All rooms come with the ‘mod’est of mod cons and even flip-flops are provided.
Facilities on Cocoa Island include a Shambhala Retreat Spa offering expert yoga tuition and a range of treatments and therapies based on natural Asian traditions. Windsurfing and sailing are on offer at the watersports centre and the diving at Cocoa Island is exceptional.
A fully equipped dive centre staffed by PADI-certified instructors caters to every experience level, and there are more than twenty different dive sites in the area. On the eastern side of the island, the reefs are perfect for those who prefer snorkelling. Other activities available include deep-sea fishing, island-hopping trips and sunset cruises. Alternatively, guests can just relax on the idyllic white sand beach or by the large swimming pool.
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Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate the Maldives into a longer multi-destination holiday. Take a look at Paradise on Earth on Cocoa Island as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Cocoa Island Information
- Location & Getting There
Located in the South Male Atoll beside some of the world's best beaches, Cocoa Island by COMO is a 40-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
The 33 overwater suites and villas are interconnected by wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon, and each has a private terrace. The Dhoni Suites stand out for their generous indoor sitting area with private sundecks; Loft Villas also feature private sundecks, as well as full-length windows overlooking the Indian Ocean and an airy sitting area below the elevated loft; the two COMO Villas are each approached by a private jetty, and feature a terrace, balconies on either side to allow direct access to the lagoon and personalised butler service.
- Signature COMO Shambhala Spa
- Diving & swimming pool
- Dining: 2 restaurants (South Indian, Asian & Mediterranean cuisines), 1 bar
The diving conditions at Cocoa Island are fantastic given its proximity to Male, with 20 different dive sites in the area. On the eastern side of the island, the reefs are perfect for those who prefer snorkelling. There is also windsurfing and sailing on offer at the watersports centre. Other activities available include deep-sea fishing, island-hopping trips and sunset cruises.
While children are allowed at Coco Island, due to the fact that all the accommodation is overwater, they are not encouraged.