Cocoa Island Resort | South Male Atoll | Maldives



If it’s a peaceful retreat you’re looking for in the Maldives, then it has to be the Cocoa Island Resort surrounded by a serene and natural environment the resort encourages guests to do nothing while enjoying the many wonderful facilities the resort offers.

Built on an atoll island of coral, with crystal clear water lagoon, it is only 10 minutes walk from end to end and the entire island is your very own. The island comprises just one single resort which allows you to experience the whole island as if your own. The general theme of holidays at Cocoa Island is “do nothing”, relax, rejuvenate and recharge your creative juices. It’s all about that perfect holiday with no noise pollution from the likes of traffic, aircraft or industry, also there’s plenty of pampering with spa treatments and massage therapies. Great selections of food and vine to enjoy while at Cocoa and plenty of in-room comforts to make you want to stay forever.

The underwater experience is something awesome with the resort offering scuba diving and snorkelling tours around the resorts house reef. However, you don’t have to venture far from your own villa to get up close with the local wildlife, for they swim right under and past your villa all day. Beautiful, colourful, gentle, delicate and often somewhat tame, the myriad of tropical fishes are absolutely unforgettable and will certainly create a lasting impression upon all. The resort also offers scuba diving courses for those who want to really experience the delightful world below the waterline.


Cocoa Island Resort offers guests luxurious living accommodation with fantastic ocean vistas, luxuriously appointed and well comfortable living with all the modern amenities you would expect at such a world class resort. The ocean villas are actually built inside of Dhoni’s, which are local boats [not floating] that look somewhat ordinary from the outside, but boy are the insides plush? With beds facing large french-windows with brilliant ocean views, the windows open on to your private balcony with direct access to the shallow waters below.

LOFT VILLA-Loft Villas (123 sqm): These are similar with Dhoni Loft Suites and each Loft Villa has an outdoor shower (accessed via bathroom, with steps from area into sea. Screened so no passing swimmers can see in).

TWO BEDROOM VILLA-2 Bedroom Villas (300 sqm): Each has a king size and a twin bedded room with private bathroom featuring double vanity unit, WC, island bath, separate walk-in shower, outdoor shower and private terrace with access to the water. The full-length windows on three sides flood the room with light. Down two steps is a walkway to a private Bale (covered tiki hut) for private dining or relaxing.

ONE BEDROOM VILLA-1 Bedroom Villas (125 sqm): Each villa features a private entrance deck. The bedroom sits one step up from the bathroom and living room and features a king-size bed. The bathroom features double vanity unit, WC, island bath, separate walk-in shower and outdoor shower. From the living room, French doors lead to a private terrace and Bale with access to the water. Privacy screens in the water ensure seclusion in all areas.

DHONI LOFT SUITE-Dhoni Loft Suites (110 m2): An expansive living area with vaulted ceilings surrounded by full length glass windows on 3 sides providing panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. A staircase leads you to the loft fitted with a low-level King-sized bed with a separate WC and vanity. From the living area, French Doors lead to your private sundeck. Direct access to the lagoon is available from your sundeck. The large bathroom has double vanity, separate bathtub, shower stall and WC.

Things to enjoy – Restaurant, bar, outdoor infinity swimming pool, fishing, private beach, dive centre, gym, yoga facilities, sailing, windsurfing, hydrotherapy pool, Como Shambhala Retreat, snorkelling, dolphin/sunset cruises. Nearby: Local islands, Male private picnics.

Longing for sun, sea, sky and ultra peaceful surroundings; then Cocoa Island Resort is definitely the place for you.


At Cocoa Island, eat like a castaway – fresh lobster, caught locally, cooked in the Keralan style. Dine feet-in-the-sand at the main restaurant, Ufaa, beneath an alang-alang pavilion and huge Maldivian sky.

Menus change daily, blending Indian and Sri Lankan traditions with an emphasis on seafood, tandoor and organic, locally-sourced produce. Spicing is used with a lightness of touch. Choice is always tantalising, promising simplicity in the tropics and sophistication for the more demanding gourmand.

There is also the hotel bar Faru, open from 10am until midnight serving fine wines, exotic cocktails and energising juices.

Cocoa Island also provides comprehensive room service menus as well as a healthful COMO Shambhala cuisine.

COMO Shambhala Cuisine

With COMO Shambhala cuisine guests can benefit from a wide and changing variety of menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as room service) which focus on nutritionally enriching and organic foodstuffs. The emphasis is on raw ingredients which are more easily digested as well as richer in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals.

Cocoa Island don’t use cow’s milk, nor genetically tampered soy alternatives, but own blended nut milks. and use honey instead of processed sugars. We also use sea vegetables high in nutrients, including magnesium and pumpkin seed ‘parmesan’ which replaces the flora found naturally in the intestine but is destroyed by cooking. Fish is an important feature on our menus – caught and brought straight to your plate.

COMO Shambhala cuisine is not about deprivation; it’s for people who enjoy their food but want to feel good.

Resort Facilities

Enrich yourself with simple pleasures – At Cocoa Island you will indulge in nature’s bequest, from dust-white sand between idle toes, to a warm blue sea that turns blush-pink with the falling light.

Some guests find their own stretch of beach; others prefer to relax in privacy on their suite’s hidden terrace, or lounge beside the resort’s main swimming pool – cobalt, melting into an empty horizon.

There is a watersports centre (see Island Activities), a fully equipped Dive Centre, gym with yoga facilities, and a COMO Shambhala Retreat offering a full range of treatments including massages, Ayurveda, facials and facilities such as massage pavilions, hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and meditation area.

Library features an extensive book collection; games are also available, which can be delivered to your suite. A hotel boutique sells a carefully edited selection of gifts as well as holiday necessities like hats and sun lotion.

The all-day lounge offers a comfortable stylish environment for guests. It features Internet access, flatscreen TV and media players as well as books and magazines.

24-hour concierge is also avaialble.

COMO Shambhala Retreat

A sanctuary where mind, body and spirit are nurtured holistically – Cocoa Island attends to guests’ needs at the deepest level, courtesy of the COMO Shambhala Retreat. The Retreat offers healing traditions from Asia with natural therapies from the sea and earth, honed by international health consultants. It is a place where wellness is nurtured in simple wooden beach houses, aired by breezes carrying the scent of the ocean.

This holistic approach is coupled with expert yoga tuition which includes week-long retreats led by world-renowned teachers. Coupled with signature health-giving cuisine, you will eel the benefits of a complete return to real wellbeing.

At COMO Shambhala it is all about balance – of mind, body and spirit – and the inspiration of the soul, afforded by a peace within.

New holistic health packages
The Retreat has prepared a series of ‘paths’ comprising suggested treatments that will assist in achieving the mind-body balance suited to your needs.

Island Activities

Although most guests come to Cocoa Island to relax in privacy, there are others who spend their time exploring the local region – both above and underwater.

You can also go deep-sea fishing or partake in watersports off the beach, like windsurfing or catamaran sailing.

Island Hopping
Particularly popular are the beach drop-offs, dolphin and sunset cruises, allowing guests to indulge in the natural solitude of empty beaches and mirror-flat horizons.


This still lagoon bristles with life – Diving in the Maldives is rated among the best in the world. Cocoa Island Resort is located on a quiet atoll where the waters are undisturbed, ensuring extraordinary colour close to hand. The Resort has an on-site dive centre staffed by PADI certified instructors catering to every level of experience. You can rent equipment, enrol on PADI sanctioned diving courses, visit the house reef or take part in night dives. Boat dives visit more than 20 different dive sites in the area and safari dives explore even further afield.

Cocoa Island take care of every individual, their safety and expectations of the world that lies beneath these gin-clear seas.

All diving staff are PADI Instructors. Courses can be taught in various languages – English, German and Japanese, with some basic French and Spanish.

Rental Equipment
Rental equipment includes Scuba Pro BCD’s and regulators with 11 litre aluminium tanks. Wetsuits are 3mm, long leg, short arm wetsuits for all sizes and Gull and Mantis masks, Mares Plana fins, standard snorkels (to be replaced by purge snorkels) and a limited number of Aladin Pro dive computers. The compressor is a Bauer V-20.

  • All divers are required to hold an International SCUBA diving licence, which you will be required to produce along with your logbook at the dive centre before diving.
  • Maldivian Regulations include:
    1. All divers must dive in buddy pairs or with a guide
    2. No dive deeper than 30m
    3. All dives should be no decompression dives
  • Cocoa Island provide complimentary insurance with DAN Maldives, which covers any re compression accidents for three weeks. We ask all divers to leave 24 hours between their last dive and flying, for added safety.
  • The nearest decompression facility is at Bandos Island, approximately one hour by speedboat.
  • You may have to take part in an orientation dive, as part of Maldivian diving regulations.
Dive Sites

Below are a selection of dive sites accessible from Cocoa Island.

  • Waagiri: Inner Reef
  • Kudagiri: Inner Reef Wreck Dive
  • Kandooma Caves: Outer Reef and Channel
  • Guraidhoo: Outer Reef and Channel
  • Cocoa Thila: Thila Dive
  • Cocoa Corner: Outer Reef and Channel
  • Boduhora: Inner Reef
  • Back Kandooma: Along the Outer Reef
  • Bushi Out: Outer Reef

The best dive sites located near Cocoa Island Resort

Dive Seasons

During the dry season (Jan – April), currents tend to be strong with excellent visibility (25-40m). Most dives are at the channel entrance or drop offs where all the big fish can be seen, such as large Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally, large schools of Eagle Rays and, of course, sharks. Note some sites are not suitable for beginner divers.

Rainy season (May – Dec) brings rain and tropical storms, but some very good dives for manta rays. Visibility is reduced (10-15m) due to plankton in the water; however, this is also what most marine creatures feed upon. During September there is the chance to see Whalesharks and Hammerheads.

The water temperature remains around 27 to 30 degrees Celsius all year.

  • Robb Report Summer 2008
    100 Ultimate Escapes
  • Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report (April 2008)
    Awarded 95 points out of a 100
    ‘A truly great resort among the finest of its kind in the world’
  • Conde Nast Traveller (November 2007)
    The Ultimate Island Beach in the Maldives
  • Conde Nast Traveler (July 2007)
    30 Best Island Beaches Worldwide
  • The Sunday Times Travel Magazine (September 2007)
    100 Best Places to Stay

COCOA ISLAND – Location Situated on a private island, locally known as Makunufushi, in the South Male Atoll. It is 30km south of Male International Airport (40-minute speedboat transfer)

Cocoa Island
South Male Atoll, Maldives

23 Rooms
Style: Modern Design
Atmosphere: Secluded


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