In 2019, the resort underwent a transformative renovation as part of COMO Cocoa Island’s ongoing commitment to an award-winning reputation. Under the careful eye of Singapore-based Lekker Architects, the resort was reimagined: adding private pools to both the One-Bedroom Water Villas and COMO Water Villas, creating a new airy Pilates studio, adding a two-floor gym and yoga centre, and completely redesigning the interior of every villa. Each of these 34 villas – which include eight Dhoni Water Villas, nine Dhoni Loft Water Villas, ten Loft Water Villas, four One-Bedroom Water Villas with Pool, a newly-added Cocoa Water Villa (only one of its kind), and two Two-Bedroom COMO Water Villas – sit offshore on the southern side of Cocoa, overhanging the lagoon. They are reached by planked overwater walkways. Structures combine New Zealand pine with Kajan thatched roofs. Natural materials are carried through to the interiors, with high raftered ceilings and glossy teak flooring. The island’s serenity is reflected in the clean-lined, airy interiors combining whites and blues – more Hamptons beach hut than the usual rough-rustic aesthetic favoured by other Maldivian hotels. As with all COMO Hotels and Resorts, cuisine is considered a crucial element of the guest experience. The restaurant is called Ufaa, meaning ‘happy’ in Maldivian. The Cheong-designed, foot-in-the-sand space – seating 60 diners in both covered and uncovered areas – flanks the resort’s infinity-edged pool, in natural wood and Kajan thatch. Ufaa serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. An all-day dining menu is also available. COMO Cocoa Island has a fully equipped watersports centre offering kayaking, windsurfing and catamaran sailing from the beach. There is also a comprehensive COMO Shambhala Retreat. Beyond the island, a number of excursions are available, taking guests further into this compelling archipelago of coral reefs. Guests can visit Malé, the capital of the Maldives, visiting the gold-domed Islamic Centre, the Presidential Palace, Friday Mosque and the fish and fruit market, shopping among rows of colourful little stores. Maafushi, 15 minutes away from the resort is our local island tour for guest who wants to experience local culture and colors. Fishing is also richly rewarding – COMO Cocoa Island’s kitchen can prepare the catch for your lunch the following day. But it is diving for which COMO Cocoa Island has its most formidable reputation. The team of staff – all PADI instructors, who can teach courses for all levels, from beginner to specialty certifications up to Divemaster, and in English, Japanese, French and Spanish – have in-depth knowledge of local waters, the coral reefs, wrecks and seasonal highlights.
Roundtrip airport transfers, combined with other COMO Cocoa Island guests, is available for scheduled flights only.
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 Noon
Number of Rooms: 34
Situated on either side of the island COMO Cocoa Island's two COMO Water Villas – Sunset and Sunrise – are arranged with two separate wings, both featuring an en suite bedroom and a private terrace directly above the ocean. The wings are connected by the living and dining areas, with balconies on either side that let you step directly off the deck into the turquoise lagoon. There's also a secluded deck, with a new private pool that almost touches the edge of the ocean. Size 300 sq m/ 3,229 sq ft.
These light-filled villas sit on their own secluded jetty, each with a private entrance deck, surrounded by the aquamarine ocean. Outside, there's a new private pool and a balcony with a daybed, where you can relax as the sun rises and sets on the ocean. Inside, the spacious living area with floor-to-ceiling windows provides plenty of space to unwind. Size 125 sq m/ 1,345 sq ft.
In these villas, the horizon feels like it extends forever as you look out from your private sundeck or watch the ocean roll past the floor-to-ceiling windows. The elevated loft features a king-sized en suite master bedroom, while the lower deck's large and airy sitting area doubles up as a sleeping space for families. There is also a secluded outdoor rain shower with steps directly into the ocean. Size 123 sq m/ 1,324 sq ft.
Shaped like a traditional 'dhoni' fishing boat, our Dhoni Loft Water Villas have an expansive lower level living area and a master bedroom on the mezzanine, making them great for families. The design is about bringing the outside space in, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, and a private terrace touching the ocean. Size 110 sq m/ 1,184 sq ft.
Our split-level Dhoni Water Villas stand out for their unusual design: shaped like a traditional Maldivian 'dhoni' fishing boat, they make you feel like you're floating on the ocean. The generous living room is a calming space to relax, while the overwater private terrace has a staircase that leads to the lagoon's warm waters. Size 75 sq m/ 807 sq ft.
This new overwater villa features a large terrace with a 10-metre private swimming pool, offering some of the island's best views of the iconic Maldivian sunset. The villa was designed with space in mind: there's a living room, an en suite master bedroom, a private study and a gym. The villa can be connected to the COMO Sunset Water Villa via an overwater wooden walkway, or closed off for complete privacy. Size 290 sq m/ 3,122 sq ft.
Open 24 hours daily, our fully equipped, air-conditioned gym is located next to the COMO Shambhala Retreat. Gym with weights and cardio equipment.
Snorkelling Excursions: Enjoy the coral colours while you're guided underwater, swimming with schools of fish and tropical marine life. 'UV Fluoro' Night Snorkel: Using special gear, see the vibrant colours that corals emit, turning the reef into a psychedelic dreamscape. Sunset Cruise: Glide through the waters of the South Malé Atoll, where dolphins are frequently spotted. As sunset approaches, sip sparkling wine and taste delicious antipasto. Whale Shark Expedition and Picnic: Head out in search of whale sharks for the prospect of snorkelling with these majestic creatures, before enjoying a picnic on an uninhabited island. Other activities are also available, including sunset fishing, diving, local island visits and catamaran snorkelling trips.
Guest Wellbeing: 'COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Cocoa Island'COMO Cocoa Island attends to guests' needs at a deeper level with COMO Shambhala Retreat. The wellness area offers healing traditions from Asia with natural therapies from the sea and earth, honed by international health consultants. It is a holistic approach coupled with expert Yoga tuition, which includes week-long retreat weeks led by world-renowned specialists.Facilities:
Our Maldives day spa packages have been designed to maximise the COMO Shambhala holistic wellness experience during your stay at COMO Cocoa Island. Each package combines a range of complementary treatments that achieve real results, from relaxation to restoration and rejuvenation
THE REVITALISATION PATHDesigned to relieve stress and calm the mind. The journey begins with a 60-minute aqua therapy session, which uses the pressure of warm water as a way to massage and relax your body. This type of treatment has been effectively used to treat chronic pain and aid recovery from surgery or injury. Next is a 75-minute COMO Shambhala Massage, using our signature blended massage oil to calm the mind and relax the body. The path concludes with a 60-minute Sundari healing facial, designed to restore even the most sensitive of skin. Using neem — a plant extract known in India as the 'pharmacy tree' — this facial will sooth, hydrate and firm sensitive or irritated skin, helping restore a youthful glow. Total time: 3 hours and 15 minutesTHE RESTORATION PATH A full body pampering and beautifying treatment. This journey begins with a 60-minute Indian head massage which reduces tension in the head, neck and shoulders, and includes a gentle facial massage. A 60-minute COMO Shambhala Massage follows, using our signature blended massage oil to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body. After that, a 60-minute reflexology session stimulates your body's healing process, with a 60-minute facial customised to your skin type. The path concludes with a nourishing manicure and pedicure which includes an aromatic soak, scrub and soothing massage. Total time: 5 hours and 45 minutes THE RELAXATION PATH Designed to open your mind and calm your senses. This path commences with a Javanese royal lulur bath – a gentle exfoliating treatment that incorporates an Indonesian massage, body scrub and the application of cooling yoghurt. A 60-minute reflexology session follows to create a state of deep relaxation while stimulating your body's healing processes. This treatment concludes with a 60-minute facial, customised to your skin type. Total time: 4 hours
Faru is open from 10.00am to late; adjacent to infinity pool, leads onto the beach
It is diving for which COMO Cocoa Island has its most formidable reputation. The team of staff – all PADI instructors, who can teach courses for all levels, from beginner to specialty certifications up to Divemaster, and in English, Japanese, French and Spanish – have in-depth knowledge of local waters, the coral reefs, wrecks and seasonal highlights.All divers are required to hold an International SCUBA diving licence. It is recommended to bring along your logbook as well. In addition, divers may have to take part in an orientation dive as part of Maldivian regulations. Safety at COMO Cocoa Island is considered absolutely paramount.COMO Cocoa Island's rental equipment includes Scuba Pro BCDs and regulators with 11 litre tanks. Wetsuits are long-leg and short-arm, and available in all sizes. The resort also provides Gull and Mantis masks, technisub fins and Aladin dive computers. The compressor is a Bauer V-20.The nearest decompression facility is at Bandos Island, approximately one hour away by speedboat.Every day the dive boats (dhonis) leave COMO Cocoa Island up to three times exploring any of 20 sites within a 30-minute radius. The range includes gentle drop-offs, small reefs and more challenging channel dives with powerful currents. Night diving is available on request.
• Three double massage pavilions with outdoor shower/tub in the garden • One single massage pavilion with outdoor shower/tub in the garden
Every meal at Ufaa is memorable. The menu showcases modern interpretations of Indian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on local produce, including seafood and COMO Shambhala healthful eating options. Ufaa is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast: 7AM to 10:30AM Lunch: 12PM to 3PM Dinner: 7PM to 10PM
Faru Bar is an easy-going, foot-in-the-sand resort bar where our inventive bartenders put together refreshing cocktails (and mocktails). Fine wines, classic cigars and light snacks also feature, alongside some easy beats at sunset. Faru Bar is open from 10.00am until late.
In addition to Uffa, Faru bar as well as our in-room dining, we offer several private dining experiences in stunning locations across COMO Cocoa Island.
Tented Dinner -This tented dinner experience with flickering lanterns create a soft light under the canvas with the silky COMO Cocoa Island's sand at your feet. The sound of the ocean is your soundtrack as your dedicated waiter serves you a bottle of chilled champagne and your delicious meal, chosen from our daily à la carte dinner menus.
Candlelit Dinner - This romantic candlelit dinner on the beach is the perfect way to celebrate your honeymoon or special anniversary. Close to the water's edge, surrounded by pretty lanterns, this magical experience is a highlight of any stay on COMO Cocoa Island. Choose your meal selection from our daily à la carte dinner menu. US$50 (Includes beach set-up and dedicated waiter).
Dinner on the Deck- This private candlelit dinner in your own dhoni or villa includes an intimate set-up on your outside deck, lit-up with candles and lanterns. Choose from the in-room dining menu or our daily à la carte dinner menu. US$75 (Includes deck set-up and dedicated waiter).
Sandbank Sunrise Breakfast - During this unique experience you will witness the first rays of morning sunlight on COMO Cocoa Island over a gourmet breakfast selection served with a bottle of chilled vintage Champagne. Sit back, relax and enjoy the white sand and turquoise waters on your very own sandbank.
Sandbank Dinner - Enjoy an unforgettable evening under a canopy of stars with only the sounds of the ocean and gentle sea breezes to distract you. We set up an intimate dining table on COMO Cocoa Island's eastern sandbank, where your personal butler serves you a five-course meal from our carefully selected dinner menu and a bottle of chilled Champagne. US$599 (Includes five course meal for two, butler, a bottle of champagne, sandbank set-up).
Romantic Beach Dinner for Two
Spend Valentine's Day this year dining on the white powder sand, indulging in six courses of fresh, Maldivian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. The menu features butter-poached lobster, king crab and fresh red snapper followed by a rich white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake. With the ocean and elegantly lit beach as a backdrop, and some of the Indian Ocean's finest seafood, this will be an intimate dining experience to share with your partner. Priced at US$179 per person (or US$69 per person for guests on a full or half board package).
COMO Shambhala Cuisine is a unique nutritional concept that incorporates organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals while still delivering on flavor. Food is raw, steamed or grilled for maximum health benefits. Chefs also make ample use of the tandoor, a type of Indian oven that allows for the fat-free cooking of meats and fish whilst introducing a wonderful charcoal flavor. COMO Shambhala Cuisine is served at Ufaa and is also available via in-room dining.
Island Hopping This is a half-day trip, visiting three islands. The itinerary will vary depending on daily accessibility, but will include a resort, uninhabited island for snorkeling or undeveloped dots of sand and palm trees. Guests can visit typical Maldivian villages, with some limited possibilities for shopping.
This is a two-hour trip to a nearby sandbank, a magnificent snorkeling point for guests who wish to explore a safe but exciting reef, Fushifathi Finolhu.
Spend your day in an uninhabited island or a sand bank. Should you wish to have lunch at the sand bank, your dedicated guest services staff will set up for you upon request.
Cruise around the water of the South Malé atoll on a speedboat, watching dolphins at play and flying fish skirt across the water. Your dedicated crew will be pleased to serve you wine or champagne and a gourmet antipasto platter at around sunset.
By COMO-1(Luxury Cruiser)
Include Bottle of Champagne, bottle of Wine, bottle beer, bottled water, soft drinks and assorted Antipasto platter.
Sea Plane Charter
Extraordinary vistas of Maldivian seas, atolls, reefs. For more information and price, please contact Cocoa Island Guest Services.
Half-Day Charter (Normal Speed Boat)
Explore the islands at your own leisurely pace with a dedicated crew who will be happy to lead you to the best snorkeling sites.
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Include *Snorkeling equipments, soft drinks, bottled water, bottled beer and snacks
Full Day Charter (Normal Speed Boat)
Enjoy deserted beaches and snorkel along deserted reefs. Your crew is solely devoted to taking you where you choose to cruise.
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Include *Snorkeling equipments, soft drinks, bottled water, bottled beer and snacks
COMO-1 Charter (Luxury Boat)
Sail the turquoise sea and relaxed at your own leisurely pace aboard our luxury boat - COMO-1. Our crew is solely devoted to taking you, where you choose to cruise.
Include *Snorkeling equipments, bottle of champagne, wines, soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee, antipasto, fresh fruits
Try bottom fishing with our friendly, helpful crew. All hand lines and bait will be provided. Should you get a bite, we recommend that you choose to have it cooked, in your preferred manner, the following lunch or dinner for best enjoyment of the fish. We do ask that if you don’t intend to eat the fish, to carefully return it to the sea, and keep only sufficient for dinner.
Time: 5.30pm to 8pm
Include Bottled water, bottled beer, soft drinks
Fishing has traditionally been carried out from every inhabited island of the Maldives, with fish being an integral part of Maldivian diet; it is also their heritage, and for many, their current livelihood. Working the reefs that adorn the atolls, large reef fish such as, Grouper, Wahoo, Giant & Bluefin Trevally, Red Snapper and Dog Tooth Tuna are the prize catches in both Trolling and Casting. Experience the thrill or frustration of fighting true champion of the reef, but don’t always expect to be a winner.
Diving in the Maldives is rated among the best in the world. Cocoa Island is located in a quiet atoll where the waters are undisturbed, ensuring extraordinary colour close to hand.
The team of staff – all PADI instructors, who can teach courses for all levels, from beginner to specialty certifications up to Divemaster in English, Japanese, German & French – have in-depth knowledge of local waters, the coral reefs, wrecks and seasonal highlights.
All divers are required to hold an International SCUBA diving license. It is recommended to bring along the logbook as well. In addition, divers may have to take part in an orientation dive as part of Maldivian regulations. Safety at Cocoa is considered absolutely paramount.
Cocoa’s rental equipment includes Scuba Pro BCDs and regulators with 11 litre tanks. Wetsuits are long-leg and short-arm, and available in all sizes. The resort also provides Gull masks in various sizes and forms, Technisub fins and Aladin Plus and Smart Pro dive computers. The compressor is a Bauer V-20.
The nearest decompression facility is at Bandos Island, approximately one hour away by speedboat.
At Cocoa, there are over 20 dive sites available near by. After your orientation dive, your guide will also recommend dives that are suitable to your ability. Your safety is paramount, so please accept our experience in matching your standard to local conditions. We have listed the highlights of the dive sites and click here for dive map.
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
Visit our neighboring island and the fishing village of Maafushi. Experience the Maldivian way of life, watch them at work and meet the children.
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Cocoa Island is a private island loccally known as Makunufushi. Located in the South Male’ Atoll. It is 19 Miles South of Male’ International Airport. The island is reached by a 40-minute direct speedboat transfer provided by the resort. Return speedboat transfer at US$180 per adult and US$90 per child, free for 0-3 years.
Nearby airports: Male, Hulule, Maldives
Distance: 19 Miles