A complete escape-from-it-all, surrounded by a stunning house reef
Set in the middle of the Celebes Sea at the south end of Maratua Atoll, this tiny island resort abounds with coconut palms, pristine white sandy beaches and calm, clear waters. This beautiful secluded island is an ideal location for anyone seeking some peace and quiet to unwind, and is a great option for honeymooners and couples wanting some ‘us’ time away from any distractions.
The luxurious resort provides exceptional service in a relaxed environment and happily tailors service to individual guests. Relaxing and romantic spa treatments using pure, natural, local products can be taken in the privacy of your own bungalow and daily yoga classes are held every morning and evening. Guests can also take private cookery classes, visit Kakaban’s renowned Jellyfish Lake, or spot huge coconut crabs on a twilight stroll around the island.
Virgin Cocoa’s spectacular house reef stretches for around 4 km and is perfect for snorkelers and divers alike. The resort offers access to no less than seven dive sites, each boasting incredibly diverse and healthy coral landscapes, as well as turtles, barracudas, eagle rays, sharks, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, orangutan crabs and sea snakes. Further afield, guests can visit Sangalaki with its manta rays and turtles, Jellyfish Lake at Kakaban or the shark channel in Big Fish Country.
For more adventurous divers, Virgin Cocoa can organise trips to the largely undiscovered Muaras atoll south of Maratua. Here guests can see the exceptional reef walls covered in colourful soft corals, crevices inhabited by spiny lobsters, stingrays and turtles, as well as white-tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, and thresher sharks.