COMO Cocoa Island
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- Savour exquisite flavours, including COMO’s exclusive Shambhala Cuisine
- Uniquely luxury overwater villas inspired by traditional Maldivian ‘dhonis’
- Whale shark expeditions, local island excursions and incredible watersports
COMO Cocoa Island is an exclusive luxury eco-conscious resort in South Male Atoll, hidden away from most resorts, and surrounded by coral reefs and white sand bars. Here, guests can enjoy the resort’s unique style with lavish overwater villas inspired by traditional fishing boats. From the serene wellness centre and spa, to the barefoot bar and restaurant serving COMO’s special Shambhala Cuisine, everything is tailored to maximise wellbeing. And, adventurous guests have it all with incredible watersports, whale shark expeditions, and epic diving.
About COMO Cocoa Island
Just a 40-minute speedboat ride from the international airport, COMO Cocoa Island is an understated private island resort in South Male Atoll. It occupies a quieter, undisturbed area away from other resorts, and is made up of coral reefs and sandbars that form a distinctive ecosystem. This exclusive eco-friendly getaway promises what few luxury Maldivian resorts can truly provide - peacefulness, privacy, and the opportunity to do as much, or as little as you please. Take a stroll on the sands, explore the colourful marine life, or simply relax on a massage table or daybed.
With luxury overwater villas inspired by traditional ‘dhonis’, you’ll slip from your balcony into the turquoise lagoon to explore the two house reefs. Welcoming, passionate staff help make this private island property stand out, along with comprehensive facilities perfect for couples, singles and families alike. From personalised service and sophisticated cuisine, to distinctive design, authentic culture and the calming spa, this luxury escape is tailored to every guests’ needs. Enjoy customised cruises, private dinners, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and incredible diving and snorkelling. Whatever you do, this world-class haven will exceed expectations.
Explore the resort
The resort’s luxury villas have a unique local aesthetic and are inspired by the gently curving wooden forms of the local ‘dhoni’ fishing boats. Each air-conditioned, bright modern villa, some with private pools, is set over the water, and connected by a planked walkway. The Ufaa restaurant serves modern interpretations of Indian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on local produce, and chefs offer COCO’s unique Shambhala Cuisine - a special nutritional concept with raw, organic food that is steamed or grilled for maximum health benefits. For an easy-going barefoot atmosphere, the Faru Bar is the place to be, offering cocktails, fine wines, classic cigars and light snacks.
You’ll find bliss by the infinity pool, or in the COMO Shambhala Retreat - a wellness centre with massage pavilions, outdoor bathtubs, an open-air yoga pavilion, hydrotherapy pool, steam facility and fully-equipped gym. Adventurous guests will love the superb watersports centre that offers a wide range of complimentary gear including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and windsurfs. Plus, the friendly team can arrange exciting trips, from local island excursions and dolphin watching, to private boat charters, whale shark expeditions and snorkeling. The resort also has an experienced resident marine biologist to feed your curiosity - the marine life presentations are always a hit!
Diving with COMO Cocoa Island
The resort boasts an outstanding PADI 5-Star dive centre with a professional team who focus on safety, quality instruction and fun. Full rental gear, nitrox and underwater cameras are available, and multilingual instructors offer a full range of PADI courses and specialties from beginner to divemaster. Children can join in on the fun with the kids’ bubblemaker program.
Private guides are available at an additional fee, and you’ll have the unique opportunity to enjoy an expert-led dive with the resident marine biologist whose knowledge and curiosity will enhance your experience. Divers can explore colourful reefs, overhangs and action-packed sites teeming with turtles, reef sharks, vibrant reef fish and even manta rays! The house reef is a popular choice, especially for night dives. The atoll has a number of famous dive sites, such as Kandooma Caves and the ever-popular shark cleaning station at Cocoa Thila. Other sites can be reached on the comfortable dive boat on half and full day trips.
COMO’s eco-initiatives include sustainability, marine conservation and community outreach, which it champions in various ways. Products are sourced locally and sustainably to support local producers, entrepreneurs, social enterprises and non-profit organisations. COMO also enables the local youth to gain employment and valuable training in hospitality, and supports two schools on neighbouring islands through facility and equipment upgrades. And, in partnership with the dive centre, it offers local high school students the opportunity to obtain a dive certification - a valuable skill set for employment in the Maldives.
COMO is also committed to reducing waste and minimising impact on the environment through efficient water and energy management, and reuse and recycle efforts. Employees are trained in these initiatives, and also encourage guests to uphold them throughout their stay. Efforts also extend into the underwater world at COMO. Led by the resident marine biologist, a coral propagation program allows guests to sponsor a coral patch, which is planted on the seabed. Every six months, you’ll receive updates and photos, allowing you to watch your contribution to the Maldives’ ecosystem flourish.
- Don’t skip on a whale shark expedition. You’ll take a speed boat to Ari Atoll to swim with the ocean’s biggest fish!
- Ask the friendly staff about UV night snorkeling or fluoro diving - this hypnotic experience allows you to see the reefs come alive in a completely different light.
- Walk along the pontoon at night and you’ll have a good chance of spotting baby reef sharks and stingrays.
- South Male Atoll has lots of big fish action due to strong currents in the area. When diving and snorkeling, look out for eagle rays, reef sharks, mantas and even hammerheads!
Diving in South Malé Atoll
Eagle rayYear round
Manta RaysApril - October
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Schooling FishYear round
Soft coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star Dive Centre
Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Dive Master, PADI Specialty Courses