Playful barefoot-luxury resort in Dhaalu Atoll with scuba diving and facilities for the whole family
- Watersports from kayaking and paddleboarding to private yacht charter
- Make the most of excellent diving conditions for all skill and certification levels
- Spa services for singles, couples, and kids, as well as multi-day packages
- Separate areas for kids and adults help every guest have the time of their life
- Tennis, badminton, volleyball, football, and one of the Maldives' longest pools
Kandima Maldives offers a unique family-friendly escape where almost everything is possible. This game-changing destination offers a relaxed toes-in-the-sand take on luxury and a flexible all-inclusive programme amid a stylish island setting. During your stay, you’ll discover a range of extraordinary dining and entertainment options, and plenty of activities to choose from including tempting spa services, state-of-the-art fitness and sports facilities, and easy access to the best scuba diving and snorkelling in Dhaalu Atoll.
About Kandima Maldives
Kandima Maldives is a new game-changing private island resort with 264 stylishly designed studios and villas, ten extraordinary dining venues, and plenty of fun-packed activities to choose from. This stylish resort caters for guests of all ages and budgets - whether you seek romantic escape, aquatic adventures, fitness activities, spa getaways, or family time, Kandima Maldives has something for everybody. Spoil yourself with relaxing pool days, spa sessions, exotic dining and drinking options, and nightly entertainment just for adults. Or experience Dhaalu Atoll's beautiful aquatic world with guided scuba diving and watersports.
Far from the crowds in Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima is reached via a thirty-minute flight from Velana International Airport, followed by a twenty-minute boat ride to the resort, making it a dream destination for guests looking to get away from it all. This atoll boasts excellent conditions for new divers, so it's a top pick for scuba students and families with kids who dive. The calm inner reef system is also perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and less demanding activities like glass-bottomed boat rides and marine wildlife tours in search of dolphins and turtles. Guests who prefer to spend their time on land will find plenty of outdoor activities here as well, with games, sports, white sand beaches, and a massive pool complex - complete with swim-up cocktails.
Explore the resort
Whether you prefer full board, half board, or an all-inclusive experience, Kandima Maldives has a package that perfectly suits your travel style. The resort features ten venues for dining and drinking - including fine East Asian dining, honest Mediterranean cuisine, and delicious grilled steaks, as well as a pool bar, beach club, and coffee house perched above the lake. Private destination dining and home delivery via the resort’s app.
Kandima’s state-of-the-art fitness centre is open 24/7 and comes complete with its own private swimming pool, fitness pavilion, tennis, badminton and beach volleyball courts and a football field. Guests can also request a personal trainer or join a group session of aquafit, pilates, crossfit, TRX suspension training, Poundfit, boxing, and both traditional yoga and aerial yoga classes. For the water-lovers, the Aquaholics activities centre offers watersports of all kinds, whether you are looking for speed, excitement, relaxation, or an introduction to the area’s astounding marine beauty.
If relaxation is more your thing, then simply visit our award-winning esKape Spa nestled in the tropical surroundings of the island. Detachment and distraction from reality - esKape spa helps you do just that! From exfoliation to healing therapies, steam rooms to plunge pools, and full-body therapy to signature treatments, you’re in for a treat.
Diving from Kandima Maldives
The Aquaholics watersports centre proudly offers a wide variety of PADI courses for kids and adults, plus guided diving and snorkelling experiences throughout Dhaalu Atoll. Even beginners will feel at ease with their friendly and professional international staff, high-quality rental equipment, spacious and comfortable dive boats, and hands-on coaching above and below the waterline. The island's sheltered lagoon offers ideal conditions for taking your first breaths underwater, with easy conditions, access from the shore, and warm water year round.
Dhaalu Atoll is one of the Maldives’ less frequented diving areas, but there's plenty to see underwater for visitors of all skill and comfort levels. Beginners can take advantage of shallow light-filled sites with coral teeming with tropical reef fish. These protected bays and lagoons are a great place to spot juvenile reef sharks and sea turtles, too. Divers with more experience can head to the atoll's western reaches where stronger currents and deeper sites attract larger marine wildlife like reef sharks and manta rays. Free nitrox, 15-litre tanks, and underwater cameras are available for qualified scuba fanatics, as well.
- This family-friendly resort has some of the region's best facilities and activities for children and teens.
- Keep your camera handy during boat rides around the island - dolphins are often spotted on the surface!
- Don't miss out on adults-only fun with themed nights, pool parties, live music and DJs.
- Plan at least one day to enjoy one of the Maldives’ longest outdoor pools.
Diving in Dhaalu and Faafu Atolls
Manta RaysJanuary - April
Schooling reef fishYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water