Cocoa Island, South Malé Atoll

Dip your toes into the sugar-white sand of this small private island, home to the Cocoa Island resort, built in traditional Maldivian style with all modern comforts.

Relax on the beach or beside the swimming pool, take a stroll through the lush gardens, unwind in a yoga class or be pampered with a therapeutic beauty treatment in the resort’s world-class spa.

Cocoa Island is renowned for its COMO Shambhala Retreat, where rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies include a dosha (body type) consultation as well as massages and facials.

Choose from a range of water sports including swimming, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling – there are more than 20 nearby dive sites to explore spotting manta rays, sharks, reef fish and turtles.

Where to stay

At the elegant Cocoa Island Resort, choose from 33 overwater wooden bungalows that are converted wooden dhoni fishing boats.

Split-level suites have sundecks, Balinese day beds and direct access to the turquoise lagoon, while villas come with a dedicated butler. Or splurge on a loft villa, where upstairs sleeping dens open onto panoramic ocean views.

Cocoa Island
Location: Cocoa Island, Makunufushhi, South Malé Atoll
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD1107 per person
Description: This luxury hotel is located on a tiny private island close to Biyadoo Beach and Kandooma Beach. The villas lie offshore in converted wooden dhoni fishing boats. Split-level Dhoni suites have sundecks, Balinese day beds, and direct access to the turquoise lagoon. Guestrooms also feature air conditioning, plasma televisions with satellite channels, DVD players and minibars. Facilities incl.: restaurant, bar, outdoor infinity pool, health club and spa, private beach, butler service and watersports.

Best time to honeymoon in the Maldives

It’s best to visit the Maldives during the northeast monsoon from December to April when it’s cooler and quite dry. Daytime temperatures average 28°C (82°F)year round.

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate with cooling daytime sea breezes. The southwest monsoon from May to November brings wind and rain, particularly in June and July.

For more climate info: Maldives Weather Guide

Getting there

Cocoa Island is located on Maafushi, South Malé Atoll, about 45 minutes by speedboat from Malé.

South Malé Atoll is oblong in shape and comprises contains 22 islands.

The Maldives (pronounced Mahl-deeves) is an archipelago of 26 coral atolls, which are fragmented into about 1190 low-lying coral islands that lie scattered in the Indian Ocean around 600km southwest of the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka.

Qantas and Singapore Airlines offer convenient flights via Singapore, with connections from all major Australian airports; as well as direct flights from London with connecting flights from major airports in the USA. Maldivian Air Taxi's Twin Otter's routinely serve the outer islands from Malé.

Read more about getting to the Maldives

More about the Maldives…

Latest update: Cocoa Island Maldives: 10 September, 2022