COMO Cocoa Island

I got back from London just in time for Dan’s birthday weekend. We celebrated with 10 friends at the Friday Hakka champagne brunch at Hakkasan in Emirates Palace and then we took in the Formula 1 races and concerts over the rest of the weekend, including the closing act Guns n Roses on Sunday evening.

Boys getting into trouble

Bec & Dan at Hakka b-day brunch

Post-brunch ladies

F1 time

GnR concert

The following weekend we were heading on our last trip of 2018. I had been wanting to go to the Maldives ever since we moved to this side of the world. It is only a short 4 hour flight away. We landed in Malé on Thursday, November 29 to rain and were a bit concerned our beach vacation might be a wet one. We found our boat transfer and were soon off to COMO Cocoa Island, known locally as Makunufushi, in the South Malé Atoll where we would be staying for 4 nights. We arrived after a 40 minute boat ride and couldn’t believe how secluded the island was. We checked into our overwater Dhoni loft suite, inspired by local fishing boats, unpacked our things and ventured out the back terrace only to see a black blotched string ray swim by. We couldn’t resist much longer in getting our feet wet so we both hopped in for a snorkel in the warm Maldivian sea. We soon headed to Faru Bar for happy hour cocktails and seafood bbq night.

Dan outside our Dhoni overwater villa

Dan can’t wait to get in the water

Black blotched stingray

Dan going for a snorkel

Cuttlefish

Heading to Faru Bar

Beach side cheers

Maldivian sunset

Seafood BBQ dinner

Our 4 days on the island consisted of snorkelling the spectacularly clear waters of the house reef, going to yoga, hydrotherapy, a marine talk, watching the gorgeous sunsets, sipping happy hour cocktails in Faru Bar and enjoying the delicious beach front dining. We both got painfully scorched the first day – we think it was the sand bar walk that truly got us in the end and we had to pay the hefty price for some aloe vera from the hotel shop. Dan went diving three times and basically had private dives as no one else on the island was diving. To be honest, I am not a big water person or a strong swimmer. The snorkelling off the jetty was my favourite spot though I was too scared to go check out the drop off point. We both saw so many different kinds of sea life – the highlights being turtles, octopus, eels, spotted eagle rays, stingrays, cuttlefish, needlefish, butterflyfish, unicornfish, surgeonfish, snapper and the small baby blacktip reef sharks swimming in the lagoon.

Sand bar walk

Dan diving deep

Fish feeding

Bec getting ready for another snorkel

Baby shark

Ready for a dive

Corona time

Beachfront cocktails

Faru bar happy hour

Pano sunset

Heading to the airport

I cannot really express the beauty of this area. The pictures do it some justice but honestly you have to go there to see it for yourself first hand. Simply amazing.

 

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About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to, as well as to share our adventure with others.
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3 Responses to COMO Cocoa Island

  1. Uncle Dale says:

    Well you’ve done it again. Added another item to my bucket list. The place looks beautiful and there is a distinct absence of crowds. The water level on that sand bar looks about right for my snorkeling and the seafood looks amazing. What a great way to celebrate a birthday. Keep rolling.

  2. Judy Erickson says:

    WOW- that is gorgeous! Great accommodations too. special. In your glory Dan- Guns and Roses! Hmmm- Maldives- maybe Uncle Dale is right- add it to the list!

  3. Beverly Rettenmier says:

    Looks awesome!

    On Thursday, February 21, 2019, Bec and Dan’s Overseas Adventure wrote:

    > rrettenmier posted: “I got back from London just in time for Dan’s > birthday weekend. We celebrated with 10 friends at the Friday Hakka > champagne brunch at Hakkasan in Emirates Palace and then we took in the > Formula 1 races and concerts over the rest of the weekend, including ” >

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