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Kandima Maldives, Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Situated on the largest island in Dhaalu Atoll - the 1.8 mile (3 km) long island, Kandima Maldives offers an abundance of water-sports, a large beach club and has the longest outdoor swimming pool in the Maldives. The atmosphere is modern and friendly with a relaxed ethos making it a great stay for families, groups and couples.

Our rating: First Class

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Accommodation comes in the form of studio rooms with private balcony or terrace, moving up to beach and overwater villas with jacuzzi or pool. All accommodation is designed in a quirky, beach-chic décor and offer endless tropical views with modern amenities.


Kandima’s location in the Dhaalu Atoll is a 30-minute flight from Malé, followed by a 20-minute boat ride to the island. There is also the option of a direct 40-minute seaplane transfer.

Food and drink

Dining at Kandima is varied with 10 restaurants and bars to choose from. Start the day at Aroma with fresh beverages and baked goods. A laid-back lunch can be had at the Beach Club or Azure beachside restaurant. The Sea Dragon serves authentic Chinese cuisine and the Forbidden Bar plays live music into the night.


Families are well facilitated at Kandima with the impressive Kids Club (Kandiland) on offer free of charge for ages 4-12, and a chargeable babysitting service available for younger guests. The club is run by a multilingual team which also contains a splash playground, trampoline, pirate ship, climbing wall, table tennis and indoor play areas providing fun for the young ones.

Facilities and activities

The facilities and activities at Kandima are extensive. For fitness lovers, there's a gym with personal trainers and provides classes like anti-gravity yoga, Zumba and aqua-bike classes. There are tennis, basketball and football courts available. You can hire bikes or electric scooters to explore the island on. The islands spa offers total relaxation, with a choice of massages, facials and a range of Signature local treatments. There is even a medical centre with decompression unit.

The island’s dive and water sports centre offer a host of both motorized and non-motorized water sports. From kayaking and surfing to jet and water skiing along with diving courses, lessons and excursions for all skill levels. You’ll also find a marine biology centre with presentations on the local marine wildlife.

Our opinion

This island is a great option for those looking to relax in the beautiful Maldives while having a host of activities and dining options on hand to entertain. The service offered at Kandima is superb with efficient staff always on hand to help guide you to your next activity or towards the perfect spot to relax on the beach.

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