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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives is Perfect Wave Travel’s number one selling family holiday destination. Our customer feedback and satisfaction levels when families return from a holiday at Kandooma are incomparable to any other product we sell. Ex-professional surfers like Barton Lynch, Pam Burridge, Shane Dorian and Sean Holmes are regular returning visitors, as are literally thousands of Perfect Wave clients annually.

Getting uncrowded , quality waves straight out front, and living like royalty without breaking the bank is awesome!



Here’s 10 reasons why I recommend travelling to Kandooma in 2020

1. Easy Journey

Same day arrival! Kandooma and the Maldives in general is quite easy to get too. For me, I left Sydney at 10.00AM and arrived at Kandooma at 11.00pm that night. I flew Singapore Airlines, it took around 9 hours to Singapore, then I had a short stopover in Singapore before a 4 hour flight to Male (Maldives capital ) and a short 40 min fast ferry ride out to Kandooma.



2. The Surf’s Literally On Your Doorstep

After a comfortable sleep in my beachside Villa, when I awoke the next morning I was stoked to see that it was literally a 30 second walk to check the surf. Kandooma Right must offer one of, if not the closest accommodation to take off point in the world. I seriously challenge anyone to find a closer room to the take-off zone anywhere. The take-off spot is seriously 30 metres from the closest room.




3. It’s Uncrowded & There’s Waves To Suit Everyone!

Kandooma Right is one of the best waves in the Maldives. The wave itself suits intermediate surfers, but at the same time still challenges really good surfers looking for a tube ride. Kandooma has a strict limit on the number of surfers accommodated on the island that can surf. The Perfect Wave run the exclusive surf programme. The maximum number of surfers is 50 – which guarantees un-crowded waves. There are also 3 x dhonis that regularly travel to a variety of nearby waves in South Male. There are a bunch fun reef set ups nearby, ensuring you can be surfing different waves when you want. There’s Foxy’s a hollow left, Riptides a super fun, workable right, Tucky Joes a quality left and Quarters another fun Right.




4. The Resort Rules

From the luxurious villas to the idyllic spa, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offers outstanding service and facilities, receiving consistently high reviews from our valued customers. A range of accomodation is all built around the edge of or on the water. Each villa type is fresh and contemporary in appearance, with stylish beachy decor, whitewashed timber floors, state of the art beds and your choice of pillows (hard or soft), fresh oranges with orange press and quality tea and coffee neatly compliment any occasion.




5. Culinary Journey

Enjoy a culinary journey at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives! Eating and drinking experiences offer everything from sumptuous buffets served at the Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner; to the classy ͚a la carte͛ restaurant – ‘The Kitchen’ – offering fine beachfront dining. Wake up to fresh squeezed orange juice whilst lounging next to the amazing infinity pool flowing out on to the white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon beyond where the resident manta rays play for your snorkelling pleasure. The Sunset Bar offers the perfect sunset chill out session. You will be on sensory overload!




6. Aussie Icons Rocking The Beach

Surf Music In Paradise are hosting an Amazing Double Bill featuring Aus Hall Of Fame Icons Daryl Braithwaite & Richard Clapton late in March/early April 20. They’re playing five hall of fame gigs Get your tix here.




7. Xavier Rudd is following the sun to the Maldives

Sit back and relax or jump up and dance barefoot as Xavier’s lyrics, vibes and the environment around him comes together in stunning synchronicity. Xavier is playing 3 x exclusive, intimate shows for Surf Music In Paradise, June 13-20. Limited tix available here.




8. Dance The Night Away with Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes delivers a very special experience – one that promises maximum fun, dancing and socialising in luxury and style. Pull up a bean bag, cocktail, bourbon or beer in hand, and dance the night away with Jimmy and friends in Sept 20. Less than 20 tickets remain, get yours here.




9. The Soundtrack To Our Fabulously Misspent Youth

Enter Sunnyboys, “The Soundtrack To Our Fabulously Misspent Youth!” Nothing will take you back like the right pairing of surfing in the Maldives with friends and a pumping Sunnyboys soundtrack. Get your tix here and don’t miss the Sunnyboys celebrating their 40’th year anniversary and potentially some of their final gigs ever. These 3 x gigs will be epic!




10. Surf with and learn from ex WCT professional surfers Barton Lynch, Shane Dorian or Pam Burridge.

There’s still a few spots on Barton’s annual Maldives Carpe Vita charter if you act quickly, or take your family to BL’s Bali Blast Off this Easter. For all 4 of BL’s unique 2020 Experiences go here. To book a spot on Shane Dorian’s Maldives Carpe experience, Kandooma week or the Mentawai trip click here. To join Pam Burridge on her fifth annual Kandooma week, click here.




And finally, my tick of approval!

The first time i travelled to Kandooma I was really blown away by how efficient all the staff are. On arriving at the island too, you will be impressed by the location, scenery, overall set-up and presentation. Just go to go, Kandooma is a perfect first time or indeed regular Maldives experience! Crowds have never been a factor for me, and i’ve been 4 times now. There’s never been more than 6 to 10 guys in the line up at any given point in time. Most earlies and lates i have found myself surfing all by myself or with 2 or 3 others.