Surf with Shane Dorian at Kandooma Resort - Maldives


Group - Land Based
Solo Travellers
Surf and Yoga

Intermediate Waves
Family Surf Holidays

Surf Skill

Intermediate - Pro

Star Rating

Luxury Surf Trip





Kandooma August 2 - 9, 2020Join Shane Dorian, Shane’s wife Lisa and two children Jackson and Charlie for the week of a lifetime.

This is an incredible one off experience where you can surf, hang out with, and take tips from one of the greatest surfers of all time in a family friendly environment in paradise at Kandooma Surf Resort. Kick back and take surfing tips and anecdotes from the surfing legend, Shane Dorian.


Shane enjoyed his 2019 experience with The Perfect Wave so much he is doing it all again with a lucky few in 2020. Numbers will be capped! Get in early!

Quick Facts
    • Legendary former ASP/WSL touring pro and a big wave legend.
    • Coaching tips and anecdotes from Shane.
    • Barrel riding, breathing tips and tales from the tour.
    • Photographer to record the whole trip.
    • Videos and photos included in price package.
    • Max 10 surfers.
    • Great food and refreshments.
    • Experienced surf guides.
    • Kids club, spas and multiple resort pools.

Kandooma Resort Maldives

August 2-9 2020


Extremely well respected former ASP/WSL professional, come big wave aficionado Shane Dorian, his wife Lisa, son Jackson and 10 year old daughter invite you to join them surfing the best waves available at Kandooma Resort for a week.


Chill out at Kandooma,  and take some advice, tips and anecdotes from Shane.



Enjoy Kandooma’s excellent dining options and refreshing beverages as you relive your day of waves with daily slideshows and video analysis and informal chatter hanging out with Shane and family. Surf daily and take in Shane’s surf knowledge garnered over 3 plus decades surfing the world’s best waves and in the world’s biggest competitions.


Book on your own, bring friends or family. The food and refreshments will be plentiful as will the fun, shreddable surf.


There will be a photographer to shoot video and stills of you, and you will watch the footage every night. The photo/video packages are included in the pricing.


This is an incredible one off opportunity to surf, socialize and learn from one of the greatest surfers of all time in a family friendly environment in paradise at Kandooma Surf Resort. 


There is a great right-hander straight out front of the resort, a beginners sandbar nearby, and several other rights and lefts nearby to suit all levels of surfers.



The resort has 160 villas in 5 main categories: Garden Villa, Beach View Villa, Beach House, Family Beach House and Water Villa. With the exception of the Garden villas, all the accommodation has been built around the edge of or on the water. Each villa type has been designed with cool clean lines with white washed timber providing warm texture to the shoeless foot. Large picture windows mean that you are only a glance away from the great blue outdoors


Beach View Villa - The semi-detached beach villas come with large windows that positively invite the outdoors inside. Whitewashed floor boards evoke a sense of fresh coolness, yet feel warm and textured to bare feet. They feature light summer duvets and massive bath towels, flat screen televisions, a place to plug in your mp3/iPod, indoor out-door showers and wifi broadband. The beach villas are 36 square metres in size.


Beach House - The sea-facing Beach House (formally known as the Duplex Villa) offers the luxury of space. Located at the water’s edge, the villas present a striking mix of natural elements and modern design. Bedrooms are on the first floor level and enjoy views of the sea. The living area underneath the bedroom is furnished with designer seating laid out on a carpet of fine white sand. The duplex villas are 72 square metres in size, with 36 square metres on each level.


Family Beach House - As the name suggests, are ideal for families or a small group, and are the size of two beach houses (former duplex villas) together. They offer sleeping space upstairs as well as living and dining below.


Water Villas - Hovering above coral and marine life in the shallow clear waters, Water Villas offer the ultimate Maldives experience. Each Villa has a private sundeck with hammock that in high tide is partially submerged in crystal clear water. Expansive living space is complemented by a large open bathroom which offers a private outdoor shower and bathtub with views of the water. The Water Villas are 65sqm in size.


Internet connection

They offer complimentary WiFi internet service to all guests and it's available in all guests rooms & reception area.



  • Internet lounge.
  • Library.
  • Retail shop.
  • Laundry & pressing service.
  • 80m free-flow swimming pool.
  • Swimming pool with Jacuzzi.
  • Kiddies pool.
  • Free wireless internet.
  • A fleet of boats for transfers and recreational activities.
  • In-house doctor.
  • Foreign exchange.
  • Mailing and fax services.
  • Flight reconfirmation.
  • Safe at reception.
  • Sun loungers for pool area and beach front.
  • Spa and Wellness.
  • Internationally accredited PADI dive centre.
  • Kids club. 



The aim in the restaurants and bars of Kandooma is to offer “quality through integrity of ingredients.” Orange juice in the morning is freshly squeezed; coffee (even in the rooms) is freshly ground; tea is loose leaf; and bread and ice cream is home made. They offer choice in price as well as in menus.


Kandooma Café

Breakfast (6.30am to 10.30am) - Wide archways let in the sunshine and atoll views. Fresh juice, pressed coffee, an international selection of breakfast items and attendant chefs ready to receive instructions on how you prefer your eggs.


Dinner (6.00 pm to 11.00 pm) - The cafe becomes a warm cave of soft glowing light to present an intimate mood under the stars visible through the skylight 60 feet above. A banquet of travel inspired Mediterranean dishes spiced with flavours of Asia is supplemented by chefs busily working tandoori ovens, teppan grills and rottiseurs.  


Poolside Lunch (10.00am to 11.00pm) - Order from a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, wood-fired pizza or pick up a choice cut of eye fillet or lamb loin you can grill yourself under the shade of the coconut grove.


The Kitchen (18.30 pm to 11.30 pm) - Diners can choose to sit in elegant comfort looking out over Kandooma channel; out on the beach with your feet in the sand; or reserve a seat at the chef’s table – and engage the chefs in conversation as they prepare meals. The flavour is Thai – Mediterranean with a good representation of seafood. About 15 paces away is the wine room where a choice of 250 wines will see that some indecision will be encountered in selecting a preferred label.


The Deck (5.00 pm to 10.00 pm) - A bohemian expanse of teak planking covering the rooftop of The Kitchen liberally sprinkled with low tables, startlingly blue cushions, bean bags and monolithic granite planters of greenery. It is the ideal place to worship a sunset and the Mojitos of our resident mixologist. After sundown the area is lit entirely by Moroccan lanterns and the stars. Ideal to continue with cocktails and graze on the tapas menu.


Bokkuraa Coffee Club (6.30am to 11.00pm) - Boutique coffees and teas are available along with a daily supply of pastries and homemade ice creams by the coupe or cone.


Take Out and Delivery (24 hours) - Whether you’re returning from a mammoth surf session or a hectic four-dive day, the only thing you might want to do is flop on the lounger and get a pizza in the comfort of your Kandooma home. Muster up enough energy to drag out the compendium and look up what is available. You have a choice of ordering from a list of simple but utterly tempting bites. You will have a choice of picking it up at the agreed time or having it delivered for a one off price. Plates and cutlery are all in your room. They use reusable containers whenever possible but where disposable is unavoidable they use biodegradable food containers. Three different menu styles serve three different times from breakfast, all day and night owl.


Kids Club

Kandooma Kids Club is for ages 4 - 12, and the coordinators develop numerous different activities to amuse the kids while you surf or relax. Children will learn, create, engage, and learn about the fish, flora & fauna around the island, mix cakes, fancy dress......there is no end to the adventures!


It is open from 9am to 8pm and you can sign in kids aged 4+ for free, for as long as you want. If they are under 4 years old, then you have to pay a babysitting charge of about US$15 per hour. They have indoor and outdoor toys for the kids; painting, craft and kids movies etc and the staff are fantastic and will do face painting or play with them in the sand. They also have a water playground outside, as well as an air-conditioned room upstairs with game consoles for the older kids.


If you want babysitters at night, then they will come to your villa and it’s about US$15 per hour.

Surf & Other Activities


Maximum number of Surfers at Kandooma is 50 and surfing Kandooma right and taking the surf transfers are only for Perfect Wave Guests. No exceptions.


To surf at Kandooma you MUST book a complete surf and accommodation package through The Perfect Wave or one of its many worldwide agents.


If you don’t have a surfer package from The Perfect Wave, you will not be able to surf at Kandooma or take any surf transfers from the Island.


What does this mean to surfers at Kandooma?


Guaranteed Limited Surfer Numbers at the Resort!

With limited numbers at the resort we can now guarantee that all surfers on Kandooma Island will be able to enjoy one of the best right hander’s in The Maldives uncrowded every day. We believe that there is no closer accommodation to take off zone in the world. You barely have to walk 30 meters from your villa to the paddle out point, and you literally lie in bed and watch the hollow and highly rippable waves peel down the point.


The Perfect Wave have been running the surf program at Kandooma Resort now for 6 years and we have an experienced resident surf guides and a surf instructor on the island from 1st April - 31st October to look after all surfer guests on the Island. However we have an instructor / guide on hand 12 months of the year for learn to surf and guiding in the off season.


The Perfect Wave team at the resort will look after all your surfing and yoga needs. We have a western head guide managing our local Maldivian surf guide team. All guides are first-aid trained and water-safety qualified.


The breaks around Kandooma Resort have something for everyone, from first time beginners on the beach break; to those beginners that want to move to an intermediate level; to experienced surfers looking for fast barrels and rippable walls. The surf instructor is qualified to teach and help progress to non-surfers and surfers of all levels. Full-day surf transfers are a 3-hour trip up to four times daily to any South Male Atolls breaks, with departure times variable depending on the best surfing conditions. Surf breaks visited are Riptides, Foxys, Twin Peaks, Quarters, Tucky Joe's, Last Stop and Kate’s.



  • Natives/Foxys -  This wave is very fast and hollow breaking over relatively shallow coral.On transfer you will visit both Foxys (L) and Rip Tides (R), so you get the best of both worlds.
  • Riptides - A right hander breaking for 150 meters on a reef in the middle of a channel. Need a transfer to this wave even though it is very close. The wave is aptly named as sometimes very strong currents can sweep you seaward so we always check current conditions before settling in for a session. Great wave for the longboarders and shortboarders as well as low intermediate surfers.
  • Twin Peaks - Sectiony left & right, which picks up more swell than most of the breaks in South Malé Atoll. Can have a good end section on the left in a big southerly swell. 
  • Quarters - The wave has two sections, the outside is a fat, slow and meandering wave perfect for long-boarders and even beginners and the inside section is a really nice, fast little right-hander that picks up less swell than most other places but on its day delivers perfect barrels.
  • Kates - Small short left, best in winds NW to N. This wave is a fickle one, but with the right conditions is a very fun option.
  • Tucky Joe's (L) - The take off can be steep and a very fast reaction is required to set up for the freight train ahead. Up to 200 m long it offers many barrel opportunities, sometimes linking to offer long intense rides out of the sun.



The Perfect Wave Surf Experience Centre opened on the island in 2013. The centre now stocks anything and everything you need on your surf holiday. You can hire surf boards or purchase new surf hardware, board shorts, reef boots and surf hats, so you are covered if you forget anything. We have a variety of boards for hire, including long boards, small wave fish, and softboards for learn to surf lessons.


North Male Day Trips (additional cost) - If the swell is pumping up in North Male, it isn’t hard to get a group together that want to go. The guys bring their partners along and it is a full day out chasing waves, lots of fun. The surf guide will let you know when it is best to go and will organize the day trip with lunch included and beers on the way home. These trips are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers are required to run the trip. The surf guide will advise when and if the trip is possible.


Kids Surf Camp

The Perfect Wave now offers a very safe and fun Kids Surf Camp for beginners, with a certificate awarded at the end of the camp. The lessons are done at the sand bank, and all equipment is provided. 3 days x 90 minutes, with the commencement day decided at time of booking. Please note that children must be able to swim.

Lessons must be pre-booked at The Perfect Wave Office. Price: US$195 per child (Minimum 3 children).


Yoga classes

The time for a well balanced combination of yoga practice and vacation is here. Join us for an unforgettable experience to practice yoga on Kandooma resort, one of the world's most breathtaking locations. This vinyasa-style yoga class will weave together the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your vacation to transcend you into complete wellness and relaxation!


Suitable for all levels: beginners, surfers, and seasoned practitioners, the yoga classes will leave you feeling ready to take on the day, or relax into your evening!


Single class: US$15 | Pack of 5 classes: US$65 | Pack of 10 classes: US$120. 

Private lessons: US$65 per lesson.


Surf Lesson / Rentals Packages & Prices

(Rental prices only. If you book a lesson, surfboard rental is included in the price)

Half Day


Full Day



US$200 - extra days US$30 per day


Repair and/or replace costs apply if damaged.


Surf Lessons

1. Introduction to surfing in lagoon (30 min) - Free of charge.

Including board hire. Shared lesson. if you want to experience the magical ride that is surfing, then let us show you with our qualified surf instructors giving you a taste of what we believe is the best activity in the world.


2. Hit the Waves (90 min)

Including board hire. Shared lesson. Now you have a taste on the flat water and want to get that slice of magic and stand on your first wave. We make sure you get the opportunity, in a safe and supervised environment.

TypePrice - with surf pass
Private (1-2 people)
US$110 per person
Group (3-6 people)
US$85per person



TypePrice - without surf pass
Private (1-2 people)
US$170 per person
Group (3-6 people)
US$150 per person


3. Next Level (90 min)

Including board hire. Shared lesson. For the experienced surfer who needs some one on one expert tutorial from our experienced surf instructor. You might find the smallest tip makes the biggest difference. Includes analysis and debrief. 

TypePrice - with surf pass
Private (1-2 people)
US$110 per person
Group (3-6 people)
US$85per person





TypePrice - without surf pass
Private (1-2 people)
US$170 per person
Group (3-6 people)
US$150 per person


4. Exclusive Private Lesson

Exclusive training with our best surf instructor. The smallest tip can make the biggest difference. Please note that having a pre-purchased surf pass is essential.

US$110 p/p + a surf pass.



  • Catamaran lessons & rental.
  • Windsurfing lessons & rental.
  • Surf rental.
  • Guided kayak surfari.
  • Aqua surfari.
  • Daily snorkeling trips & lessons.
  • Visits to local islands.
  • Picnic island trips.
  • Castaway picnic.
  • Big game fishing.
  • Night fishing.
  • Campfire tales.
  • Nature walks.
  • Guided stargazing.
  • Bicycle Polo.
  • Underwater hockey.
  • Twilight regattas.
  • Marine biology lessons.
  • Hermit crab sanctuary visits.
  • Classic movies.
  • Beach volleyball.
  • Football.
  • Pétanque.
  • Beach croquet.
  • Futsal.
  • Beach cricket.
  • Diving.


The Dive Centre

The Dive Centre is comprehensively equipped to meet the needs of advanced divers but also suitable and thoughtfully set up for absolute beginners. 

  • ‘Dive Now Referral Form’ with PADI - which allows you to begin your dive adventure back home and complete the course with us.
  • Bubblemaker - for children 8-10 years to experience scuba diving in pool-like conditions.
  • Discover Scuba Diving - the first encounter with the wonders of marine life!
  • PADI Scuba Diver - with 3 training dives in the lagoon, 2 boat dives to maximum 12 meters & 3 theory modules with advancement for a full certification.
  • Open Water Dive - 5 training in the lagoon, 4 boat dives and 5 theory modules.
  • Advanced Open Water Dive - an ideal hands-on experience in different areas of diving such as Night, Deep Drift, Fish ID, Wreck, Navigation and many more.
  • Specialty Courses - Enriched air Nitrox, Digital UW Photography, UW Naturalist, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response. 



The idyllic setting at the COMO Shambhala Spa at Kandooma sets the scene of serenity and calm and is the perfect getaway from all the pressures and demands of today's modern world.  The spa experience at Kandooma is all about energizing in a natural environment with its wide range of therapeutic massages and spa treatments in five treatment rooms with breathtaking oceanic views.


COMO Shambhala Spa at Kandooma now offers a Surfer's Massage (45 mins) and a Spa Yoga Package. Yoga is complimentary when a massage is purchased through Spa.

Room type
Travel dates
7 nights 1 surfer + 1 non-surfer, Beach Villa Villa Please enquire Per person 02 Aug-09 Aug
Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations until paid in full. Package prices do not include lunch, dinner or beverage plans, but these can be added.

Regular Package Inclusions:

  • Return speedboat airport to resort transfers
  • Welcome drink & cold face towel on arrival
  • Double share/twin share accommodation in a Beach Villa (or ask us for a price to upgrade!)
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Tea, coffee & bottled water in your room
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily snorkelling trip
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Use of internet lounge
  • Use of guest library
  • Regular evening entertainment
  • Sunscreen & drinking water on the main beach
  • Kids Club (free for 4-12 years)
  • Kids up to 11 years eat for free when dining with adults at Kandooma Café
  • Service charge, Maldives 12% (2017) GST and Green Tax.
  • Photo and video package from a local photographer.
  • Special Dorian group dinner at The Kitchen seafood buffet extravaganza


Surfer Package Inclusions

  • All regular package inclusions, plus:
  • Unlimited access to Kandooma Right surf break
  • Twice daily transfers to local South Male breaks including Riptides, Foxy’s, Twin Peaks, Quarters, Tucky Joes and Kate’s. Two dhonis with a maximum of 15 surfers on each trip
  • Additional private “Dorian dhoni” for exclusive use for the group
  • Surf transfers are approximately 3 hours per trip and depart approximately 8.30am and 2.30pm (subject to weather and tidal conditions)
  • Includes assistance and direction from our experienced and qualified surf guides


Submit an enquiry to learn more

Disclaimer - This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with The Perfect Wave Travel Co. The Perfect Wave acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, land based accommodation and boat charter operators. The Perfect Waves obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The Perfect Wave has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.

Other Surf Experiences

Ryan (September 2019)

I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank you for all of your hard work in setting up my Dorian surf trip. It was an epic trip for my wife and I and we have you to thank. We appreciate all that you did to answer our questions and help during the booking process. Our villa was perfect and The Perfect Wave surf experience couldn't have been better. We enjoyed it so much and can't wait for next year.

Alfred (August 2019)

This trip exceeded every thought or hoped that I had had for it. We had the most amazing time, met the most incredible people, and for sure have nothing but the absolute best memories of the trip.  From everybody who works there to the other guest that we met to our close knit group with Shane and his family and the others that were there, we had a spectacular time. Certainly created lifelong friends. We had a really good surf for over half the trip and then super fun is surf the rest of the trip. Everybody that worked for the perfect wave was awesome. Steve is phenomenal, all the guys that ran the boats and took care of us were amazing.