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Dive Review of Reethi Rah Divers/One & Only Reethi Rah in
Maldives

Reethi Rah Divers/One & Only Reethi Rah, Aug, 2006,

by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, Nj, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 2775.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, PNG, Yap, Australia, Bikini, Hawaii, Palau, Caribbean, Cozumel, Central America
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Descend in a group. On our first dive they enforced a 50 bar (700 psi)ascent to safety stop. Subsequent dives were a little looser.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No separate equipment table; they did have a rinse tank. Photo processing shop at the resort. 120 or 240 VAC power available in villas.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Reethi Rah is part of the One & Only consortium of exclusive resorts, one of two in the Maldives. Access is via sea plane from Male, or an enclosed custom boat with steward service, cruising at 19 knots. Guests stay in villas, with enough distance between them that noise is not an issue. Basic villas have a king size bed with ocean view, flat screen TV with satellite, mini bar, flower arrangements, fruit basket, immense bathroom, full amenities such as scented soaps, shampoos, etc., separate seating area, separate tub & shower, heavy & light robes, indoor and outdoor sandals, outdoor hammock and lounge furniture, outdoor shower, beach access and full room service. Rack rate during low season $810 plus tax. High end villas can feature second bed room and/or infinity pool, or be over the ocean with stairs leading to lagoon.
Travel on the atoll is by bikes provided with each villa or a staff member will pick you up in a golf cart. World class spa, most water sports (no wave runners - too noisy), and three restaurants. Strangely the sushi restaurant was so-so. The Middle Eastern restaurant featured reserved tents or tables on the beach, a cocktail area that offered recent movies and hookahs (fruit flavored tobacco only, please). The Reethi Restaurant featured truly gourmet food with Indian or Continental motifs, a large bar, and a stunning pool area with service that was as good as, if not better than, Four Seasons resorts.
The dive shop looks like a fashion store and features a separate divers lounge area with couches and orchid displays, hot showers with shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and towels, changing area, and gear storage area. The 65' boat has center tank racks, aft lounge, and separate Men's, Ladies, and Staff heads with designer plumbing, cleaned daily. After each dive, fresh towels, bottled water, and fresh fruit are offered. Nitrox is available as is a complete line of rental equipment.
Diving is done around the Reethi Rah atoll though sites 45 minutes to an hour away are visited. A separate 65' cabin cruiser is available for personal charters to more distant sites. Supervision tends to be aimed at less experienced divers, and when dive master Yevgeny (the Russian Bear who resembles a power lifter) says you take safety stop, you take safety stop. On our first dive we saw several white tips, turtles and a school of 10 eagle rays. The second dive featured five eagle rays, more sharks, schools of tropicals, lion fish, and eels. The next day a trip to the caves (niches in a bommie) had no sharks or rays. A second dive had washing machine current that went up, down, sideways, stopped and reversed, and ended with us flying around a corner to cling to a channel wall to avoid being carried into the open sea.
Snorkeling in front of the villa in 4'-8' of water offered black tip and nurse sharks, turtles, schools of tropicals, a pipefish, and every goby in the book.
If you've got the bucks, are on a honeymoon ($175.00 gets you a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Grande Dame Rose champagne, they fill your tub with scented oil, orchids and frangipani blossoms, and light a few dozen candles)or just want pretty good Indian Ocean diving with every luxury you can think of, this is the place for you.
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