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Dive Review of SUb Aqua DIve Center in
Maldives/south ari atoll

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Kelly, s, usa
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4686
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos,palau, Balinese  islands,all Tahiti,Fiji,Maui ,all  the
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Spent a week at the Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives during March
2009.  Takes two day from Columbia, SC- leave on Tuesday arrive in Male
same time- 2 days later.  Flew on Delta from  Atlanta   to Dubai (16 hr
flight) then on Emirates Air to Male (5hrs).  Take sea plane 90 km (1hr) to
Rangali Island.    The Conrad resort is composed of two islands.  The
larger island (Main) has the 100 and 200 numbered rooms all beach villas
about $850 a night not including taxes.  The smaller island has all the 300
numbered villas.  This island has the over water villas and over water spa.
 These rooms start at $1200 a night not including taxes.  The two islands
are connected by a bridge (a 20min Walk) or by a Dhoni (boat) that
continually runs back and forth between the two islands.  Both islands have
their own reception area, store, spa, and restaurants. 
 A tube sun tan oil is $25-30 U.S, a beer is $10-15 US and mixed drinks are
$18 U.S, $9 US for bottle water, so bring everything, I had no trouble
bringing my favorite bottles of Medicinal Alcoholic libations in my
suitcase.  You can buy souvenirs at Airport in Male, the Maldives air taxi
has souvenir booth next to the Conrad airport lounge that was really
We were in room 332 a superior over water villa with Jacuzzi.  I thought we
could snorkel under the villa like we did in the Tahitian Islands; but no,
mostly sand some stage horn coral with few small fish and only 2 and half
feet of water under your villa.  When the tide goes out two times daily
there is only a couple inches of water under youre over water villa.  If
you weren't careful you could get stranded out in shallow water during a
low tide. 
If I had to change I would stay in a Deluxe Beach villa 217-239 because of
the constant ocean breeze and being next to the house reef.  These people
just walk out to a pristine reef with World Class Snorkeling.  The villas
313-348 get no wind/breeze and are hot, real hot. The best water villas are
301-312 and get a lot of breeze and are on deep water.  Consult the Conrad
map; I think you'll see what I mean.  Of course the sunset and spa villas
got a lot of breeze but a twice the coast.   I'd stay in a deluxe beach
In our opinion the sunset grill restaurant was the best for the price and
view.  All fish fresh that day.  All soups and appetizers made from scratch
as you ordered it- amazing ($200 US per couple) no drinks.  Ithaa
restaurant is $900 US per couple with wine.  So go for cocktails 11am-12
noon (cocktails means 1 glass of champagne per person for $160 US)
Make sure breakfast at the Atoll Restaurant is included in your rate.  We
ate here everyday at 10:50am.  Technically the Atoll closes at 11am but
they accommodated late risers.  The food was great.  Eat enough and skip
that $125 lunch (per couple).  You knew breakfast was over at the Atoll
because they took all serving spoons off the entrees.  We snorkeled every
morning on the house reef and would just make brunch/breakfast at 10:50am. 
One of the best deals is room service. The first couple of nights we'd
awake at 2-3 am order room service and he'd be there in no less than 15
minutes with lots of food for about $60 US. 
If you are staying in a 300 numbered room the happy hour at Vilu bar is
free from 5 pm to 6pm.  This only applies to the particular drink for that
day.  If the drink of the day is a "Pearl Harbor" you can have a
dozen of these but a different happy hour drink is $18 US. SO only one
drink was really free at happy hour. Everyday there was different free
Scuba diving was good but I dont I think I could say it was great.  You
had to take an "orientation dive on your first full day to show your
skills causing you to lose a diving day. This included taking your mask
completely off in 30 plus feet of water.  If you didn't do this you
wouldn't be diving.  This applied to instructors (me) as well as beginners.
 A one tank morning dive started at 8:40am returned at 12:30 pm. sometimes
the dive didn't return till 1:15pm the afternoon dive departed 2:40 and
returned 5:15pm.  On Thursday was a three tank dive left 8:40am - returned
5:15pm-all day.  One tank dives took almost four hours, just a lot of time.
 This is probably because the dive sites are  a long  way  away. The dive
boat(dohni) can be slow with 16-18 people.  The divers are divided up into
4-5 groups dropped off and picked in their separate groups.  The groups are
spread out all over the reef.  It takes a lot of time picking up and
dropping off these separated groups.  It just seemed to me we could have
done two dives in the same time allotted. Went to Manta point three times
didnt see a Manta.   The dive boat has a toilet but no camera bucket.
Water, coffee, snacks, towels, are given out after the dive.  The service
was great, just slow. 
Last couple of thoughts: I was told they would leave only 1.5 liters of
bottles of water in the room daily.  they desalinate and bottle their own
water-now. I had no trouble getting 3-4 bottles of water daily from the
maid.  If you tell them you are on your Honeymoon you will get some
additional perks so keep it in mind.  No need to add a tip its included in
all checks.  Villa  voltage is  240 .No   rain.  NO mosquitoes.
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