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Dive Review of Sub/Aqua/Angaga Island Resort & Spa in
Maldives/Angaga Island

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Larry, IN, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3548
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Lembeh, Wakatobi, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, St. Croix, St.
John, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Martin
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi to safety stop, carry a signal sausage so dive boat could see you
for pick up in 2 to 4 ft seas  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small camera table on board, no rinse tank but a hose to rinse yourself and
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
The Southern Atoll during Feb. and March was the best viz with sharks and
mantas. Northern Atoll is better later in the year.

Flight from States to Male, is a long trip, but worth it if you stay 2 plus
weeks. Most guests were from England or Germany with a few fmor Japan. We
were the only Americans, but most DMs could speack all three languages, so
breifings were short, but good with drawings and depths.

If you are an American over 40 years of age, you need to take a doctor's
cert. saying you are fit to dive. I did not and had to spend time filling
out several pages of forms. They assume most Americans are out of shape,
dive Caribbean in calm waters. They will watch you on the first dive or two
to make sure of your skills, then let you and your buddy dive on your own
profile. They charge extra if you want them to guide you.  

Bring a reef hook and get on your treadmill for a month before you arrive.
Although the currents are strong, not every dive is that way. The DM will
jump in the sea when you arrive at the dive site to see which way the
current is running. Then get back aboard while they position the dive boat
so during your decent you will not over shoot the bommie. Lots of fun, but
plenty of exercise to get in the right spot to watch the shark / manta /
and large fish action.

I made the mistake of bringing my split fins which are great in the calm
Caribbean, but don't push you thru the water as well as a stiff fins. Saw
frog and leaf fish on many dives, plus all the other small critters. Hard
to decide which lens to take under water with the camera, but stayed with a
wide angle most dives because of the action. Take a macro if you like, but
very hard to stay steady in ripping currents unless you get on the back
side of a bommie in the calmer water.

The dive shop only offers two tank dives per day, leave at 9AM, return for
lunch, then back out again at 2PM. The house reef was spectacular for both
diving and snorkeling. I made three night dives and several day dives to
shoot macro and spend some time with my snorkeling wife.

The resort is older, but well maintained. You live in a bathing suit
exccept for meals they ask you to wear a cover up. Never had a pair of
shoes on with sandy paths to and from the bar and dinning room.

They have both beach and water bungalows. We booked a beach unit because of
cost, but were upgraded to water when we arrived because all the beach
units where full. Just walk down the steps into the water with your snorkel
gear and swim away for hours on end. A night snorkel is also fun with
plenty of life to view.

The sunset bar at the end of the water bungalow area was great to watch the
sun go down as you reviewed the days dives before dinner under the stars.

The trip is worth the cost and effort, we will return again. 

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