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Dive Review of Sub Aqua /Conrad Resort in
Maldives/Rangali Island

Sub Aqua /Conrad Resort, Jul, 2009,

by Bruce Praet, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4960.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Cozumel, Hawaii, Fiji, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, California, Akumal,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions As an instructor, I was permitted to dive own limits and all divers required to dive with a computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Although July is "monsoon season", we had excellent weather and water conditions for 9 out of 10 days. Having been diving for 25 years, my wife and I came up from our first dive exclaiming that it was one of the best we've ever done (reef was incredibly alive -- dozens of eels, several turtles, clown fish, lion fish, corals, etc.). Plenty of juvenile and adult reef sharks and the whale sharks were certainly a highlight of the trip. Since they never anchor at a site (slow current drift diving), there is no damage to the pristine reefs.

Conrad resort is certainly on the pricey side, but worth every penny with exquisite beachside or overwater villas. Plenty of variety in food and the staff is so attentive at both the resort and the dive operation that I had to get used to the constant (but not overwhelming) and friendly service. Our well traveled kids (ages 6 and 10) were so impressed with the kid's club that they even asked to stay when we returned from diving. Also a beautiful work out facility with latest equipment.

Sub Aqua is a top notch dive operation with safety as a top priority (all divers must complete a check out dive) with computers required on all dives. Because of weight limits on the sea plane from Male to our Island (not rigidly enforced), we only packed our own regulators and masks, but found that rental equipment was all new, high end and in great shape (it's assigned to you for entire stay). No extra charge for Nitrox. There is unlimited free shore diving (they'll even carry your tanks to the site), but it pales in comparison to the boat sites.

Since this was low season, the 6 pack boats were never full, but staff never canceled a trip (except whale shark trip) because of "too few divers". Although we didn't dive any of the other 1100 islands in the Maldive chain, we'd put Rangali and Conrad near the top of our overall list.
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