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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Praet, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4960
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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

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
As an instructor, I was permitted to dive own limits and all divers
required to dive with a computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
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
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