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Dive Review of Ocean Dive Centre/Conrad Rangali in
Maldives/Ari Atoll

Ocean Dive Centre/Conrad Rangali: "Great manta action in the Maldives", Mar, 2016,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 9031 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I have been to the Conrad Rangali several times (see my previous reports). This year the dive operation in the resort was new, Ocean Dive Centre having replaced the previous on site operator.That said, Ocean were good with a really high quality operation and good rental gear.

The diving near Rangali (particularly in the Dry Monsoon from December to April) is exceptional with a very reliable manta site very close to Rangali. I saw several mantas on each dive at that site, although it can now get very busy with divers from liveaboards. The dive centre offers two tank morning dives, normally to sites in Ari Atoll within about a one hour journey time. There are many good sites on offer. There is a one tank afternoon dive with stays close to the resort including the manta point. The dive masters and drone crew are very experienced and extremely helpful. Dives are well briefed and generally last up to one hour. Nitro is available.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Palau; Sipadan; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain
Closest Airport Male and seaplane transfer Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 28-30°C / 82-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-40 M / 82-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maldives depth limit is 30m. However, virtually all good diving is above this.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not a lot of camera specific support on the dive dhonis but plenty of room.
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