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Dive Review of Fathom 5 divers in
Hawaii/Poipu, Kauai

Fathom 5 divers, Jul, 2009,

by Corrynne Yamanaka, Ca, USA ( 1 report). Report 4916.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Truk Lagoon, Bonaire, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had a vacation in Kauai and hadn't really considered diving, but a review in a travel guide highly recommended Fathom 5, so we decided to sign up for a shore dive. We were met at Koloa pier by Zoe, who was an excellent dive guide. She went over all the fish and invertebrate life we would see on our dive, including the famous Humuhumunukunukuapua'a .She had several Hawaiian fish guides with her and was eager to share her knowledge of the local fish.
The water was a bit on the cool side , (for tropical diving that is -our last dive trip was in Truk Lagoon where the water temps were ~84-87 deg. and I penetrated several of the shallower wrecks wearing only a bikini ) maybe ~ 75 deg. or so, but the dive shop had already pre arranged a 3mm wetsuit in case we needed it so we took them up on it. Boy were we glad we did. Another diving couple went on a dive with only swimsuits and they were out of the water within 30 minutes ,shivering almost uncontrollably. We were comfortable the whole time and probably had ~ 2 1/2 to 3 hours total bottom time for our two dives.
On our first dive, we saw dragon eels, a turtle , some cuttlefish ,a tear drop butterfly fish , and Moorish idols. The Hawaiian fish scene is very varied and colorful, which helps offset the pretty bland hard coral. Zoe had her underwater slate and showed us all kinds of animals, even letting us see banded shrimp in a special little nook in a coral outcropping. Zoe was extremely knowledgeable about not only fish id but also ecology, telling us about the special "cleaning stations" after our first dive. I'm an underwater photographer too, so she held a light on subjects so I could photograph them and helped pick out objects of interest to photograph.
Overall, the diving was pretty good, with the colorful Hawaiian fish stealing the show, and the folks at Fathom 5 definitely earned high marks from us for providing a fun, relaxed and educational dive experience. When we come back to Kauai, we'll definitely dive with them again.
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