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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Corrynne Yamanaka, Ca, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4916
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Truk Lagoon,  Bonaire, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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