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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers in
Hawaii/Kauai and Niihau

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jacob Rosenstein , CA, U.S.A.
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4977
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Indonesia, Red Sea, Caribbean, Costa Rica-Pacific Coast, Northern
California, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Big Island of Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving was done group style. Normal recreational diving limits. Diving was
deeper around Niihau island.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse buckets for cameras. Camera table on the larger boat. I no longer do
U/W photography, so I can't comment on this. But there are great
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Dive Masters Holly and Anthony were very professional. Fathom Five is a
well run operation. Their Nitrox compressor was down at the time, but they
still managed to get Nitrox fills from a nearby dive shop. Very good dive
briefings prior to getting on boat, with a stress on safety, and also prior
to each dive. They treat divers and the underwater life with respect. They
have good quality dive gear for rental as well. I went with my daughter and
she was able to get all her dive gear from the shop. There were turtles on
almost every dive. At "Turtle Bluffs", D.M. Anthony found more
than half dozen White Tip Shark-parents and juveniles. Lots of Morays,
Racoon Butterflies, Moorish Idol, Scorpion Fish (even a Leaf Scorpion
Fish), and Nudibranchs. The best diving was around Niihau island, where the
Hawaiian Monk Seal is a friendly resident. We saw a pod of dolphin, Ono
Tuna, large Trevally Jacks, as well as the usual tropical fishes of the
Hawaiian islands. The Niihau trip is an all day, 3 tank outing with
breakfast and lunch provided on board. This trip is usually run in the
summer months due to strong currents. 
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