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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Marriott's Kaui Beach Club in
Hawaii/Kauai

Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Marriott's Kaui Beach Club, Jul, 2011,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 40 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6167.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Key Largo, Aruba, Bahamas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, Cozumel, Palau, Lake Tahoe, all over Hawii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 74 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco! Stay in sight of buddy or DM. Safety stop at 500-750 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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 [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A 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 This is my third year diving w/F5, 5th year in Kauai, and this was the coldest air and water temps, even though I've been here in late fall most of the time. Freak weather conditions made for occasional showers, 15-20 mph winds most days and waves, and viz not as good as at other times. Nevertheless, the crew, as always, handled everything well. Boat is a six-pack. Crew assists you into your BC rig, then you do a back roll into the water, returning via twin ladders. Crews changes over tanks. All dives by computer (including in price). Good rental equipment (I had my own). Multi-day discounts. Snacks, water & sodas onboard for surface interval & afterwards. All dives w/in 15 minutes of harbor, and they will return for the surface interval (and park bathrooms) if asked. Did the 3-tank trip to Niihau. More current than usual, but saw three sharks (including a Galapagos) while descending on one dive; the big guy circled the DM (the shark got bigger and meaner with each retelling of the story). On the way back, the captain spotted a 6-foot whale shark on the surface, stopped the boat, and the shark came right up to the boat. Very unusual, and most of the divers (including me) and never seen a whale shark anywhere before. DMs good at locating and identifying rare critters. Kauai is the furthest north of the islands, so the water is a little colder and the corals not as abundant as the islands to the southeast. Kauai is really laid back, with a range of accomodations and eco-adventure activities for topside excursions. The diving may not be as spectacurly as other places, but pretty good, easy to get to, and lots of other things to do on Kauai.
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