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

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 6167
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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

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco!  Stay in sight of buddy or DM. Safety stop at 500-750 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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