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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Kauai Beach Villas in

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Williamson, CA, US
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Report Number 6233
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Mexico, Bahamas, Fiji, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
For deeper dives, be back at the mooring rope with 500 in the tank  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I dived 4 days with fathom Five. Each dive was a 2 tank dive guided dive
with a knowledgeable Dive Master. The first was ashore dive at Koloa
Landing. It was an afternoon dive due to the Kauai marathon blocking access
to the site in the morning. Dive master wanted to know 1/2 tank and 500. 
There were 4 others in the group.  Drinks and snacks were provided at all
dives. Visibility was about 40 feet. Saw mostly tropical fish and eels in
the rocks. For all dives the dive master pointed out marine life throughout
the dive.  
The 2nd dive was a boat dive. The dive master checked currents before we
entered the water. We dived icebox (80+ feet) and  tortuga (50 feet). 
Tortuga had a turtle cleaning station.  Both sites had a lot of colorful
fish; parrotfish, butterfly fish, eels. No limit on dive time. 
Dive 3 was off Tunnels beach on the north shore (80 ft / 50 ft). Very
seasonal but worthwhile. We saw white tip sharks, moray eels, lobster,
octopus and a Spanish Dancer Nudibrach. Also saw a 3ft snowflake eel out on
exposed sand. The dive master allowed a cleaner shrimp in her mouth to
clean her teeth. A different experience. After 2 other divers ran low on
air, the dive master took them up then came back and dived with me till my
air was done.  
Dive 4 was back on the boat off the south shore at Zack's Pocket (85 feet)
and Tortuga (50 ft). Saw White tip sharks and lots of fish and eels. A
great place to dive with multitudes of sea life. At Tortuga were the
turtles, eels (Yellow Margin & Morays) and a Fried Egg Nudibrach.
I highly recommend Fathom Five.  It was a great experience.

Kauai beach Villas was an RCI transfer condo.   Ours was a two bedroom unit
which sleeps 8 and held 5 of us. It was clean and comfortable. Good
positioning just north of Lihue so that we could easily get to the north
and west of the island within an hour.
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