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

Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Kauai Beach Villas, Sep, 2011,

by Gary Williamson, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6233.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, Bahamas, Fiji, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions For deeper dives, be back at the mooring rope with 500 in the tank
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 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 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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