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

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 6731
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On drift dives, had to surface with group (based on diver who used air the
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I'm not a photographer, but if requested, a separate bucket was provided
and cameras handed to diver in/getting out of water
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 4th consecutive year diving with FF. They have two 6-passenger
boats. Entry by backroll, so if you're not comfortable with that, I'd go
with larger boat.  Crew changes tanks between dives.  Dive sites are chosen
daily based upon conditions and divers' requests. Most sites have permanent
moorings, so divers with good air can stay down while others swim up to the
line.  Due to unusual weather, we were able to get to a few sites
(Shipwreck Beach and another one further east and Yellow Brick Road) that
I'd hadn't dived on previous trips.  DMs are very good at looking for
critters and ID'ing them on slates.  No head on boat, but the harbor is no
more than 15-20 minutes from any site, so the surface interval can be done
at the harbor (with park restrooms) if requested.  Otherwise, it's
"check the prop" time.  Snacks and water/soda provided between
dives.  Discount for multi-day diving.  You need to reserve in advance
(recommend at least two weeks), since they cannot take more than 6 divers
per boat, and if two boats are going out, you want to be on the one with
your level of diving (advanced or beginner).  I didn't do any shore or
night dives this year, but they are available from FF. It should be noted
that Hawaii is not known for fantastic coral, but for the underwater
volcanic features.  Hard corals mostly elkhorn, some black coral.  Look for
white tip sharks and turtles under ledges.  Be sure to do Sheraton Caverns
(turtle condo).  Rental gear is good and includes computer.  Crew will
rinse your gear and store it overnight if you are diving with them for more
than one day.
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