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

Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Marriott's Kauai Beach Club, Oct, 2012,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 40 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6731.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On drift dives, had to surface with group (based on diver who used air the quickest)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
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 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):

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 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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