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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in

December, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Derek Tan, NY, US
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Report Number 6821
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean (all over), Florida, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Koloa Landing shore dive max depth (at the bottom) is about 45 ft.  No
stated time limit, but our two dives were 50-60 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We arrived at the 7:30am check-in for our 2-tank boat charter only to learn
that our captain had no-showed, which is apparently very rare.  Tyler was
very apologetic and offered us shore diving that day or a 2-tank boat dive
on another day.  Since we were all ready to go, we elected to do a 2-tank
guided shore dive, and he comped our BC rentals ($10pp) and gave us an
additional 5% discount off the standard $90pp for the shore dives.

Koloa Landing is a short drive from the shop (BYO wheels), and the shop has
a small seating area staked out next to their pickup truck, where you can
store your gear.  One nice thing is that they have a canvas tarp on the
ground, so you aren't walking around in the sand and dirt.  They brought
camping chairs for each of us, as well as some light snacks (soft drinks,
chips, chocolates).  No rinse tank or showers on site.

Our guide, Nick, was a laid-back 20-something from Northern California and
a newly minted instructor.  We were joined by Tom, a friendly 50ish Brit. 
Nick did an excellent job getting Tom back up to speed and looking after
him in the water.  He also found lots of great critters on our dives.

Entry and exit could not be easier - walk down the metal boat ramp to the
protected cove (very little surge & waves that day), don your fins,
then surface swim out about 50 ft to the point where Nick anchored the dive
buoy in 25 ft of water.  The site is V-shaped and we did our first dive
heading out to the left (East) and the second dive on the right (West).  As
you'd expect, the coral was mostly small, sparse, and scattered, as were
the fish, but there were plenty of good critters to be found, including 2
dragon moray eels, a flying gurnard crawling along the bottom, a lionfish,
a crown of thorns starfish, a pair of 3-inch purple nudibranchs, and some
small red crabs we couldn't identify.  Nick was occasionally on the
touchier side, picking up knobby sea cucumbers to show us tiny crabs on
them and rolling over a rock to uncover a small octopus, which quickly
darted to the safety of a nearby coralhead.  However, he did remind us that
there is a $10K fine for touching a turtle.  Happily, we were graced by
three green sea turtles on our second dive, ranging from 2-3 feet long and
swimming very close to us.

Overall, we had a positive experience with Fathom Five, but decided not to
do the boat dives the next day because we had only a short time on the
island.  FYI, the Grand Hyatt is spectacular - one of the best resorts in
the US.
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