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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Lynda Durfee, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (38 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5265
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Aruba, Bahamas, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Lake Tahoe
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco limit; maximum depth on any dive site was 55-95 feet. Individuals
make safety stop when about 700 PSI left.  Buddy can stay down with DM.
Dive on computer profile (computer provided if you don't have your own).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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  
Fathom 5 uses 6-packs only for boat dives; no rinse tanks, but all sites no
more than 15-20 minutes from the dock, with rinse hose available at dock.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Fathom 5 limits shore dives (at Koloa Landing) to no more than 4 divers per
DM.  Uses 6-packs for boat dives and separates divers by experience if more
than one boat is scheduled that day.  Crew assembles your gear on tank,
helps you into the SCUBA assembly while you're sitting on the gunwhale,
then it's a backroll into the water.  Swim to mooring line and go down line
if there is current.  Two ladders at stern; take off your fins at ladder,
hand them up to crew, come up ladder, turn around to set tank on swim deck,
then crew takes off your unit. Crew switches tanks between dives and rinses
your personal gear at dock at end of dive. DMs good at describing sites and
looking for critters.  Consistent tank fills of 3000 PSI plus.  Cost of
dives includes tank, weights and wrist computer. Discount (not advertised
on web site) for multiple days of diving.  Snacks and water/soft drinks
provided on board.  Sites chosen on customer request/preference,
considering conditions. No working head on boat, but captain would do the
surface interval at the harbor if requested. I made 30 dives over a
four-week period (Oct 25-Nov 19); winter swell, high winds and small craft
mornings came up at start of the 4th week, so there was only one good dive
day with poor (30-40 ft) visibility due to sand in water.  I'm not
comfortable with hurrying into gear (due to waves and current) and the
backroll, but it was worth it to dive in small groups and to my no-DECO
limit (several dives were 55 minutes or longer).  If you plan to dive on
Kauai with F5, recommend you book in advance, since the limit is 6 divers
per boat and they need 3 divers for a 2nd boat.  This is the island to dive
if you want to see LOTS (12-15) of turtles on one dive (at Sheraton
Caverns).  Several white-tip reef sharks on several dive sites. 25% of the
fish varieties are endemic to Hawaii.  I plan to dive with F5 next year.
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