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Dive Review of Fathom Five/Hyatt in

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Frick, IL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1450
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Florida, Caribbean, other Hawaiian islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Obey your computer, stay in the vicinity of the group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Cameras were carefully handled by boat capt. but no facilities on shore or
on the boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
My e-mail inquiry received a prompt response and my reservation was handled
well.  As prevously reported in Undercurrent, you check in at the shop
& are then directed to drive a very short distance where you meet the
boat which is kept on a trailer.  You receive a briefing and they take your
equip. on board the boat.  You then drive a couple of miles to the harbor
where you are put on the boat & it is backed down the ramp into the
water.  The dive staff were friendly and helpful.  The boats accomodate 6
divers well but are far from new.  Runs from the harbor to the divesites
were very brief at under 20 min.  I visited during the season when they do
not make the long crossing to Ni'ihau due to high winter swells.  I imagine
the crossing would not be too comfortable on these boats, even in suitable

I signed up for 2 morning 2-tank trips.  On the second trip we were lead by
owner George Thompson.  His enthusiasm & knowledge of underwater
critters made the trip even better.  I would not hesitate to use this
service again.  While Kauai is not exactly a dive destination unto itself,
I find it is worth making a few dives when visiting the island.

The Hyatt is super-swank and very pricey.  "Hawaiian pricing" is
in full force and effect island-wide.  Paradise comes at a price.
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