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Dive Review of Fathom Five in

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Marc Massari, CA, USA
Report Number 338
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over carribean, Hawaii, Mexico, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep with visual range of Divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We had been warned ahead of time that the diving on Kauai was not going to
be "anything to write home about", but i thought i would at least
give Undercurrent readers an idea of what to expext. From my research in
Undercurrent, I decided to call Bubbles Below as soon as we arrived.
Unfortunately, they were on vacation, so they referred us to Fathom Five.
We met with the owner, George, and signed up for a couple days of diving.
Make sure you get to know George, he is a charactor, but more importantly,
if you are an experienced diver he will personally take you out on an
advanced trip. Those were the dives to be on. Fathom Five was a pleasure to
dive with. They took care of all of your gear and were very helpful. The
boats are towed from the shop to the docks where you jump in for the ride
to the dive shop. The boats are small, but are fine with six divers. They
have plenty of water and snack abourd for the between dive munchies. If you
are planning a trip to Kauai, make sure you do it during the the time
period they go out to Niihua. We were not there at the right time, but
everyone we talked to said that this is the best diving on all the islands.
The winter swells are too big to go there in the winter, call ahead and
check when they begin those trips. The one thing that bothered me about the
boat was the fact that they anchored in some spots. While diving, i noticed
spots where coral had been broken from anchors. As it is, Kauai is hurting
for coral, but this just makes a bad thing worse. It would be nice to see
the dive companies on the island set moorings on more of the dive spots, or
just drift them. 
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