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Dive Review of Fathom Five in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, usa
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Report Number 4911
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Monterey, Channel Islands, Philippines, Roatan, Caymans, Texas
Lakes, Big Island, Kauai
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive Your Own Computer Profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
My fourth trip with Fathom Five on Kauai and second to Niihau, also with
Fathom Five.  There's a reason why Fathom Five is rated #1 on Kauai in the
Guide book "Kauai Revealed".  They simply provide the very
highest level of service with outstanding courtesy, respect for the
environment, and most of all---respect for you as a person and a scuba
diver.  Best maintained and updated rental gear I've seen to date from any
dive operation as an instructor.  Computers rented and they even show you
how to operate them---properly.  Solid, to-the-point dive briefs, great
food for the trip to Niihau, and first class Captains and Divemasters. 
When was the last time you rented a wetsuit and had the shop offer to carry
an extra one on a trip so you could put on a dry one instead of wet one? 
Hats off to Holly for being our DM and doing a superb job leading the dives
of Lehua Rock and Niihau.  She's a real pro at spoting aquatic life and
leading the dive. If you visit Kauai between May and September, the Niihua
dive is a MUST-DO.  200 ft viz and wonderous aquatic life.  We saw
white-tip and grey reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, turtles, all the
imagineable reef fish, octopus, black coral, and a cirque de soliel show by
the monk seals.  They played with us and each other...sometimes approaching
with a foot ot two.  Just a delightful experience all the way around.
 Also did south Kauai with them and had a blast with great viz so we went
back and did additional shore dives at Tunnels on the North Shore renting
our tanks and weights from them---again, superb service with good fills and
no issues with tank seals:)  Like to thank Captains Pat and Charlie as well
as store staff, Zoe, Erin, and Maryana for making our trip outstanding. 
Great fun, safe diving, and great value--Dive Fathom Five! The only shop to
use on Kauai for boat or shore diving.
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