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Dive Review of Fathom Five in
Hawaii/Kauai

Fathom Five, Jul, 2009,

by Bob DeFeo, CA, usa (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4911.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive Your Own Computer Profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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