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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers in
Hawaii/Kauai and Niihau

Fathom Five Divers , Aug, 2008,

by Jacob Rosenstein , CA, U.S.A. (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4977.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
The Dive Masters Holly and Anthony were very professional. Fathom Five is a well run operation. Their Nitrox compressor was down at the time, but they still managed to get Nitrox fills from a nearby dive shop. Very good dive briefings prior to getting on boat, with a stress on safety, and also prior to each dive. They treat divers and the underwater life with respect. They have good quality dive gear for rental as well. I went with my daughter and she was able to get all her dive gear from the shop. There were turtles on almost every dive. At "Turtle Bluffs", D.M. Anthony found more than half dozen White Tip Shark-parents and juveniles. Lots of Morays, Racoon Butterflies, Moorish Idol, Scorpion Fish (even a Leaf Scorpion Fish), and Nudibranchs. The best diving was around Niihau island, where the Hawaiian Monk Seal is a friendly resident. We saw a pod of dolphin, Ono Tuna, large Trevally Jacks, as well as the usual tropical fishes of the Hawaiian islands. The Niihau trip is an all day, 3 tank outing with breakfast and lunch provided on board. This trip is usually run in the summer months due to strong currents.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Indonesia, Red Sea, Caribbean, Costa Rica-Pacific Coast, Northern California, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Big Island of Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-70 Ft/ 6-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Diving was done group style. Normal recreational diving limits. Diving was deeper around Niihau island.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse buckets for cameras. Camera table on the larger boat. I no longer do U/W photography, so I can't comment on this. But there are great opportunities!
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