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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest in
Hawaii/Kauai

Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest, Jul, 2013,

by Christopher Watt, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 7327 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My daughter and I dove with Fathom Five at Tunnels beach (north shore Kauai) on July 2 and July 8, 2013 during a family vacation to Hawaii (2 days in Oahu and 10 days in Kauai-Haena). We really enjoyed the folks at Fathom Five. Their shore diving operation at Tunnels is very well-organized. Upon arriving, we found beach chairs set up for us as well as the rental gear for my daughter and tanks/weights for me. Jeanette, who runs the FF operation at Tunnels, provides great pre-dive briefings, including an overview of common marine life found at Tunnels. All 4 dives we did were guided, in groups of 6-8 divers. FF seemed to do a good job separating divers into groups based on experience and were attentive underwater to those who needed it. Depths were in the 30-50 foot range on our 4 dives. We saw octopus, green turtles, morays, white tip reef sharks, nudibranchs (including spanish dancer eggs), among others. The reef at Tunnels gets its name from the various swimthroughs/tunnels at this site. Water temp on all 4 dives was a consistent 78-79F per Suunto. We wore 5mm full suits and were comfortable.

Parking at Tunnels can be tough, particularly so on weekends/holidays. Best option is to arrive early or have someone drop you off. There are not bathroom facilities. Closest is at the state park 1/2 mile further down the road. Tunnels is about a 15 minute drive from Hanalei.

This was our first trip to Hawaii. Pearl Harbor was moving and very interesting. Kauai is breathtakingly beautiful, particularly the north shore and the Na Pali coastline. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to dive Nihau (we stayed in Haena, close to the end of the road on the north shore....Nihau trips run from the south shore....too many family activities to balance). Makes me motivated to go back!

Websites Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, FL Keys, Roatan, UK, Italy, New England USA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guided dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Shore diving. FF has beach mats and beach chairs set up to gear up on. I brought along my point and shoot camera and kept it on the chair to avoid the sand.
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