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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Marriott's Kauai Beach Club in

Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest/Marriott's Kauai Beach Club: "Another year of great diving w/FF", Jul, 2015,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 21 Helpful votes). Report 8305 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 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I've been diving w/FF for two weeks every year since 2009. Nice crew; each boat takes a maximum of 6 divers, grouped by experience level (veteran down to newbies). I did 18 dives in 12 days, including two all-day trips to Niihau. I've seen just about everything in Hoover's books on Hawaiian sea life, and I was able to check off a few new (to me) sightings--juvenile psychedlic wrasse, juv. gold ring surgeon, juv. big eye emperor. At Niihau, saw Galapagos, grey, sand bar, oceanic white tip sharks and several large monk seals. The regular am and pm two-tank trips go to sites within 15-20 minutes of the harbor, based on best visibility and/or customer requests. Nick, Anthony and Casey (the DMs I went with) really now where to find the cool stuff. Most stays, I stuck close to the DM, more or less in a flanking positionpointing out unusual things I saw on my side while constantly checking the DM to see if he/she had stopped to look for something in a hole or point out sharks, turtles, game fish. No, this isn't Fiji; you'll see mostly hard corals on lava flow, but lots of reef fingers and ledges to swim by/over. Definitely do Sheraton Caverns at least once. They book up fast, so be sure to call/email at least two weeks in advance for boat reservations. You will want a full wetsuit for protection against sea urchins and other unexpected encounters w/coral. The guides are eco-friendly and don't poke at octupus or eels. Wish I could say that about some photographers. Chips, water and soda provided onboard between dives.
Websites Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, all Hawaiian islands, Fiji, Palau, Maldives.
Closest Airport Lihue Getting There easy connections from LA, SF, Denver and Chigago. From DC, takes about 12-14 hurs

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; don't go below 130; stay w/buddy or DM. Divers with computer can dive their own profile. Most dives were 60 minutes or longer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 [None]
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