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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: "Three windy weeks, but some good diving", Oct, 2017,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 9889 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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my 10th trip to Kauai since doing my OA certification there in Nov. 2007 and 9th consecutive year diving with Fathom Five. Always great service on their two 6-pack boats and shore dives. I've been to Kauai in October several times before and usually had really good weather and diving conditions. This time they had unusually high winds and south swells for most of the time I was there, including a few days when it was too dangerous for the boats to go out. Dive sites are chosen at the beginning of the trip based on customers' requests and the best conditions. I didn't mind doing some sites 4 times during my 3 weeks, because it was fun to look for the rarer specimens on subsequent days and/or weeks to see if they were still there (such as nudis, octopi, juvenile fish, etc.). DMs allowed me to dive my own profile, since I was always the last one up and on some occasions, the DM and I spent the last 10 or 15 minutes cruising for critters while the others were on their safety stops or back on the boat. This year, the shop has a new van to take everyone from the shop to the small boat harbor, since the parking at the harbor is limited. Will rinse and store your gear between dives. Snacks, water, and sodas onboard. Even if you're a newer diver, you'll have a good time as the crew is patient and helpful with everyone. This isn't Fiji, so don't expect lots of soft corals. Hawaii has lots of underwater volcanic formations (lava tubes, hard ledges) and its location further from the nearest island or landmass of any island group in the world means that Hawaii has lots of endemic fish species. Schools of dolphins on surface noted between dives. Whale sightings are frequent during winter months. Best part, your non-diving traveling companions will have plenty to do while you're underwater.
Websites Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, all Hawaiian islands, Fiji, Palau, Maldives.
Closest Airport Lihue Getting There many flights daily from West Coast hubs

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions no deco; stay within sight of DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
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 N/A
UW Photo Comments If you bring a camera, they will have a dedicated bucket, but be sure to ask when you make your reservation. They don't have a lot of space on the boats for extra bins.
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By report author: Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Oct 23, 2017 16:43 EST  
Whoops. I meant yes, you can dive your own profile.
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