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Dive Review of Fathom Five/Hyatt in

Fathom Five/Hyatt, Nov, 2004,

by Eric Frick, IL, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 1450.

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 N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My e-mail inquiry received a prompt response and my reservation was handled well. As prevously reported in Undercurrent, you check in at the shop & are then directed to drive a very short distance where you meet the boat which is kept on a trailer. You receive a briefing and they take your equip. on board the boat. You then drive a couple of miles to the harbor where you are put on the boat & it is backed down the ramp into the water. The dive staff were friendly and helpful. The boats accomodate 6 divers well but are far from new. Runs from the harbor to the divesites were very brief at under 20 min. I visited during the season when they do not make the long crossing to Ni'ihau due to high winter swells. I imagine the crossing would not be too comfortable on these boats, even in suitable weather.

I signed up for 2 morning 2-tank trips. On the second trip we were lead by owner George Thompson. His enthusiasm & knowledge of underwater critters made the trip even better. I would not hesitate to use this service again. While Kauai is not exactly a dive destination unto itself, I find it is worth making a few dives when visiting the island.

The Hyatt is super-swank and very pricey. "Hawaiian pricing" is in full force and effect island-wide. Paradise comes at a price.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Florida, Caribbean, other Hawaiian islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Obey your computer, stay in the vicinity of the group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Cameras were carefully handled by boat capt. but no facilities on shore or on the boat
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