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Dive Review of Fathom Five in

Fathom Five, Jan, 2003,

by Marc Massari, CA, USA . Report 338.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We had been warned ahead of time that the diving on Kauai was not going to be "anything to write home about", but i thought i would at least give Undercurrent readers an idea of what to expext. From my research in Undercurrent, I decided to call Bubbles Below as soon as we arrived. Unfortunately, they were on vacation, so they referred us to Fathom Five. We met with the owner, George, and signed up for a couple days of diving. Make sure you get to know George, he is a charactor, but more importantly, if you are an experienced diver he will personally take you out on an advanced trip. Those were the dives to be on. Fathom Five was a pleasure to dive with. They took care of all of your gear and were very helpful. The boats are towed from the shop to the docks where you jump in for the ride to the dive shop. The boats are small, but are fine with six divers. They have plenty of water and snack abourd for the between dive munchies. If you are planning a trip to Kauai, make sure you do it during the the time period they go out to Niihua. We were not there at the right time, but everyone we talked to said that this is the best diving on all the islands. The winter swells are too big to go there in the winter, call ahead and check when they begin those trips. The one thing that bothered me about the boat was the fact that they anchored in some spots. While diving, i noticed spots where coral had been broken from anchors. As it is, Kauai is hurting for coral, but this just makes a bad thing worse. It would be nice to see the dive companies on the island set moorings on more of the dive spots, or just drift them.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over carribean, Hawaii, Mexico, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 72-74°F / 22-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70-90 Ft/ 21-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep with visual range of Divemaster
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 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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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