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Fantasy Island, Roatan, Honduras

saying goodbye to an old friend

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Dear Fellow Diver:

Having been to Fantasy Island nine times, I was looking forward to returning to see the fine people I had befriended who worked there. But after some pre-departure email exchanges, I learned that many of them had moved on after the resort closed last year for remodeling. I pondered canceling my May trip, but decided to proceed because I loved the setting, the comfortable diving and the gracious people. In a way, however, I wish I had listened to my inner voice.

Fantasy Island ResortPassing through immigration and customs was easy, but I looked forward to getting out of that sweltering airport, which is not air-conditioned. No, it was not to be. The Fantasy Island person who greeted me said we must wait for two hours until the next flight arrived, because it had four more guests. But why? It's but a 16 mile-round trip drive to the resort and back. I should have grabbed a cab. But it was a nice ride, with a variety of flora on the shale rock and volcanic rock hills. Fantasy Island has a beautiful setting, with a lovely little bay and sand beach on one side, with another bay looking out to CoCo View Resort. From Fantasy Island, one can shore dive to the Prince Albert and the airplane, or kick over to CoCo View Wall or Newman's wall.

I had reserved a ground-floor room, but upon my arrival, I was assigned to a second-floor room, which I refused. I was told the resort was full -- even though I saw no one sitting on the beach or in the bar. I doubted their veracity, so I persisted, and magically, at 4:30 p.m., a ground-floor room became available.

At the dive shop, I was given a free pass on taking the standard morning orientation, given all my previous visits, but I did reconnect with Miguel, the boat captain, and Selvin, a divemaster. The water would be rough, they said, at least three-foot waves, and having once injured myself on a ladder in heavy seas, I was leery. However, we three came up with a way to manage the "rough" conditions, so I stowed my gear in a locker and completed the paperwork....


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