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Dive Review of Fantasy Island Resort in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Teleis, OH, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4052
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Maui, Florida Keys, North Carolina, Lake Erie, Niagara River, Ohio Quarries
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth suggested but not enforced.  500 PSI recommended return to boat. 
DM turned the group around when first member hit 1500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Boats had a separate rinse bucket for cameras.  Crew handed in cameras once
you got in the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was my second visit to Roatan and first time staying on this side of
the island.  Sea conditions in the mornings were a little choppy but got
more calm in the afternoon.  Boat captain was very competent and greeted us
when we arrived.  DM was competent and gave a decent briefing but was not
very good at locating seahorses.  our group only saw three the whole week. 
Fresh fruit was provided on the boat in a cooler after every dive.  Boats
had oxygen and marine radios on board.  Most dive sites were a very short
boat ride away.  The DM turned the group when the first member hit 1500 PSI
but took a slow trip back to the boat and allowed you plenty of time in the
water.  A max depth was suggested but they did not chastise you if you
exceeded that depth.  Coral here is very colorful and varied.  Fish life on
this side of the island is mainly smaller fish.  
The shore diving at Fantasy Island is very easy.  You giant stride in from
a gazebo and follow a cable over to the Prince Albert wreck.  Excellent day
dive and fantastic night dive.  Shore diving is unlimited and if you want
to dive before or after the dive shop opens you just take some extra tanks
out to the gazebo and you're all set.  
The food is plentiful and varied - buffet style - breakfast has eggs made
to order daily, lobster twice during the week, plenty of fresh fruit and a
variety of desserts.  The wait staff in the restaurant was sometimes slow
to clear off tables so we sometimes had to wait to find a clean table to
sit down at.  Water and some kind of juice are always available with dinner
and sodas and/or alcohol can be ordered through your waiter.
The room was adequate and cleaned well daily.  A pitcher of drinkable water
was placed in the refrigerator daily and refills can be obtained at the bar
if needed.  
This resort also has a variety of animals wandering around. We saw
peacocks, deer, and some kind of anteater.  They even have a little zoo
with deer, sheep, birds and a variety of other animals. 
There is a recompression chamber on the premises but fortunately no one
needed it while we were there.
The front desk staff was generally friendly but their english was a bit
I didnt notice many bugs but mostly stayed inside in the evenings.  I did
wear some cactus juice insect repellant so that may have helped.  
Nitrox is available either a la carte or on an unlimited (better value)
basis.  They keep a couple tanks lined up and you grab one, analyze it and
sign the log.
Unlike some other resorts, the dive op here does not handle your gear.  You
have to bring your gear on and off the boat and change our your own tanks. 
The dive locker room is right near the boat dock so not very far to carry. 
Dry towels were provided for each dive.  Gear could be safely left in the
locker room which is locked up at night.
As others have posted, time in and out of the airport is a bit slow.  Two
large planes arrive within 1/2 hour of each other and customs moves the
people pretty slow.  The resort provides colored luggage tags which are
recognized by the baggage handlers and my bags were grabbed up by them and
ready to load onto the resort bus by the time I got through the passport
control line (about an hour).
All in all, this resort seemed to be a great value and offered a variety of
things to do including a nice beach.  Perhaps the best asset here is the
great shore diving - really only two resorts on Roatan that can offer that.
I'd return here any time.
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