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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Evans, MN, USA
Report Number 2528
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Most dives - over wall for 30 minutes then back on top of wall for rest of
dive.  Most dives lasted 60 minutes for experienced divers.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Nice resort, well maintained grounds, lots of animals to keep you
entertained, especially the six monkeys. Very relaxing place.....resort
staff friendly, helpful. Scenic location with two beaches.  Sand fleas a
big downer - they bite and leave lots of little welts.  DEET necessary. 
Our room was nice and air conditioner worked well.  Some others had sub
standard rooms in old wing. Buffet style food plentiful - pasta, burgers,
fish, pork, beef, chicken, salads, fruite, breads - bonus is the home made
ice cream.  Pretty average dive resort food.  Three of our group got the
"Honduras Trots" (from the food?) Bacon way undercooked most
mornings, but lots of fruit and good omlets. Dive operation is cattle boat
deluxe.  Six big boats holding over 25 divers each with ONE dive master.
They had to borrow two more dive boats from another resort so if you are
used to smaller boats, less people, and diving with experienced divers only
this is not the place for you. Experienced divers thrown in with newbees! 
Enjoyed the diving if I could avoid the crowds.  Fifty divers at Mary's
Place (the signature dive?) was a miserable experience just trying to stay
away from everyone. Great photo opportunities for coral and smaller reef
creatures on every dive.  Cute drum everywhere as well as seahorse and one
super ugly toad fish. One sleeping shark, one eagle ray, and no turtles in
9 days of diving. Diving is very current.  Corals are rich,
lovely, and colorful.  Most dives done along classic walls.....over wall
for half the dive and back on the top.  No bigger fish....all smaller
colorful reef fish and morays on nearly every dive. Local fisherman are out
daily and several of us removed fishing line from reefs all week. All dive
sites are close to the resort so there are no long boat rides.  Several are
right out front. DM lets experience divers do their own profiles.  Three
boat dives a day (shore dive also possible from their dive gazebo). 
Airport is a test of your patience when you arrive.  Just be patient and
they will finally get your bags and herd you on to the Fantasy Island bus. 
Resort is on an island so you are away from everything.  They even have
their own small zoo.  Price is very reasonable (actually quite inexpensive
compared to many other places) but they make up for it with volume of
divers.  Kind of the Wal Mart of dive resorts!  Quoted price does not
include 12% tax and you are hit with another $33 a person departure tax
when you fly home.  Fantasy Island is a good place to go once because it is
kind of unique. But if you can't adjust to overcrowed dive boats you might
think twice about going.  We had a good time, just rolled with the problems
and the crowds (mostly real nice people).
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