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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Cuoio, ID, U.S.
Report Number 3049
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cook Islands, Florida Keys, Belize, Grand Turk, Salt Cay, Moorea, Maui,
Catalina, Bahamas St. Thomas, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
In the mandatory first-day briefing, we were told our max. bottom time
would be 50 min. Fortunately, the DM on our boat did not strictly enforce
this, but a couple of divers were "scolded" when they hit 70 min.  
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
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
There were separate tanks on the boats and in the dive shop area for
underwater photo and video gear, but there was not enough room on the boats
for anyone who preferred to keep their photo or video gear on the deck.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
     I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Fantasy Island
accommodations and food, and the level of service. The all-inclusive
package was the cheapest I have ever seen, anywhere, anytime, and that's
why we took the trip, so my expectations were very low. As it turned out,
everything topside was either very nice or more than acceptable.
     A storm had come through the week before we arrived, and the vis never
did improve while we were diving at the resort. Also, as in two previous
visits to Roatan, I did not see many fish, and certainly no big animals.
(Ironically, my best fish experiences were at the Atlanta aquarium on the
trip home. If you haven't visited it, you must see this wonderful
attraction if you're ever in Atlanta.)
     The highlight of our dives, for me, was represented by the quantity
and quality of the hard and soft corals and sponges. I saw only one very
small area of bleaching and the underwater landscape overall was wonderful
and very healthy.
     Others reporting on this Web site about the Fantasy Island dive op
have mentioned the cattle-boat diving and the fact that only one DM goes in
the water, no matter how many divers are on the boat. We had nine to 15
divers on our boat during the week, and I certainly would rather dive
six-paks, but the set-up on the boat enabled us to generally keep from
bumping into each other. Of course, it didn't hurt to show up early and
grab one of the two front position to get a little more elbow room. 
     Regarding our DM, Mark, I thought he was one of the most safety
conscious and helpful divemasters I have ever encountered. On a theoretical
basis, it would be better to have two DMs in the water with 15 divers. But
on a practical basis, I don't think any of us ever felt as if we were in an
unsafe situation with Mark around. His calm demeanor rubbed off on
everyone, and he was very willing to visit specific dive sites when we
asked him to do so.
     The Fantasy Island dive op has a large indoor area devoted to dive
gear storage, and it was nice to be able to leave my reg, BC, and wetsuit
there instead of schleping everything back to the room, even though it was
close to the dive shop.
     Since this was my third visit to Roatan, and since the island doesn't
seem to attract any large animals (except at the shark-feeding dive at
another op), I am not planning to return. But that feeling is not
specifically related to the diving or accommodations at Fantasy Island. The
resort delivered more than I expected, and certainly was a great value for
the money.

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