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Dive Review of Fantasy Island/Fantasy Island resort in

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Christopher S. Mohr, OH, United States
Report Number 3091
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Key largo, Grand Turk, all 3 Caymen Islands, Jamaica, Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao, Cozumel, St Croix, and 4 Honduras Bay Islands. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Have a dive buddy, stay above 130 feet and to return to the boat with 500
PSI.  That was about it you could do your own thing but we found it
beneficial to follow our dive master Derry....he made every dive special.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Onsite underwater photo shop and Luis is very helpful to divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The dive operation was not crowded when we were there Novebmer 4-11.  We
averaged 8 people on the boat for morning dives and 6 for afternoon dives.

Our divemaster for the week was Derry McLaughlin and he was incredible.  He
has been diving these reefs for 10 years.  I normally like to do my own
thing when I dive but Derry was a dive master worth following.  Over the
course of the week we saw so much life with Derry it truly was remarkable
and I am a hard critic.

In the 6 days of diving we dove 17 dives.  Nearly 3 a day and they all were
very good to excellent.  At Mary's place Derry pointed out a Frogfish and 2
yellow seahorses. At the Missing Link (40 foot Wall) we saw 3 Green Moray
Eels, two of them were swimming around the coral heads and schools of 100
or more horse eyed jacks.

In all we counted seeing over 12 seahorses in various colors.  We saw red,
yellow, orange and brown seahorses and one was nealry 10 inches tall.  We
saw a Frogfish, 10 green moray eels, several spotted brown eels, over 30
lobster, 5 large channel crabs, a spotted eagle ray, 4 octopus (during 2
night dives) one had tenticles of atleast 2 feet, a couple schools of over
100 large horseeyed jacks, numerous large dog snappers, small crabs, a
large wall of buttercup corals on a night dive by the Dive Site Chimmneys,
and literally mountains of very healthy coral litterally 15 minutes from
the dock. We did an optional shark dive and swam with a school of atleast
16 Grey Sharks ranging in size from 5 to 9 feet long.  

The folks on our boat were amazed and impressed with all the life Derry
showed us. I have had some excellent dive masters/guides in my diving
travels but Derry was like a bloodhound.  He found incredible stuff big and
small on every dive. I hate to jinx myself on future dives and say he was
the best I have experienced but to this point he has been.  He was special
and worth asking for specifically if you go. 

The resort food was also very good.  They had hired a new chef about a
month before we arrived.  We had no trouble finding something good to eat
at all 3 meals and we had no trouble at all with stomach cramping or other
less than fun amnomalities that we had read some travelers suffered there. 
At lunch they served the best french fries I have had and the local catsup
is incredible...make sure to try it.

The rooms were about a 3 of a 5 rating but we spent most of all our time
outdoors so the rooms were fine.  They had a little refrigerator in them
that was nice to chill some beverages we bought.  

We encountered "no-see-ems" which we expected.  They were pretty
bad unless you covered yourself with insect repelant and make sure it has
Deet in it.  The bites were still on us almost a week after we returned
home.  The resort was diligent in spraying which helped but these insects
are worth paying attention to they can be a problem. The locals had a
repellant that is in a brown bottle and smelled like Citronella.  It was
the most effective we used.

The resort has a hyperbaric chamber and a full time doctor onstaff 24/7. 
They ask for a donation of $2 a day to support the chamber and doctor and
in exchange you can visit him anytime for free. Thank goodness they had the
doctor my daughter came down with an ear infection on our 2nd day there. 
The doctor diagnosed it and we had Cipro Antibiotics delivered to her in
less than 30 minutes.  It really was fabulous having the doc there he was
very visible to everyone and available to all.  That was a really nice
touch and he saved my daughters diving trip.  She sat out one day and dove
the rest of the time becuase of the doctor.

The wild life they had roaming around was another really nice feature of
Fantasy Island.  We fed spider monkeys and Watusies (little South American
rabbits)every day. It really added a nice dimension to the trip.

The water temp was 84 degrees at depth.  I typically wore a skin or a 2
mill wetsuit.  A 3 mill would have been too much for me.  

We had a totally great time at Fantasy Island.  We are very happy with our
trip and will return there.  
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