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Dive Review of Fantasy Island/Fantasy Island Resort in

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John and Marilyn Walker, CA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3319
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Roatan three years ago, Utila, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Indonesia, Fiji,
Thailand, PNG, Australia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They attempted to restrict dives to 50 minutes, but we rebelled and
insisted on longer bottom times.  The dive master gently and tactfully
emphasized safety stops and did not lead divers below 90 feet deep. No
nagging about staying with your buddy.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
The rinse tub aboard the boat had clean water daily, but the basins on
shore were empty. We dunked our two housings in the crowded boat tub but
did not leave them there, fearing damage from the other heavy camera gear,
preferring to carry mine on my lap while in transit. That way I could keep
it out of the sun, since the boat has no camera table.  The boat driver and
dive master were careful handling the camera gear.  We had to charge
batteries in our room due to lack of camera work room. Happily the room
electricity was stable though outlets were few. Bring a multi-plug power
strip. Photographic subjects were disappointingly scarce, compared to prior
Caribbean trips.  The off-resort, costly shark-feeding dive excursion
prohibited video cameras, so we did not go.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Unfortunately, the resort and dive operation suffers from lack of
maintenance.  Three of the four compressors were down - we missed dives
because they could not fill tanks!  Nearby Coco View resort filled Fantasy
Island tanks during the week, but sometimes they filled short, presumably
to make sure they could service their own guests.  Nitrox was in even
shorter supply and when we could get it, was frequently short in O2, EAN 30
instead of 32.  Since their sniffer was unreliable we cannot be sure what
the real measurement was; I worried about the reliability of their nitrox
generation since so much else was in poor condition. In future dive trips
we will bring our own analyzer.  The rooms have many problems with low
water pressure, broken toilets, damaged air conditioners and small
breakages that contributed to the impression of a third rate operation. We
felt that the owners were not interested in providing a quality experience
but just banking the profits; the resort was full so the reputation of
Fantasy Island has apparently not caught up with its current reality.

Food is abundant and varied but often excessively salted. Flies crawl on
the salad and fruit and pastries. Our room had a notice that the tap water
is not potable. Filtered water is supplied via a single refrigerated
pitcher filled by the housekeeper from a jug. Strangely, not all rooms had
the notice concerning the tap water so many people do drink and brush using
tap water. We don't know of any specific tap-water related illness in our
party of seventeen, although several people did experience digestive

Smokers ruin the atmosphere in the lobby and bar and even in the
restaurant; there are no non-smoking rooms, but ours did not smell bad. The
king sized bed was uncomfortable, transmitting every twist and turn from
one spouse to the other so disturbingly that sometimes relief was found on
the floor.  They have wi-fi Internet in the lobby, which worked OK. 

The island in general features many biting insects; we slept with the air
conditioner on and sprayed with DEET but still have red, itchy welts. 

It was not whale shark season, but we knew that ahead of time and to their
credit they raised no false hopes of sightings.  With a full resort, it was
all cattle boat diving, 20 guests to a dive guide, all crowding around to
see what he could point out. The moorings tend to be quite close to the
resort so the runs are short but there was usually another boat just
leaving or on another nearby mooring. No chance of an undisturbed dive site
and pretty frequently not just 20 divers but two or even three boat loads
on the small stretch of reef. The iconic "Mary's Place", a deep
swim through, is dived on so tight a rotation that while one boat is
finishing up on the top, a second group of divers enters the crevice.  

In general, fish are small and scarce except in areas where they are being
regularly fed by the dive guides. Feeding is probably necessary since
otherwise the place seems fished out.  There is no marine park to protect
the animals, and we saw a huge fishing fleet docked in town.

We enjoyed our vacation, but we cannot recommend this resort or the diving
to others and will not return.
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