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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Sinclair, FL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3599
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, N. Bimini(Bahamas), Statia, Cozumel, Jamaica, Curacao, Fl
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay with the DM  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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  
Great opportunites for macro life here.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Bob and I decided to go back to an old favorite in Roatan  Fantasy Island
for our anniversary week this year. 

After a long flight from Tampa to Roatan we did not experience the usual
slow lines in customs, however, for some reason getting the shuttle to
Fantasy Island took over 2 hours.  The heat was oppressive and since I was
not feeling well already, my usual nice demeanor went south.  The shuttle
was cram-packed with people and the a/c did not work, so the trip from the
airport was not a pleasant one.  Once we got to the resort we checked in
and went to our room.  Room was clean and neat and I immediately laid down
and took a nap.  Fantasy Island does supply some amenities in the rooms,
hair dryer, TV and alarm clock.    
Once up from the nap, we went to the dive shop and checked in with Roberto
the manager.  Since we have been here 3 times before the morning check-in
was waived and we were assigned to the boat with Pedro (Captain) and Manuel
as the DM. We have dove with these two on all our previous trips and were
quite happy to be diving with them again.  

Day 1 - We went to the main lodge for breakfast and then went to the room
and carried all our gear to the dive shop.  We did our 1st dive of the day,
a check out dive.  Our 2nd dive was at the Mr Bud, a small wreck of a
tugboat.  We found a large green eel on the wreck. The reef after the wreck
was to me, more interesting.  There were large schools of creole wrasse and
many, many blue chromis everywhere, as well as the Indigo hamlets which I
associate with Roatan. The 3rd dive was Inside Out Reef, I observed lots of
new growth on the corals here and there was a massive awarm of blue tangs
towards the end of the dive.. 
Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4  I was sick so I could not go diving.  I finally
convinced my husband to go diving without me on Day 3 and Day 4 and he
enjoyed the diving.  I have no idea where he went while I was sick, nor did
I care, at least he was diving, since the purpose of this vacation was to
dive.  But he did say he had a good time and enjoyed the dives.

Day 5  I did the 3 dives this day, but never wrote down the reefs we went
to, nothing other than the depth and the viz. 

Day 6  First dive was to 40 foot ledge  depth was 65 and we saw two
yellow seahorses.  There were two boats worth of divers, and everyone was
congregating around those poor two seahorses, major mess.  I have no idea
what dive op the 2nd boat was from, but this was way too any divers in a
small space.  The second dive was at Docs Dive  depth was 69 feet and
there was lots of coral and bleaching was evident on this reef.  There were
fields of dead antler coral, so very sad to see that.  The 3rd dive was at
Little French Cay Wall, depth was 61 feet, and again there was evidence
of coral bleaching, however, we did find an area in which antler coral was
re-growing  really good to see that.

Day 7  after breakfast, we finished packing the gear and bags.  Then we
checked out and went to the airport.  I wish I had not gotten so ill on
this trip  missed out on half of the diving and was feeling cranky before
that.  Oh well, this is the first trip I got ill on, so I must count my

Other Stuff  on almost every dive we did there were three or more large
black grouper or one or two large snappers hanging around like puppy dogs
under the boat.  Occasionally they would even stay with us for the entire
dive.  We saw the occasional great barracuda, but we never saw any sharks
of any kind or any rays of any kind during the whole weeks diving. There
were lots of macro life (cleaner shrimp, secretary blennies, etc) and tons
of fish life around on the reefs.  The turtles were wonderful to see and
swim with as well. 

The Diving  My husband and I both agreed the walls on this end of the
island, are spectacular.  However, on this end of the island, it is all
walls all the time, not much else for someone like me who is more
interested in the shallower reef diving. 

Bottom line: the bottom times were very good, and the food was OK and the
rooms were nice and well kept. 

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