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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in
Honduras/Roatan

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Stehn, NJ, USA (8 reports)
Report Number 3727

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Bonaire, Bahamas

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dive, divemaster wanted to get a feel for the dive group, after that
he permitted individual profiles with only restriction no deco dives  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Very accomodating, camera buckets clearly marked and water changed. Water
clarity in November is not the best.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Fantasy Island is currently be significantly updated. Our room was one of
the more recent upgrades, room was clean and basic. Maid service daily was
excellent. TV reception in our room was poor but other rooms had fine
service. Don't drink the tap water, purified water in all room
refrigerators, and 1 litter bottled water was only $1. Mosquitoes in our
room were a problem the first day until we insisted they give us a can of
raid, which they did after we insisted, sprayed once per day and never
again had an issue. There was a serious lack of hot water as they could not
get the boiler to function correctly. Manager/owner apoligized and said he
has been trying to get it fixed. I have read about this complaint from
several months ago so there is something wrong with the system. At least
water was "luke" warm. Food was oustanding, buffet style. Dive
operaton was good, our divemaster "Derry" was outstanding. If he
felt comfortable with you as a diver he allowed you to do your own
profiles. Logged divers in and out of the water.  Boats are older and some
had "temporary minor" breakdowns but did not really effect the
diving as they were quickly back in service. Site claims 2 computers
avialable in the main lobby for email but only 1 worked and if you wanted
to use it waits were long - bring you own laptop and use their free wi-fi.
My wife tried numerous times to call to resort from NJ and service was poor
- never got me even after she finally got to  the front desk, so don't
count on phone service. Overall, I believe this facitly is on the upswing
with the renovations and management is proactive - other resorts being
built on the island so they will shortly have competition which will keep
the improvements going. All staff were very friendly and helpful. I would
definitely go again but more likely in the late April/May timeframe as fish
were not abundant in November.
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