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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lesa McDermott, IA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3822
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Florida, Cozumel, Belize, Okoboji Lake
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Basically every dive was for around 50 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There is a separate tub on the boats for cameras but not necessarily marked
cameras only.  They have a "photo center" and a "video
center" but the photo center only appears to offer a limited number of
batteries for sale.  The video center doubles as a class room and is only a
room with chairs and a TV.  Visibility was not ideal during our trip.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Traveled with a group of divers with varied experience from professionals
to first timers in the ocean.  Overall the trip was very good.  Fantasy
Island is a nice but isolated resort.  Taxi's are pricey at $15 to $20 per
person round trip to go "into town".  Rental cars & scooters
have very limited availability.  Meals are all buffet style but always a
good variety and tasty.  Great ice cream and fresh fruits.  The lobby area
has two computers with internet access and WiFi is also available in the
lobby.  Skype worked well.  Rooms are air conditioned, clean, quiet and I
had plenty of hot water.  But the biting bugs on the beach are BAD! 
However the fun monkeys, peacocks, agoutis (aka Watusis), huge iguanas and
various geese running lose added to the ambiance.  

Diving was good to average.  Visibility was not that great.  Several days
had 3' to 5' chop.  Only one DM per boat so you are somewhat allowed to
dive your own profile.  All dives around 50 minutes and deepest was to
Mary's Place at 120 feet.  DM Gerardo and boat driver Rocky professional
and friendly.  Lots of various corals and small fish.  Green eels and drums
spotted several times.  Most dives involved turning around on the site to
go back to the boat so you end up diving the site twice.  Did a shark dive
with Waihuka Adventure Diving and highly recommend it.  Shore diving is
available to a sunken ship and plane.  Did a night dive but did not see
anything of interest or hadn't seen during the day.  Overall very happy
with the trip and diving and would recommend Roatan and Fantasy Island to
anyone who has not been there before.  
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