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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA
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Report Number 3978
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Philippines, Caymans, Channel Islands, Monterey, Puget Sound, Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Transfer from the airport was as predicted but processing immigration was
very lengthy. All bags were taken by handlers to the waiting buses. 
Check-in was very smooth.  We had 23 people and while all rooms were ready
there was no greeter.  We were told we would get briefed on diving and
other things the following morning at 8 am. Breakfast served at 7 am. The
resort rooms need some updating with worn furnishings, hot water was mostly
available with pressure varying from good to trickle over the week. Tap
water is not drinkable but the maid is supposed to keep the pitcher in the
room fridge filled with potable water. Rooms rate a 3 and were very clean
& passable for the value.  Common areas inside and outside were
impeccably clean and neat. Two Lobby Computers for use and wireless
internet service available in lobby only.  I had no problems connecting
with my laptop but it is slow and one day had no service available. For the
employees, service was great when you asked for it or asked questions.  No
one volunteers information but they are courteous when asked and helpful.
The food is a definite 5!  Lobster tails, made to order omelets, wonderful
coffee and desserts, delicious and fully ripe mangoes, papayas, pineapple,
etc.  Fresh vegetables great. No illnesses on our trip. Resort is on an
island and the resort shop has very limited selection.  No fish ID
cards/books there or dive shop, no underwater cameras, very small stock of
batteries. Sand fleas (no-see-ums) were present but tolerable with
repellent. Mosquitoes often even though the resort fogs the entire complex
daily at 630 am---a bit of an irritant noise and fog-wise and if you don't
like breathing in some pesticide once a day, avoid the place because they
use it very liberally.  Hate to see what the no-see-ums and mosquito
populations would be without it though. Others from group did Anthony Keys
dolphin encounter, and a zip line tour arranged by Yandra at the resort. 
She was great and all tours were thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding---worth
the money and the time.
Diving was a bit disappointing except for the underwater topography (Mary's
Place and Cathedrals) and the Prince Albert Wreck in the Lagoon close to
shore and available by shore or boat dive. 79-81 degree water was great but
Jellyfish/Sea Nettles were on the surface four of the six days and some of
the group received very nasty stings with red, welting skin reactions on
the surface.  Use a skin or thin wetsuit, especially at night and get some
Sea-Safe to apply to exposed skin before snorkeling anywhere. Gloves are
prohibited for divers but not really enforced. There were no pelagics, no
large fish except a token grouper.  Storms the week before lowered
visibility to 40-70 feet.  The walls were there, the fish were not. 
Sponges aplenty, coral relatively healthy, barracudas, some small fish, and
occasional eel, lobster, and one sting ray.  Dive operation was passable
but again you had to ask if you wanted to know anything. Dive Boats were
reliable, well-kept and well laid out.  They provide dry towels for the
first dive, only, everyday.  Boat Dives depart at 9 & 11 AM and 2;30
PM. Night dives at 5:30 PM.  You return to the dock after every dive. Boat
Captain friendly and very helpful. DM we had could of basically cared less
when leading the dives. Preferred but did not enforce 50 min dive time,
went in, swam the wall, swam back half way, went on top of the reef and got
out.  Only pointed things out if he inadvertently swam over top of it. Good
English, but putting my time in attitude.  Nitrox 32 available @ $8USD/fill
or $125/week for standard 3 dives over 6 days.  Good place to consider
Nitrox use as wall dives generally were around 95 to 75 feet---and lengthy.
All fills averaged 3000-3300 psi and Nitrox %'s very accurate. Night dive
one night (bring your own light and light sticks--$10 light rental fee and
no light sticks available), great unlimited shore diving.  Nice touch was
they brought your equipment to/from the lagoon via boat so no long carries.
Wall is right off the Gazebo water entry only look out for boat traffic and
occasional wild wave-riders.  The main channel must be crossed to see the
Prince Albert and the wall.
Checkout and departure from resort timely and efficient.  Not so at the
airport.  Took 2 hours to process through the Delta ticket counter,
Transfer Tax booth, Immigration, and Security (only one scanning machine.)
Each had a separate long and jam-packed serpentine line...Saturday
departure was on-time but a bit of an ordeal.  The wall diving is better on
Little Cayman's Bloody Bay Wall but the food here blows away Little Cayman
Beach Resort's.  Bring what you need.  It is not very easy to get off the
Island.  I tried once to get to Coxen Hole, the main town on Roatan, but
was told there were no cabs or drivers available and that was at 2:30 pm.
One Warning: The monkeys  bite...don't feed them!  One member learned the
hard way.  If you walk around the front of the building eating a mango,
they may mug you for it.
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