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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Vance Esler, TX, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time guidelines were mentioned, but not strictly enforced. Only
strict rule was to NOT touch anything.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 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  
Camera bucket on boat and at dive shop.
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  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was our first trip to Roatan. We were with a large group. The Fantasy
Island staff picked up our luggage and transported us to the resort. Check
in was straightforward and was followed by an orientation to the dive
operation. We could snorkel, but not dive, the same day we arrived.

The resort was nice overall. The rooms were clean and functional. Tap water
was not potable, but purified water was provided in the rooms and in the
dining areas. No safes in the rooms, but you can rent a safe deposit box
for $1 a day. You have to put down $100 deposit which you get back when you
turn the key back in. The boxes are located in the lobby by the front desk
and are accessible 24/7. They are about the size of a small post office
box, large enough to store your passport, cash, and small electronic

Meals were buffet style, all you can eat. Breakfast typically offered
pancakes, eggs, custom omelets, bacon, a variety of rolls, fruit, fruit
juice, coffee. Lunch (which was served in the outdoor area where it was
okay to be wet) usually offered fish, chicken, hamburger, pasta, salad bar,
fruit, and dessert (ice creams, cakes, etc). Supper was more elaborate.
Entrees might include octopus, fish, chicken, pork, beef, pasta, lasagna,
vegetables, and desserts. Overall it was decent, and you could usually find
enough to eat -- even if you are picky.

We were all assigned to the same boat, divemaster and captain all week. Our
package included 3 dives a day (9:00, 11:00 and 2:30) plus one night dive
(6:30). There was unlimited shore diving from the gazebo. 

The diving consists primarily of wall diving, with most dives ending up on
top of the reef. Safety stops were often unnecessary because the  dives
would end up between 15-20 ft. The coral and sponges are spectacular. If
you like the small sea life, there is more than you can imagine. There are
a few larger fish, mostly groupers. We saw the usual Caribbean fish as well
as eagle rays, octopus, squid and eels out in the open. We spotted one
dolphin, but no sharks. (There is a shark dive available, though.)

There is a locker room right beside the boats where you can store your gear
overnight. The lockers do not have doors, but the room is locked at night.
We felt our gear was relatively safe, but we took certain items back to our
rooms each night.

We did not have to carry cash to the dive area. The dive shop kept a
running tab for things like bottled water, sodas, rentals, etc. At the end
of the week, it was added to the room bill -- or you could pay cash as you
went, however you wished to handle it.

Several us had prepaid for unlimited Nitrox. They had a pressure gauge and
analyzer available although we used our own analyzers. Our mix was
consistently 32-33%. The tank fills were good. There was an occasional 2900
psi, but the tanks were over (~3100) more often than under.

We had one DM for 17 divers on our boat. He was polite and friendly. He
showed us the general direction, and he kept his eyes on us. We would
typically dive along a wall, turn when the first person reached 1500 psi,
then end up under the boat. Those who had plenty of air left were allowed
to stay down longer. The dives typically lasted an hour or so. By the end
of the week, the DM had found us some sea horses and other small aquatics.
We found the dive staff to be professional, but not as overtly friendly as
the staff in the dining rooms and the rest of the resort.

The shore diving was excellent. From the gazebo you can easily reach a
wrecked boat at about 60 ft. Beside it there is a wrecked plane, too. Some
of our best sightings were on the shore dives.

Overall we enjoyed the trip, and we would go back. 
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