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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Kirk Douglas, IN, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3971
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Florida Keys, North Carolina, California, Panama, Great Lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
When there was limited visibilty and surge, the dive master asked that we
stay as a group (only 2 of the 6 days of diving). Otherwise asked that we
return with 500 PSI. Didn't place time constraints.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 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  
1 stars  
Had seperate buckets for camera's. They would hand down camera's and take
them before you get out. Great Macro photography on island.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Roatan is good diving if you enjoy fish under 4-6". Did see some large
grouper, filefish, snapper, but I could count them on 2 hands. The
divemaster seemed to want to swim out 20 minutes, find a seahorse or
Juvenile Drum fish and turn back. That was fine the first few times, but I
found that doing that on every dive became boring. I probably saw more
seahorses on this dive trip than any other trip. I mostly saw the Seahorses
at 60-80, but most of the action on the reef was actually on the 30 - 50
foot range. I found that I saw more while diving on my own. You do have to
do a dive briefing the before you go diving. The actual dive briefing was
short, maybe 5-10 minutes, but most of the meeting was trying to sell plane
rides, massages, trips, real estate. I was starting to wonder were my free
trip was (like those reduced vacations where you have to waste hold of a
day listening to them try to sell you a time share condo) ... lol. They
pretty much asked you to tip everyone from the captain to the shop where
they fill tanks.

The resort was nice. Not the typical dive resort. There was much more to do
there other than diving. Had events scheduled every night and trip into
town. Most of the resort staff does not speak English; however, everyone on
the dive operation spoke great English. Food was very good. Ice cream is to
die for. Also, I'd venture to say that about half of the staff in the
dining area could speak English and often had to get someone to come over
to see what room number you were in or to get your drink order. The waiting
staff is not quick at all. You'll wait 10-15 minutes for water or anything
else you want to drink. However, they are expedient to clear your table, so
much that you should leave someone at the table to guard your food if
youre not finished. Food is buffet style w/ lobster being served twice
during the week.

We did reserve the room for a king, but we had 2 twins pushed together It
was annoying to fall through the bed). Said they would fix it tomorrow, but
after 3 days I had to e-mail Bonne Beach to get the issue corrected. I
guess the old adage of the squeaky wheel gets the grease applies here. The
room was small but clean. I did see other rooms and we really got short
changed. We were right next to the dive shop. They really should have
different prices for the different rooms. The room picture on the web site
wasn't even close to what I had. I also had issues with cold water in our
building, but after several days of complaints, that was resolves as well.
My neighbors were happy, because they got hot water in return.

They had a safe deposit box. It was like a PO Box at the post office rest
next to the front desk. Rental is $1 a day w/ $100 deposit (in case you
loose the key). Remote control is a $20 deposit. Have to make a deposit for
an extra towel.

Need to be careful when charging items to the room. I found thing that were
charged to my room that I didn't charge. I only charged cokes from the
restaurant, but saw charges from the bar. When they pulled signed receipts,
the signatures weren't even close to mine. I pointed this out and it was
immediately removed from my tab.

Overall, I had a lot of fun there. All my issues were resolved. I just
thought I would mention those issues. 

On another note, if you go to any resort in Honduras, plan on some time at
the airport. I waited 2 hours in line to get my passport stamped (They had
4 planes arrive with the past couple of hours and only had 2 people
stamping passports) and then you have to find your bags and clear customs.
After I found the Fantasy Island guys, we waited another 45 minutes before
we left. Also, plan on getting to the airport 3 hours before departure.
They only had 1 person there collecting the departure tax and one guy in
custom servicing probably 500+ people. It took 2:15 to get my tickets, pay
the departure tax, and clear custom. These guys are in no hurry. The last
Continental airplane took off with 40 passengers still in line waiting to
pay their departure tax, which kind of sucks since the next Continental
flight doesn't depart until the following Saturday.
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