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Dive Review of fantasy island divers/fantasy island resort in

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by guy johnson, illinois, usa
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
caymans, florida, midwest, cozumel,abacco, utila,roatan,bimini,bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
not much really, we were told what the divemaster profile was going to be
but that we could dive our computers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
fresh water barrels provided for rinse but no camera type table on
board..not a problem really
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
[None]the terrible "no-see-ums" were there but avon skin-so-soft
kept them away..the resort was nice and the staff were some of the very
best i've seen..went out of their way to please and be friendly..the diving
was average.we did see alot of groupers in the 4+ ft range and tons on
schooling fish..we had several free-swimming morays that interacted with us
freely...a real bonus was one day when a pod of 9-10 dolphins entered the
swimming lagoon and stayed two days!! we could not get any closer than 15
feet to them but still they were exciting to see.the resort wanted to keep
them penned in but the game officals "pursaded" them otherwise.we
did a shark dive with nearby walhukua dive center and it was one of the
best i've done.15-20 grey reef sharks in the 4-9ft range, not a nurse shark
to be seen!! they stayed close(within 2 ft or less) and allowed us to swim
with them..the shark dive had only 4 divers but might have been abit
crowded with a larger group.all the dive sites are within a 20 minute boat
ride at all dives are considered to be single tank dives and the
boat returns to the dock each time..we tried to get them to take us to the
north side of the island to dive the wreck of the didn't
happen, we were told all sorts of stories of how it was gone, upsidedown,
broken into bits..anything to keep from making the long boatride to it..we
even tried to offer a cash incentive but to no avail..since the resort
borders next to coco view they share a common dive site of the wreck prince
albert and a nearby DC-3 cargo plane....both basic but nice dives..the dive
masters were some of the most friendly and helpful i've ever dove
with..derry and moses, great guys!! we saw lots of seahorses,crabs,
lobsters, eels, groupers, and barracuda. had a cute little octopus on a
night dive.the room was decent, a/c was alittle nosey but not bad.the tv
had a remote but you had to ask for it at the check-in desk..the rooms were
spotlessly cleaned each day.each room had a frig stocked with ice and water
for drinking.bathrooms had a large vantiy and hair dryers too.plently of
hot water for the shower but sometimes it came in spurts! the resort was as
romantic a setting as one could ask for..volley ball, pool, ping-pong &
kayaks were on site.the dive center had ample fresh waster showers and gear
rinse and storage.our air fills were always in the 3200-3400psi
short fills here!! the compressor area was neat,clean and well run.other
than diving the oddessy, all requests were filled!the resorts food was
served at times so that you could eat no matter what time frame you were
on..the food was decent overall  if a bit basic..lots of fresh fruits each
day, a choice of beef, pork ,pasta,and sea food whether fish, shrimp,
lobster or crab.various choices of breads were always available..each lunch
and dinner they had self served home-made style ice cream..all to die
for!all meals are served buffet style with plenty of staff refilling your
beverage and removing dirty plates.i've read in previous undercurrent
reports of the food not being served hot..i thought it was just fine, but
since it was a buffet and the dining hours were rather liberal,the food
would be less than hot..two meals each day were served indoors and one
outdoors(usually the lunch) sodas, and alcohol were an extra fee(cokes were
$2 per can!)they have a small gift shop for t-shirts, etc but not much
else..internet service is available for $5 per half hour.the dive boats
were large open sterned affairs that could hold up to 24 divers.we usually
had 11 and never more than 13.coolers with iced fruit and fresh bottled
water on for each dive.the boats had o2 and ship to shore radios and big
roofs to keep the sun off and cleaned between dives.the water in the rooms
is not drinkable by the way.(ok for brushing,etc) we toured the island and
its nice, but simple..the west end looked like the place to be for
nightlife and dining out..and at a lot more reasonable rate..anything
beyond the resort/diving package at fantasy island will get real expensive,
real fast! overall a good time and a nice place to dive..if not for the
sharks,morays and dolphins the diving would have been just
average..beginning divers will love this place!a decompression chamber is
on site for those unlucky enough to need one!
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