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Dive Review of Fantasy Island Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

Fantasy Island Resort, Jul, 2005,

by Sue & Bernie Bufano, NY, USA . Report 1821.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Fla. Keys, Curacao, St. Lucia, Aruba, Cancun, Dominican Republic, St, Martin
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers following divemaster were asked to stay at approx. 80 feet on first dive. Divers with computers could dive their own profile. No deco diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We can't say enough good things about Fantasy Island. We had our reservations about going after reading about the bug problems, complaints about food and accomodations. The resort, food and dive operation were all outstanding. The rooms are basic but immaculately clean. The food was always a variety of meats, fish, veggies, fresh made breads and rolls, fresh fruits and the most beautiful and delicious deserts. Thursday night was a hit with lobster night. The waiters were attentive and so pleasant and friendly (especially Lenny at dinner). Our dive crew, Boat Captain Pedro and DM Mark Washington were probably the best we ever dove with. Mark was unbelieveable at finding stuff for everyone to see. On just about every dive he found a seahorse or two! They will set up your equipment between dives but they make sure you have no objection to them doing so. We didn't see any big stuff but the corals and sponges made up for that. The walls and reefs were absolutely breathtaking. I don't think I have ever seen such beautiful corals. The tube and barrel sponges were the largest I've ever seen. Some of the barrel sponges were big enough to get into. The resort is just a beautiful setting with lush foliage and immaculate grounds. The crew was always out at 5:30 A.M. raking the beach and sprucing up the grounds. The beach itself was magnificent. As for the bugs -- they were non-existent during our visit. I usually come home from a trip with bites all over me so we brought plenty of sprays. This trip we didn't need any -- perhaps just the right time of the year. The added fun to Fantasy Island is all the wildlife on the grounds. Ducks, bats and best of all, monkeys were a blast. Our only complaint would be Roatan Airport. They have to get their act together with getting everyone through ticketing, departure tax payment and immigration. We can't wait to go back.
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