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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

Fantasy Island, May, 2005,

by Patricia Sinclair, Tx, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 2066.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Bad - Divemaster not attentive to diver during the dive. Example - novice diver (first dives after cerification) is allowed to dive with a group of experienced divers going to 90 feet. She freaked at the depth, her partner (more experienced than her, but not by much) took her up to 50 feet, and then back to the boat when she showed no signs of getting better...divemaster did not notice them leaving the group.
Divers grouped together by language, while this is good for communications, it is not good for "newbies", or people doing their first dives after ow certication to be with more experienced divers and/or going to depths greater than 60 feet.
1 divemaster and 14 people - not good! Groups should be split by experience, photographers split out, etc.
1 divemaster, 14 people (10 are photographers) on a night dive - BAD!!! Luckily no one had a mask knocked off, or regulator kicked out of their mouth during the photo frenzy (aka CLUSTER) that ensued when anything was spotted!

Good - The instructor for EANx course really was well informed and very good with teaching/explaining what was not evident in the course book.
Boats were well maintained.
Fruit and drinks provided after every dive. GOOD in season fruit!
Food, while not great, was plentiful and usually there was a fairly good selection, one which would please even Vegans.
Rooms, are clean and neat and fairly well maintained, even if a bit sparse by US standards. TV had English channels and you could keep up with news Stateside.
Weather great in May!!!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caymans, Fl Keys, Cozumel, Jamaica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions None really, other than follow/stay with the divemaster - usually dives were no deeper than 94 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Other than providing a camera rinse bucket, nothing else was provided.
Some Divemasters really good at finding the little stuff for photographers. Downside - too many photgraphers on a lead dive makes for a real cluster (around the poor, scared, hiding from the lghts,etc. critter.)
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