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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

Fantasy Island, Jun, 2006,

by Frank Evans, MN, USA . Report 2528.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Nice resort, well maintained grounds, lots of animals to keep you entertained, especially the six monkeys. Very relaxing place.....resort staff friendly, helpful. Scenic location with two beaches. Sand fleas a big downer - they bite and leave lots of little welts. DEET necessary. Our room was nice and air conditioner worked well. Some others had sub standard rooms in old wing. Buffet style food plentiful - pasta, burgers, fish, pork, beef, chicken, salads, fruite, breads - bonus is the home made ice cream. Pretty average dive resort food. Three of our group got the "Honduras Trots" (from the food?) Bacon way undercooked most mornings, but lots of fruit and good omlets. Dive operation is cattle boat deluxe. Six big boats holding over 25 divers each with ONE dive master. They had to borrow two more dive boats from another resort so if you are used to smaller boats, less people, and diving with experienced divers only this is not the place for you. Experienced divers thrown in with newbees! Enjoyed the diving if I could avoid the crowds. Fifty divers at Mary's Place (the signature dive?) was a miserable experience just trying to stay away from everyone. Great photo opportunities for coral and smaller reef creatures on every dive. Cute drum everywhere as well as seahorse and one super ugly toad fish. One sleeping shark, one eagle ray, and no turtles in 9 days of diving. Diving is very current. Corals are rich, lovely, and colorful. Most dives done along classic walls.....over wall for half the dive and back on the top. No bigger fish....all smaller colorful reef fish and morays on nearly every dive. Local fisherman are out daily and several of us removed fishing line from reefs all week. All dive sites are close to the resort so there are no long boat rides. Several are right out front. DM lets experience divers do their own profiles. Three boat dives a day (shore dive also possible from their dive gazebo). Airport is a test of your patience when you arrive. Just be patient and they will finally get your bags and herd you on to the Fantasy Island bus. Resort is on an island so you are away from everything. They even have their own small zoo. Price is very reasonable (actually quite inexpensive compared to many other places) but they make up for it with volume of divers. Kind of the Wal Mart of dive resorts! Quoted price does not include 12% tax and you are hit with another $33 a person departure tax when you fly home. Fantasy Island is a good place to go once because it is kind of unique. But if you can't adjust to overcrowed dive boats you might think twice about going. We had a good time, just rolled with the problems and the crowds (mostly real nice people).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-90°F / 29-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives - over wall for 30 minutes then back on top of wall for rest of dive. Most dives lasted 60 minutes for experienced divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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