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Dive Review of Fantasy Island/Fantasy Island resort in

Fantasy Island/Fantasy Island resort, Nov, 2006,

by Christopher S. Mohr, OH, United States . Report 3091.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The dive operation was not crowded when we were there Novebmer 4-11. We averaged 8 people on the boat for morning dives and 6 for afternoon dives.

Our divemaster for the week was Derry McLaughlin and he was incredible. He has been diving these reefs for 10 years. I normally like to do my own thing when I dive but Derry was a dive master worth following. Over the course of the week we saw so much life with Derry it truly was remarkable and I am a hard critic.

In the 6 days of diving we dove 17 dives. Nearly 3 a day and they all were very good to excellent. At Mary's place Derry pointed out a Frogfish and 2 yellow seahorses. At the Missing Link (40 foot Wall) we saw 3 Green Moray Eels, two of them were swimming around the coral heads and schools of 100 or more horse eyed jacks.

In all we counted seeing over 12 seahorses in various colors. We saw red, yellow, orange and brown seahorses and one was nealry 10 inches tall. We saw a Frogfish, 10 green moray eels, several spotted brown eels, over 30 lobster, 5 large channel crabs, a spotted eagle ray, 4 octopus (during 2 night dives) one had tenticles of atleast 2 feet, a couple schools of over 100 large horseeyed jacks, numerous large dog snappers, small crabs, a large wall of buttercup corals on a night dive by the Dive Site Chimmneys, and literally mountains of very healthy coral litterally 15 minutes from the dock. We did an optional shark dive and swam with a school of atleast 16 Grey Sharks ranging in size from 5 to 9 feet long.

The folks on our boat were amazed and impressed with all the life Derry showed us. I have had some excellent dive masters/guides in my diving travels but Derry was like a bloodhound. He found incredible stuff big and small on every dive. I hate to jinx myself on future dives and say he was the best I have experienced but to this point he has been. He was special and worth asking for specifically if you go.

The resort food was also very good. They had hired a new chef about a month before we arrived. We had no trouble finding something good to eat at all 3 meals and we had no trouble at all with stomach cramping or other less than fun amnomalities that we had read some travelers suffered there. At lunch they served the best french fries I have had and the local catsup is incredible...make sure to try it.

The rooms were about a 3 of a 5 rating but we spent most of all our time outdoors so the rooms were fine. They had a little refrigerator in them that was nice to chill some beverages we bought.

We encountered "no-see-ems" which we expected. They were pretty bad unless you covered yourself with insect repelant and make sure it has Deet in it. The bites were still on us almost a week after we returned home. The resort was diligent in spraying which helped but these insects are worth paying attention to they can be a problem. The locals had a repellant that is in a brown bottle and smelled like Citronella. It was the most effective we used.

The resort has a hyperbaric chamber and a full time doctor onstaff 24/7. They ask for a donation of $2 a day to support the chamber and doctor and in exchange you can visit him anytime for free. Thank goodness they had the doctor my daughter came down with an ear infection on our 2nd day there. The doctor diagnosed it and we had Cipro Antibiotics delivered to her in less than 30 minutes. It really was fabulous having the doc there he was very visible to everyone and available to all. That was a really nice touch and he saved my daughters diving trip. She sat out one day and dove the rest of the time becuase of the doctor.

The wild life they had roaming around was another really nice feature of Fantasy Island. We fed spider monkeys and Watusies (little South American rabbits)every day. It really added a nice dimension to the trip.

The water temp was 84 degrees at depth. I typically wore a skin or a 2 mill wetsuit. A 3 mill would have been too much for me.

We had a totally great time at Fantasy Island. We are very happy with our trip and will return there.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Key largo, Grand Turk, all 3 Caymen Islands, Jamaica, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Cozumel, St Croix, and 4 Honduras Bay Islands.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Have a dive buddy, stay above 130 feet and to return to the boat with 500 PSI. That was about it you could do your own thing but we found it beneficial to follow our dive master Derry....he made every dive special.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Onsite underwater photo shop and Luis is very helpful to divers.
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