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Dive Review of Fantasy Island in

Fantasy Island: "A Jekyll and Hyde Experience", Sep, 2016,

by Alex Panas, NJ, US ( 2 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 9112 has 5 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New Jersey/New York, Florida Keys, Great Lakes, Scapa Flow, Scotland, Aruba, Virgin Islands, North and South Carolina, Southeast Florida
Closest Airport RTB Getting There Connections available from 4 US cities.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 86 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Our dive master gave us a lot of latitude to dive our own profile. There were only 5-7 divers on our boat each day, and they were all good divers, so that made his policy a lot easier to manage.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I'm not a professional (or even avid amateur) photographer, but there was not a lot of room on the boar ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments I learned about Fantasy Island Resort while at DEMA in November 2015 in Orlando. They were promoting the resort as apparently new owners had bought the facility and put money into the resort to renovate it. They seemed like they aggressively wanted to get some visitor traffic to see the new renovations, who would subsequently spread the good word about the changes, as the price was incredibly low! We were offered 7 nights with all you can eat, all you can drink, including limited alcohol, and all you can dive(!) for $699 per person! We had been to Roatan the year before at a different resort and fell in love with the island, people and especially the diving and reefs, so we were fine with going back for such a great deal.

Here is the good part of our experience, and I'll begin by saying - if your priority is on these good points, then I recommend trying them! First, the diving was terrific. Roatan has very healthy reefs, lots of divers fish, corals, soft corals etc. It's really a fish identifier's dream location, as we spotted unusual fish on most of our 14 dives. We had 2 morning boats dives and 1 afternoon boat dive daily. If we wanted, we could ask for an additional tank so we could be dropped o ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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