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Dive Review of fantasy island divers/fantasy island resort in

fantasy island divers/fantasy island resort, Apr, 2004,

by guy johnson, illinois, usa . Report 1002.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 3 stars
Comments [None]the terrible "no-see-ums" were there but avon skin-so-soft kept them away..the resort was nice and the staff were some of the very best i've seen..went out of their way to please and be friendly..the diving was average.we did see alot of groupers in the 4+ ft range and tons on schooling fish..we had several free-swimming morays that interacted with us freely...a real bonus was one day when a pod of 9-10 dolphins entered the swimming lagoon and stayed two days!! we could not get any closer than 15 feet to them but still they were exciting to see.the resort wanted to keep them penned in but the game officals "pursaded" them otherwise.we did a shark dive with nearby walhukua dive center and it was one of the best i've done.15-20 grey reef sharks in the 4-9ft range, not a nurse shark to be seen!! they stayed close(within 2 ft or less) and allowed us to swim with them..the shark dive had only 4 divers but might have been abit crowded with a larger group.all the dive sites are within a 20 minute boat ride at all dives are considered to be single tank dives and the boat returns to the dock each time..we tried to get them to take us to the north side of the island to dive the wreck of the didn't happen, we were told all sorts of stories of how it was gone, upsidedown, broken into bits..anything to keep from making the long boatride to it..we even tried to offer a cash incentive but to no avail..since the resort borders next to coco view they share a common dive site of the wreck prince albert and a nearby DC-3 cargo plane....both basic but nice dives..the dive masters were some of the most friendly and helpful i've ever dove with..derry and moses, great guys!! we saw lots of seahorses,crabs, lobsters, eels, groupers, and barracuda. had a cute little octopus on a night dive.the room was decent, a/c was alittle nosey but not bad.the tv had a remote but you had to ask for it at the check-in desk..the rooms were spotlessly cleaned each day.each room had a frig stocked with ice and water for drinking.bathrooms had a large vantiy and hair dryers too.plently of hot water for the shower but sometimes it came in spurts! the resort was as romantic a setting as one could ask for..volley ball, pool, ping-pong & kayaks were on site.the dive center had ample fresh waster showers and gear rinse and storage.our air fills were always in the 3200-3400psi short fills here!! the compressor area was neat,clean and well run.other than diving the oddessy, all requests were filled!the resorts food was served at times so that you could eat no matter what time frame you were on..the food was decent overall if a bit basic..lots of fresh fruits each day, a choice of beef, pork ,pasta,and sea food whether fish, shrimp, lobster or crab.various choices of breads were always available..each lunch and dinner they had self served home-made style ice cream..all to die for!all meals are served buffet style with plenty of staff refilling your beverage and removing dirty plates.i've read in previous undercurrent reports of the food not being served hot..i thought it was just fine, but since it was a buffet and the dining hours were rather liberal,the food would be less than hot..two meals each day were served indoors and one outdoors(usually the lunch) sodas, and alcohol were an extra fee(cokes were $2 per can!)they have a small gift shop for t-shirts, etc but not much else..internet service is available for $5 per half hour.the dive boats were large open sterned affairs that could hold up to 24 divers.we usually had 11 and never more than 13.coolers with iced fruit and fresh bottled water on for each dive.the boats had o2 and ship to shore radios and big roofs to keep the sun off and cleaned between dives.the water in the rooms is not drinkable by the way.(ok for brushing,etc) we toured the island and its nice, but simple..the west end looked like the place to be for nightlife and dining out..and at a lot more reasonable rate..anything beyond the resort/diving package at fantasy island will get real expensive, real fast! overall a good time and a nice place to dive..if not for the sharks,morays and dolphins the diving would have been just average..beginning divers will love this place!a decompression chamber is on site for those unlucky enough to need one!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving caymans, florida, midwest, cozumel, abacco, utila, roatan, bimini, bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-88°F / 28-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions not much really, we were told what the divemaster profile was going to be but that we could dive our computers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments fresh water barrels provided for rinse but no camera type table on board..not a problem really
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