We’re scuba divers. The purpose of our vacation was scuba diving and enjoying the beach & sun. We booked an all inclusive scuba dive vacation at Roatan's Fantasy Island Beach Resort, through Conquest Vacations, for April 10 through 17, 2009. Our vacation was fantastic.
Never having been at Fantasy Island before and somewhat apprehensive because of several less than complimentary reviews on the internet, we were very pleasantly surprised as our airport transfer bus pulled off the highway, across the bridge and up to the lobby entrance. Our first impressions were “This place looks great”. Check in was efficient and our bags were delivered to our room. The room was very large, very clean and had an exceptional ocean view.
After a quick unpacking we scouted out the remainder of the resort property, at which point we were sure we had made the right choice. The property was very clean and well maintained. There was evidence of improvement activities, which reassured us that Fantasy Island Beach Resort was focused on ensuring their guests had a pleasant experience and would return in the future. The beaches were absolutely beautiful, white sand and well groomed. In the early morning hours of every day, before most guests were awake, a crew of workers would rake and clean the sand of anything the ocean washed up overnight. Trees and shrubs were obviously cared for.
The dive operation was the highlight for us. This is a very impressive operation. There are two classrooms for training, a small scuba supplies store, dive lockers, rinse tanks, rental gear dispensary, a massive air & Nitrox fill station, 6 dive boats and a skiff to ferry divers & gear to the shore diving gazebo. Every new guest is required to attend a dive briefing, which consisted of certification & log verification, completion of diver’s paperwork, a thorough safety talk, shore diving procedure, boat diving procedure and boat assignment. The boats are a bit older but well maintained and more than serve their intended purpose. We were assigned to “Little Dan” with Captain Steve and Dive Master Nelson. These two gentlemen are outstanding, taking care of us for 17 dives, including one night dive. Their skills, friendliness, and dedication to divers and diving, helped make this a trip we’ll remember for a life time. The diving consisted of wall and reef dives as well as the occasional shipwreck. There were numerous reef swim through opportunities and fish life was plentiful. We also enjoyed our own personal shore dives, day and night, on the Prince Albert wreck. Our overall dive experience at Fantasy Island was fantastic.
During our stay, the weather was excellent. Every day was sunny with highs around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. There was a constant wind of about 10 to 15 mph. As a diver, extra care had to be taken, when re-boarding the dive boats, due to waves and swells. The water temperature was in the 80 to 82 degree Fahrenheit range, even at 80 feet below the surface. In this tropical environment, we anticipated insects and came equipped with repellent. Much to our surprise, there were none, not even sand fleas. The constant wind most likely helped keep insects away.
Only the main restaurant was open, during our stay. The food was buffet style and was of top quality. Choices and quantities were plentiful and included beef, chicken, pork, seafood, pasta, salads and many other quality prepared delights. The head chef and his team did a superb job. Table servers were friendly and efficient and helped ensure a memorable dining experience.
As a final comment, we’re grateful to the Fantasy Island management team, in doing their utmost to ensure all guests, impacted by the sudden closure of Conquest Tours, were able to enjoy their vacation and return home as scheduled, without additional expense.
Wolfgang & Darlene - Whitby, ON Canada
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- Enjoy the best of the Caribbean at Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina! Our Roatan, Honduras resort is located on its own 21 acre private island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fantasy Island Beach Hotel Roatan
- Fantasy Island Beach Roatan
- Fantasy Island Roatan
- Fantasy Island Beach Resort Roatan, Honduras