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Fantasy Island, Roatan Update

Discussion in 'Bay Islands' started by zeppelindiver, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. zeppelindiver

    zeppelindiver Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Roatan, Bay Islands
    72
    54
    There have been several threads in this forum & the travel forums asking about the status of Fantasy Island Dive Resort on Roatan, so I thought it would be best to post one new message rather than a bunch of responses. It appears that the reports of Fantasy Island's demise were premature.

    They completed the repairs on the bridge to the island and almost all of the renovations & reopened on November 1st. They have renovated the rooms, bar & restaurant, lobby, refreshed the dive shop & upgraded portions of the marina. Unofficially we are being told that about $900,000 has been spent so far on the renos with more to come. The comments being made are that the resort is in the best condition it has been in the past 10 years. I have asked them to give me some pictures of the renos to post so we can all see the improvements.

    There are a few guests at the resort right now & their first large group arrives on Nov 7th, about 250 guests of which 140 are divers so they are clearly not out of business!

    In case anyone is wondering, I do not have any connection with Fantasy Island, I am simply trying to keep everyone informed about dive industry happenings on Roatan.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  2. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
    2,475
    1,543
    Thanks so much Wayne for the report. We have been wondering how things were going at Fantasy Island. I am happy to hear of the improvements...perfect timing! We wish them all the best :D
     
  3. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    10,084
    2,922
    They have an ideal location, a great shore dive, and have had an outstanding dive staff.

    Consistency over the long haul will be the key and must be their goal.
     
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  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,375
    5,544
    Great news, thanks. Been there a few times, always liked it in spite of shortcomings, and was hoping it could be saved. I hope they overhauled the old boats instead of replacing them - so much character.
     
  5. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
    2,475
    1,543
    DD, as far as I know, they have two new boats and still maintain the old boats as well. I'm sure you could request to be assigned to whichever you liked :D
     
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  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,375
    5,544
    I just liked those barges for some reason. :idk:
     
  7. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    10,084
    2,922
    The hulls are perfect for the local sea conditions and proximity of dive sites.
     
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  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,375
    5,544
    It's something about the wooden overheads, an African Queen feel perhaps? I like some home comforts and take a lot with me, but I still like feeling like I've gone someplace different than usual. I may not make sense on this, ever...?

    Oh well, they are roomy.
     
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  9. Sirto

    Sirto Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Anderson, SC
    292
    4
    I hope we'll be seeing some firsthand reports soon. I have been to FI 4 times and was a fan. Hopefully they'll get back to what they once were.
     
  10. zeppelindiver

    zeppelindiver Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Roatan, Bay Islands
    72
    54
    For those boat fans, currently they are running 3 of the new style large boats and 1 of the old style wooden boats. They are in the process of refitting 2 more of the old boats right now so if they have the volume of divers they will be running 3 of each. FWIW, I like the old boats better too, smaller groups, more comfortable sea motion, and wooden boats are cool!
     
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