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About Fantasea Dive & Adventures


Fantasea Dive was established in 2004, owned and operated since then by Jason Sartain, an American with more than 30 years of diving experience gained internationally. Jason's passion for diving and commitment to provide you a top-notch personalized diving experience is evident by his selection of the most seasoned and well rounded diving instructors you will find anywhere. Whether your guide is Miguel, Klaus, or Jason himself, you're in for a fun and memorable diving experience.

All our guides at Fantasea Dive have well over ten years diving experience in all over the world including the USA, Asia and of course especially here in the Caribbean. We have guided people of all ages, all levels of experience and physical capabilities, from all types of backgrounds and we are looking forward to guiding you on your Fantasea Diving Adventure.

Regardless of whether you've never been diving before, or if you're an experienced technical diver or photographer, no one will look after you better than our team. We will find you the marine life you want to see, even when it's so well hidden other more inexperienced guides would pass it by without noticing, and we know the reefs, walls, wrecks and caverns like the backs of our hands.

Don't take our word for it though, read some of the reviews both on this site and on TripAdvisor where we have consistently maintained an "excellent" rating, we may not have as many reviews as the big operators because we don't take masses of people diving, but the people we do take diving all have a great time and highly recommend us.

We are located on the beach at the end of Calle 2 in Playa Del Carmen (click here to see a map), a short walk from just about anywhere in downtown Playa. The "beach shack" we operate out of is one of the longest standing buildings in Playa erected in 1968 when this was just a little sleepy fishing viillage. Our building has retained its authentic rustic beachy character through the years.

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icon_testimonial.pngThank you so much for the experience. You and your crew were very professional and the diving nearly brought tears to my eyes. This will go down as the most memorable day of our honeymoon. We'll be back!

Calvin and Kristin Gerard
December 28, 2010


icon_testimonial.pngJason was great. My family and I had a great time diving in Playa del Carmen with Jason. My teenage sons had a wonderful time diving and are now hooked. Mike had his first "real" dive in a wonderful place instead of the cold waters of the mid-Atlantic. Luck and Jason brought us many animals to see during our second day. I was looking for a dive vacation where everyone would be hooked. We are now looking forward to our return visit and more advanced dives.

Patty (Maryland)
August 15, 2010

icon_testimonial.pngJason and the rest of the staff at Fatasea Dive are the best. Jason's knowledge and dive skills are second to none. Thank you for making this dive the best I have ever had. This is the only dive shop I will use when in Playa Del Carmen.

Dennis Foote (Dallas)
March  2010


Fantasea Dive Core Team

miguel-1.jpgMiguel Lizaola
PADI Instructor and IANTD CAVE Guide

Miguel has a great passion for diving and loves sharing this wonderful underwater world with others. Spanish English, Dutch

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klaus-dos-ojos.jpgKlaus Bosbach
PADI Instructor and IANTD Cave Guide
(Cenote/cave Specialist)

Klaus is a pioneer of diving the cenote caves and caverns in the area, having been doing it since 1981. German, English, Spanish

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jason-sartain-scuba-diving-playa-del-carmen-2.jpgJason Sartain
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer  and IANDT Cave Guide

Jason started diving at age 12, if there was water around you could be sure Jason was underneath it. English, Spanish, German

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More Testimonials from our Customers

Diving with Fantasea diving was reccomended by Steve Fox. (Utila Whaleshark Foundation). From the very beginning everything was very professional. We were informed by email exactly how to get to there shop, and where to park at also. Parking was very reasonable, and very safe. Upon arrival at the shop, we met Jason and Alberto (who share a little shop on the beach. Conviently right in the center of town) and Earl (Divemaster). Who I actually had the pleasure of diving with earlier in the year in Grand Cayman. Small world! They had very high quality BCD's for us to rent. They gave a good dive briefing, and then off we went. We walked out about 30 feet to the boat, and 5 minutes later we were in the water with the sharks. They require you to do a negetive back entry into the water, and request you sit on the bottom with hands and legs kept in and close to the body. They said if you have a camera you were fine to use it. I was concerned as my wife has some trouble clearing her ears, when going down for her dives. But earl was with her all the way, and stayed by her through out both dives she did. That was reassuring knowing he is a really good dive master and would keep an eye on her. I did the Bull Shark Dive 3 different days. After the first day, and I could show my skill level and comfort for being around such large sharks. I was allowed much more freedom to move around. I would stay in view of the divemasters. But could pursue much better angles for filming, by moving closer to the sharks. I really enjoyed myself, and am planning on returning for a couple of dives with them in August. I highly reccomend them, they are layed back and just cool people. Indiana Joe  

Indiana Joe - Indiana - January 26, 2010

Jason and his staff were wonderful. We dove 2 days with them on January 4th & 5th 2011. The dives were awesome and the weather was perfect. Check him out when you are playa del carmen. We will be back in June to dive more. Thanks for everything Jason.  

Dennis AuBuchon - Missouri - January 11, 2011

Thank you for the awesome dives we did while in Playa del Carmen the beginning of Dec. 10. We will be back! 

Janet & Tony - Canada - January 3, 2011

I've never got to thank you for the video of our dive in Palancar Garden. I was amazed by the quality and the montage work that you put in it. This was really great gift and terrific addition to already great trip and time I spent in Playa. I wish I could go there every week or at least every month!  

Lukasz Iwanicki - USA - June 27, 2010

Hi Jason, the Cenote dive at Dos Ojos was spectacular! Thanks so much for a great day! I hope to dive with you guys again next time I am in Playa Del Carmen. Cheers, Kevin  

Kevin Arouza - California, USA - March 28, 2010

This was my first open water ocean dive. Jason’s operation was just the right size for personal attention for everybody regardless of skill level. I had my own gear but once I arrive at the shop Jason and staff took personal care to double check, load the boat, help put on and takeoff gear through out the dive. Jason gave the best first experience a diver could ask for. There was plenty of bottom time. Points of interest were shown from the coral, turtles, eels, lobster to the biggest and smallest fish. A dive buddy and I went on multiple days and dives with Fantasea during our stay. Each dive had a different flavor. There were reefs with slopes, fingers, drops, a swim through and a ship wreck. Book with Fantasea for your next dive. Experience the relaxed atmosphere of personal care from Jason. Don’t forget the memories, get the video!!  

Gary Bosley - Maryland, USA - December 14, 2009

Jason again a special thanks for taking care of Gary and I. There is no other shop I will dive with next time I'm in town. And the video is top notch :)  

Josh Winkel - Maryland, USA - December 10, 2009

I can't say enough about how great it was to dive with Jason from Fantasea Dive. I am a research fanatic and did my homework before we choose a dive operation. We were looking for a personal touch, someone that could really give the extra attention that my girlfriend and I desired. We communicated via email and the deposits were handled through PayPal to make everything even more convenient. Jason was always quick to respond to any and all of my questions and I was already happy that I had chosen them even before we met. On the morning of our first dive day, we arrived at the beautiful beach at Playa del Carmen. Fantasea Dive did not disappoint. This is NOT a “cattle boat” operation. The modest historic, structure reminded you of a simpler time before small fishing towns were overrun by Starbucks and Burger King’s. Jason’s warm, southern hospitality made us feel like we have had known him for ever. This is how a dive operation should be in my opinion. We were immediately comfortable and at ease and before we knew it, Jason and his crew had our equipment on the boat and ready to go. We had lucked out and it ended up that my girlfriend and I were the only ones booked for that particular week. Even if we hadn’t been so lucky, Jason keeps the groups small to keep that personal service instead of just feeling like a number. Jason’s dive briefings were spot on with all the details we needed to make the dives safe and more enjoyable. The diving in Playa was spectacular. Great visibility, amazing sea life, and even a beautiful wreck called the Mama Vina that should NOT be missed. Make sure you ask him to take video of some of your dives. Jason does an amazing job filming and editing and we were able to negotiate a fair price for the final DVD. He was even kind enough to meet us at our resort to deliver it to us. All in all, I feel like I have been spoiled. We will definitely be returning to Playa del Carmen and wouldn’t think of using anyone but Jason and Fantasea Dive again.

John & Sara - Phoenix, AZ - September 28, 2009


I dove with Jason four days last week while on vacation in Playa. What a great time. This was our 8th year vacationing in the region and I look forward to the wonderful warm water diving every year. I used to use a dive shop in Playa that was pretty good overall, however it was more "corporate diving" verses the laid back diving that I have grown accustomed to. Jason loves to dive and it shows in the manner with which he treats his clients. Here's what I mean, on our second dive the first day, we dove Barracuda Reef. Our dive time was 56 minutes. When we came up (I was getting low on air), Jason replied, "man I was hoping that we could get an hour in." Many dive operators would want you out of the water and back in the boat in order to hit the afternoon schedule, not Jason. Cool thing is he always give you a dive briefing, checks your equipment, and reviews hand signals before every dive. Great dives, great dive operator, I can't recommend highly enough.

Marty Rowe - Fayetteville, AR - June 29, 2009

Came down to visit and dive with Jason for the third time in a year and a half and get a few dives in. As usual we had a wonderful time! We dove Cenotes (Temple of Doom & Grand Cenote), Cozumel and Playa reefs. Our group was two divers and two non-divers, and the non-divers had as much fun as we did diving! They snorkeled in the Cenotes and shopped in Cozumel while we dove! The Coz dives we did were Palancar Gardens and Paradise Reef - it's such an easy trip going to Coz with Jason, hop on the ferry, hop off onto the dive boat, dive, lunch, back on the dive boat to the ferry! No messing with taxis or schlepping your gear all over creation! The last day of diving was his secret spot and Barracuda reef. Got an hour in on Barracuda!! Saw a bunch of large schools of fish, eels, HUGE turtles, a couple southern stingrays, schools of horse eye jacks, pipehorses, pipefish - it was wonderful! Coming back later this year with my retired parents for their first ocean dives and can't wait! Thanks Jason!!

Brian Treinen - West Bend, WI - June 24, 2009

Just a quick line to say thank you for looking after me during my recent stay at PDC. I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 dives I did whilst there, my only regret is that I could not do more during my brief stay. Rest assured, next time i am on holiday on the Riviera Maya it will be for the 2 weeks and i shall be booking a larger block of dives with you. I have already recommended you to a couple who will be honeymooning at PDC in October and they will be booking with you. I enjoyed the dives & chatting to you. Thanks again, and all the best for the future. Cheers mate!

Jed Lyth - England - May 6, 2009

For those of you reading the testimonials to see what type of dive trip you can expect, let me tell you that this will bve a personable and memorable experience. We found Fantasea Dive from recommendations on the scubaboard web site. It is located at the end of Calle 2, which is by the ferry pier, and the the shop is actually a little wooden shack, which is a landmark and has been there for years. Jason and his crew are great. We had made all arrangements via email, and from the moment we met Jason, we knew we were in good hands. Jason and his crew provides personal diving experiences. The moment we showed up for our first morning dive, they took care of us. While Jason and his crew put our equipment together on the tanks, we went over our diving experience and expectations of our dives. He used our information to focus the dive trips on us. It was great to be in a small private boat, vice those big over-crowded dive boats. Jason took us to his secret dive spot (ask him to take you!) It was the most beautiful dive spot in those waters, and the best dive of our ten day vacation (7 in Cozumel and 3 in Playa Del Carmen). Jason also videotaped the dive, which was perfect. With just the two of us and Jason, he let us dive at our own pace, taking pictures and observing the ocean life. We were not rushed and it was one of our most enjoyable dives of all time. We used NITROX, and although it is a little more expensive in Playa Del Carmen (they only have one NITROX provider), it was worth it for us. We have dived Cozumel on three trips, and after this dive trip with Jason and his crew in Playa Del Carmen, we have decided that Playa Del Carmen and Fantasea Dive are our dive choices down there.

Dan and Chris - Tampa, FL - April 29, 2009

Dear Jason, the video you took of my dive with my two sons in Cozmel doing their certification dives was great. Nice shot of the spotted eagle ray. I and my boys had a great time and look forward to diving with you in the future. Hopefully the weather (wind) will cooperate. Art Fiumetto, Chicago, March 28, 2009.

Art Fiumetto - Chicago, USA - April 6, 2009

Just wanted to say thanks again for another great diving vacation! We've come to the conclusion, as long as we're diving, and you're in Playa, we'll keep comming back! It's your service and hospitality are fabulous. The dives and your videography are spectacular. Lastly, your getting Frankie in the water blowing bubbles, and taking her on her first dive, was the bomb! We'll be back!

Tim & Tommi Mattson - Eau Claire, WI - April 4, 2009

Kathy continues to talk about how you were the only one that beleived she could dive. Thanks for PADI cert. Very prefessional and well presented. Your focus on safety was appricated. I plan to see you again within next 12 months. Thnaks the Meissner family

Kenneth Meissner - Texarkana TX - March 31, 2009

Thanks again Jason, I had a blast. It was a great week, especially Mama Vina and the bull shark, I can't wait till next time!

Jesse Perron - Winnipeg, Canada - March 7, 2009

I wanted to write and say thanks for taking us diving - Tortuga and Tarpon reef were awesome, and even tho you said Los Arcos was a bust, it was still really really fun. Cerebros was awesome, so thank you!

Betty Chen - New York, NY, USA - February 7, 2009

Great meeting you guys last week and thanks for the excellent dive and CDP experience!

David Olk - New York, USA - January 14, 2009

Thanks for a great dive trip. We all had a good time & loved the dives. Ben and Luis are great instructors... We had planned to make a lot more dives than we did. What we did though, was a lot of fun. Changing my configuration on each dive really brought home the need for staying on top of proper weighting & weight positioning. Look forward to diving with you again from your new location. By the way, we love the video.

Dick Fazio - USA - January 2, 2009

Loved the video you made... nice shots of all of us and the various fishes and eels... highlight was the wreck. Excellent music selection as well. We really enjoyed diving with you guys...loved the cenote dives.. what a treat. Good luck with the new shop and you guys have a great Christmas. cheers, Cleve and Suzi

Cleve Wallace & Suzi Self - USA - December 21, 2008

Jason, thanks for helping us and making our holiday a success. We loved your video and had a lot of fun diving. Even though we had to go to COZ to do this. I am almost inclined not to mention your qualities as then you will be too busy when I come back..... We are looking in our agendas to see when we can come back

Duco and Maartje - Amsterdam, NL - October 22, 2008

We had a wonderful time diving with Jason the last week of May, both Playa and Coz. I, as others, found Jason’s business on the scuba boards, highly recommended for his professionalism and personality. Jason made extra time for my wife and daughter, newly certified prior to the trip, and made them feel comfortable in their new surroundings. He started us on some easy shallow dives the first day and progressively increased the dives in depth and challenge through out our week’s stay. Jason was a true professional when we were on the boat and under the water and his knowledge and confidence were contagious and made us all comfortable with each dive. His dive briefings were dead on with what we experienced below the surface and his pre-dive checks were thorough and complete, nobody in the water till everything was communicated and all gear double checked. Best of all he’s a personality, funny and entertaining, a world traveler with the personality to befriend all. I certainly left Playa feeling my entire family and I had made a new friend in Jason and we’re already looking forward to a return trip in the future. Angela, Cindy & Steve Haugen Dallas, TX 06/02/08

Angela, Cindy and Steve Haugen - June 3, 2008

Jason. Pure and simple. Thats the reason I had such a good experience and the reason I am taking time to write this testimonial. He makes you relaxed because he takes his time teaching you and always has a smile. You get the feeling that you are hanging out with a buddy even though you most likely just met. Take note though when it comes to his trade he is VERY professional and you know right away he is experienced at what he does. I would almost swear this guy spends more time in the water than on land!! I cannot stress that his relaxed demeanor and obvious experience and professionalism is just the combination to look for when you want a fun safe dive. Especially true for first time divers.

Kaleb - New York, NY - April 28, 2008

Outstanding dives great service. Really opened my eyes to what a good dive trip is all about. I can honestly say I've never had as much fun diving. The DVD is outstanding.

Steve Potter - Colorado, USA - April 24, 2008

I wanted to thank you for the nice dive last Tues.I woke up in cold(45)Maine today! I'm missing Playa already! Claus took care of us at Dos Ojos on Wed.I got a DVD of the dive but haven't had a chance to view it yet.

David Engle - Maine, USA - April 23, 2008

Thanks again for a great and wonderful time in the ocean. it really made an impression on Tracey and I. You helped make my first itme in the ocean an awesome experience. mucho gracious

Glen and Tracey Collins - CO, USA - April 18, 2008

Thanks for the great dive and the personal service. Our first day back to work and Ron already found a potential customer. A friend is going with some other couples to Cozemel to dive but they don't have any dives set up yet. We'll encourage them to try out Playa and cenotes for dives.

Jill Fischer and Family - USA - April 1, 2008

Thanks again for the great diving. We enjoyed meeting you and your crew, and look forward to diving with you again.

Jeff and Theresa Wolinsky - USA - March 11, 2008

We found Jason after reading some great reviews on him on various SCUBA message boards. He did not disappoint. We had a fabulous day diving with him in the reefs off Playa del Carmen, then he gave us an excellent recommendation for tacos afterwards! Jason was easy to schedule with despite the questionable weather forecasts and a few last minute changes we had. We also loved that we were our own small group. Our only regret was that we could not get out to dive more. We will definitely be calling him for some diving the next time we are in the area.

Laura, Ashley, Jen & Mel - Los Angeles, CA, USA - March 4, 2008

Just had to drop a line and say thanks for a great time while we were in Playa. You were great in fitting a cert. schedule around our short time there allowing us to do so much more. I really appreciate that a lot and don't feel I missed out on anything if I had spent four days doing the same program. The added dive in Cozumel was great and only wish our budget had allowed for more diving.

Megan and John Collins - Austin, Texas, USA - February 22, 2008

I hooked up w/ Jason after reading all the reports on scubaboard and scubatoys forums. Glad I did! What an awesome awesome trip. Started out wanting to do OW referral down there which was no problem he said. Then I changed my mind and decided AOW cert and do the whole OW in chilly WI. He was cool with all the changes and questions I had. I'm typically not one to drop money without knowing what I'm getting and doing research. Speaks volumes that I'm already booking Jason for my next trip down in May! Everything I read about his reputation was right on. Very personable, very professional, very knowledgeable and you absolutely cannot beat the personal attention and customer service. He's got my diving money every time I'm down there! Jason, thanks for everything - what an outstanding experience! I'll be jealous of everyone diving with you until May when I get back there!!

Brian Treinen - West Bend, WI - January 25, 2008

What a great 4 days of diving! Jason was quick to respond to emails, was very flexible with us once we arrived and great one on one experience. Not only a great dive experience, I have met a new friend. Can't wait until next year.

Tom Mainer - Texas, USA - December 9, 2007

Hola Jason! Thanks again- I had a great time diving with you again. I really enjoyed my time diving with you this past week, and am sure I'll make it back again!

Amanda Baszkiewicz - Boston, MA - December 2, 2007

Jason was very patient with Keri and got her under the water and swimming. The first dive was pretty short but she did very well on her next dive and had a blast. I can't wait for our next trip down so we can make a few more dives out of Playa with Jason. I think that area is under-rated and I can't wait to see more.

Matt and Keri - November 16, 2007

Jason of Fantasea Dive was just what we were looking for in a dive op. Jason was quick to respond via email and suggested we fill our schedule first with two days of diving off PDC, one day in Cozumel, and one day at a cenote (my wishes taken into account). His personal attention, enthusiasm, humor, honesty, and demeanor contributed to an unforgettable experience.

Doug Gerad M.D. - Connecticut, USA - November 16, 2007

Hey Jason! Thanks so much- I had a blast diving with you. I'll be coming back! And we'll make it to Cozumel. - the DVD is great! It was great meeting you, be sure to keep in touch.

Amanda Baszkiewicz - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - October 1, 2007

Jason at Fantasea Dive will provide you with excellent and personalized service! My wife and I just got back last night from five days down there. We dove two days with Jason and had a blast! Very personable and very fun! I would recommend him to anyone. We dove Friday on reefs and saw many turtles, eels, lots of fish and coral. Saturday we dove Cenote Dos Ojos......WOW....it was amazing. Jason brought his camera along and made an awesome video.

Give him a call.....you'll be glad you did! Thanks again Jason.

Matt and Mandy Holley - Austin, Texas - September 15, 2007

Wow man! The diving and the video were great! Thank you. I love it. I’m glad I could have documentation(DVD) of my first diving experience... Thanks!!!

Brandon Denton - Texas, USA - July 23, 2007

Hey Jason

Thank you so much for the most awesome experience of my life!!!! I think me and trevor are planning to go back soon with some of our friends to take them diving. I hope you are still around down there when we go back! Thank you again!

Audrey Crane and Trevor Miller - Dallas TX - July 23, 2007

I did 10 dives with Jason (Playacountryboy) last week. For all those who complain about large boats Jason is the way to go! His dives are private and prices are competitive.

As for seahorses he found a few for me. Tell him what you are looking for and he'll find it!

Clint Harris - Austin, Texas, USA - July 21, 2007

We spent an awesome week in Playa del Carmen from June 23 through June 30 and dove with Jason and Fantasea Dive.  As this was our first time in Playa, we didn't know which of the various dive operators to choose.  Well, we couldn't have made a better choice.  Jason was fabulous - very thorough with our equipment checks,  extremely knowledgeable about the reefs, and he provided us with very personal attention - he even made a video of us diving!!  He worked hard all week to make sure that we got as many dives in as possible, and he even organized a night dive.  The dive sites that he chose were spectacular.  It was some of the best diving that we have ever done - as good, if not better than Cozumel.  We normally don't return to the same place twice, but in this case we will make an exception and will definitely be returning to Playa so that we can dive again with Jason and Fantasea.  We highly recommend him!!  Keep up the good work Jason!!

Tim, Missy, Julia and Lauren - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - July 9, 2007

I just wanted to thank you again for the SCUBA lessons. Your course was great and I felt totally comfortable diving with you on the last day. you been telling everyone about your seahorse sighting?!

Stacy Weenick - USA - May 23, 2007

The dive with you was my best one! Thanks again, Sarah said to tell you she had a great first ocean snorkel with you and loved it once she got the hang of it!!

Holly and Wally Slater - USA - March 29, 2007

Thanks again for taking in Josh and teaching him your expertise. We enjoyed spending time with you and look forward to the next time!

Jeff and Vicky Carpenter - Texas, USA - March 19, 2007

Hey Jason

Thanks for helping me get the PADI Open Water Advanced Course.

The extra dive last week was awesome.....I'll be booking some more soon.

Paul - England - January 7, 2007

Thanks for showing me how to dive you are an awesome teacher. I will have to return soon so you can teach me some more diving!

Amanda Bunton - Austin, Texas - January 2, 2007