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Dive Review of Anthony's Key Resort in

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Don Acheson, MD, USA
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Report Number 4299
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Caribbean, wesern Pacific, South Pacific, Indonesia, Australia,
Indian Ocean
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usually 70 feet for 40 minutes on first dive of the day, 50 for 50 on next
two.  Not checked and not enforced.  My daughter and I avoid crowds, so we
wandered off on our own on most dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
This holiday was planned around Anthony's Key Summer Dolphin Camp for my
granddaughters, 5 and 8.  They had a wonderful time!  The groups were
small, so they got to spend lots of time with the bottlenose dolphins,
learned to snorkel, got into scuba gear (only the 8-year old was allowed
underwater - just 6 feet deep), went horseback riding, visited a nature
park, etc.  My daughter got 6 to 8 hours a day free of her kids to enjoy
snorkeling, horseback riding, and relaxing while her sister and I dived.

Accommodations on the Key were spacious, clean, and air-conditioned.  Meals
were well-prepared and served in a multi-level dining area overlooking the
Caribbean sea from a hillside except for one lunch and one dinner offered
in a picnic area on the Key.  Every fish dish we had was delicious - moist
and tender.  Every staffer we encountered was polite, friendly and

The dive operation is well-organized.  Anthony's Key operates 3 48-foot and
4 42-foot dive boats.  12 to 16 divers were assigned to each boat (not all
were needed and used during my stay) and served by the same captain and
divemaster for the week.  Most of the 30+ dive sites are very close, so the
boat returned to the resort after the 8:30, 10:30, and 2:30 dives.  Night
dives were offered on a couple of evenings, but we didn't go.

The boats chum on some dives, so mooring at a site brings out the large
grouper and snappers, usually black and gray respectively.  Sometimes more
than a dozen were under the boat.  Other than two wreck dives (a 220-foot
and a 300-foot coastal cargo ships), it's wall diving.  The area shoreward
of the top of the wall seemed mostly covered with coral with a scattering
of small sand patches.  We found the usual collection of small reef fish,
but other than parrotfish not in large numbers.  We also noted a lot of
algae on the reef; very little elkhorn or staghorn coral; and few urchins,
sea cucumbers, anemones and mollusks or mollusk shells.
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