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Dive Review of Anthony’s Key Resort in

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Henry O Ziller, CO, US
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Belize, Caymans, Florida, Tobago, Curacao, Dominica, Hawaii,
Bahamas, Pohnpei and Palau, Micronesia, Indonesia, and Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The depth and time limits were given in the dive briefing  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
There is a table on the boat for cameras but other items were also placed
on it. There is a large tub filled with fresh water daily on the boat. A
5-gallon bucket is provided for mask rinse. We did not use the shore camera
facilities but it is available with a computer for viewing.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was our second trip to Rotan.  We stayed at Anthony’s Key Resort for
the second time. They pick you up at the airport and gather your bags. Be
sure to put their tags they sent you on your bags so they can gather them
up easily and get them to your room while you are checking in and receive
the orientation. We arrived after lunch so we had to go to the pool bar and
grill and pay for a meal.  We chose a hill standard cabana without A/C but
there are rooms with A/C, and some of the premium rooms also have a small
refrigerator. The same types of rooms are also available on the key where
there is a pool and bar & grill. Happy hour is on the key Saturday and
Sunday, and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the main bar the Frangipani
near the restaurant. Tuesday and Thursday there is no happy hour since
these are night dive nights. The bed was a king without mosquito netting.
The rooms are basic with louvers of wood to cover the screens for privacy,
although some louvers needed to be propped to stay mostly closed. Even with
good screens there were mosquitoes in the room. My wife got bit even though
she used repellent with 30% diet, but then bugs seem to like her. The water
was safe to drink from the tap at the resort. The shower is small. The
standard units all have ceiling fans and a portable fan and when the
humidity is high you would need both. We were fortunate in that the weather
was perfect, not too hot and humidity was low. We turned the ceiling fan to
low at night. Meals were all included, and most are served to your table
(nice). They offered a good variety for breakfast beyond the fruit, cereal
and pastries buffet. Coffee, hot chocolate and tea were always available. 
For lunch and dinner there was a choice between two entrées usually
one fish and one some other kind of meat. Breakfast is supposed to start at
7 AM, but they were always ready by 6:30. That was nice to know since the
first day you need to be on the boat for a checkout dive at 7:30. The dive
shop opens at 7 AM to get locker assignment (lock provided) and weights
(the first day). There are hangers for a wet suit and BC. You are
responsible for rinsing your gear and carrying it to and from the boat. You
are assigned to a boat and crew for your entire stay; we were on Isamar
with dive master Calderon and boat captain Leo who were exceptional. If you
arrive before 4 PM you can get your locker and weights and not be so rushed
in the morning. After the first day you just need to be on the boat at 8:30
unless you are doing Mary’s Place or the shark dive. You come back to the
resort between dives. Dive boats leave for the second dive at 10:30 and
third dive is at 2:15 or 2:30. They spread out the third dive so the rinse
tank and locker area does not get over crowded. There is a fresh water
shower on the dock and that is where we rinsed our gear. We were always the
last boat in. The boats are all Pro 42’s or 46’s and well equipped with all
the proper safety equipment. Entry is by giant stride off the fantail and
there are two ladders for climbing back on the boat after handing up
cameras and fins. Most dive sights are reached within five to ten minutes,
except Mary’s Place, that one takes about an hour to reach. One day we had
lunch on the north side at the Mayan Key, (one hour boat ride) then did our
third dive on our way back. Mayan Key has a nice wildlife refuge, a pool
and a beach – also the gift shop which is tied in with AKR so purchases can
be billed to your room. The reefs seem to be in pretty good shape
especially the fans and sponges. There were the typical small reef fish,
grouper, several turtles and one eagle ray. Unfortunately we saw lion fish
on every dive. The night dive was pretty much a bust with 12 people, a
couple large crabs and millions of blood worms so thick they block out your
dive light. I turned mine off most of the time and followed my buddy’s
light. There were also lots of jelly fish and some people were stung. We
wear full skins and were not stung. AKR offers snorkeling packages, free
horseback riding, dolphin show, dolphin encounters, and zip line, white
water rafting or Mayan ruin tours.  We will likely return since the diving
as good as most other locations in the Caribbean and it’s hard to beat the
two for one deal they offer via their email list.
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