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Dive Review of Anthony’s Key Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by desiree bell, la, US (1 report, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Belize, Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, California, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Boat dives were led by a divemaster who mentioned "max depths"
and "max times" however these were not necessarily enforced as
some dives went deeper and lasted longer than the "plan".    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
There is a "photo shop" at the resort.  Divers can request to
have the resort's divers photograph and film them during their stay and
have the option of buying a video at the end of the trip.  Special dives
like the dolphin encounters and shark dives are filmed.  Divers with their
own cameras can veiw their videos inside the shop on a television screen
after their dives by requesting it.  There are SD chips and a few select
batteries available for sale as well.  There are many opportunities for
excellent macro photography but not many large animals.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Bring your bugspray and use it before you think you need it!  The mosquitos
are bad, but the "no-see-ems" or sand fleas are TERRIBLE!  

When you arrive at the airport, someone from the resort is there to pick
you up.  They help you with your luggage and tell you where to go which
makes things very low stress.  There is an ATM at the airport and if you
would like to get some spending money you should do it here.  However, when
you get to the resort, money isn't really necessary to carry around because
EVERYTHING can be charged to your room.

There are different options for guests when it comes to the rooms.  We
stayed in the superior key rooms.  They have a small fridge and air
conditioning (worth the extra money if you are traveling during the warmer
months).  Each room on the key is a seperate cabana and most (if not all)
have a view of the ocean with a hammock on the porch.  There is a water
taxi that runs 24 hours a day so getting back and forth to the key is easy.
 The rooms were up to date and clean and the beds comfortable.  All rooms
have a modern safe in them so that you can lock up your valuables and not
worry about them while you are out.  It is big enough for a laptop or two
with a little room left over.  We had ants come into the room almost every
evening, but after swatting them off the bed, they seemed to go away and
didn't seem to bother us like the bugs outside did.  The rooms are very
nice and a highlight to the trip.

The staff is very friendly and they are pretty good at letting you know
what to expect when you arrive.  This goes for the hotel as well as the
dive shop.  If you have special dietary needs (I am a vegetarian) you can
let the front desk know and they will allert the kitchen.  You have to
remind the waiters at meal time but they try to accomodate you.

You are supposed to be with the same boat, divemaster, and captain for the
entire length of your stay, but if you don't arrive and leave on a Saturday
(the normal) then you should expect to be shuffled around at least once
during your visit.  We were with three different captains and three
different dive masters during our week-long visit.  The dive staff tries to
be very helpful, but could probably be more effective if they weren't so
worried about pleasing guests in expectation of tips.  Most divemasters
seemed to turn a blind eye when divers with poor buoyancy kicked and
climbed all over the reef.  Only after hearing my friend and I talk
(loudly) about how important it is not to abuse the coral, did I ever see a
divemaster step up and try to correct some of the more offensive divers.

The coral seems to be in pretty good shape and it is nice to be at a dive
site in just a few minutes.  However, if you are wanting to go to some of
the sites that are farther away, you may leave disappointed because the
staff is not interested in going farther than they have to.  We saw 2 of
the same dive sites 2 to 4 times during our 6 days of diving (which could
have been due to the fact we were shifted from one crew to another).  The
shore diving is very accessible but you are only allowed to dive there from
3 pm to 8:30 pm so the "unlimited shore diving" is not truly
unlimited.  It is a pretty site and we would have loved to have made some
early morning dives there.  There are tons of small critters and we saw at
least one turtle on almost every dive.  There isn't a lot of variety in the
fish and seeing something "new" can be exciting as a result. 
Snorkeling around the mangroves and docks can be very nice and you may find
something there that you haven't seen on the reefs (seahorses are almost
always there).  

There is a clinic and pharmacy on the resort so if you forget some medicine
(like benedryl) you can go there to get what you need.  There is also a
hyperbarics chamber in the clinic and I don't think you could get one any
closer.

Some of the other perks are dolphin encounters and shark dives (available
for an additional fee).  When you stay at the resort, you are welcome to
visit the "museum" if you are interested.  It is very small, but
gives a little bit of history about the island with some artifacts to look
at.  There is also a gift shop on site with fairly reasonable prices, but
we chose to take a taxi into West End to shop for our souveniers.  If you
go there, make sure to stop by the Marine Park Reserve store.

Anthony's Key is really well run.  You can tell that they are experienced
at what they do.  Hopefully, they listen to the comment cards that you
leave at the end of your stay and will approach their dive staffs about
trying to preserve the coral that is still in such great condition.  
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Subscriber's Comments

By kimsjiffy at Jul 05, 2012 23:47 EST  
Thank you so much for all the detailed info! We are going to Coco view on
August but   i am terrified with bug situation. I read so much negative
info about No see ums,I regret planning this trip!  But thank you again!!!!
    Kim    Cailfornia
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