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

Anthony's Key Resort, Apr, 2004,

by Scott Ehrlich, CA, USA . Report 972.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Tahiti, Bonaire, Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Florida Keys, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Major restraints that were very annoying. No dive longer than 40 minutes. Always had to dive as a group and stick with divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments This is a fabulous resort but the diving is mediocre. I've visited Belize 4 times and the Bay Islands twice before. This is, by far, one of the nicest and most smoothly run resorts. The food was outstanding and the service was truly wonderful. It's a GREAT place for kids and non-divers. There's horseback riding and a Dolphin enclosure, kayaks, water-trampoline and great snorkeling lagoons. The place runs like a clock.

On the other hand, the diving was not the greatest. The divemaster was "over-it" and limited all dives to 40 minutes, despite the fact that everyone on our boat was an experienced diver. This seemed to be the rule on other boats as well. The boats return to the dock after every dive, so they tend to stick close to the Resort and have to be pressured to go to less-visited sites. The dive operation is regimented and perfunctory.

The corals are in good shape but it's REALLY barren when it comes to fish and critter life. We saw one small Southern Stingray over a 7 day period. No Eagle Rays, no nurse sharks, no Nudibranches, no schools of jacks, no Drums. I'm used to finding tons of small, interesting critters in the cracks but didn't find much of anything on our dives. We did see two Hawksbill turtles but that's about it for larger sea life.
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