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Dive Review of Kids Sea Camp/Anthony's Key Resort in

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Doris Schaffer/ Miguel Jorge, CA, USA
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Report Number 4270
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Solomons, Micronesia, Fiji, Red Sea, California, Galapagos,
Mexico, Caribbean, Maldives, Hawaii, Cocos Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the divemaster, no deeper than divemaster specifies, don't go below
depth divemaster specifies  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Facilities on dive boats consisted of a bucket for cameras and a dry table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
     If you're looking for a bargain trip, you like land-based operations
and structured diving and you're a diver with not a lot of experience,
Anthony's Key Resort is the place for you.  Three dives a day plus two
night dives a week.  Follow the divemaster, do not go below the depth he
sets or beyond the time he specifies.  A couple of interesting wrecks at
about 110 feet, but most of the diving averages 30 to 70 feet over reefs
covered with brown algae.  Outcroppings of healthy hard and soft coral, a
few turtles and eels, big groupers that hang out under the boats,
visibility of 30 to 60 feet and water temperature averaging 82 degrees make
for easy, pleasant diving despite a paucity of reef fish.  Anthony's Key is
an all-inclusive resort featuring three sit-down meals each day, the boat
diving, unlimited shore diving, and horseback riding.  The dive boats were
specially designed for the resort and they are efficient and comfortable. 
The locker room, however, could use a re-design--lockers are tiny and the
room too small and cramped to hold so many lockers; when we wanted to get
to our lockers, others using theirs blocked our way, an annoying
inconvenience.  The food is decent with several entree choices at meals
which are served; no buffets except for one lunch and one barbeque dinner
during the week.  Most bungalows are on the water; standard bungalows are
somewhat primitive and need maintenance; they have louvers to catch the
breezes and porches with hammocks, but there were no breezes, weather was
hot and humid and we relied on fans.  Superior bungalows are
air-conditioned, finished more nicely than the standards and are better
maintained.  Anthony's Key owns Roatan Institute of Marine Science which
keeps about 19 dolphins in captivity for research and the entertainment of
     We were there with Kids Sea Camp, a scuba diving camp for families,
and while the adults were diving, counselors were with the kids doing art
projects, water activities, playing with the dolphins, horseback riding,
field trips and a host of other activities.  Kids Sea Camp strives to
create a fun, safe and educational experience for kids while parents dive. 
Some kids learn to snorkel; others test out scuba equipment while the older
ones get certified.  Margo Peyton, who created the Kids Sea Camp concept,
has the best of intentions and makes every effort to keep her guests happy,
but the execution of the concept is dependent on local dive instructors
that are contracted to work as instructors/chaperones/lifeguards.  The
safety of the kids is dependent on the instructor-to-child ratio and the
attentiveness of the guides.  We were put off by the releases we were
required to sign on behalf of the children, releasing the resort and Kids
Sea Camp from their own negligence, which struck us as providing no
incentive to be careful.
     The fun is definitely there, especially as Ron Rogest, a talented,
inspirational artist with a gift for working with children, helped the kids
paint sea creatures on frameable canvases.  Unfortunately, even his
outstanding personality and good humor was not enough to prevent the low
point of the week which was the 3-hour-long ceremony where presentations,
poems, showing art work and an auction for a local charity drove us to
yawns.  Nonetheless, there were a large number of repeat Kids Sea Camp
"groupies" who love returning year after year and seemed
unbothered by the poorly-organized event.  But while we adults were not too
keen on the camp atmosphere, the kids were kept busy all day, learned about
the ocean and its creatures and loved every minute of it!  Anthony's Key
and Kids Sea Camp is not our "thing," but we were there for the
kids and we'd do it again!
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