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Dive Review of anthony's key resort in

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by joe DelGuidice, MA, United States
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Report Number 2096
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
cozumel, grand cayman,curacao,dominica,st. croix, st. lucia, martinique,
tortola,turks & caicos,key largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
the briefing included depth land time limits, but we were free to push it a
little with our buddy. deep dives were to 120 and we went 60 to 80 often.
dives generally lasted 45 to 55 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    

   Anthony's Key is a beautiful place in a great location. It's close
proximty to the dive sites was convenient and easy: no hanging on the boat.
This all-inclusive resort had something for everyone, but there is lots of
diving all day. I have been diving for 20 years, generally once or twice a
year in the Caribbean, and my 16 year old son has been diving a year. We
both were lucky to have Joel as our boat captain and Greg as our dive
master for the whole week. Everyone on our boat got along extremely well
and had varied experience levels. Joel and Greg managed to cater to all our
needs and abilities. Their enthusiam, upbeat personalities,service and
skills made everyone's trip a pure joy! They went out of their way to give
us variety and thrills, whether it was going to the south side of the
island or moving the boat to another site to get better vis or a fun drift
dive. They were always looking for signs of a whale shark and would drive
the boat out of the way to get us to see the big fish. Greg checked out my
son's skill level and accurately determined he could handle doing all the
dives with us, and all the while keeping an eye on him (and other newbies)
and instructing him  and me on many finer points. Joel was more than a
captain, he loves diving and constantly talked about our dives. My son was
immmersed in diving and learned a lot that week. It was a perfect place for
a father and son dive trip!
  The fish life was good not great: turtles, large groupers, snapper, etc.
and shools of juveniles. We did not see a whale shark nor a seahorse. greg
brought a bag of fish down on a number of dives and the fish would come at
us . The hungry, large groupers were very aggressive. The vis was Ok as was
the quality of the coral. The wrecks were very good and provided fun dives.
One wreck was lying beside a large patch of garden eels......very cool! We
dove 3 times a day with 2 night dives. Never did a shore dive because we
had to rest sometime.
 The rooms were very good, clean and comfortable and I am glad we chose the
key over the hillside . The very short ferry ride is fun and the key was
beautiful, especially with our northern Caribbean views. In April there was
no need for A/C. The weather was perfect. The main structure on the
hillside has the dining area situated for great views and breezes. The food
was very good especially the fish and soups. Lots of variety and quantity
for the breakfast and choice of meat or fish for lunch and dinner. The
service from everyone was top notch. No complaints from anyone. You get the
feeling all the guests were happy and tipped well, which keeps a positive
cycle going.
  The bugs were not that bad. we did use cactus juice (they sell plenty
there). The excursions off the resort were good and close by: nature trail
across the road; butterfly farm, and west end village. No need to rent a
car, and no need to go to the east end of the island.lots of taxi's to take
you to west end (close by) which is nice duirng the early evening and great
for bar night life with live music. The beach picnic is nice and the canopy
zip wire was ok. Probably would have been better just to hang at the beach
than spend the time and money on the canopy tour. The nice white sandy
beach is a short boat ride west of AKR. No real beach at the resort,
although the small man-made beach on the ksy has a nice entrance to swim in
the channel. We didn't swim or dive with the dolphins, but the folks that
did loved it. You do see them all the time swimming and leaping about. They
look very happy. The non-divers did not seem bored at all. Lots to do! 
 Even though i have heard the mainland can be dangerous, Roatan was safe
and AKR was very safe. You can drink the water and eat the fruit etc. The
people i met off the resort were nice and friendly. Joe- Boston area:
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