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

Anthony's Key Resort, Jun, 2003,

by Laura Todd, CA, USA . Report 543.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Tahiti, Palau, Fiji, Tonga, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay above 130'; very short dive times of 40 to 45 minutes enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Great facilities and service, if expensive. Unfortunately, nothing to take photos of. It's a bad sign when most of the trip video consists of shots of other divers.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I went here on the recommendation of a friend who visited at the same time last year and saw eagle rays, sea horses, turtles, nurse sharks, even orcas. I was very disappointed at the lack of critters on my own trip - average of only 2 animals (other than reef fish) per dive. This is a well run operation with beautiful boats, good service, helpful staff, good accomodations, above average food in a pretty setting, but all that stuff doesn't matter if there's nothing to see. The only remarkable animals from a whole week of 3 dives per day were distant eagle rays, 1 turtle, a sharptail eel and the decent size groupers that were usually hanging out under the boat. There are a couple sites with interesting topography: arches, caves, steeply walled coral mazes, but this doesn't make for a week of diving. Divemasters were only marginally motivated to find critters and limited all dives to a maximum of 45 minutes; I routinely came up with more than 1000psi. If you just want to relax in a nice setting, AKR comes through at a good value for the money - remember though, tipping is expected. With the dolphins, picnics, snorkel trips and horseback riding, Anthony's Key is a great place for famiies and groups; experienced divers will be BORED.
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