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

Anthony’s Key Resort, Jun, 2012,

by desiree bell, la, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6596 has 1 Helpful vote.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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By kim riederer in CA, US 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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