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Dive Review of Anthony’s Key Resort in

Anthony’s Key Resort: "Anthony's Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras", Aug, 2015,

by Alex Panas, NJ, US ( 2 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8369 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We took an early flight from Newark, NJ and after a reasonable layover in Miami, arrived at 11 am local time. This was nice, as we had most of the day to explore the resort. The AKR resort folks did a nice job of meeting us at the airport, handling our bags from immigration to our room, and shuttling us to the resort. After a short orientation and free drink, we took the short boat shuttle 50 yards across the channel to the Key and walked to the end of the Key to where our room was. They have lower cost cabins on the main island, but they are a bit of a hike up the stairs, and the trees block the breeze making it much warmer than the cabins on the Key. The views on the Key are much better also.

All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Everything is well marked, so it was easy to get around. The room (#27) was remote, clean and nice. There was no TV or phone, to our delight!! Wifi is available, but the signal was too weak at the room to be much use. It was much better on the main island at the restaurant and bar. Tipping is all done at the end by listing either specific people or a category (like housekeeping), so you can pay all at once. The staff knows this so they're not expecting tips otherwise.

The pool and pool bar are nice. The restaurant and bar on the hill on the main island are also nice. The food was not spectacular, but good enough. While all the meals were included, we went into town 2 nights and found a couple excellent restaurants. Alcohol was not included, but not over priced. You can pick up rum or beer at a local market for a fraction of the bar cost. While kayaks, paddle boards etc were available, there's not much to do if you don't dive or snorkel. There are a few off-resort excursions available, traveling around is safe and the taxis are reliable and reasonable, but diving is the primary activity. They have a dolphin experience, but we didn't engage as we're not fond of mammal captivity. However, the setup for the dolphins is extremely humane. They even let them out for diver experiences, and they always return!

We were forewarned about the "no-see-ums" bugs, which are prevalent, so we had appropriate bug spray & lotion. This is a must and will keep you more comfortable. The water on the island is clean, and although we brought stomach meds and were warned to not drink the tap water, we did drink it with no issues.

The dive operation was excellent - very well run. They assign you to one of the 6-7 boats for the week. I brought my instructor card only because my girlfriend is a novice, and I didn't want them to bother us. I'm glad I did, as they group divers by experience/cert level and we ended up on a very experienced dive boat. I think it's the first time I've been on a destination dive boat with no "problem divers" aboard! We also had the same dive master and captain for the week. They did a very nice job - offered help when needed but left you alone if preferred. The briefs were excellent and thorough. Although we dove as a group, it was an experience group and there were no diver 'issues' and everyone had surprisingly good consumption rates - 2 issues I usually worry about when forced to dive as a group. Friends we met who were on a boat with newer divers said they had a great experience, as the staff was more supportive when needed. While the reefs were beautiful, healthy, full of fish and coral life, there's nothing advanced about the diving. You can get deep, but there's no reason to. This is super easy diving, even for my girlfriend who was doing her first post-certification diving!

They offer lockers at the dock for storing wet gear. They have an excellent and modern compressor system and can fill 10 cylinders every 2 min! They have a separate area for Nitrox which makes analyzing easy (all 31-32%). They have a chalkboard with each boat listed. You enter your number under your assigned boat for each dive you choose to do (8:30, 10:30, 2:30 & 6:30 night dives on Tue & Thu, all totally optional). They will then know to have cylinders for you on the boat. If you pre-analyze your Nitrox cylinders, they will put your marked tanks on the boat too. Lights are available to rent for night dives, but they're not as good as the LED lights I have, so I was glad I had brought my own. Everything needed is right at the dock, so the daily dive operation is very smooth and efficient.

The departure was very efficient. Base on your flight, they assign a time to have your bags outside of your cabin (which they pick up and bring to the airport) and a time to be at the shuttle. It was well spaced so the airport process was easy. Customs is in the US, not in Roatan, so be sure you have a long enough layover in your connecting city.

We were well prepared for this trip by doing a small amount of research, including UC reports. Bug spray, sunglasses, coral friendly sunscreen, and a good light for the night dive were the most important. Bring an electrical strip if you have a lot of things to recharge each night.
Websites Anthony’s Key Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New Jersey/New York, Florida Keys, Great Lakes, Scapa Flow, Scotland, Aruba, Virgin Islands, North and South Carolina, Southeast Florida
Closest Airport Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport Getting There No issues, one connection in Miami.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We dove ea site as a group w/the DM providing the plan & diving w/the group. He tapped his tank to point out things of interest. Some dives were drift (the current was very light), & some were guided. While they offered a max depth, we often exceeded. We went our own way once and trailed a buoy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments I previously read an UC article about AKR by what seemed to be a professional photographer who gave them an average to below average review, primarily because the AKR boats to not cater to photographers with big, bulky setups. This is true - the camera table is small (although the camera rinse bin was large). If you plan to use that type of equipment, you may want to set it up prior to boarding. Since most of the dive sites are only 7 to 15 minutes away, the boats return to the dock for the surface interval, providing 30-45 minutes to change out batteries, etc.

Although the boats don't have a lot of prep/table space, the u/w video/pic opps and subjects are outstanding. Setup you gear prior to boarding & betw dives on the dock, and you'll be fine.
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