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Dive Review of Anthony’s Key Resort in

Anthony’s Key Resort: "Disappointing Reefs & Fish Life", Nov, 2014,

by Tony Fernandez, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7967 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had heard so many positive things about Roatan, that I was very excited to finally be diving there. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the quality of the experience. I thought the reefs were not nearly as rich as other places I've been in the Caribbean. Perhaps it was just an off-week as it had been stormy prior to our arrival and stayed windy and rainy most of our stay. In fact, the first two days of diving, we were bused to the south side of the island for our dives and the first of those days, only two dives were offered. Day three we finally could dive from the resort in the morning, but the afternoon and night dives were cancelled.

Maybe it was the lousy weather we had, but I was not impressed with the marine life: no seahorses, octopus, stingrays or eagle rays all week. My group saw but one sleeping nurse shark and one scorpionfish for the week.

Due to the poor visibility, I did not shoot any wide angle all week, sticking to macro photography only. Though the divemasters were very friendly, I thought they could have done a better job of pointing out more things. About the only critters they showed us (aside from the many turtles and a few free-swimming eels), were a couple of pipefish and lettuce sea slugs. I managed to find four neck crabs on my own, though they briefed them on several of the dives, but never pointed out any. Perhaps if they had slowed down, we would have seen more.

To sum it up, I think Anthony's is geared more to the casual diver. If you want to maximize your diving, this is not the place. The accommodations were fine and the food was good. One positive: the bugs were almost non-existent this week!
Websites Anthony’s Key Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Dominica, Belize, Caymans, Galapagos, Cocos, Socorro, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Maldives, PNG.
Closest Airport Roatan Getting There Connect through Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The first several days, the divemasters briefed 40-45 minutes as the dive times. After some conversations with them, they finally relented and allowed 60 minute dives the last two days of the week.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Not really set up very well for serious underwater photography. There is no dedicated camera room, so you have to lug your camera back and forth to your cabin. I ended up leaving my camera in my dive locker between dives. The boat crew did a good job of handling cameras while on board. There was one large bin on dive boat for cameras, but because of the rough conditions, I had to take my rig out and hold onto it during boat rides to avoid having it bang into other cameras.
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