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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Wonderful trip. I just returned (1/28/12-2/4/12) and had a great experience. They exceeded my expectations. The fact that I’ve taken this much time to write this review demonstrates my satisfaction with Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR). They did a great job and I they’ve earned this review.

Dive Operations – this was by far the best dive operation I’ve experienced. It was clear from the beginning that everything they do has been from a divers perspective. It was amazing how well they are organized. First each diver receives their own locker in a secured room which is just steps away from your dive boat. This allowed us to not lug our equipment (and weights) back and forth, and you had access to the locker room for most of the day (locked at night). Dive Board – I thought this was a great idea. Each boat has a dedicated board that show the times of each dive for the day, and you just put your locker number in the column for which dive you want to go on (as many or few as you desire). There was usually a night dive available as well. They also have their own wreck site just off the dock which you can dive anytime you’d like. As I mentioned, when you arrive you are assigned to the same boat all week, which means you get to know your Captain (ours was Kenly), Dive Master (ours was Jeromie), and fellow divers well, and provided a sense of safety knowing the captain & dive master got to know you and your needs over the course of the week.

Dive sites – one of the best features of AKR is how amazingly close the dive sites are to the resort. Many other dive destinations I’ve been to, you load up for the day and don’t come back until all dives have been completed. At AKR, the boat returned after each dive which allowed divers to pick which and how many dives they wanted to participate. Many of the dive sites you almost could swim to from the Key. Most dives sites were 5-10 min boat ride. There are more dive sites than you can dive in a week. They also provide unlimited shore dives. They have a small dive shack on the key with tanks, just bring your gear over and you can dive just steps away from your cabin. This was a popular choice after the last dive of the day for those that didn’t get enough during the day.

Grounds - They did a great job of maintain their grounds. I heard from someone from another resort say that the owners of AKR really took pride in their grounds and they were constantly raking the sand, leaves, etc… They were also constantly planting new flowers/trees. In doing my research prior to the trip there was a lot of comments about sand fleas on the island. None of the other AKR guests we talked with from the resort had been bitten by the sand fleas. When we left the resort it was another story (not bad). When we met other travelers to Roatan, their legs were covered with bites. What I heard was that the raking of the sand & debris at AKR kept these critters away or buried, which we all appreciated. Also on the Key there was a pool in the middle with a bar which you could lounge after or instead of your dive and sip a cocktail. They provided towels at the pool which was nice.

Cabins – they are fairly basic (ours was #40) and consisted of 2 beds, sink, toilet, and shower, and A/C, no TV. All of the cabins on the key were waterfront, which was great. Frankly it was all we needed as we spent so little time in our room, too busy diving. What we really enjoyed the most was the attached covered deck with hammocks. The fact that they were covered allowed us to put our wet items out to dry out. We ended up laying in the hammocks every night and most nights fell asleep out there listening to the waves. We were in a Key Superior room which meant it had A/C which we liked. If I went back room #39 would be my choice as that was basically the same configuration but had an additional uncovered deck closer to the water if you wanted to lay in the sun.

Food & Drink – this is an all-inclusive resort which they provide a small breakfast menu to order from, then for lunch & dinner there were always a choice of 2 entrees. The food was surprisingly good, and the soups were excellent. The bar was located next to the dining area which meant you could grab a drink before/during/after dinner if you choose. The bar closed down at 10pm which was fine for most of us as we were tired from all the dives and didn’t want to ruin our next day’s dives.

Other amenities – it was great having a convenience store, photo shop, air chamber, health clinic, dive education center, gift shop, and Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) which ran the dolphin training center, dolphin shows and a small museum. These amenities made it possible to not have to leave the resort for anything.

Excursions – there were also a number of onsite and offsite coordinated act ivies offered, such as shark dives, dolphin encounter/snorkel/dives, zip line, etc… to provide some variety or activities for the non-divers.

Air Chamber – it was also nice to know that the island chamber was right next door, should you need it, but hopefully not.

All the staff were extremely accommodating & friendly. You didn't have to carry any $$ the whole week which was nice, everything was billed to your account, and only do tips at the end. Within a few days most staff knew your name and which cabin you were in to charge your extras back to.

The only suggestion I would have is better wifi. It was dependable and always available from the lobby/dining/bar area but when a number of people were all on (many doing Skype) it got bogged down. I think this has more to do with their telco and less to do with AKR. It would have been nice to also be able to get wifi on the Key in our rooms.

Thanks AKR for a wonderful trip!!

Room tip: Key Superior cabin is worth having A/C. I would also request cabin #39 since it has the covered deck AND and uncovered deck for soaking up some sun.
Date of stay: February 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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5  Thank RMcCabe69
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

We had a last minute change from Media Luna to Anthony's Key. What we were told almost caused us to cancel our trip. We were told no air, no TV, lots of bugs, and liquor was additional. What we found was truly one of the nicest most lade back places that we have visited. The resort is simple but clean and beautiful. Our bungalow did have air, but it wasn't needed. We never missed TV and a little bug spray took care of the noseeums. The diving was just fantastic. The captains and the dive masters really made a novice like me feel safe and confident during my five days of diving. My wife enjoyed the snorkeling with the dolphins and the zip line. We travelled into the West End by taxi for dinner a few nights and always felt safe. The people of Roatan are kind and helpful. The resort staff was just wonderful and really went out of their way to help arrange anything we needed. I can't wait to return.

Room tip: Stay on the Key. The views can't be beat. Be prepared, bring a little bug spray.
Date of stay: January 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Joseph W
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

The accommodations were charming wood bungalows including several mod cons - fridge, AC, hairdryer, and best ceiling fan yet. It was a private bungalow with a covered deck over the water with two hammocks for between-dive lounging. Great bird watching in the adjacent small area of mangrove which was a haven for birds. No TV or phones (didn't miss the TV but phone would have been handy). I was a snorkeler - the reefs offered a plethora of fish - the snorkel guide Ross was great, making sure all had a great time. The divers in our group were enthusiastic about their diving experience. The grounds were very well kept, truly a tropical paradise. The down side - going in January when the rainy season is still evident, which meant lots of sediment in the snorkeling areas, with decreased visibility after a hard rain. Take mosquito repellent.

Room tip: bungalows on the key are better quality, location.
Date of stay: January 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank northlakeOntario
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

What could be nicer? I had a private cabin on a small island and my porch was over the water. No TV, radio or phone, but the cabins are new and well maintained. The dive operation is excellent! 3 dives a day and two additional night dives per week. They do limit dive time - first dive in the AM is 40-45 minutes and the second and third is about 50-55 minutes. They say that maximum depth is 80 feet, but that is not enforced. Nice dive sites, but not great. Coral is very beat-up and not a lot of fish, although we did see many eels, grouper, stingrays and even a very large spotted eagle ray. Food is good and plentifully, but limited and not great. Staff is friendly and very helpful. I'll be back!

Room tip: Ask for a delux cabin on the Key
Date of stay: January 2012
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1  Thank DiveNJ
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I do love the diving at Roatan and Anthony's Key dive resort has the capacity to handle a lot of divers which may be part of the problem - too many divers per guide, the worst equipment I have rented, and not much dive guides pointing things out and with everyone diving the same route almost together. As noted by the cruise dive reviewer below. Roatan is still a favorite for diving and I liked my dives there and their resort is beautiful - both recommended by a US Keys dive shop owner that was also along on my dives and using his own gear. I didn't get to catch his opinion of our cruise ship dives this day.

At Roatan I went for the ship's 2 tank dive. At $99 with equipment included this deal seemed as good or better than what I could get on my own. The tour was run by Anthony's Key Dive resort - a very large and popular Roatan dive shop and resort. A good deal except for the equipment - it was the worst I ever experienced. I never recall much trouble with rental gear other than some torn velcro closures or some minor leaks around the low pressure inflator. I thought I checked out my gear enough but when I went to big stride in, I noticed one side of the mouth piece had been bitten clean off and the other side was barely hanging. Underwater I soon changed to the octopus regulator and gave up on the main regulator. Then I was sinking despite multiple minor attempts to puff air into my bcd. The bcd must have had a bad valve stuck open and the air was escaping as fast as I could put it in. Fortunately I must have been near perfect weight. I found out after surfacing that the DM, not being able to fix the inflation problem, took 2, one pound weights out of the back pockets on the bcd. I still noticed the rest of the dive that my bcd wasn't inflating but with proper efforts to control my position I was able to stay barely off the coral the rest of the dive. At least 2 other divers talked to me about problems they encountered with their Anthony's Key rental gear - regylators and bcds. I dived Roatan once before from a cruise ship in a different area and thought it was fantastic, Anthony's Keys was no different - keeping Roatan as one of my top fav dive destinations - nice wall on the first dive, lots of marine life, and lots of hard coral and small canyon with sandy bottoms through the coral. Similar on the second dive plus we got to briefly visit an old steel ship wreck in about 70-80 feet of water. Changed gear on the second dive served me well except for some minor leaks around the low pressure inflator and the gauges connection. I felt the dives were great, a good value, but their equipment was too used and a little scary. The dive operations/guides etc didn't seem into it that much.

Date of stay: January 2012
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4  Thank for2une
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