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Anthony's Key Resort
Spent a week at AKR scuba diving. They have an excellent program for kids, and both of mine came home with scuba certification cards. The resort is self contained, and all meals are included with the package price. The diving was super, and the weather was a tropical 90 degrees every day. We had large sea turles on every dive, and the boat crew and dive staff were outstanding, and made the trip a wonderful experience.
This is a great place to go as a family! Dolphin experience, tropical weather, and diving!
Anthony's key resort- neat place, great diving!!
we just returned from a week at Anthony's key...it was great. We stayed over on the key...so we had to take a boat shuttle back and forth to have dinner, go diving from the boats, etc. it was only a minute ride but it was very cool. we could do shore diving from the key (we didn't try it). the pool on the key is really nice...i didn't think we'd use it but we did because there is no real beach to speak of at the resort. the no-see-ums were REALLY BAD - take lots of bug spray!! and remember to use it.
the best was the diving...it was an amazing operation. three dives a day (2 in the morning, one after lunch) we snorkelled with a whale shark, swam with dolphins, saw turtles on almost every dive and saw an eagle ray, plus lots of parrotfish, groupers, etc. the vis. was great. AKR has really nice dive boats as well.
the food was okay - nothing to rave about. it is off a menu for all three meals, and at breakfast there is a small fruit buffet. you eat in an open air dining room - set up on the hillside.
This would not be a good place for anyone with difficulties with mobility - you have to climb 50 stairs everyday to get to the dining room, office, safety deposit boxes, etc.
We had a great vacation. the weather was around 85 everyday and we had one day with a half hour of rain.
SUNRISE RESORT * ROATAN
Yeah! I couldn't remember the name of the hotel I stayed in but Julie (fried_conch) a fellow VT'er spotted my photo and was able to help me out! Thanks! Anyways, she gave me some other details about this hotel that may be of interest:
This photo is of the Dolphin Show area on Bailey's Key at Anthony's Key Resort which is just up the road from the Sunrise Resort. Dolphin Shows are held here daily. There is a small Inn and restaurant (to the left of the pic) just down the road called Oceanside. They have excellent food and atmosphere.
I believe that we paid average for the area... can't remember how much though.
Was our favorite vacation spot
We are frequent visitors to Anthony's Key Resort as well. The food is fabulous, staff the BEST, great accomodations, professional dive shop. We too got an e-mail from AKR with their new prices that were increased over 50%. SHOCKED...that was my response. When I e-mailed to ask why the significant price increase, I heard nothing. My friends (also frequent visitors) also asked...they were only sent the new price list again. I am now booking my planned trip to AKR with another resort in Roatan. Hopefully we will drop by and say hello to our beloved friends there...but I guess the owners are more interested in a different clientele. I'm disappointed because it always felt like family there. AKR, if you are reading this...I truly hope you reconsider. You price alot of great customers out.
Lovely days in Anthony"s key.
My son, my husband and I have spent one week (18 a 20) in the resort. Although the weather was not good we really enjoyed those days.
All the staff was great, mainly Sherryl and the mananger.
They have provided all we need. It was a big and good surprise when as our flight was cancelled due to the bad weather, they give us a free night even though we had already left the resort.
I intent to return next year in order to spend some days with better weather.
My friend and I stayed at AKR the week beggining November 23rd. We were a little concerned at first that it may be a little too rustic for us (ie no TV or phones in the room) but we were wrong. We had an absolutely wonderful time, our Boat Captian Joel and Dive master Wendell were the best. The wait staff was very accomodating; my friend was pregnant and the wait staff made sure she had a fruit plate each night. We had such a great time that we are planning to bring our extended families back next year. Make sure that you get some Cactus Juice for the bugs.
I went to Anthony's Key for Dec 11- Dec 18 the weather was great and the staff, food ,diving, accommodations and activities far exceded my expectations. I am already planning a return visit for next year. Don't miss the dolphins - the best program I have ever seen involving these amazing animals.
Gerry's Excellent Denture Adventure
I hope you find this review helpful. It is a bit long, but should cover all of the important points. We are divers and are looking at this perspective.
# 1 Diving) The diving was very good. Visibility is > 100 feet when it there has not been rain for a couple of days. Most diving is from a mored site, so the profile was typically along the wall against the current then a slow drift back to the boat. The dive operation at Anthony Key is top notch. The boats are clean and modern. The captain and divemaster were professional and very attentive (Thanks Roger and Lobo). The typical profile was 70 - 100 feet for 15 - 20 minutes and a total dive time of about 40 - 50 minutes per dive. If you are a seasoned diver you will get back to the boat with plenty of air. Do not get frustrated with the dive times being to short. You can dive at least 3 time a day, which makes up for the shorter dive times (Especially if you are diving Nitrox). We dove nitrox all week - nitrox is $75 for the week or $5 per tank. All tanks are EAN 32.
The water was 80 - 82 degrees. I get cold very easy. I dove with a 2 piece 3mm farmer john and was ok even after multiple days of diving. There are rinse tanks and a storage area for your equipment right next to the boat. You are assigned to a boat for the week. We lucked out and had a great group of divers. This group included Gerry - who became a legend on the island. You are assigned a specific spot on the boat for the week - this is a good safety procedure. The divemaster, boat captain, and other divers will know where to look for you. Also the divemasters only dive air. While it may limit bottom times, it does provide a measure of safety if they need to go below 110 feet to get a narked diver. Two things they can improve A) Nght dives. Light sticks are not required (this is the first time I saw this procedure) - so bring your own. I also recommend you put a light stick on the divemasters tank, it will make it easier to find him underwaster. B) Fish identification cards and books on every boat. Net Net a top notch dive operation.
# 2 The Rooms) There are two types of rooms standard and deluxe. The deluxe rooms hac AC and are more modern. We had a non AC hut which was smaller and primative. We enjoyed this set-up. Our room was over the water and had a nice breeze at night. In the summer I think I would want the AC. Note: Hut 19 is a dog - the only one on the key without a water view. We stayed in this room the first night then were moved when we asked for a better room. The staff was great with this issue. If they can they will accomodate you. Just be reasonable. In high season they may not be able to move you. A special Kudo to Gregory. He moved our stuff to the new room while we were diving. He even moved our stuff in the shower!!!. Great service.
# 3 Food and Dining Room) You eat all of your meals in a tree house overlooking the key - very beautiful. The food is above average for a caribean resort. You can drink the water - The resort is self contained. Try and get to dinner at 7 pm. By 9 pm the food is dried out. Good Breakfasts. You will have the same waiter for most of the week. If you do not have 5 star dining expectations you will be happy. We met some new friends at the resort and had a table fot 6 or 7 pre-set everynight. Dinner was fun it gave everyone a chance to share dive storys.
# 4 Bugs) The bugs were not bad in January. The cactus juice works. If you cannot get it before you leave -they sell it at the resort. In the spring the bugs probably pick up.
# 5 Non Diving Activities) There are also kayaks, horseback riding and dolphin activities. We dove as so much that we did not get to the kayaks or horseback. The dolphin snorkel is a must. We recommend you go the last afternoon of your stay when you cannot dive. Sign up early these prime slots go fast. It also gives you something to look forward to.
# 6 Town) We went to the last night with friends we met at the resort. Our Divemaster acted as our guide. Would not go without a guide. THANKS LOBO.
# 7 Fish) The reefs are beautiful. However one thing you will notice is the lack of large tropicals species. The government needs to crack down on poachers. The highlite of fish was when I jumped off the boat and swam with a sperm whale!!!!!
# 8 Tips) Bring money to tip your divemaster, boat captain, waiter, Gregory for luggage, and anyone else who gives you good service. This resort has longer term employees who rely on your tips. At the same time their service is a major reason while you will have an awesome time.
# 9) A big thank you to the staff for a great vacation. Also we made some new friends that hopefully will come diving with us in Myrtle Beach. Mike, Wade, Kristin, Jim, Becky, Isaac, Sharon, Dan, Elizabeth and others.
#10) The story of Gerry's denture adventure. I guess you will have to come to myrtle beach to here this one :)
Sandy Bay, Roatan Honduras
"VTers in Paradise"
Sandy Bay sits on the north west side of the island just east of Anthonys Key Resort.
Sandy bay is a lovley place where the beach is not so developed (yet).
This past week Dion purchased a home here and will be adding pictures of the area in coming weeks.
Please take a look at my other Roatan pages for a small view of this AWESOME island we call paradise.
Well the house is now in a little different location. We moved it to the back of the lot to make room for the new house to be built in the front of the lot on the beach.
The nice thing is that we can now have visitors that can stay in there own little cottage near the beach.
If you want to go and spend a week in this little place just drop me an email. It is all ready to go.
Accomadations and Dive Shops in Roatan
My husband and I are recreational adv. warm water divers. We love the water and would like to find accomadations on the water - nothing fancy. Also looking for a reliable dive shop that don't take cattle boats and that have their dive master go in the water with the divers.
Has anyone heard of Oak Bay Resort? Their prices are too good to be true. They are all inclusive, which Iam not sure that it the best way to go.
Any info would be helpful. Thank You, Gail Duncan
Re: Accomadations and Dive Shops in Roatan
It's been several years so I wasn't sure if Tyll was still there, so I googled "Tyll's Dive" and came up with this http://dive.scubadiving.com/members/tripreports.php?s=2145 It's worth a read. We loved diving with Tyll and we stayed at Foster's West End. The snorkeling is nearly as good as the dives, with the 100 ft. walls right off the beaches. I don't know Oak Bay, but I'm a little wary of all-inclusive places. Another all-inclusive on the island, Anthony's Key Resort, does have a dolphin recovery program that allows you to swim with dolphins. It's amazing if you get time. Have a wonderful time!! I know you will.
Re: Accomadations and Dive Shops in Roatan
My husband and I stayed at Las Rocas. It was pretty affordable and you don't have to do all-inclusive. They do have the option though. They have a school and shop on premise with PADI cert. The dive instructor did go in the water with the divers. The dives usually consisted of about 4-8 people and they had a variety of dives available. Including wreck and night dives. Las Rocas was a little set apart from the other resorts and didn't really have beachfront - though it's only about a 2 minute walk. We were there in March 2002 and they were building an extension. Don't know if it's been completed. Have a great time!