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Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort

Sandy Bay, Honduras
+504 2445-3003
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Sandy Bay
Owner description: The Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatan where over 30 miles of fringing... more » Owner description: The Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatan where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shoreline are home to an astonishing profusion of life. Founded in 1989, the primary objective of this facility is the preservation of Roatan's natural resources through education and research. In the past decade RIMS has established itself as a dedicated teaching institution. Our facility is visited year-round by colleges, universities and high schools from abroad to study tropical marine ecosystems and the bottlenose dolphins we house at our facility. Many programs are for academic credit, some are in conjunction with other field research stations, and others are simply introductory courses to the ecology of coral reefs in the Caribbean. « less
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Best beach day I've ever had. It was like visiting a private island escape. The beach had shade or sun spots and great swimming. The animals under care were well cared for and loved by the staff. Would go back in a heartbeat

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have been coming to Anthony's Key Resort since 1992 and on many occasions have participated in the Dolphin Encounter and when it was added, the Dolphin Snorkel. I have also done the Dolphin Dive, which was an absolute ball. This time I went to RIMS at AKR to introduce my 17 month old granddaughter to the dolphins. The dolphin... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My son and husband thoroughly enjoyed the dolphin interaction, as did I. Very knowledgable staff and simply exceptional lifetime experience. The pics and videos is expensive so I do suggest you take your own water cameras to capture the moments. It's definitely a once in a lifetime worth it experience.

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Farmingdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

For 30-40 minutes we had the opportunity to play and learn about one of the female dolphins. From their anatomy to their environment to their lifestyle, it was a fun learning experience. Bring your own camera (waterproof) as well as buy the photos that are taken by the fellow diver. Great results! All natural environment, dolphins are not corralled into... More

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soleil2jours
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Our family, myself husband and two daughters (ages 10 & 13), stayed near Anthony's Key. We all went for the snorkel with the dolphins with the included encounter. While we found the encounter relatively basic it was still informative and my daughters do love their photos. The snorkel exceeded our expectations. My expectations have been building for a long time... More

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Semmes, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was so much fun! We did the dolphin action swim and it was worth the cost! We had one on one interaction with the dolphins for almost an hour doing everything from dolphin kisses, dorsal fin rides, foot pushes and other tricks. We have some beautiful pictures made by the hotel photographer which I felt were reasonably priced for... More

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I have traveled to many places where dolphins are kept in tiny areas and have never wanted to swim with them because I am not in favor of dolphins being used as circus animals. I recently visited Roatan with a total of 11 family members and because the teenage girls said it was their lifelong dream to swim with dolphins... More

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Westbay ,Roatan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

AKR is a magnificent resort that has been around for 30 years and they wee pioneers in the field of marine sciences in the Western Caribbean. The little museum is very interesting and teaches the novice about marine life around those waters. Then a quick boat ride out to the Key will have you interacting with the dolphins. The trainers... More

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My family recently booked this from the Carnival Legend. This was something my husband and my daughters will never forget! After leaving Mahogany Bay compound we took a bus across the island on about a 25 minute drive to Anthony's Key Resort. We took a short boat ride across the lagoon to the dolphin area. We had did the dolphin... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The dolphin encounter + free swim/snorkel is $109 per person for an hour, plus $45 for individual photos or $55 for a couple. It is SO worth it! Do not stop with the encounter. While it is nice to learn about the dolphins and get professional photos with a "hug" and a "kiss", this portion of the activity is very... More

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