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Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort

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Address: Sandy Bay, Honduras
Phone Number: +504 2445-3003
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Description: The Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) is ideally located for...
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.
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good dolphin show

We were recommended to do the tour with dolphins, swim charm us with them, worth enjoying this beautiful experience. We loved it, re going back to Honduras.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to do the tour with dolphins, swim charm us with them, worth enjoying this beautiful experience. We loved it, re going back to Honduras.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We did this and let me tell you we are going back again and doing it again next year. Already book. This is one of those experience that's not to be missed after traveling so far, make lasting memories. The dolphins are highly intelligent and sensitive to humans. My son was having trouble breathing because he suffers with asthma so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Our family did the Dolphin Snorkel & Swim. The best bang for the money with the dolphins. We have done many dolphin encounters around the Caribbean, and this was by far the most professional and interactive of all of them. You have 30 minutes with an instructor allowing interaction between you and the dolphins, and learning a lot of interesting... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We booked the dolphin encounter/swim through our resort, and thought it would be amazing at $150 USD per person. I was greatly disappointed. The encounter part of the tour was informative and decent, but when someone pays $150 for the swim part of the tour, let them use their own cameras, for the ENTIRE SHOW, not just the "tricks" part... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I did the Swim and Snorkel (which includes the Beach Encounter). I loved getting an up-close look of the dolphin (max group of 8 per dolphin) and truly enjoyed having my picture taken holding it and getting a kiss (despite the $45 price tag for a single person CD of photos). It was worth it to me... not mandatory to... More 

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Roatan, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My wife, Cousin and I all went to do our dolphin encounter and swim. That was amazing but then we tried the action swim as the topping on the cake. After learning all about the dolphins and swimming in the coral reef cove we got an adrenaline and fun filled pull by 2 dolphins and then as we held onto... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A great place to learn about Roatan's history while waiting for the dolphin encounters. The kids had a great time wandering the exhibits, which were well displayed and very informative.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A group of us that wanted to have a dolphin encounter decided on Anthony's Key and are we so glad that we did. From the moment we left the ship we traveled through some of the most beautiful countryside. Once you arrive you stand there in amazement of the beautiful surrounding and lush vegetation and floral displays. You board a... More 

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Booked the tour online prior to going. Try to avoid cruise ship days. Get there early to fill out paperwork. Guide/Trainers are very nice. There will be a photographer to take pictures. Addition $85 for a family of four. No photos are taken when you snorkel which is a shame because that's what we really wanted. The dolphins interacted with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This resort has been around since the beginning of tourism on Roatan,and has developed a professional model of business. They offer some great over-the-water cabins that would fit in in the South Pacific, all located on their private islands. The islands are only 100 meters from shore, but the feeling of staying on a private island is great. The dolphin... More 

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