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Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort

Address: Sandy Bay, Honduras
Phone Number: +504 2445-3003
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Type: Other outdoor activities, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: The Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) is ideally located for marine study on the northwest...
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Type: Other outdoor activities, Outdoor Activities
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.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It was over $100 per person for the dolphin encounter and snorkel. Then when we get there they tell us it's an extra $8 USD to rent fins. We brought our own snorkels to avoid that extra fee too. The dolphin trainers were great, but the rest of the staff was unfriendly and unhelpful. The "encounter" it's self was alright,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife and I visited here in Jan 2015 for the dolphin encounter. Our opinion was that this resort was extremely expensive, yet very professional and timely. We had our pictures taken with the dolphins and sent to our email address at the end of the trip. Extremely fast service. However, we just felt that our time was slightly rushed.... More 

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Boston, MA
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The dolphin encounter is $69 and is just an introduction, you get to pet the dolphin while you stand with a group in knee deep water. The dolphin snorkel swim was fun, you swim in a sectioned off part of the ocean and dolphins are in the water with you. This costs $109 but it doesn't include snorkel equipment which... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Dolphin encounter is interesting but very basic. The best part of this is the open snorkel. Dolphins will interact with you at their own will. It is in an enclosed pen but the animals are released for freedom into their natural environment. They come and join in the fun if they choose. The more relaxed you are the more they... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I've done the Dolphin swim at Discovery Cove twice and the place is amazing, but I could not pass up a chance to swim with the dolphins in "open" water. It's actually an enclosed pen, but it does get to 30ft deep and it's pretty big. You can dive down and pick sea grass that the dolphins will take from... More 

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McKinney, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

During our week-long stay on Roatan, we booked the Dolphin Swim which included the Dolphin Encounter option. The trainers were very friendly. Yes, there's a photographer taking pictures for sale but that's a pretty standard feature for tourist attractions. The Encounter part - the dolphin doing tricks and the picture taking - lasted about 1/2 hour. We were divided into... More 

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Beeton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Our family went on the dolphin beach encounter and Loved it! It's an amazing experience interacting with dolphins first hand and the location is beautiful. We were apart of a Princess cruise excursion so there were 3 small groups on the beach, each with a trainer and dolphin. Our 6 year old got a little nervous at one point, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My wife, myself, and our one and a half year old daughter went on the beach dolphin encounter. The initial price (adult $69) made us reluctant to go, but we were quite glad we did. The encounter lasts for half an hour, and you will be in a smaller group of about 6-9 people who spend time primarily with one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

In August, my family and I were in Roatan. We have 2 children, 9 and 12. One of our day trips was to the Anthony's Key Resort to see the dolphins. They offer various packages. We saw that for about $80 each (can't remember the exact price) we could do the "Dolphin Beach Encounter", but for a little more, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

There is a massive amount of work being done on the infrastructure of the Islands and this is a place to go and see it. We took a trip from Carnival Liberty and had a wonderful guide who took great interest in his country's environment and the effects on it by humans. Our guide also introduced us to the medicinal... More 

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