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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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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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Best place to swim with Dolphins

My husband and I came to Anthony's Key Resort by way of Cruise ship. We decided on this excursion because my husband wanted to swim with dolphins. We had a scenic bus ride to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Airdrie
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I came to Anthony's Key Resort by way of Cruise ship. We decided on this excursion because my husband wanted to swim with dolphins. We had a scenic bus ride to the resort. The Resort scenery was spectacular, the best I've ever seen. We would love to come and stay at the Resort. I hear it's a... More 

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Institute is very interesting to visit and it is only a 5 min walk from Anthony's Key Resort. This is also where you can sign up for all different types of encounters from 1:1 interactions with a dolphin and his Trainer to diving in the ocean with the dolphins. I did the dolphin encounter where you get to watch... More 

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Thank Kintasays
Hyderabad, India
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was a great outing. we were on Carnival Freedom. did the booking online and reached there at location on our own. the encounter was simply amazing. will do it again.

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Thank Sandeep G
Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We did this for the second time in 2 years and it was almost as good as the first. Swimming with the dolphins is something you will remember for the rest of your life. Not to be missed. BUT if you book online know that their times are wrong. Despite what the confirmation tells you - you should check in... More 

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Thank BoCo_Dad
Roatan, Honduras
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

In the past I'd had a wonderful experience with snorkeling with the dolphins; so paid $654 for my family of 6 to participate together (the first trip to Roatan for three of them). During the "Dolphin Encounter" prior to snorkel time, the trainer/ our guide Mike spoke softly, often with his back turned to members of the group (of about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We were cruising on the Carnival Glory. We had a session watching the dolphins in a contained environment. After that we went on a boat dive and dolphins followed us. Watching and interacting with the dolphins was a blast. Highly recommend it.

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Thank Scott R
Lecanto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Visited for the Dolphin Encounter, not the swim or snorkel. We enjoyed the close encounter and all the information provided. You definitely get wet and they have showers to rinse off. You can use your own camera, but not for a picture of yourself or anyone else with a dolphin. They take pictures of you getting a dolphin "kiss" and... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Really nice little museum and educational program especially for such a remote location as Roatan. I think everyone should go and sit in on the fish identification program if nothing else to ensure they get the most out of their diving and snorkeling experiences they came to Roatan for in the first place.

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Dolphin encounter and swim and snorkel. There is only one thing I didn't like about the whole event. No cameras allowed while SNORKELING with the dolphins. You may bring camera in the water during the encounter. Invest in a good one. The young woman next to me had a Fuji and it malfunctioned. I used the Nikon cool pix. Glad.... More 

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Sault ste. Marie, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

i came to this place from a carnival cruise to swim with the dolphins and snorkel. We were all broken up into groups of five or six. we each had a dolphin and a trainer with us. we got to pet the dolphin a few times and we got to see the typical bottle-nose dolphin behaviors. There was also a... More 

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