Anthony's Key Resort touts itself as being a Dolphin Research Center in Roatan. I imagine that many people who do this tour arrive by cruise ship as we did. You are carted by bus for about twenty minutes to a gorgeous area of Roatan. Ironically, the drivers never said a word. It would have been a perfect time for them to tell us about their beautiful island.
This resort knows how to handle a lot of people. I felt like part of "the herd." You are told to get on this boat than handles about fifteen people. Again, nothing much said except "watch your step." Then, after you arrive on this very small island--I thought of "Gilligan's Island" at first." This could have been Anthony's Key? You are sent to a hut to place your belongings. There are changing rooms and a secured locker for your valuables.
I came prepared with a small underwater camera as we signed up for the "snorkel encounter." Part of the group was for the "dolphin encounter," which everyone does. In small groups, you are assigned a trainer who tells you about a particular dolphin they are training. I did find this part informative and interesting. You can tell that the trainer has real love for their particular dolphin. It was here that everyone has the chance to touch the dolphin several different times.
At this junction, you are told to put away your cameras away as they have a professional photographer to take your picture with a dolphin. Taking your own photos would be prohitbited. They will email you the pictures for $30 upwards depending on the package you purchase. for my wife the package cost $55. I had no trouble downloading the email. The pictures did come out well for a "Christmas card."
You are allowed to take pictures during the dolphin demonstration of jumping out of the water and doing various commands by the trainer.
They give you about thirty minutes to snorkel with the dolphins. The area is quite large and there is even a small reef in the middle. I actually found a live conch and clams while another person saw an octopus.
Cameras are not permitted on the snorkel portion. One of the patrons vehemently protested, but to no avail. Plenty of dolphins did swim by and "touching" a dolphin is quite an experience. One playfully nudged my fins, and it was common seeing two three dolphins swimming side by side.
It was late March that we did this experience and my wife and others found the water to be "cold." I had no problem.
The total tour, including the drive to and from the cruise port, is about three hours. It was our first dolphin encounter and a major highlight of our sojourn. It was well worth it if you have never done this unique experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on the island of Roatan, Anthony's Key Resort is a legendary tropical wonderland where lush greenery rustles in breezy sea air. Pristine beaches rim turquoise waters. And wooden bungalows perched above a tranquil lagoon offer guests incredibly scenic views and a sense of perfect disconnection from everyday life back at home. For over 40 years, this family-run paradise has been home to divers in search of unspoiled waters, and lovers of natural adventure in all its forms.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anthony`s Key Hotel Sandy Bay
- Anthonys Key Sandy Bay
- Anthonys Key Hotel Roatan
- Anthonys Key Resort
- Anthony's Key Resort Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands