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Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort

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Address: Sandy Bay, Roatan, Honduras
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+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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Dolphin Snorkel

Have wanted to visit this place since 1990's, as it was always my impression that this is THE PLACE for a dolphin encounter. The dolphin encounter did not disappoint! Took my 8... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have wanted to visit this place since 1990's, as it was always my impression that this is THE PLACE for a dolphin encounter. The dolphin encounter did not disappoint! Took my 8 &10 yo sons for the dolphin snorkel and had a fantastic time! My 8yo has a little trouble with the mask and was a bit shy when the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the dolphin dive as a family of three divers, not staying at AKR. We had booked online two months prior to our departure for Roatan. We were just amazed at the smooth operation of AKR with first class boat and staff. They introduce you to the dolphins on a platform where you sit and get up close and... More 

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Door County, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Touching and snorkeling with the dolphins was a great experience. Providing income to the Marine Institute was also worthwhile. However, the wasted time posing for pictures with the dolphins took away from the experience and was not truthful on the Institute's behalf. The process is disrespectful to the dolphins; treated like circus sideshows. But the worst thing was the staff... More 

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Meredith, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was again impressed by how professional their dolphin dive ran. They had 5 people cancel, so it was one women, and my husband and I. I was worried they would cancel, but they did the dive, and it was great. Book weeks ahead as they fill up fast. They allow you to take your own pictures, but for $45... More 

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Antioch, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Far better than expected, and the day we were in Roatan it was windy and rainy. The trainers were wonderful and the resort is beautiful, we decided to do this activity based on the ethical treatment of the animals. Fantastic experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved visiting Anthony's Key. I have never wanted to swim with the dolphins before in other countries because I was concerned that the dolphins were being mistreated. However, we heard many great things about this place and how they are a sanctuary for the dolphins. We also learned that they encourage them to swim in the open water and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We booked this attraction from our cruise ship (Oceania Riviera) for our port stop in Honduras. Since we have visited before, we wanted to try something new and different for us. From our research, The Anthony's Key Resort appeared to be a lovely spot for our first dolphin encounter. We were not disappointed. We were met at the pier by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Just a fantastic experience, these mammals are very intelligent and inquisitive. They enjoy the interaction and attention from humans. A must see and supporting the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences is added bonus as they do tremendous work

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Thank Realniceguy_12
Emerson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Snorkeling with the dolphins was truly the experience of a lifetime. They are so curious and so much fun to be with in the water. Our family had a blast and really loved this time with these beautiful creatures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I have no way to express the fun my kids and my wife had with the dolphin swim experience!! My 9 year old and 13 year old told me they like it better than Disney!! Great place, great coaches. You can tell the people working in Anthony's key love the dolphins!! Great time, big fun.

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