Diving in Roatan, Honduras, Part 1
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
On Saturday, December 3, 2022 Karen and I left with three other diving friends for a scuba trip to the island of Roatan. According to Scuba Diving magazine, "About 30 miles off the northern coast of Honduras lies a precious Caribbean gem: the island of Roatan. The island’s dazzling array of marine life can be found on both shallow reefs and plummeting walls. It is well-known as a destination for hunting macro critters but equally famous for encountering the largest fish in the sea: majestic whale sharks. Roatan is perfectly suited for new and veteran divers alike. With coral gardens, shipwrecks such as the Odyssey and Aguila, sand flats full of hidden delights, and action-packed shark dives, there’s never a dull moment underwater."
We flew from San Francisco, CA to Houston, TX to meet up with the rest of our traveling companions before leaving the next day. We arrived on Roatan on Sunday morning, December 4. Our accommodations and all our diving was booked at Anthony's Key Resort. After clearing customs and immigration we were all picked up by their airport transportation and driven to the resort. After checking in we went to the resort's dive shack to get equipment lockers and a boat assignment. Because our group was large enough we were provided our own dive boat and crew for the week.
From there we took the water taxi to the island where our bungalows were located. Our bungalow included a private deck over the water with hammocks to relax in.
After unpacking we headed to the pool bar for happy hour and the "two for one" drinks to celebrate our arrival. At 6PM the restaurant at the resort opened for dinner and our party proceeded via the water taxi over for our first meal. The meal quality, selection and service were exceptional. All the initial signs pointed to a great week ahead so we couldn't help but anticipate a wonderful vacation!