- Dolphin Encounter
- Dolphin Swim & Snorkel
- Dolphin Action Swim
- Dolphin Dive (Please Note: This activity is temporarily suspended.)
- Dolphin Specialty Course
- Dolphin Trainer for a Day
- Dolphin Scuba Camp
An Experience of A Lifetime
Our small hideaway allows adventurous travelers the ability to have an experience with the dolphins in Roatan’s beauty the way nature intended. The idyllic setting of Anthony’s Key Resort is enough to evoke a sense of wonder and awe.
Here you can also immerse yourself in the world of our local marine life with our dolphin encounter and educational programs. Dolphins seem to top just about everyone’s “favorite animal” list, and it’s no wonder. These gentle mammals are friendly and intelligent, and they’re known for their agility and playful behavior.
During your stay at Anthony’s Key Resort, you have the rare opportunity to interact with our resident pod of dolphins in their natural environment. A large family of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins makes their home just across our lagoon at Bailey’s Key. Here you can swim and snorkel with them on their own terms, with no trained behaviors. You can also dive with them in the open sea and experience what it’s like to be ‘part of the pod’.
If you crave more extensive experience, consider the Dolphin Trainer for a Day or the Dolphin Specialty Course. If your family enjoys a summer visit, the kids can take part in our six-day Dolphin Scuba Camp. They’ll brush up on their snorkeling and scuba skills while learning and interacting with these beautiful sea mammals.
When you vacation at Anthony’s Key Resort, you’ll enjoy an intimate acquaintance with nature in all its forms. Peruse our dolphin package options and choose your favorite way to make a new friend!
FaceTime With The Dolphins
The Dolphin Encounter begins as you travel across our lagoon to Bailey’s Key. One of two keys that make up Anthony’s Key Resort and the private home to a large family of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. At a beach-front cabana, you’ll receive a brief orientation and then you’ll walk along a white sandy beach to wade waist deep into the gin-clear waters of the Caribbean. A trained naturalist will meet you at the beach and give you a personal introduction to a resident dolphin. The trainer will describe the dolphins’ characteristics, anatomy, and behaviors. You’ll then have the opportunity to touch, kiss, and play with a member of this friendly family of marine mammals. During the 30-minute encounter portion, you’ll have excellent photo opportunities with your personal camera. In addition, our on-site photographers will take professional photos of you and your new friends.
• Children ages 3-13 must be accompanied by a paying adult or guardian while in the water.
• Children under 3 years of age are free of charge and may participate while being held by a paying adult.
Dolphin Swim and Snorkel
Become a Part of the Pod
Immediately following the 30 minute Dolphin Encounter, this activity allows you to swim and snorkel with our resident pod of dolphins on their terms, with no trained behaviors. Experience what it would be like to be a ‘part of the pod’ in the wild – it’s a thrill you’ll remember for years to come. With a limited number of fellow participants, you’ll enjoy maximum physical contact with these friendly marine mammals as they swim along with you throughout a two-acre enclosure. You’ll be captivated by their natural curiosity, intrigued by their whistles and clicks as they communicate with each other, and delighted to see mothers and their calves swimming side by side.
- Participants must be 8 years of age or older and be accompanied by a parent or guardian while snorkeling to participate.
- Participants should be familiar with the use of mask, fins, and snorkel. Must have prior snorkeling experience.
- Total time spent with the dolphins is one hour.
- Pregnant women are not allowed.
- Personal cameras are permitted during encounter session only.
- Cameras or video are not allowed in the water during the snorkel session.
- Professional photos available after the swim.
Dolphin Action Swim
Play and Swim with Fun-Loving Dolphins
This dynamic 45-minute dolphin activity begins with a brief introduction to two dolphins, who will greet you on the platform with a handshake, a kiss, and a friendly smile. You’ll then enter the water for a playful swim to experience a thrilling “Foot Push”, as the dolphins push you by the feet above and around the water’s surface, allowing you to feel their speed and strength! Then, take it easy on a ride around the lagoon, while holding on their smooth dorsal fins for the famed “Dorsal Ride”. In addition, they will amuse you with various water behaviors, vocal skills, tail splashes, and applause.
- Participants must be 5 years or older to participate.
- Ages 5-13 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Participants must be able to swim.
- Pregnant women are not allowed.
- Participants wear a lifejacket and fins while in the water.
- Personal cameras are permitted during platform session only.
- Professional photos available after the swim.
Roatan’s Ultimate Open Water Experience!
After your top-side orientation and Q&A session to learn about dolphin diving etiquette, a five-minute boat ride brings you to a beautiful reef wall where you’ll descend to a white sand bottom at 60 feet. Two or three naturally curious dolphins will arrive and are free to interact with you as they choose. In this unstructured setting, many of the complexities of the dolphins’ relationships and communication can be revealed. For the optimal experience, sessions are limited to a small group of participants – accompanied by a dive guide, dolphin behaviorist & videographer. (This activity is temporarily suspended.)
- Must be Scuba certified to 60 ft.
- Personal cameras and video allowed.
- Easily accessible dive site.
- DAN Emergency Oxygen Kit onboard dive boat.
- Onsite Hyperbaric Chamber & Clinic in case of emergency.
Dolphin Specialty Course
Study Roatan Dolphins & Learn Dolphin Training Techniques
For those who would like a more in-depth study of bottlenose dolphins, RIMS offers a two-day course combining classroom sessions with hands-on interaction. Slides, transparencies, and videos profile past and present dolphin research at various locations throughout the world. Participants will study the physiology and behavior of dolphins, as well as discuss conservation issues that affect their future.
The interactive sessions give participants the opportunity to work with the animals as a trainer to initiate various trained behaviors. An illustrated textbook and a specialty course photo ID are provided, and participants leave this experience with extensive knowledge and appreciation for these remarkable marine mammals. The class is held on two consecutive days from 4:30-6:00 pm, so guests may take advantage of scheduled boat dives earlier in the day.
Dolphin Trainer for a Day
Behind the Scenes Dolphin Training Sessions
This unique program offers participants the opportunity to spend the entire day with the training staff at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences. Go “behind the scenes” and learn about their daily care and food preparation.
Also, learn about dolphin anatomy and training techniques during “hands-on” interactive sessions with the dolphins. Participants will also have the chance to work one-on-one with the dolphins and initiate trained behaviors both in and out of the water.
Dolphin Scuba Summer Camp
An Unforgettable Summer Experience
Our popular Dolphin Scuba Summer Camp offers parents a great alternative to leaving the kids at home! During the week, children ages 5 to 14 will interact with bottlenose dolphins through various encounters, feeding, and training sessions. They’ll also be exposed to diving & snorkeling skills in keeping with their age and skill level. Oceanside discussions, short classroom sessions, snorkeling trips and other outdoor activities will give your child a real appreciation for the ocean, marine life and our environment in general. Our experienced RIMS staff and the PADI professionals from AKR’s Scuba School are the camp instructors. Campers join parents for lunch daily, and parents are always welcome to observe and participate in most activities.
Click below to learn more about our Dolphin Scuba Summer Camp package and see current rates and available dates.