Roatan is the largest and most populated of the Bay Islands. The only international airport for the islands is located here, and services direct flights on weekends from Houston with United, and Atlanta with Delta, most of the year. Taca and American occasionally fly in from Miami during the high season, but each year is different. Regional jets and small charters arrive from the mainland daily, as well as ferries and private boats from the other islands and the mainland city of La Ceiba.
Roatan hosts several cruise ships weekly. There are two cruise ship ports, and the towns are bustling when the large ships come in. There are many diverse areas of the island as well as private cays which offer something for everyone. This article will touch on a few all-inclusive dive resorts.
Anthony’s Key Resort
This is the one of the largest and longest standing resorts in the Bay Islands. It is contained on a private cay near Sandy Bay on the North Side of the island. Only accessible by small motor taxi guests will feel a sense of remoteness even though the main island is less than a hundred yards away. Individual cabins line the waterfront with a series of footpaths constructed over the mangroves. Fifty-six bungalows accommodate over 100 divers at its maximum occupancy rate. The resort offers a fleet of dive boats, a large swimming pool, and an open air restaurant so you can take advantage of the surrounding crystal clear Caribbean waters.
Anthony’s Key is owned and operated by the Galindo family since 1970. They also operate the Dolphin encouners on neighboring Bailey’s Key which is open to the public. The resort is family friendly and offers week long camps during summer months.
Roatan’s only hyperbaric chamber is located onsite.
Cocoview Dive Resort
Cocoview is located on the calmer, South Side of Roatan. It is not close to any town (or cruise ship). Founded in 1983, the resort has 26 rooms and many weeks booked by dive clubs and shops. The rooms, hotel, and restaurant are steps away from each other. The dive operation is top notch and is run in conjunction with Dockside Divers the onsite dive shop.
Boats go out twice daily and offer one boat dive and one dropoff dive on the house reef that runs parallel to the resort. Unlimited shore diving is available and night dives are done from shore with an optional boat dive for an extra fee. Current managers Mitch and Deb are welcoming and helpful with any quesitons. Cocoview boasts a large return rate and certainly cater to their “Coconuts” who have returned over and over for the diving experience provided by these professionals. As one traveler put it, “it is adult dive camp!”
Fantasy Island Resort
Fantasy Island is located on a 21 acre private island on the South Side, which is easily accessible to the main island of Roatan by a wooden bridge. This resort has it all. Pool, tennis courts, water sports galore, two restaruants, two bars, live entertainment, gift shop, and a top notch dive operation. The 109 rooms are not all taken by divers and the dive shop caters to day trippers as well as onsite guests. It is not as full service as other shops, you do take care of your own gear, but the staff is exceptional and highly praised.