Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences
Anthony's Key Resort
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
+504 9556-0212

Sample Itineraries

  • RHodes 2006

This is an example of a sample itinerary for a university group coming for 2 weeks with  a background in marine biology or coral reef ecology.

WEEK 1

Day 1
• Arrive in Roatan
• Transport to RIMS
• Check into Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR),    unpack & settle in.
• Orientation to RIMS
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 2
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Coral Reef Ecology Talk
• 9:30 Rent Gear & Check out Dive.
• 10:00 Dive-Buoyancy Skills
• 12:00 Lunch
• 1:00 Coral ID Lecture
• 2:00 Dive-Coral ID Exercise
• 5:00 Coral Specimen ID Lab
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 3
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Reef Fish ID Lecture
• 9:00 Dive-Reef Fish Key Out
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive-Reef Fish ID Key Out
• 4:30 Dolphin Lecture Part 1
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 4
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Invertebrate ID Lecture
• 9:00 Dive-Sponge & Invertebrate ID
• 12:00 Lunch
• 1:00 Algae ID lecture
• 2:00 Dive Algae Collection & Key Out
• 5:00 Island Fiesta BBQ on Anthony’s Key with reggae, limbo & Garifuna Dancers

Day 5
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Intertidal Lecture
• Bus to Flower’s Bay Rocky Intertidal
• Sediment Sample & Beach Profile
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive -Lab Practical Review
• 6:00 Night Dive Lecture
• 6:30 Night Dive
• 8:00 DInner

Day 6
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Mangrove Lecture
• 9:00 Man'O'War Mangrove snorkel &
patch reef snorkel w/organism collection
• 12:00 Lunch
• 1:30 Dive -Field Lab Practical
• 5:00 Turtle Talk
• 6:00: Dinner

Day 7
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:30 Dolphin Lecture Part II
• 10:30 Dolphin swim & free time
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Research Proposal Presentations
• 6:30 Dinner

WEEK 2

Day 8
• 7:00 Breakfast                                           
• 9:00 Marine Monitoring Methods
• 10:00 Dive-% Cover Transect
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive-Quadrat Exercise
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 9
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Fish Monitoring Methods
• 9:00 Dive-Roving Fish Survey
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive-Roving Fish Survey
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 10
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Roatan Reef Study
• 8:30 Dive-Research Projects
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive-Research Projects
• 6:30 Night Dive
• 8:00 Dinner

Day 11
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:30 Dive- Research Projects
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive- Research Projects
• 6:30 Dinner
• EVE Data Analysis

Day 12
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:30 Dive- Research Projects
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive- Research Projects
• 6:30 Dinner
• EVE Data Analysis & Presentation Preparation

Day 13
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 7:30 Dive- Mary’s Place - extra data           collection if needed
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Work on Presentations
• 6:30 Dinner
• EVE Project Presentations

Day 14
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 9:00 Wreck Dive
• 12:00 Lunch
• 1:00 Check out of Resort and move rooms
• 2:00 Bus Trip to West End
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 15
• 7:00 Breakfast
• Depart for Airport

This is an example of an itinerary for a high school group coming for one week with limited background in coral reef ecology

Day 1 - Saturday
• Midday arrival. Check in to AKR, orientation & welcome drink. Unpack and settle in.

Day 2 - Sunday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Orientation to RIMS
• 8:30 Gear rental & CHECK OUT DIVE
• 9:30 Reef Dive-Buoyancy skills
• 12:00 Lunch
• 1:00 Reef Ecology & Coral ID Talk
• 2:30 Dive-Coral ID
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 3 - Monday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Reef Fish ID Lecture
• 9:00 Dive-Fish ID
• 12:00 Maya Key Beach picnic
• 1:00 Tour of Animal Care Facility
• 2:00 Dive-Fish ID
• 1:00 Fish Survey Techniques Lecture
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 4 -Tuesday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Mangrove Lecture
• 8:30 Man-O-War Key Mangrove root snorkel
• 10:30 Patch reef snorkel w/organism collection and ID
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive
• 4:30 Dolphin Lecture I
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 5 - Wednesday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Invertebrate ID Lecture
• 9:00 Dive-Invert ID
• 10:30 Rocky Intertidal
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Reef Dive
• 4:00 Dolphin Lecture II
• 5:00 BBQ Fiesta on the Key w/reggae, limbo, Garifuna dancers

Day 6 - Thursday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Fish Monitoring Methods
• 9:00 Dive-Fish Survey
• 1:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Dive-Fish Survey
• 6:00 Night Dive Lecture
• 6:30 Night Dive 8:00 Dinner

Day 7 - Friday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 9:00 Dive-Scavenger Hunt
• 10:30 Dolphin swim
• 12:00 Lunch
• 2:00 Coxen Hole bus trip
• 6:30 Dinner

Day 8 - Saturday
• 7:00 Breakfast
• 8:00 Depart for Airport