Facilities & Accommodations

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The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences main complex is made up of the Education Center, the dry laboratory, the Roatan Museum. 

A second, and newly constructed multi-level building, consists of three large dormitory-style rooms on the upper level, a wet laboratory, and a dive gear storage room on the lower level.

The Education Center is designed for use as a comfortable and spacious classroom. This room also houses exhibits on the coral reef, fish, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, and geology of the Bay Islands. When class is not in session, the center is open to the public and visited by hundreds of tourists annually. 

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Education Center and Classroom

This spacious classroom is equipped with an LCD projector, video and audio equipment, chalkboard and dry erase boards. This air-conditioned room easily accommodates 40 people. A second smaller classroom is also available and can accommodate up to 20 people.  

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RIMS Student Housing

RIMS Student Housing is available for university and high school student groups participating in research programs. Anthony's Key Resort offers special package rates for students participating in a structured program and escorted by a professor.  Our dormitory facilities are also available for participants in any of our Internship programs. 

Dry Laboratory

The dry laboratory is adjacent to the RIMS classroom and is equipped with ample counter space and running water. A reference library contains field guides, marine-related books, reprints and a collection of slides that are available for use by your class. We also have several specimen collections including sponges, corals, algae, seashells, and insects found on Roatán.

Wet Laboratory

The wet lab is located on the lower level of the newly constructed RIMS Student Housing building. It is equipped with a 20-ft flow-through seawater table for marine investigations. Small aquaria are on hand to isolate marine organisms. The lab is also equipped with ample counter space and running water. A separate storage room for research and scuba gear is located in this complex.

AKR's Dive Shop

Anthony's Key Resort is a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center and has been a pioneer in the diving industry since 1968. It is ranked as one of the top dive resorts in the world. In addition to administering the dive operation, the dive shop has a full array of dive and snorkel gear available for rental on a weekly or daily basis.  An ample stock of regulators, gauges, BC's, wetsuits, and computers, so there is no need to reserve equipment in advance. 


Several boats are available for student groups. Anthony's Key Resort's 42-foot dive boats have a 20-passenger capacity. A competent captain and at least one divemaster will accompany each group on every outing. The dive boat is equipped with a radio, a First Aid kit, emergency oxygen kit, a water tub for photo equipment, and a cooler of drinking water. RIMS maintains a dockside rinse tank and a freshwater shower. 

Photo Roatan

Photo Roatan at Anthony's Key Resort is considered one of the most complete photoshops in the Western Caribbean. It is located dockside next to the snack shop. The shop offers superb video productions of your individual or group dives and dolphin encounters.


The Cornerstone Medical Services & Hyperbaric Chamber offer dependable hyperbaric healthcare to recreational and commercial divers in the region. In addition to hyperbaric medicine, general medical care is also provided to the local community and Anthony's Key Resort guests.  complete with an emergency room, x-ray room, two consultation rooms, one observation room, a laboratory, a pharmacy and is staffed by three medical doctors, an EMT and laboratory technician.