Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences

Roatan, Bay Islands

Honduras

+504 9556-0212

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Sample Itinerary 1

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

 Sample Itinerary 2

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