We're thinking of going to Roatan for a late fall trip, our default choice of lodging at this point is Anthony's,mainly because a friend (an enthusiastic diver) loves it. We're certified (open water) but newbie divers, our plan would be to dive on a couple of days but otherwise snorkel, our main activity in the Caribbean and Central America. If anyone is interested I have quite a few underwater videos posted on Vimeo, nothing truly extrordinary but some nice stuff https://vimeo.com/user445162
I noticed Anthony's has a deal going on for their weeklong snorkel package (two boat trips a day plus night dive), has anyone done this? Our experience with guided trips has ranged from superb (Slickrock on Glovers Reef, Belize; Big Blue on Provo- lots of time at great spots, free diving to around 40", etc.) to glorified booze cruises, the last of which we were required to wear water skiing belts at all times. Most people seem very happy with the Anthony's dive experience, do their snorkel trips live up to that or are afterthoughts for the non divers at the resort? For that matter any opinions on the experience at Anthony's for non hardcore divers.
I have read most of the threads on Anthony's in addition to popular alternatives- Barefoot, Infinity, Bananarama etc.; I'd be interested in more recent opinions and suggestions.
Since I'm asking questions anyway, here are a few more.
We tend to go to the Caribbean in the rainy season (schedules and cheapness) but most often even heavy rain passes through quite quickly unless you get very unlucky with a weather pattern, is this the case with Roatan? I won't blame anyone if we do get a nasty low that socks in the whole area?
Are the sand fleas a 24 hour thing, other islands they seem to mainly come out at dusk and dawn?
Any other thoughts on must do activities or things you feel are overrated?
Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you,