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Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS)

Caribbean Marine Laboratory & Educational Facility

  • Divers 2 students & instructor Dr Roy

The Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) was established in 1989 with the primary objective being the preservation of Roatan's natural resources through education and research. RIMS is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatan where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shoreline are home to an astonishing profusion of life.  Over the past twenty five years, RIMS has established itself as a dedicated teaching institution and our facility is visited year-round by colleges, universities and high schools from abroad to study tropical marine ecosystems and the bottlenose dolphins at our facility. For many students, this may be the first encounter with coral reefs and the underwater world and Roatán's coral reefs provide an incomparable realm of beauty, excitement and endless opportunity for study. A field course at RIMS also allows students to travel abroad, become immersed into a new culture, and experience the simple way of life that has existed for hundreds of years on this small Caribbean island.

Inquire About Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences

  • Jennifer & Dr Roy with students June 2016

RIMS wants to make your visit to our facility the best it can be. In order for us to accommodate your academic needs, we ask that you arrange your schedule with the Education Coordinator prior to your arrival. We can help simplify the process of organizing and planning your course so that you can invest your time in teaching rather than logistics. For further information regarding programs available, scheduling, and research approval please contact us.

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Student Group Reservations and Information

Please submit your student group reservation request by using the form below. A reservation's agent will contact you within 24-48 hours, during regular office hours, to confirm the details of your request.

Booking office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Familiarization Trips

We have offered several familiarization trips in the past, which allows professors and instructiors to visit our resort. These trips give you a chance to see our facility, meet our staff and familiarize yourself with the marine habitats. Ideally a visit to our facility is encouraged prior to your arrival. If you are interested in bringing groups in the future, please contact the Education Coordinator.

RIMS Guidebook for Instructors

We invite you to download our free RIMS Guidebook for Instructors manual. This comprehensive 78 page PDF file features a wealth of information about our facilities, programs, and research initiatives as well as a complete guide to planning a course with us for your student group.

Download pdf of the RIMS Guidebook for Instructors below.