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July 1, 2013

Underwater Hotels: Wine & Dine Under the Sea

I have always been a fan of Aquarius; the underwater search lab in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (you can read my article about Aquarius u/w lab here: Aquarius Underwater Lab Rescued!). But I know that I have to be a scientist, an oceanographer or etc to be able to live and work in Aquarius. But unfortunately, I am not. So I have searched a little bit for alternatives that people can live underwater regardless of their occupation. In my article today, I will introduce you the impossible  beauty and mystery of the underwater hotels.

When I watched Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea first time in my life, I knew that the underwater world somehow is going to be my life. “Being underwater” was relaxing, fascinating and “different”. After 25 years, I still am dying to be Captain Nemo in Nautilus and live underwater.

What Is an Underwater Hotel?

It is a hotel under the water where you eat, sleep, watch the news and take a shower. Remember the last hotel you have stayed. Once you have entered your room, the first thing you have done was to space the curtain and look at the view from your hotel room.  What did you see? A park? Skyscrapers? A peaceful river? Or the EiffelTower? These all sound cool, yes. But what view offered in an underwater hotel is something different and magical.

You can see a shark swimming towards your hotel room window. Woww! Or a dolphin drawing a circle and making you laugh? Think about the moment that you wake up and open your eyes to a new day. What would you see? Colorful reef fish swimming and trying to feed in this lovely morning. Yes… This is an underwater hotel.

Where Are These Underwater Hotels?

There are three underwater hotels around the world that I can give as a real example. In fact, there are underwater hotels more than these three, but they are not actually “underwater”. For example, in Sweden, there is an underwater hotel style called “Utter Inn” It is located under 3 meters of the surface and it only has one small room. I have chosen the underwater hotels that you really “live” underwater.

Poseidon Undersea Resorts

Located in Fiji, Poseidon Undersea Resorts has 22 rooms for their visitors. There is also a restaurant and bar where you can watch a herd of colorful fish and drink your wine at the same time. The wedding chapel is ready for special weddings. You can make your office meetings in the conference room of Poseidon Undersea Resorts or you can relax in the spa before you go to sleep. A large suit is also available.

Guests don’t have to be certified divers. Poseidon Undersea Resorts offers an elevator to take you “down”. The pressure in this underwater hotel is the same with the pressure on the surface.


Poseidon Undersea Resorts is located in 40 feet/12 meters. And according to hotelclub.com, you can rent a non-suit room for $1.500/night. The good part is that you’ll be renting a submarine and explore the lagoon yourself! I would love to try this one!!

You can also check the Poseidon Undersea Resorts’ official web site here.

Hydropolis Underwater Hotel

Hydropolis is told to be located in Dubai. It is currently under-construction. When finished, this underwater hotel is going to be one of the biggest structures on the planet. As you know, Dubai loves to hut big buildings especially in the last 10 years.

Hydropolis is going to be in 66 feet/20 meters. It will have a dry land on the surface to welcome the guests, a mid-level to take the guests to their rooms and the underwater part. You don’t have to be a diver again. With more than 200 suits, Hydropolis is getting ready for becoming a really big (27 acre/109,269 m2) luxury underwater hotel (almost same size with Hyde Park of London).

Best feature of the Hydropolis Underwater Hotel for me is its cinema. It shows the evolution of life in the sea and facts about architecture underwater.

You can also check the Poseidon Hydropolis Underwater Hotel’s official web site here.

Jules Undersea Lodge

This underwater hotel is my personal favorite. Its name is coming from Jules Verne. Jules Undersea Lodge is not that luxury and I think it shouldn’t be (my opinion of course). Jules Undersea Lodge is located in Florida and open to the public since 1986. Started as a research lab in 70’s in Puerto Rico, but then relocated to its current location.

You have to be a diver to get down the Jules’, because this lodge is completely underwater. But don’t worry if you are not. Because staff in Jules Undersea Lodge will give you a three hour crash course to take you in. But if you want to be a certified diver, they also offer you the entrance level scuba courses.

Jules Undersea Lodge is located in 21 feet/6.3 meters.

There are two cute bedrooms in Jules Undersea Lodge, a wet-room (entrance) and one common room with TV, microwave, refrigerator, vcr, DVD, stereo.

I really like Jules Undersea Lodge because it is “actually in water” There is no elevator or such that makes me feel that it is designed for people who really like to dive and enjoy their time underwater. You must “get wet” to be there. So you can feel the soul.

Second, Jules Undersea Lodge of course offers features like air conditioning, shower and such but, its classic design really attracts me because I am a retro lover.

Last but not least, the “greenish” color of the sea is also looking good. It gives a little bit of mystery while you are looking from your room window.

You can also check the Jules Undersea Lodge’s official web site here.

Jules Undersea Lodge is definitely on my “a must to see” list.

What are your opinions about the underwater hotels? Which one would you prefer?


http://www.hotelclub.com/blog/top-five-underwater-hotels/ (also photos)




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Hi, my name is Murat Demirağ. I have been diving since 1996 and teaching scuba since 2005. I wanted to share my knowledge through divewithseaman.com

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