1. Jules Undersea Lodge
Located in Key Largo, Florida, The Jules Undersea Lodge started its existence at the La Chalupa research laboratory in the early 1970’s. It has been an undersea lodge for last 30 years, and entrance by scuba diving only. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be certified to get access to this lodge, which is 21 feet underwater. The lodge offers a three-hour scuba course so that visitors can safely get to the location. Compressed air prevents the structure from flooding, and it also looks like a reef from the outside so that local wildlife can still have a place to settle.
2. Poseidon Undersea Resort
Conceived and developed by U.S. submarines, Inc. Poseidon is a proposed chain of five underwater resort that first gained media attention in 2008. While there has been a lot of hype over these underwater habitats, construction keeps getting postponed for what we assume is due to engineering & architectural difficulties. The plans include a 22 room building with a library, SPA, and 1200 square foot suite. Breaking ground is still anticipated & people can be added to a mailing list for advance reservations on the company website.
3. Water Discus
The water discus hotel is still in the planning stages, but already it is proving to become one of the most incredible underwater structures in history. Designed by deep ocean technology, it will be located in Dubai and will feature 21 luxury rooms underwater along with a beautiful lobby and scuba diving lessons. There will also be an above water structure as well for those who don’t wish to go below the surface of the water. Plans were announced in 2012 & it’s becoming one of the most anticipated hotel openings of the decade.
H2OME is the first conception of an underwater house, where people, who have a lot of money can pay the US Submarine Structures company to build an underwater house of dream. The underwater houses will be two floor with two bedrooms, 600 square feet of space, a dining room, and a lounge. All sitting at around 60 feet below the ocean surface. The underwater houses will cost about $10 million each and interested buyers can be added to a waiting list. Of course, there will be windows and special feeding technology to encourage wildlife to pay you a visit.
5. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Ithaa is an underwater restaurant located about 16 feet below the surface that opened in 2004. The restaurant’s anticipated lifespan is only about 20 years and located at the Conrad Maldives Rangoli Island in alif dhaal atoll in the republic of Maldives. The restaurant’s capacity is only 14 people and the structure is about 16 by 30 feet and offers a 270-degree panoramic view of the ocean floor. Entrance to the restaurant is done by a staircase that is located at the end of a jetty. So no diving or swimming is required.
6. Utter Inn
The Utter Inn isn’t very glamorous, but it is one of the first underwater structures that is still functioning today. In 2000, a Swedish man by the name of Mikael Genberg built the Utter Inn at Vasteras, Sweden. As a way to make art available to the public. Located a little over 9 feet under the surface of lake Malaren, guests can sleep in the bunker, which has panoramic views of the underwater area. Genberg will even deliver dinner to guests. Reservations book way ahead in advance, and the summer months are the most popular time to stay at the Inn.
Aquarius is one of the last underwater research facilities in the world & is located off of the Florida keys. The structure is owned by Florida international university & is only used by their research students who stay there 10 days at a time. The structure can house 6 people at a time and is located about 120 feet below the ocean surface. Making it one of the deepest underwater structures in existence. There is air conditioning, refrigerators, plumbing, and even internet access.
Tektite was founded in 1969 by four aquanaunts for the purpose of training astronauts for long trips to space. Located in Great Lameshur Bay, Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The original four aquanauts stayed in the metal structure from February to April of 1969 and a second Tektite project came around in 1970. The second project facilitated about 11 different missions where 53 astronauts spent 2-3 weeks in the structure as part of their training. Both structures featured bunkers as well as a research base. The facility is no longer functioning but has been immortalized into a museum.
Hydrolab was conceived by the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration (NOAA). As a research base for scientific study of the Atlantic ocean. The structure was located off of the Virgin Islands about 131 feet deep underwater on the ocean floor. It was a small space about 16 feet long and about 8 feet tall with running water, bunks, and viewpoints to observe the ocean. Hydrolab eventually closed in 1986 and now resides at the museum of natural history.
Subsix is the first underwater nightclub, located in Maldives and submerges into the Indian ocean. The nightclub sits a little over 19 feet below the surface and is located about a quarter of a mile off the beach. The nightclub is owned by Niyama Resorts and has proven to be of the most popular nightclubs in the area. With ultra-violet lighting and hip interior decorating people of all ages can enjoy the nightclub with panoramic views of the surrounding ocean.