You don’t need to travel to Dubai or Fiji and pay through the nose to stay in an underwater hotel. The first underwater hotel ever created is located right in the United States.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge, located in Key Largo, Florida, opened in 1986, according to Guinness World Records, and before it was a hotel it was an underwater laboratory. The hotel has hosted celebrity guests including former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and rock star Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, and now YouTuber Ryan Trahan has joined the list after posting a tour of the underwater hotel on his channel.
Guests must first be certified in scuba diving before traveling. They’ll need to dive down 30 feet to the lodge, which sits on legs 5 feet off the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon. The underwater hotel is divided into two parts: the sleeping quarters and the living ones. The sleeping area has two small bedrooms and can welcome up to six guests. The living area has a kitchen, a couch, a couple of tables, and a TV.
After a fearful dive with the lodge’s guide and scuba diver extraordinaire, Daniel, Trahan settles in the lodge. He makes some coffee and spots a few fish through the lodge’s sealed-shut porthole. Then the YouTuber finds and plays a DVD explaining the history of the lodge before Daniel delivers him pizza — surprisingly dry, intact, and appetizing. Trahan stayed in the underwater hotel for a total of 17 hours and concluded his stay with a note in the guest book.
If you’re looking to stay at Jules’ Undersea Lodge, it’ll run you $900 for single occupancy, $1,350 per couple, $2,250 for four guests, and $3,487.50 for six. If you’re not scuba diving certified, you’ll have to first take a course for $125.