Sunday, March 4, 2012
The Poseidon Undersea Resort is a hotel built 40 feet underwater (just over one atmosphere) near a private island in Fiji. The most important and interesting part of the Resort is the Coral Reef Sanctuary Program which was conceived as a nonprofit entity. This organization invites scientists, and the general public to support conservation, education and on going research on coral reefs. The Enhanced Reef program exists in the relative safety of the islands lagoon and uses advanced coral farming and propagation techniques to promote the biodiversity of the region.
Fiji’s reef system is composed of over 300 islands. It’s known as the soft coral capital of the world, although it also houses 200 species of hard coral and 1,200 species of fish. The high degree of biodiversity is due to spawn from coral reef animals, originating from all over the tropical Pacific, which travel thousands of miles looking for a place to colonize. Fiji’s nutrient rich runoff and deep ocean upwelling provides the perfect home.
The actual hotel offers five star accommodations including; six restaurants, seven bars, a dive shop, water sports center, retail boutique, library/lounge, theater, conference room, wedding chapel, nine-hole golf course, and tennis courts. With 24 suites currently available, guests take an elevator to their unique luxury accommodations. Seventy percent of the exterior surface is transparent plexiglass (with a privacy film) the rest is steel. The rooms offer unobstructed views of the coral gardens and unique marine life. At the touch of a button one may adjust the light or feed the fish. I'm curious what it sounds like or is the plexiglass too thick?