Underwater lodge takes in scuba divers


Q: I seem to recall an ex-research station in the Florida Keys that was turned into an underwater hotel.

Do you have any information on it?

A: The place you have in mind is Jules' Underwater Lodge, a 50-by-20-foot white steel capsule that was once used for scientific exploration off Puerto Rico. Guests enter the hotel through an opening in the belly of the capsule 20 feet below the water and must therefore be able to scuba dive.

The structure, which sits in 30 feet of water at Key Largo Undersea Park, contains two suites that rent for $295 a person in double occupancy for a full day and a night in the Luxury Aquanaut Package.

Meals, including dinner prepared and served by a chef, and unlimited diving for certified divers are included.

The lodge's European Style Package, which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. and includes a light dinner and breakfast plus snacks and beverages, is $195 a person.

Diving instruction is available: A three-hour course accompanied an instructor is $85 a person. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Lodge guests who take the instruction pay $75.

Underwater weddings and honeymoons can also be arranged.

For more information, contact Jules' Undersea Lodge, 51 Shoreland Drive, Key Largo, Fla. 33037; (305) 451-2353, fax (305) 451-4789.

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