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Proposed underwater hotel, Great Barrier Reef

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It could provide the ultimate room with a view, but Cairns mayor Bob Manning says an underwater hotel in the Great Barrier Reef is unlikely to be built for “hundreds of years” due to the environmental risk.

European company Deep Ocean Technologies set tongues wagging at a marine conference in Sydney last Friday when it flagged interest in building a “Water Discus Hotel” in the Barrier Reef.

Five legs would secure the hotel to the seabed, and two giant discs would house luxury 21 hotel rooms under the water.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/underwater-hotel-on-great-barrier-reef-idea-draws-mixed-response-20140214-32ra6.html#ixzz2tO6MmM7t

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Seabed & Breakfast? My trunks are packed! (apologies for boasting)

Edited by Eldorado
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Keep the GBR clean, eat a tourist!

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As much as I love what our planet has to offer, and would love to see certain fragile places up close and personal, more and more I wonder if the ultimate EcoTourism "trip" to some places shouldn't be done via the television.

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It's a bloody stupid idea, and given the dropkick running Queensland and the other numpty in Canberra it's bound to happen.

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It's a bloody stupid idea, and given the dropkick running Queensland and the other numpty in Canberra it's bound to happen.

Can't see it happening, they can't even get the cruise ship terminal up and running. We get "Save Our Spit" and yet we built the damn thing!!!

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Can't see it happening, they can't even get the cruise ship terminal up and running. We get "Save Our Spit" and yet we built the damn thing!!!

Agree, how ironic AND typical.
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It's a bloody stupid idea, and given the dropkick running Queensland and the other numpty in Canberra it's bound to happen.

That was my initial reaction also. On the other hand, keeping the reef in pristine environmental balance would become a more immediate commercial concern, so it could end up doing some good - who wants a view of bleached white dead barren coral?

The proviso is in how they go about putting the Hotel out there - dredging and blasting etc would have to be completely out of the question. If the technology allows them to place it with no harm to the eco-system - pre-built modules floated carefully into place and weighed down via narrow pilons that minimise impact (or something like that, I'm not an engineer).

The next biggest hurdle is how they handle sewage, power supply and transportation to and from while respecting the eco-system.

Edited by libstaK
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They should probably just pick some place with reasonably good sea floor and clear water, yet not protected and just build a reef and "natural" attractions... In time the critters and plantlife

will move in without needing reseeding and you've "done a good thing" AND made money...

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you do realise there already is one underwater hotel that has been in service for decades

this looks way more exciting than any crappy commercial modern place

check this out in awe

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