Maybe it’s because I just returned from Cancún where I had the opportunity to go snorkeling for the first time. Maybe it’s because I also met a guy in Cancún who got “Eat shit, Poseidon!” [temporarily] tattooed across his chest in henna. Maybe it’s because I have an immense love for the movie Finding Nemo. Or maybe it’s a combination of all three. Whatever the case may be, the first place that came to my mind for my dream travel destination for this week’s blog was Poseidon Undersea Resorts in Fiji.
Snorkeling in Mexico was kind of a tease. While there was plenty of marine life to see, I could only get one perspective of
everything — the top. There were so many little seaweed and coral coves that I wanted to explore. I knew those areas were just teeming with marine life, but I couldn’t get to them! Therefore, I want to pull a Little Mermaid and just live under the sea, even if it’s only for a short period of time.
While Poseidon Undersea Resorts also offer land villas to stay at, why would I waste an opportunity where I can basically live among marine life without the perils of getting eaten by them?! Guests are transported 40 feet underwater to an area with 24 suites and one luxury apartment, adorned with the same accommodations as any top-rated hotel. The suites are surrounded by a 4-inch thick clear acrylic, so you can just peer into the depths of the ocean, taking in all that nature has to offer under the sea. At night, you can even turn on external underwater lights to attract marine life from deeper areas of the reef. Or if you get antsy and want to interact with the marine life during the day, you have a control console with a button that dispenses food for the fish. (No matter what species you are, you can’t turn down free food.) While all of this seems unreal, I think the most amazing part of this whole experience is the chance to admire all the individual coral gardens. As I mentioned in my previous entry on global warming, coral reefs face extinction within the century with the rising global temperatures. So, to be able to see coral reef is becoming a once-in-a-lifetime experience in itself. Despite the wicked battle scars I got, I guess I could say it’s a blessing to have been scratched by a coral reef on my recent snorkeling excursion. Who knows if my great-grandchildren would be able to say the same!