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Underwater hotel has scuba diving pizza delivery man

'World's Strangest': Scuba-Diving Pizza Delivery Man

Rob Doyle, a scuba diving pizza delivery man at an underwater hotel, doesn't just drive up to a front door and knock. He straps on scuba gear and dives deep beneath Key Largo, Florida, to deliver pizza pie instead.

"I don't think there's anybody else on this planet that delivers pizza the way I deliver pizza," Rob says.

As he pulls up to his delivery site, Rob's not ready to hand over the pizza and collect the cash just yet. He secures the pizza in a water-tight briefcase, straps in to his scuba gear ... and dives in.

Rob works for an exclusive local establishment located 21 feet below sea level. Jules' Undersea Lodge has been a full-service hotel for over 25 years. This amazing place is owned by diving enthusiast Ian Koblick.

"The concept of an underwater hotel," Koblick explains, "started when one night we saw a spectacular event happen. A giant fish came out of nowhere. I said to myself, 'Gee, you know, if more people could see and experience this sort of thing it would be great.'"

Rob is not just a pizza delivery man. He's trained in the operation and maintenance of the entire underwater "habitat" and is also a scuba instructor. Koblick says this type of service is known as the "bell buoy." If you want something, Rob will get it for you.

Inside the 50-foot-long steel structure, there are just two bedrooms and nightly rates start at a few hundred dollars. All modern amenities are provided.

Rob delivers the pizza via the airlock under the structure. The water-tight container has done its job. Hot, fresh and dry pizza ... in the least likely place you could ever imagine.

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nychef June 23 2014 at 9:22 AM

Again with stupid people and thier stupid comments. Let people do what they enjoy doing. Let them spend their hard earned money how they want to. You people complain when they shoot their guns, they race their cars, they are into religion and everything else.
Good for them, doing something they like to do and its not hurting anyone...

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actclean nychef June 23 2014 at 11:41 AM

I agree with your statement. However are you not being a bit hypritrical? You say, "let people do what they enjoy doing". But yet, you chastise people who are doing what they enjoy doing (posting comments that you don't like).

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What it do Cuz actclean June 23 2014 at 1:22 PM

This sounds like support for trolls.

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nychef actclean June 23 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yes I suppose that it could be thought of as hypritrical but, its about this story and the related comments to this story. Everyone has a right to speak there mind. It just seems that no matter what you do in life people find only the bad and the neg parts. There are too many opinions out there and thats why this country is in deep trouble. I do not think it will ever return to the normal that we once new durring the 80's & early 90's. Even worse is that people think that all is fine and we are all in big trouble in this world....

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gstanjohnson June 23 2014 at 9:13 AM

My wife and I stayed there a few years ago. Well worth it.

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pboucard50 June 23 2014 at 6:58 AM

Another bright example of human stupidity.

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ofleck pboucard50 June 23 2014 at 9:09 AM

Yes you are...thanks for sharing and being so upfront!

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turner507 June 23 2014 at 5:55 AM

Not me....I'd be afraid that under all that rust there is a leaky spot. But how does a guest get down to the hotel if they can't swim? I guess if one has claustrophobia that would not be on their list of hotels to visit.........But a great idea for all underwater lovers...

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donnagiovane1 turner507 June 23 2014 at 10:33 AM

Maybe some type of underwater sea vessel transports you to your room and then the hotel is kind of like a sub - self-contained, self-sustaining... I just wonder if they have restaurants or recreational activities and how they'd get all the equipment down there. It's definitely possible.

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Mike Keefer donnagiovane1 June 23 2014 at 11:07 PM

Pretty sure any guests arrive the same way Rob (the man who delievered the pizza) did.
People who want the at pressure in the water living experience are mostly likely going to be diving enthusiasts.
If had the money and the time would certainly spend a few days there.

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onionson June 23 2014 at 6:02 AM

That place looks like a disaster waiting to happen. I wonder if he is subject to any type of building inspection.

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givethisathought June 23 2014 at 5:46 AM

Oh how I want to stay here that would be my ultimate bucket list completion.

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loki3640 June 23 2014 at 10:04 AM


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malinda.smith June 23 2014 at 10:28 AM

Tourists drown when underwater hotel implodes will be the next headline on this. Also that would drive me crazy personally. Being trapped underneath the water would not suit me at all.

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Mike Keefer malinda.smith June 23 2014 at 7:06 PM

The hotel is at the same pressure as the water around its base. If you watched the video, you will have seen there was no air lock. The pizza was delievered through a hole in the floor. No possibility of an implosion.
This means the guests are in a pressurized environment. For this reason the depth of the of the floor of the hotel is VERY important. Too deep and the guests can suffer decompression hits (a.k.a. the bends) from saturation diving. They gave a value of 21 feet. If it is the depth of the floor, ensures the pressure is low enough, that no guest will suffer a decompression hit when they return to the surface, no matter how long they stay.

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Bill June 23 2014 at 2:37 PM

Would rather be floating around on top of the H2O then stuck at over 3 fathoms deep. Guess i am just that sort.

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wild64u June 23 2014 at 1:48 PM

Pretty cool. I'd heard about this place years ago but imaginined it in much clearer water. Doesn't look like visability is all that great from the video at least.

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