Viacom/Nickelodeon Plans World’s First Underwater Resort
This week, Viacom announced that it intends to build the world’s first resort and attraction underwater, and it plans to do so in the waters of the Philippines.
Viacom described the theme part in a press release on Monday:
The 100-hectare Nickelodeon undersea attraction and resort, which will be inspired by some of Nickelodeon’s most iconic properties like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer, will advocate ocean protection. It will also feature one-of-its-kind resort dining experience with CWP’s trademark underwater restaurants and lounges, which will be located about 20 feet below sea level with vivid views of the world beneath the ocean.
The Nickelodeon undersea attraction and resort will be located amidst a cluster of 16 white sand islands of the CWP. With a distance of 5 to 20 minutes apart by speedboat, visitors can expect a multi-island experience within CWP that includes island hopping, hidden lagoons, hot springs, an animal reserve and world-class diving amidst shipwrecks. When completed, CWP will be the largest coral reef conservation program in Asia, with Asia’s largest marine sanctuary for five key species – dolphins, sea cows, sea horses, turtles and whale sharks. Its Ocean Protection program is jointly funded by the Monaco based Dr. AB Moñozca Foundation and its CWP Trust, and supported by global personalities advocating awareness on climate change. CWP will open in phases starting 2018 and is within a three to six hour radius to major cities within Asia.
The idea behind it is pretty awesome, but there may be some problems. Since the announcement, there has been backlash from environmentalists in the Philippines who have vowed to prevent the resort from being built in that country. Late this past week, the Environment Secretary in the country came out against the planned resort and vowed to prevent any construction on it, over concerns about the environmental impact.