When I was writing my bucketlist, I didn’t actually think that it would be possible to ride a submarine. The more practical side of me knew that the options are limited and very expensive. Still, it didn’t stop me from including it in my bucketlist. It’s a wishlist anyway, so, sensible or not, all ideas are allowed! 😉 To my surprise (and absolute happiness), I could finally cross the “ride a submarine” off my bucketlist in Hawaii!
Ride a submarine, check!
Thanks to Atlantis Submarines, my dream of exploring the deep sea in the comfort and safety of a submarine has been fulfilled! It operates at several locations in Hawaii, Caribbean and the Pacific. Our undersea experience was in Maui.
Unlike other marine tours, we had to ride a Holokai shuttle boat to get to the submarine. It was a quick boat ride that offered beautiful views of Maui. When we came to a stop, the submarine was nowhere in sight. After a few minutes, it slowly surfaced on the water. Amazing! Once the submarine was ready for boarding, the guests were called by groups and assigned to enter on either ends of the boat. Despite its wide exterior, the submarine was narrow inside. It has a long bench of individual back-to-back seats. There’s no need to worry about the space or getting a good view. All guests are accounted for in the 48-passenger submarine, each with their own window/view! 🙂
Ok, maybe not all seats are the same because we were the last ones to be called, which was actually a good thing. We were left with the seats beside the captain and the guide! Aside from our individual windows, we were able to see from the captain’s huge window. It was also fascinating to watch him use the controls even though we had no idea which buttons actually work! The captain also controlled the sound effects and lights using some of the buttons. 😉
Exploring the Deep Sea
As the submarine slowly descends into the water, you will notice that the colors start to disappear. When we finally got to the bottom, my red fingernails were dark violet!
Our submarine tour took us to 5 locations with different depths, reaching the deepest at 130 feet below surface!
First stop was a coral reef with flat structure where, we saw a wide range of little fish. Second stop was the remnants of anchors which are said to be 150-250 years old, back when Lahaina was a very large whaling port. Third stop was another reef but with more diverse marine life. We found some eels, spotted eagle rays, giant porcupine puffer, and a funny-looking fish called the trumpet fish! We even spotted a shark hiding in the cave.
Fourth stop was a sunken ship called Carthaginian. It is a replica of a whaling ship! Atlantis Submarines bought this aged ship for $1 to sink it in the part of the ocean that lacks coral reef. Thanks to Atlantis Submarines and their ecotourism effort, it is now an artificial reef and home to lots of marine life! 🙂
Fifth stop was at the algae field at 127 feet! Here we saw some spotted eagle rays again.
Finally, we landed at the bottom of the ocean! If you’re lucky enough, you might see some whales and dolphins here!
Adult – $119
Free ticket for a child with purchase of a full price adult
Additional child – $38
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Educational Undersea Tour
We encountered many different kinds of marine life in this tour but we wouldn’t have noticed the uniqueness of each creature without our tour guide. His real-time narration as we explored the deep sea made it a fun, educational undersea tour.
Disclaimer: This post is written in partnership with Atlantis Submarines. As always, all opinions on Business Traveler’s Wife are my own.
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