For a real underwater adventure that doesn't even get you wet, take an excursion in a 100-foot passenger submarine. At ... More
For a real underwater adventure that doesn't even get you wet, take an excursion in a 100-foot passenger submarine. At 160 tons, this air-conditioned giant is decked out with special ports for viewing the coral and sea life as far as 150 feet below the surface. Tours depart daily from the pier across from the Hilton. Various cruises are available for booking including the Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise and the Premium Submarine Tour.
My husband and I truly enjoyed this unique experience. You leave from the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which is a beautiful hotel. If you drive in, make sure to get parking validated at the Atlantis check-in desk, and parking will be free for 4 hours. We took some awesome pictures. Beautiful view of Waikiki and Diamond Head. We saw lots of fish and sea turtles. The water was a beautiful shade of blue although a little cloudy due to plankton. Neither of us (or anyone or our sub ride) had motion sickness.
The only complaint I have is that they go past the reefs too quickly and you really dont have much time to take everything in. By the way - you are only actually on the sub for 40 mins - not long enough, the other hour of it is the boat ride. Like any tourist actraction, the narrator "cheeses" it up by telling corny jokes.
I wouldnt do it again IF we had paid the full price of 80some dollars, but since we get military discount, we will definitely do it again when we have guests visiting!
In the words of my husband "I enjoyed it and had fun but I wouldn't do it again"
First off take your motion sickness pills because you will need it. Also the submarine is very tight spaced and although each seat has a port hole you have to bend your body down for 45 minutes which will tire your back.
In Oahu we saw sea turtles, tons of fish, manaray, an eel... the guide told us that in Maui they commonly see Dolphins & even whales. The submarine is truthfully pricy. Also, if you take your camera don't use the flash because it will not penetrate the more than 3" glass window.
This was a really fun experience. You will ride a boat out to the submarine and then board the sub from there. Everyone has a great seat on the sub because each has a port window. I wouldn't bother too much with a camera. We had 800 speed film and the pics barely turned out. We did take our camcorder too and that worked out perfectly. Also, if you tend to get sea sick, you might consider Dramamine before you get on the boat. There is a little gift shop area (on the boat) that sells it, but they charge quite a bit. Try purchasing it before you ever even get on the plane.
We took the Atlantis Submarine ride and we liked it. We don't have kids, but I'm guessing this would be an excellent adventure for children.
You take a shuttle boat out to the actual submarine and then you board the sub. The sub takes you down (they say 90 feet), but when I looked at the guage, we were 120 feet down. They show you a shipwreck and a wrecked plane. We saw sharks, sea turtles and tons of fishes. The submarine had more space in it than you would expect. If you've ever visited Disney World and went on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride, it is NOTHING like that. It was a truly neat experience.
To be honest, I don't remember what the fee was, but I think it was a neat thing to do. I don't know that I would do it if I had a limited amount of time (meaning it's not on the top of my list of things to do in Hawaii), but I would definitely like to take my children (when I have some) to do this.
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