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.
we kissed at 120 feet--the deepest kiss we'll ever experience! saw giant turtles, tons of fish, the guides were helpful and didn't have to wait long; not overcrowded and very comfortable. unfortunately handicapped or disabled will not be able to climb into the submarine, I wish the company would rectify that so everyone could enjoy it
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.
The submarine was a slightly enjoyable experience. There were snacks on board, drinks, a nice boat and we caught view of the ocean. I'm a local here and to be honest, I was impressed by the crew, the beautiful pictures they've given us (they'll take your picture with your lover and what not...)
However, when we sank down to the submarine we saw a few turtles, small fishes, and little reef sharks. In short, I was expecting more. The windows are a little small and far apart. Which means if you're seated in the wrong place, you're going to actually have to stretch your neck for the view.
So if you're going...
1. Sit in the right place.
2. Expect children to go "ooohh" and "ahhhh."
3. Cross your fingers and hope Godzilla would swim by.
4. If you're a local in Hawaii, you won't enjoy this.
This is one unique tour! I have been on it twice and both times it was awesome. The first time we got on the premium sub which I have to admit is better then the standard sub (yes there are two of subs!) They go out 9a-3pm on the hour making it convienient to get a tour even last minute. We saw turtles, scuba divers, and sharks - oh my! For those who are claustrophic I think this would still be ok because the subs have good ventilation systems and youre too busy looking out the window anyways! Kinda pricey at regular price so try to get a deal through your hotel activities desk or if you're military the price is awesome at the military tours offices on the island.
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!
Interesting to go under and see how the light changes the colors ... goes to 120' (or ours did that day). Did get some great pics of huge turtles, on the sunken ships. It is a great tour for kids especially. Plus, it's nice to be able to go down and see marine life, without getting wet! lol
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.
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