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Atlantis Submarines (Hawaii)
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Atlantis Submarines (Hawaii)
Advantages: Good for children. Comfortable. Good viewing windows.
Disadvantages: Expensive. Too long. Not that informative. Claustrophobic.
We did the Atlantis Submarine trip on our recent trip to Maui, Hawaii - and it cost us the reduced price of $89 which equated to about £58 per person. At the time I felt this was quite expensive, but as I don't enjoy snorkelling, I thought it was a way of seeing the fish and coral without actually having to put my head under the water - and so I went ahead and booked it. There were five sailings a day - all costing the same price and lasting around 90 minutes or so. I booked directly through the Atlantis website which meant that we had to get ourselves from Wailea to Lahaina (about 40 minutes in the car), but if you book through a tour agent, they will pick you up and drop you off for an additional fee.
When you get on the submarine, you are given a seat - which remains your seat for the duration of the trip. The seats are aligned so that there is a window in front of each seat that goes down one side of the submarine. We could stand and stretch our legs but there wasn't a lot of room to walk around and so the view could be a little restrictive if there was something on the other side of the submarine that we wanted to see. The views are fairly good and we did see a lot of tropical fish and coral reef - which was pretty and interesting, but I would say that it was a little stagnant in terms of atmosphere as it feels very much like a tourist trip that was just about satisfying the whims and curiosity of children. From a adult perspective, I didn't find it very informative at all although there was an identification card that you could use to personally identify the fish and sea life that you observed.
The submarine was comfortable but I would say that it is quite cramped and I found it to be quite claustraphobic. I do have a tendency to suffer from claustrophobia to a limited degree and I did not find this experience unbearable, but I have to admit that as time went on I was willing for the submarine to rise so I could get off. We dipped to 120 feet - but there was no change in the perceived pressure within the submarine.
Safety was taken seriously and there was a security briefing at the beginning of the tour, as well as all of the necessary equipment needed to ensure for a safe trip.
I wouldn't particularly rate this tour for adults.....unless you have really never tropical fish before. However, I would imagine that children would find this very exciting....but I suspect their attention would wane as time went on and for that reason they could probably make the tours a little shorter - and cheaper!! I won't do this again and I wouldn't recommend spending such a huge amount of money on doing this....if you're wanting some adventure on the sea, opt for the whale watching cruise run by the Pacific Whale Association....its cheaper, longer and more informative.
Summary: Don't bother.
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