Maui Submarine Tour. Maui Glass-Bottom Boat Tour.
Have you ever been on a real submarine? Here's your chance.. Submerge to a depth in excess of 100' below the surface and see the "other half" of Maui on an exciting Maui submarine ride.
Do you prefer to stay on the surface and view the coral reef below.. Check out a Maui Glass Bottom Boat.
Maui Submarine Tours
If you're one of the few who have been on a submarine, I'll bet it didn't have windows! Here's your chance to board a $4.5 million submarine, dive to a depth of 150 feet, and cruise around the ocean floor for the better part of an hour and see everything out there from the best vantage point possible. Sound exciting? A Maui submarine tour is!
Your Maui submarine tour will include a visit to a specially designed artificial reef based around the scuttling of the once popular tour attraction boat called the Carthaginian which was a replica of an 1800's vintage supply ship. Being badly in need of extensive repairs a decision was made that a better use for the vessel would be to sink in it in the nearby coastal waters and allow fish and coral formations to use it as a home. Today our Maui submarines dive on this artificial ship reef with its intriguing colony of underwater guests.
The climate-controlled cabin and giant viewing ports make your submarine tour below the surface both comfortable and interesting. You'll see hundreds and hundreds of fish and coral heads of all sizes and colors. Sometimes you'll see eels, rays and occasionally a shark. As you inch along the sea floor, more and more is revealed, color upon color, shape upon shape. During the winter months whales have swum into view. Each submarine tour is different, but each dive is exciting, informative and educational.
During my first Maui submarine tour, I remember thinking how incredible it was to be down that deep for that long. It dawned on me that I was actually spending a small part of my day on the ocean floor. This underwater world was a world which had previously only been available to me via motion pictures or television as even on my former snorkeling excursions I had never dived that deep. I remember thinking how wonderful it would be if every child could have this experience. They would be aware for the rest of their lives that there was a marine world below the surface of the water happening in real time every moment of the day just as they're lives were happening. Was I impressed with my first submarine tour? You bet, and I know you will be as well!
Maui Glass Bottom Boats -- Semi-Submersibles
- The underwater experience of a glass-bottom boat is similar to that on a submarine except you remain on the ocean surface. The cost is less but the visual impact can be impressive as well.
Tom's Tips - Submarines rides on Maui. Maui Glass-Bottom Boats
There is no age limit on submarine tours, but there is a height limit - you must be at least 3 feet tall.
Photography through the submarine's portholes is rewarding if you place the camera lens as close to the glass as possible and don't use a flash.
Allow at least two hours for the submarine tour. The dive itself takes an hour, but the time spent checking in and riding on the shuttle boat to the sub adds another hour.
During a submarine tour colors change at 100 feet deep. Don't be surprised when the filtered sunlight turns your brown eyes blue and your white t-shirt yellow!
Have you ever been on a submarine before? In days of old few people outside of the Navy were able to have this experience. These days there are civilian options available and on Maui there is a very unique submarine tour that journeys through the heart of a national humpback whale marine sanctuary to a sunken whaling ship that has created a whole eco system around it that is filled with abundance of all kinds of different marine life. The Atlantis Submarine designed for comfort and safety. The submarine is equipped with air-conditioning. The wreck is located at about a hundred feet beneath the surface but you won't even notice thanks to the fully pressurized hull of the state of the art Atlantis sightseeing submarine. Knowledgeable and professional guides who provide interesting information about the marine environment lead each tour. Submarines in the Atlantis fleet have been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and the Travel Channel.
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A great way to view the shallow reef is on the glass-bottom boat, Reef Dancer. The shallow area of the ocean (less then fifteen feet deep) actually has more marine life than any other part of the ocean. You'll have a great time viewing the coral formations, reef fish, eels, turtles or whatever else may show up on your glass-bottom tour. There is an onboard naturalist that will narrate throughout. In addition to the naturalist there will also be a SCUBA diver in the water that will collect various specimens off of the reef and bring them right up next to the windows so everyone can see them more closely. The naturalist will explain what the different specimens are as well as how they fit into the underwater environment. The Reef Dancer is a great activity for children.
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Submarine Tours in Maui - The submarine trips in Hawaii have proven to be among the most popular of all the activities we have. Although this is a favorite among children please just remember that they have to be at least 3 ft tall. Everyone has a window seat and it’s truly exciting to descend to depths in excess of hundred feet. You’ll be down for over 40 minutes and that’s longer even than most divers would be able to stay at that depth. One thing to also remember is that the submarines are fully pressurized and have rushes of air-conditioned air pushing past you at all times so you’ll be at the height of comfort.