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Maui Submarine And Glassbottom Boat Tours

Maui submarine tours are a great adventure for all ages, especially children (if they are over 3' tall). Leaving conveniently from Lahaina Harbor at many times of the morning and afternoon, these sub tours allow you to glimpse the reef life 100' under the sea without ever having to get wet. We view these excursions as more that just a tour, but as an educational experience because these tours allow the general public to really have a good look beneath the sea. Since about 70% of our planet is covered in ocean and because this ocean water plays such an important role in what actually happens on the land we live and walk on, it is a great idea, if only for 45 minutes, to see what it looks like to be on the ocean floor.

Here are some interesting facts about your Maui submarine tour:

  • 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.
  • Most or your Maui submarine dives will take you down to a depth of 100' which is deeper than most scuba divers would go on a normal dive. You will be able to go that deep without the equipment on your back.

Maui Glass Bottom Boat

The Maui glass bottom boat tours also leave from Lahaina Harbor. These boats also see under water but they never leave the surface. You will primarily be viewing the shallow reefs om these tours. These are also super great for children with the advantage that they do not have to be 3' tall as is the case on the submarines.

Pride of America Cruise Ship:

Submarine and Glass bottom Boat tours on Maui will not pick up at the cruise boat pier but these selections can be reached via a Rent-A-Car that can be arranged through Tom Barefoot's Tours and you can be picked up by the Rent-A-Car shuttles right at the cruise ship dock. These Maui Submarine packages are available on the Sunday or Monday of your Maui cruise itinerary..

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  • Tom's Tips - Hawaii Submarine and Glass Bottom Boats

    The Hawaii submarine ride is awesome. It just seems so 'space age' and cool. Sure subs have been around a good century and longer (actually the first American military submarine was used in 1776 during the Revolutionary War) but it is only a relatively recent phenomenon that these types of vessels, with an abundance of viewing ports, could be used in a way that common everyday people could experience life underwater from inside them... read more.

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Atlantis Adventures

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Submarine tours of Hawaii.

Atlantis Adventures will provide you with an opportunity to dive in absolute comfort in a 'state of the art', window filled submarine to a depth of about 100' for about forty minutes. Very spacious and air-conditioned these vessels hold just under fifty passengers as they are taken on one of the most unique rides of their lifetime.
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Reef Dancer

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57' Glass-Bottom Boat (Semi-Submersible Submarine)

The Reef Dancer is Maui's glassbottom boat. Although it looks like, and is shaped like a submarine, this vessel actually just sits on the ocean's surface. You will be viewing the underwater sea life through ports which are located on the second level under the main deck. This is a great tour for children in particular as it only a 60 or a 90 minute tour depending upon which option you choose.
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So when is the last time that you guys were on a submarine? A real submarine.

A submarine that actually goes down to the ocean floor and stays there for awhile. Not a Disneyland type submarine, but the real deal. Probably not too many hands up out there. This is an opportunity you'll have on the island of Maui.

We've got a submarine that'll take you off the coast. This goes off of Laahana. You will get onto a boat at the harbor and that'll transport you out to where the submarine is, a couple of miles off the coast.

You'll board the submarine, and then you'll go down into the submarine itself. You'll sit on long benches, each one of you will have a window port that you'll be able to look out. They will close the hatch and you will descend approximately 100 feet or so to the bottom of the ocean floor.

The area that they generally go to is a area that there's a shipwreck, the Carthaginian has been down there for a number of years and has a lot of coral formations and a lot of fish that hang around there and makes it really interesting to see.

But, this is one of the most unusual trips that you can do. A lot of people get a little bit uncomfortable about being in one of theaters, being enclosed. Let me just talk about that for a second just so you get the idea.

First of all, there is a complete rush of air that is continuously happening throughout the submarine the entire time that you're down. And it just really helps to be able to breathe fresh air and so on.

The typical submarines that you think about, if you've not been on one. If you have on one it's probably been in your days in the Navy and the submarine didn't have any windows. So these have windows, it's a sight-seeing submarine.

You can look out, that really makes it less claustrophobic. And, a lot of people have a problem with ... well gee, if I go down is there a problem getting back up? Is that going to happen? If you were to completely lose power on this, you would float to the top.

The engines are kind of, are forcing the submarine down and if all the engines were cut, you would ... Just simply the buoyancy of the submarine would bring it back up to the top. So, these are some questions that people continuously have about these.

Most people don't have a problem with it at all. And most people, when they hear these things about it, don't have a problem either because it is really a very, very different experience that you get.

I mean, you're actually down for 40 minutes, 405 minutes something like that. You're down at a depth that is deeper than you probably would be going if you were a diver, and especially for that length of time.

So you're actually really under the water, really seeing what's under the water and understanding life for that moment under the ocean. And that is a real ... I think it's a moment of education.

It gives you a different perspective, not just for a second as you're looking through a Snorkel mask, and looking at the ocean but, or at the fish or a reef. But now you're down under, you can look way up and you can see the surface up there.

And for the fact that you're there for that amount of time, sort of puts you in a place where you just go, this is underwater. This is what being under water is like. This is where the fish life on this planet live, this is their home and I'm getting to visit it.

So it's a very educational experience and especially I think for young kids just to have that experience, just to get that for that short period of time. Anyway, this is something that's very popular on the island. We tours that go about every hour thought the day starting in the morning and into the mid-afternoons.

Weather is usually not a problem, if a wind comes up or something like that, you're under the ocean and the wind is not going to affect you. So, we don't have too many problems with regard to weather and the submarine.

But the submarine, if you have the slightest inclination to do it, I think you will really enjoy taking a tour on a sub. So, in addition to the submarine, we have glass-bottom boats. These are very different, obviously their on top of the water, you're looking down.

It's a little bit more like the level you would be at Snorkeling, and you're staying close to the reef. So, you're kind of moving along seeing the coral, seeing the fish. You can wander back up ... You sort of go down underneath on the boat to see through the glass bottom, but you can wander back up to the surface and have beautiful views of the day top-side.

Which it is beautiful looking at Laahana and you're actually out between the islands of Lanai, and Moloka'i, and Kaho'olawi as well as Laahana. So it's just beautiful out there to begin with. But this once again is a great one for children also, the glass bottom boat.

But it just gets you on the water for a period of time. A little bit shorter, maybe an hour or an hour and a half. So it's a short amount of time. It's obviously less expensive because it's much less high tech than the submarine. Two different kinds of experiences, but very similar.

Submarines, something that is a very cool thing to do on the island of Maui. So if you have any questions about Tours or Activities in Hawaii, just give us a call or check out Tombarefoot.com. We're here to help.

Looking for a submarine in Hawaii? The islands of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island all have Hawaii submarine tours, and with good reason. Hawaii is blessed with an abundance of reef and sea life and seeing it on a submarine is, for most people, the only way they will be able to get deep enough to appreciate this part of Hawaii.

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When was the last time you were on a real submarine? If that's too adventurous, how about a Glass Bottom boat.

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For most people a submarine ride here will be the first time they have been to the bottom of the ocean.

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