It all started one day when I decided to take a walk down the whole length of Waikiki Beach, starting down by the aquarium and working my way towards Ala Moana. When I got almost all the way to the end, right before the Hilton Lagoon I noticed a large group of people unloading onto a pier from a ferryboat with an "Atlantis Submarines" logo on the side. I thought my girlfriend would get a kick out of it so I made arrangements to go the following morning.
We woke up nice and early so we could spend a few hours cruising around Waikiki before the submarine ride started. Atlantis offers a pick up service with the submarine ride so we opted to get picked up on the far end of town so we didn't have to walk to the pier. Once we got off the bus, we were issued our boarding passes and then we got onto the boat.
The boat ride was quick. It did not take long at all before the submarine was surfacing next to our boat. Once it was on the top the hatches opened and the crew members of the submarine emerged to help us board the vessel. We made our way over to the ramp that they set up between the two boats and then we climbed down the ladder into the main cabin of the submarine where we found our seats. As soon as everyone had boarded the submarine and found their seats the captain came on the intercom to welcome us onto the sub and go over some safety information. Within a few minutes we had begun our descent towards the bottom of the ocean.
It did not take long before our descent came to a halt a few feet above the ocean floor. We were over 100 feet deep for a large portion of the trip. During our time down there we saw all kinds of interesting things. We saw artificial reefs that were literally swarming with some good size Ulua's (I was impressed!). We passed the wreckage of an old military airplane and even a few shipwrecks. I was really amazed at how much there was to see in such a small area!
When you're in the middle of downtown Honolulu it is hard to believe that in just a few minute drive you can be in the middle of the jungle, without another person in sight.
The sport of Parasailing was was given birth during an experiment by a French skydiving instructor named Piere Lamoigne. Piere was looking for an easier way to get his students into the air then dropping them out of a plane when he first tied a parachute onto a rope behind his car.
Until I got to experience a ride on a glider for myself I had no idea how cool these machines are. When to tow line dropped and we were on our own we really were quietly coasting through the air like a bird.
The Mokuleia Islands (commonly referred to by locals as "The Mokes") off the eastern shoreline of Oahu are one of the most picturesque locations in the state.
My girlfriends sister and her boyfriend were on the island for a few weeks and we thought it might be fun to let the girls go do a spa day while the boys go out for an afternoon bottom fishing trip.
I remember really wanting to be a fisherman when I was small then getting bored of it when I realized that the shore fishing does not have the same amount of action as you get when you go out on the deep sea.
Many people that visit Oahu leave the island thinking that the entire thing is covered in a dense urban sprawl, similar to what is found in Honolulu. However, for those that are daring enough to explore what lies outside of the city there are some amazing sites that are actually very close and easy to access.
Sea life park is an aquarium center that is similar to Sea World, but on a much smaller scale. Here there are many things to see and do including: penguins, seals, turtles, all kinds of fish, and a large pool where you can swim and interact with dolphins.
Have you ever rode on a glassbottom boat or gone on a submarine? We have, in fact we've gone on them all over the state and have created blog articles with videos for all of them.
Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine, and see real marine life up close in their underwater surroundings. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles.
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