The Atlantis Submarine Tour in Photos
When we boarded the Atlantis Submarine tour to explore the waters off the coast of Maui we made sure we didn’t leave our camera behind.
Here are our photos from the tour, to give you a little idea of what you can expect from your Atlantis submarine adventure!
The adventure begins in Lahaina as we climb aboard the shuttle boat which will take us from the harbor to the submarine, currently out at sea.
It’s all smiles on this beautiful day. Camera gear in tow, we’re ready to get going.
Tip: if you’re bringing your camera (do it) make sure it’s easy to secure it to your person. There’s an ocean transfer from the boat to the sub, and a ladder down into the sub, that requires you to have you hands free.
We pull out of the harbor in Lahaina and chug slowly out to sea.
The majestic Maui scenery makes for some stunning backdrops as our transfer vessel heads out to meet the submarine. Stepping off shore, even briefly, affords some different views of the islands – which is why we love taking boat trips on Maui!
More splendid sights greet us as we cruise down the coast a short way. The West Maui Mountains are looking very green at this time of year.
A couple of Jet Skis find our boat and play in the wash. Jet Skis are available to rent on Maui between May and December and are a lot of fun!
Anyone over 16 can drive a Jet Ski (under 18s need parental consent) and take younger passengers on the back. And you can rent them in pairs, doubling the fun!
Our shuttle boat rendezvouses with Roxie, the surface companion the submerged Atlantis. All eyes on the look out now, where is this submarine?
“Has anyone seen a submarine around here?!” We scan the waves, and then …
There she blows! The Atlantis submarine surfaces after a dive, just in front of our boat.
Someone is stoked to be momentarily stepping aboard a submarine for the first time!
We transfer from the shuttle boat to the submarine, holding on to the handrail as we gently bob in the ocean (submarines tend to prefer being under the water to on top of it).
Once on board and in the body of the submarine we take our seats in front of large windows. The captain floods the ballast tanks and we slowly submerge beneath the ocean surface.
Everything turns blue inside as all the light is now reaching us through the water. Visibility is good and we can see quite a long way.
The captain and his co-pilot keep an eye on our course through the huge bow window.
We immediately spot large shoals of fish swimming above reef. They pay next to no attention to us as we cruise past.
Marine life isn’t the only thing we spot as we hover over the sea bed. This coral-encrusted anchor lies on the ocean floor, looking very much like a fish-tank accessory.
Some fish exhibit greater curiosity and swim closer for a visual inspection. Luckily we have a fish chart right next to our window to help us identify what’s what.
We come across some larger fish. This one was perhaps a couple of feet in length.
We daren’t look away for a moment, as there was always something swimming up unannounced. We get close to some big fish!
We might be a large, 48-passenger submarine, but these guys aren’t bothered one bit. They win the staring contest, every time.
Next up, the Carthaginian. This replica 19th Century supply vessel was scuttled in 2005 to create an artificial reef to help sustain fish life in the area.
We float past the eerie shipwreck, now a haven for marine life and divers. It’s quiet as we watch fish swimming through hole in the hull and superstructure.
The large windows of the Atlantis submarine provide excellent viewing for the shipwreck. The Carthaginian is a large vessel and we get a good look at her from both sides as we cruise around.
Cruising past the stern we clearly see more marine life moving in on the shipwreck. With time the Carthaginian will attract more and more sea life and become a valuable part of the ecosystem here.
We are now at our deepest point of the dive, with the depth gauge registering 129 feet. At this depth sea pressure is approaching 5 atmospheres – that’s 5 times the pressure we experience at surface level!
Sharks! These white-tipped reef sharks are quietly cruising underneath the Carthaginian, acting incredibly lazily. They’re not bothered by us at all, even though we’re completely fascinated by them.
We’ve all got good views of the sharks. The submarine is quiet roomy really, with two rows of seats running down the center of the vessel, looking out each side.
We’ve seen coral beds, fish, sharks, and a shipwreck on our cruise. From the very get go we were staring out of the windows, and our attention was held the entire time.
But now our journey comes to an end. The captain pumps air into the ballast tanks and we make for the surface.
Once back on the surface we disembark the submarine and step back on board the shuttle boat.
The Atlantis hands us off and welcomes another group on board, before preparing to dive once more.
Dive, dive, dive! The Atlantis returns to the depths and a new adventure is beginning.
The tower slips beneath the waves and soon she is out of sight.
We turn to Lahaina and look out across the sea back to shore.
Does this view ever get old?
We pull into our slip at Lahaina Harbor and disembark the shuttle boat. It’s early-afternoon, the sun is out, it’s time to hunt down some Shave Ice and enjoy the Lahaina shopping before heading for home.
It’s been an amazing adventure. The crew from the dock to the sub were fantastic, keeping us informed throughout our nearly two hours with them.
A whole new world was opened up to us on this day. The kids in particular loved their time and talked about for weeks to come. The Atlantis submarine tour is a wonderful family-friendly Maui activity, and we whole-heartedly recommend it!
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