Atlantis Submarines provide daily submarine tours departing from Lahaina Harbor that takes you 120 feet below the ocean’s surface. On this odyssey, you’ll encounter the artificial reef created by the wreck of the Carthaginian. The total tour time is around 2 hours and departures leave every hour during the day. Morning times are a little better for visibility, but there really isn’t a bad time. On the tour, you’ll see a variety of underwater features including coral and many species of reef fish. Occasionally, guests of the Atlantis Submarine are treated to a white tip reef shark or during the winter months, a humpback whale has been known to make an appearance. There is also a glass-bottomed boat departing Lahaina Harbor called the Reef Dancer. If your children are under 36″ tall, the minimum height requirement for the submarine, you’ll want to opt for the Reef Dancer. It cruises the coast in front of Lahaina and even has a diver that goes out and finds cool stuff for you to see. Advance reservations are required.
Featured on National Geographic Television, their voyages explore exotic reefs, sunken ships, and fascinating marine life. Traveling to the depths of 100+ feet, Atlantis Submarines provides you the experience to swim amongst wildlife without the risks of scuba diving. As the submarine headlights turn on, the captivating coral and reefs appear, showing an abundance of colors and marine life swimming around. Each window has a fish identification card, allowing you to determine marine life. In the winter months, you’ll be treated to whale watching throughout the experience.
Beyond the reef is the Carthaginian shipwreck. A 19th-century whaling vessel used to hunt the Humpback, now a gathering place for ocean life slowly being reclaimed by the sea. The seating arrangements are two rows, one on each side facing the windows. The seats are tight but comfortable, spaced 12 inches apart, perfect for both adults and children. The whole tour is narrated by a guide, available in narration in Japanese, Chinese and Korean via headsets, taking you on an entire journey about the history and mysteries of the Maui ocean. Each child must be a minimum of 36’ to ride the submarine, as they have to navigate a vertical 10-step ladder. Food and beverage aren’t provided and it’s recommended for wearing warm clothing for the chilly underwaters.
Atlantis Submarines is a Canadian owned passenger submarine company, operating over 11 submarines and performs tours in Grand Cayman, Barbados, Aruba, Guam, St. Thomas, Cozumel and in Hawaii at Kona, Maui, and Oahu. To reach the submarines, each passenger boards a shuttle ferry that takes 10 minutes to arrive. Over 12 million passengers have taken the Atlantis Submarine tours to date, and you could be the next.
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As the only submersible vessel on Maui, this is the best alternative for young children and people of all ages that don’t have the experience of diving or getting a lengthy and expensive certification process in exploring the ocean by themselves. This is the only tour to have packaged with other prestigious attractions, allowing you to experience all of what Maui can offer. Limited to 48 passengers, get tickets to see the largest attraction in Maui, and the opportunity to explore another world, underwater.
The Atlantis Submarine Value Pass provides families the opportunity to have more fun for less. The value pass includes Atlantis submarine, Maui Ocean Center, The Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Bailey House Museum. The only activity that needs to be scheduled is the Maui Submarine ride. You’ll receive a pass for the other attractions when you check-in for the submarine. If you’re looking for even more things to do on Maui, click here.
Located near Maalaea Harbor, Maui Ocean Center has become Hawaii’s top-rated aquarium. 20+ years, we have shown the Maui ocean marine life to thousands of visitors each year. Offering outdoor tide pools, interpretive displays, and over 60 exhibits. Exhibits include a guided experience for certified scuba divers to swim with the local shacks, rays, and fish plus a one-million-gallon tank that can be explored through a glass tunnel. Focused to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life, Maui Ocean Center has created an immersive medium to view Maui’s ocean life without getting wet. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, guests are open to visit presentations, cultural programs, and events that include the first virtual, 3D encounter with Hawaii’s humpback whales, providing a realistic depiction of interaction with life-size humpbacks. Listed as the Top 10 Aquariums in the World by TripAdvisor, this is a must-go destination for all tourists.
Located in the Waikapū Valley, created from a fertile expanse served as an agricultural hub during Maui’s sugarcane era, Maui Tropical Plantations has constructed a valley of the most stunning botanicals on the planet. Over 40 crops cultivated including coffee, macadamia nuts, and avocado, creating an enticing smell all over the region. Tours are available for free when purchased with the value pass, providing an adventure around the lagoon that’s available only to passengers abroad the Tropical Express vehicle. Including a 20-minute coconut husking demonstration, get an immersive experience of the Maui Culture. Running from 10 am to 4 pm, all you have to do is show up. Get a glimpse of the agriculture history and plantation life in Maui today. One of the best restaurants on Maui is also located here at the Mill House.
Located in Wailuku, the Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House showcases the largest collection of Hawaiian antiquities on Maui including pre-western contact era, missionary era, Monarchy era, and plantation era. Showing a glimpse of the indigenous history of Maui, gain insight into the religious beginnings and how it impacted the development of culture, shaping Maui to one of the best islands to visit. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, immerse in the cultural history of Maui today.
Atlantis is the only scheduled activity located in Lahaina while The Maui Ocean Center, Tropical Plantation, and the Bailey House Museum are located in Central Maui. Being able to immerse yourself in all 4 tours depends on where you are staying. Staying at the West Side of Maui is disadvantaged due to the Honoapiilani Highway traffic. South Side visitors have an advantage as most attractions are close apart from the submarine. Plan out your day, and take advantage of all the cultural wonders of Maui. Get your tickets today!