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Atlantis Submarines departs from Lahaina Harbor. You will board a ferry to the Submarine. It’s a nice ride down the coast to Launiupoko Park. About a quarter mile out from the park is the dive site. The views during the ride are fantastic. The ferry ride to the submarine is about 10 minutes or so. When you arrive at where the tender is waiting, you’re there. At this point, the submarine surfaces with the guests from the previous dive. They disembark at this time and you’ll get onboard. Once everyone is seated, the submarine begins its dive beneath the waves on its way to see the Carthaginian shipwreck. The waters outside your window turn bubbly white as Atlantis blows its ballast. As you descend to the ocean floor, it becomes darker outside and the lights flick on. The submarine dives down over a hundred feet beneath the waves. At first, it’s kind of eerie. The floor of the ocean is silent and barren, the lights fade into darkness yards away from the sub. Then the reef begins to appear. It’s huge. The lights of Atlantis bring it to life with colors beyond description with fish darting about. The closer the submarine approaches the reef, the more exciting it becomes.
Just beyond the reef is a sunken ship. At one time, it berthed in Lahaina Harbor and was known as the Carthaginian. The Carthaginian was a replica of a whaling vessel that use to ply the waters in the whaling era of Lahaina. This is when Lahaina, Maui was the whale capital of the world. Sailors from the east coast of America and Europe used to hunt the Humpback during the winter months. The State of Hawaii and Atlantis teamed up and sunk the ship to create an artificial reef. When you look at the ship, it’s amazing that after they sunk it, it ended up upright on the ocean floor. The Carthaginian is the highlight of the dive. There are some big fish that inhabit the ship today. Barnacles have formed on the sides, decks, and masks.
Restrictions for Atlantis Submarines:
Must be 36″ Tall & Able to Descend Steep Ladder
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
Check-in 30 minutes prior to activity start time.
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Got to see a shark and the ship wreck is very cool. Nice and cool on the sub with good ventilation. Definitely not cheap but not bad considering all equipment and fuel needed to operate the equipment. The guides were also very good and helpful describing the different fish. I'd say a must do once
It was amazing! We rode a boat out of the harbor to the submarine. The crew was knowledgeable and funny. We went down 100ft to a reef and saw many different kinds of fish. We even saw a reef shark. We passed by a sunken ship and eventually went down to 130ft and touched down on the bottom. Really cool experience. Well worth the money.
Super cool experience, not to be missed. We even saw a couple sharks. Guides were very nice and explained everything, did a good job of pointing out things to see and educating the group.
For us, this was so much better than snorkeling or scuba diving. The sub is big, lots of room, the guide is informative without being annoying, and the entire support team works hard to make this easy, safe, and fun. Hint: Catch the first cruise of the day. You'll get an easy parking space on Front Street, the boat won't be full, and you might get to see more if the sub is less than half full.
It was a unique experience. Probably your only chance to be on a real submarine unless your a sailor. Nice bating and submarine excursion. Friendly crew but the reef was just so so.