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An under-the-sea experience

September 10, 2013 - Leah Sherman

Sometimes people get so wrapped up in working, sleeping and running errands that we forget to stop and appreciate the beautiful place we call home.

Atlantis Submarines is offering a kamaaina special $25 per adult for the month of September. That's a ridiculously low price for a wonderful experience. Everyone, get on the phone right now and book it for yourself.

On Sept. 4, my husband and I went on the submarine (for the first time in the 12-plus years we've lived here) and our expectations were far exceeded. The crew was cheerful and entertaining, the under-the-sea sights were breathtaking, and the experience of submerging and resurfacing while dry and in air-conditioned comfort was a slow-motion thrill.

There were huge schools of fish, small colorful fish, eels, tons of coral, one giant barracuda and a sunken ship (the Carthaginian). Passengers are truly in the world's largest aquarium. Words can't really describe the experience, so I'm dedicating most of this blog entry to photos — but even those don't do the tour justice.

After checking in at Lahaina Harbor's Slip 18, passengers are shuttled between the harbor and the submarine's location (about a half-mile off shore) via catamaran (the Holokai). On the return trip to the harbor, we came across a pod of dolphins — there's something you don't see every day. Loved it all.

The Atlantis IV submarine is 65 feet long. It seats 48 passengers and features 13 large portholes on each side of the vessel. Passengers must be 36 inches tall and able to descend and climb almost vertical stairs.

The Atlantis brochure I picked up at the harbor says that tours are offered hourly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 365 days per year (weather permitting).

The 25th anniversary kamaaina special of $25 per adult is good through Sept. 30. The regular kamaaina price is $39 and the rack rate is $109. One child (up to 17 years old) receives a free ticket with each paying adult. Rates do not include taxes and harbor fees.

For reservations, call 667-7946. For more information, see Atlantis Submarines' website (link at right).


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