Last month we decided to go for an adventure on the Atlantis submarine, based out of Lahaina.
First and foremost, before you go on this submarine experience, there is no guarantee that you will see every species of fish, shark, octopus, or sea turtle in Hawaii. After reading several reviews online, it seems that people rated the tour low due to the fact that they didn’t get to see everything in the ocean in under an hour and without getting wet.
The staff was great and you can tell they have a fun time doing their unique job. There seem to be a lot of moving parts, but the staff handles everything very smoothly. Kelly checked us in at the slip, and Jared and Mel took us out on a boot to the submarine. Once we transferred from the boat to the submarine, Mel came onto the sub and was our naturalist, and a man named Ken was the sub captain. Mel was quick with the jokes and super-informative with the wildlife. He kept things lively and there was never that awkward silence when no wildlife was around.
In fact, there was no silence once aboard the submarine. Every seat was taken and there were some loud people aboard, but it was only because they were so excited to try and view something special, so the volume level was to be expected.
The tour went to two coral reefs, as well as the Carthaginian shipwreck, which sits in about one-hundred feet of water. During our tour, we were fortunate to see a lone white-tipped reef shark, a ton of reef fish, four spotted eagle rays, and a super rare ocean sponge.
The sub captain does his best to make sure both sides of the sub get the same amount of time looking at the sites. I felt they did a great job spending enough time looking at things, then turning the sub around so the other side could see it too. This avoided having to turn around in your seat and climb over your neighbor to see out their windows.
As Mel the naturalist said, people ask which side of the boat has the best views, the starboard or the port side? The answer is…the inside.
The tour was a fun experience, especially since we were lucky enough to see so many different forms of underwater life. If you are looking for something completely different to do while in Lahaina, I would certainly recommend Atlantis submarine. Of course, if you are claustrophobic or you have watched Crimson Tide or Hunt for Red October recently, you may want to stick to Bubba Gumpʻs restaurant.