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Old 04-10-2019, 12:56 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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This seemed as appropriate as any other forum to ask:

Has anyone ever come across a company offering excursions in an underwater submersible? From what I read SCUBA may be a bit too intense physically for me but I'd just like to take a trip down along a reef or something similar. So far my searches come up empty, was hoping to find something in possibly FL or the Bahamas.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Down in the Caribbean there are places that offer submarine and semisubmarine excursions. Nothing strenuous involved. A semisubmarine doesn't completely submerge, but the passengers are in the hull with windows to view the marine life. They are a step beyond glass bottom boats.

Some of these are available as shore excursions from cruise ships. We have not done one lately so we don't have current info.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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When we were in Maui, we went in a submarine. Saw lots of fish & a shipwreck too. It was really wonderful.

https://atlantisadventures.com/maui/...RoCEg4QAvD_BwE
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies! Every time I tried searching for something like 'underwater submersible excursions' I'd get articles about the submersibles themselves, I thought I'd get a number of hits from commercial operations. Maui certainly sounds like a beautiful place to visit, being on the east coast I'm just not all that sure I want to sit on an airplane for that long a flight, doesn't sound like it's as much fun as it used to be.

Reading the Atlantis site I see they have operations in Aruba and Barbados, maybe I can get by with a relatively short flight!
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Old 04-12-2019, 08:58 AM
 
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There is also an Atlantis operation on Cozumel in Mexico. Much cheaper than Aruba or Barbados.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Also check out glass bottom boat tours. Remember, most of the reef will be underneath the submersible, where you can't actually see it!
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:20 AM
 
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There is also an Atlantis operation on Cozumel in Mexico. Much cheaper than Aruba or Barbados.

Good Point!
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:25 AM
 
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Also check out glass bottom boat tours. Remember, most of the reef will be underneath the submersible, where you can't actually see it!

Thanks! I was kinda hoping I might find something like the submersible shown in a recent 60 Minutes segment, probably too limited in capacity for a commercial operation but the passenger compartment was basically a sphere made from some sort of transparent material. For someone who grew up watching Jacques Cousteau and still counts him as a hero, it just seemed like something I should look into doing.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:42 AM
 
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If you find one like that, please let us know! That would be an awesome trip!
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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Though we used to scuba, we can't do it anymore, but have found that snorkeling is almost as good. No effort involved there, except hauling yourself back into the boat, LOL. Since light disappears after 15 feet or so, you can see most reefs and fish just by snorkeling.

When I was in Kona, HI, they were offering submarine rides but I had to leave. Wish I'd done it.
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