Atlantis Adventure is a submarine tour off Kailua-Kona Pier. Other adventures offered include an authentic Hawaiian Luau, Sunshine Helicopter Tour, our Snorkel Adventure Cruise, or our world famous Whale Watch excursions (only available December through April).
CHILDREN MUST BE A CERTAIN HEIGHT FOR ALL TOURS. PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE.
ATLANTIS SUBMARINE EXPEDITION & ISLAND BREEZE LUAU: $150/Adult, $70/Child - 70 Minutes
ATLANTIS SUBMARINE EXPEDITION & BODY GLOVE SNORKEL-DOLPHIN CRUISE: $150/Adult, $70/Child - 70 Minutes
ATLANTIS SUBMARINE EXPEDITION & VOLCANO HELICOPTER TOUR: $356/Adult, $298/Child - 70 Minutes
ATLANTIS SUBMARINE EXPEDITION & DELUXE VOLCANO HELICOPTER TOUR: $556/Adult, $508/Child
The tour starts out from the Kailua-Kona pier. After taking a boat out to the submarine, you board and get to cruise around a 25-acre natural coral reef. Before we left, my kids were asking me what it was like on a submarine and I responded jokingly, "It'll be just like the one at Disneyland!". The funny thing is that the interior is eerily similar to the Disneyland submarine. It's got 48 seats back to back which face a number of large outside portholes. The seats are fairly small and side by side, so those who are larger in stature might feel a bit squished. Also, keep in mind that it's an ocean vessel, in case you're prone to seasickness.
While the submarine is cruising, the tour guide talks giving various snippets of information and pointing out sea life on either side of the sub. We saw a large variety of fish, various corals on the sea floor, and a turtle or two. On occasion you can see sharks or octopi. We also saw two shipwrecks, which I found to be the most interesting. The shipwrecks are teeming with life. One of the shipwrecks even has a skeleton stuck on the top of it. My kids asked whether it was real (no it isn't). The one thing I wasn't expecting was the lack of color while underwater. We went down to a depth of 109 feet. The deeper you go, the less light there is, and the more the colors start to flatten so that everything takes on a bluish hue. It makes everything look different and not quite the same as when you're at the aquarium or when you're snorkeling. The sub spends about 35 minutes under the ocean. My two boys (Aged 10 and 7) enjoyed trying to identify the various types of fish (cards are provided to help you identify the fish). The kids were also fixated on checking the depth meter to see how deep we went.
The overall experience was a good one, albeit slightly expensive. Sure, there are military submarines you can visit and tour, but it's not everyday that you actually get to ride in a submarine. So, to say you've been on a sub is a fun thing is be able to say. If you're local, there are also season passes available if you'd like to go more frequently.
Passengers must be taller than 36" inches to ride the submarine. (We couldn't take our 2 year-old on board). Online rates start at $99 per adult and $35 per child (up to 12).
Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary tour as a guest of Atlantis Submarines. No other compensation was received and the opinions are entirely my own.
My family was excited to try out the Atlantis. It's definetly not every day that you get a chance to get in a submarine. The submarine is out in the ocean so you take a shuttle boat out there and back. The crew will take a family photo and you can buy the disk with all the family photos plus an amazing slideshow of sea creatures for $20. But bring your camera on board because you can get some neat pictures in the submarine. The ride was a neat experience and we did see some pretty big fish. Not as pretty and as exciting as when snorkeling, but definetly worth the experience.
The submarines operate year-round. The total tour (Premium) lasts about an hour and a half, with about forty-five minutes spent underwater. The ride out to the sub is on a surface boat and takes about fifteen minutes. The nice thing about Atlantis is that its pier is right in Waikiki, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. They also offer complimentary shuttle transportation from select Waikiki locations.