With over 1900 kilometres of coral reefs lining the Hawaiian coastline, thanks to Maui's calm, crystal clear waters, snorkelling is one of the most popular activities to do during a trip to the island.
Beneath the surface of the land lies an unknown universe where all sorts of sea creatures live side by side with the remains of enigmatic sunken ships. Feel the call of adventure? Dare to discover the bottom of the sea on board the submarine Atlantis Maui and feel for a while like the legendary Captain Nemo from the novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea".
1. Atlantis Submarine Tours in Maui
There is no doubt that the surface landscapes enveloped in the lush vegetation of the tropical rainforest are a beautiful treasure, but within the Pacific Ocean there are also hidden gems worth discovering.
Most people get to know Hawaii's underwater charms while snorkelling but, unlike the Atlantis Maui submarine, they don't descend 30 metres into the water to observe the rich underwater life that inhabits Maui's waters.
If you've never been on board a submarine before to plumb the depths of the ocean, this is definitely an adventure you have to experience during your Maui holiday. The adrenaline and thrill rush as the ship plunges into the depths of the Pacific.
Why I like it: It's not every day you get the chance to experience something like this and see a multitude of tropical fish, manta rays, green turtles, whales and coral reefs in their own habitat, as if you were just another sea creature, while a guide explains in detail a lot of curiosities about the flora and fauna that lives here.
Recommended... If you are travelling as a family, with adults or children. The little ones will be amazed riding in a real submarine and will be able to imagine they are explorers on an adventure in the sea, observing the remains of a sunken ship on which corals grow and all the little animals that live in the depths.
2. Combined experience with a snorkelling cruise in Maui
If you travel to Maui for the beautiful beaches and the many water sports opportunities, my advice is to take the opportunity to take a trip that combines a snorkelling cruise with a trip on the Atlantis Maui submarine in one go - it's one of the most fun and complete experiences you'll have on Maui!
You'll start the day snorkelling. The operator will provide the equipment, so you don't have to worry about renting it. You will depart early from Lahaina harbour to Lanai where the boat captain will choose the best spots with the clearest and calmest waters to swim with tropical fish, manta rays, eels, dolphins or green sea turtles, among other animals.
After snorkelling and lunch it's time to get back in the water, this time aboard the Atlantis Maui submarine. Adrenaline rushes as the vessel descends 30 metres into the darkness of the ocean depths.
Why I like it: During the ride you'll see all kinds of Hawaiian green turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, whales, eels... and even a sunken ship on which coral reefs have grown! The scenery is most mysterious but a guide will explain in detail its origin and a lot of curiosities about the fauna and flora that live here.
Recommended...: If you don't have much time on Maui but don't want to miss the opportunity to explore the island's waters in every possible way. With this tour you will combine in one day the thrill of diving among tropical fish with the magic of a submarine trip to the bottom of the sea.
How much does it cost to take a submarine tour in Maui?
Submarine tours to see the depths of the ocean cost around 130 euros.
However, if you're on a tighter budget and would like to see a bit of what's in Maui's waters without spending a lot of money, a cheaper option is to snorkel. You can find kayak tours with snorkelling for around 80 or 100 euros.
For more information, I recommend you take a look at the post Snorkelling in Maui.
How to book the Atlantis submarine tour?
It's so easy! I recommend that you book your Maui underwater tour online well in advance of your travel date.
This way you'll be guaranteed a spot before you leave, as these activities are very popular and usually sell out quickly, especially if you're travelling to Hawaii in high season.
To book, all you have to do is choose the date and number of travellers. You will need to pay at the time of booking to secure your place on the activity.
Is it worth visiting this submarine in Maui?
Completely, because it's not every day you get the chance to ride in a real submarine and live such a thrilling experience exploring the depths of the Pacific.
Unlike snorkelling tours where you dive to see underwater life at the water's surface, if you join the Atlantis Maui submarine tour you'll be able to explore the ocean floor to see the flora and fauna that live there and that normally go unnoticed to our eyes. You'll even see a sunken ship shrouded in mystery!
How to join this submarine tour in Maui?
Very easy! In Hellotickets you can compare prices, schedules and availability to get your tickets.
What will I see on the submarine?
The clear waters that bathe the island of Maui are the perfect setting to enjoy a tour as original as this one.
During the submarine ride through the depths of the ocean you will have the opportunity to enjoy an atypical, beautiful and surprising landscape.
If you are passionate about the sea and photography, you will really enjoy this excursion because it will show you the secrets hidden in the waters of Maui, such as sunken ships on which coral reefs have grown or all kinds of aquatic creatures such as tropical fish, eels, sea urchins, manta rays, green turtles or whales, among others.
I recommend you read the article Hawaii's marine life to learn more about the animals you will see during the activity.
Besides, it's not every day that you can sail in a submarine to see the views of the depths of the Pacific, so this is one more incentive to book your place in this exciting adventure. Don't hesitate! It will be one of the most special memories you'll take home from your trip to Maui.
Is the submarine spacious inside?
That's right, inside the submarine there is enough personal space to make you feel comfortable during the ride and the windows are large so you can see everything without missing any details.
If you've never been on a submarine before, you may be a little apprehensive about getting a claustrophobic feeling inside the ship, but you needn't worry because you'll see that this isn't the case.
The company offering this activity has state-of-the-art submarines approved by the Coast Guard and are air-conditioned for the safety and comfort of all passengers.