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Maui Atlantis Submarine Tours

Information about the Atlantis Submarine tours off the coast of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

Atlantis Submarine
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The Maui Atlantis submarine tours feature views of a coral reef and sunken replica whaling ship off the coast of Lahaina on an air conditioned 48-passenger submarine. The submarine dives to depths of up to 100 feet. Note that between December to May there is a good possibility of spotting a whale from from the shuttle boat that transports visitors from the Kailua Pier to the submarine.

The Maui Atlantis Submarine Tours operate in one of two areas: The "Puamana" submarine diving area is about .6 nautical miles off of Puamana Beach Park. The "Stonewall" diving area is about 2 nautical miles offshore of Lahaina Harbor.

Tour participants are shuttled from Lahaina Harbor to the dive site on the MV Kapena.

The Roxie tug boat tows the Maui submarine to its dive site at 7:30 a.m. daily and the sub is towed back to its harbor every day between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.

In December of 2005 Atlantis received permission to create an artificial reef off the Lahaina coast by sinking the "Carthaginian", a replica of a 19th century Whaling ship. The Carthaginian was sunk on Decemebr 13, 2006. See pictures of sinking the Carthaginian on the Atlantis Adventures Web site. The Carthaginian had been a tourist attraction that was badly in need of repair at the time it was sunk. It now sits on a sandy sea bottom, about 95 feet under water. It was expected that the underwater ship would encourage a coral reef to develop in an area that previously had no reef.

Check-in for the Atlantis Maui submarine tour is at the Pioneer Inn on Front Street in Lahaina. After check-in, visitors board the "Holokai" shuttle boat in Lahaina Harbor so they can be transported to the submarine. Tour prices are about $90 for adults to $45 for children 36 inches tall to 12 years old. Often discounts are available in local Maui tourist magazines and discounts are also available by booking on the Atlantis Adventures Web site. Note that tour participants must be at least 36 inches tall and that guests must be able to climb and descend a 7-step, vertical ladder into and out of the body of the submarine. Expect the entire experience to last about 105 minutes, including boat shuttle to and from the submarine, entering and disembarking from the submarine, and the submarine tour itself. Tours depart several times a day

Also offers two-adventure tour packages that combine their submarine tours with other maui activities such as a Hawaiian luau, a helicopter tour, or (in winter) a whale watching cruise.

BOAT NAME: Atlantis IV
REGISTERED TO: Atlantis Submarines Hawaii LLC
BUILDER: American Boiler Works, Inc.
BOAT TYPE: Passenger Submarine
Weight: 21 tons
Length: 65 feet

BOAT NAME: Atlantis IX
REGISTERED TO: Atlantis Submarines Hawaii LLC
BUILDER: American Boiler Works, Inc.
BOAT TYPE: Passenger Submarine
Weight: 21 tons
Length: 65 feet
(this one is - or at least was on Maui)

REGISTERED TO: Atlantis Submarines Hawaii LLC
BUILDER: Breaux Brothers Enterprises, Inc.
BOAT TYPe: Passenger Shuttle
WEIGHT: 49 tons
LENGTH: 54.3 feet

BOAT NAME: Roxie (Maui)
REGISTERED TO: Atlantis Submarines Hawaii LLC
BUILDER: L & M Marine, Inc.
BOAT TYPE: Towing Vessel
WEIGHT: 13 tons
LENGTH: 32 feet
- tows sub out at 7:30 a.m.
- tows sub back between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.

Maui Atlantis Submarine Tour Brochure (PDF)

History of Atlantis Submarine Tours

Atlantis first began offering submarine tours in 1986 on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean on the Atlantis I passenger submarine. They launched their larger, 48 passenger Atlantis II submarine in Barbados in 1987.

In 1988 Atlantis began offering Atlantis 48-passenger submarines tours on the Atlantis IV off the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. In 1989 Atlantis began offering submarine tours on Oahu on the brand new submarine Atlantis VI.

In 1991 Atlantis began offering a submarine tour off the coast of Maui and they added a second 48-passenger submarine to their Waikiki operation.

In 1994 Atlantis had a 64-passenger built for their Waikiki operation, named the Atlantis XIV At the time there were two submarines operating in Waikiki but the tours were so popular it became necessary to add a third. One of the reasons the Oahu tours were so popular is that Atlantis had built a series of artificial reef structures offshore of Waikiki that were designed to attract coral growth and protect marine life in an underwater area that had been destroyed in the past by a hurricane.

In 2000 Atlantis Adventures purchased the 400 passenger Navatek I and began offering evening dinner cruises off the Waikiki coast.

In 2004 Atlantis adventures celebrated their 15 year anniversary of operating in Hawaii.

By 2007 Atlantis International was employing about 450 people and operating 11 submarines in 11 locations in Hawaii, Guam, and the Caribbean. In May of 1999 The submarines Atlantis VII and Atlantis XIV collided with each other while operating off the coast of Waikiki. As Atlantis XIV waited on the surface to correct a communication problem, Atlantis VII entered the same dive zone and attempted to resurface. The hand rails on the deck of the Atlantis VII struck the skids on the Atlantis XIV. No persons were injured. The hand rails on the Atlantis VII were damaged. There was no damage to Atlantis XIV.

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See also:
Submarine Tours on Other Islands
- Other Water Activities on Maui
- All Maui Activities

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