Go Underwater Without Getting WetO‘ahu
A vast Technicolor wonderland waits in the coral reefs below the surface of the Pacific.
This is the kingdom of sea creatures, reefs and underwater gardens, a subterranean view available to snorkelers and divers who have no qualms about traveling underwater.
However, if you really don’t want to get wet, don’t sweat it. There are several ways to get your fill, ranging from GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT TOURS to SUBMARINE RIDES to dives using a helmet and wetsuit.
For starters, ATLANTIS ADVENTURES owns the world’s largest and most-experienced passenger submarine fleet and will take you to depths of approximately 120 feet in the air-conditioned comfort of its 64-seat, 100-foot-plus submarine. There, you’ll explore the ATLANTIS REEF, where two wrecked ships, two sunken airplanes and other reef structures are home to exotic marine life.
Fun fact: Atlantis, which recently celebrated 25 years of sharing the magnificence of Hawai‘i’s marine environment and message of conservation with guests from around the world, even has a wedding option for its sunset dinner package.
If you want to get the entire feel of being underwater while staying dry, check out SEA LIFE PARK’S SEA TREK ADVENTURE, which suits guests up with wetsuits and special helmets that allow
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If you’d rather stay above water while getting a glimpse underneath, search out glass-bottom boat tours.
UNDER THE SEA HAWAII, located on the West Side of the island, invites visitors to “STEP INTO LIQUID SPACE” in the only glass-bottom boat of its kind in Hawai‘i capable of high speeds for an eco-friendly educational adventure. While snorkeling is optional onboard, bioluminescent technology allows you to view “LIVING METEOR SHOWERS” by morning or night. On the morning WAKING OCEAN TOUR, glowing sea creatures swim below the vessel’s clear bottom, under a bioluminescence spotlight, before the sun fully rises. The CORAL REEF EXPLORATION is an affordable adventure great for small children and non-swimmers. Adults will appreciate the REEF AT NIGHT — SUNSET TOUR. On board: refreshments, sunsets and nighttime underwater reef views make this an out-of-this-world, 3-hour tour. Whether you choose to venture into the water with marine biologists or not, get schooled on the critters below. Visit undertheseahawaii.com.