Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Nov 07, 2012
Jan 10, 2013
Today we were booked in to the Atlantis Submarines reef dive off Waikiki Beach. After a visit to an outlet mall, we headed back into Waikiki for our adventure. Although we thought we had left plenty of time, we had not taken into account the difficulties of getting parking and travelling around the Waikiki area. With time running short, we finally got a park with only minutes to spare. We then had to do a forced march down to the Hilton Polynesian Village resort - a MASSIVE resort that is just made for getting lost in. Nevertheless, we did make our way eventually to the Atlantis Submarine reception desk - where we were welcomed and told to go and wait out on the dock for ten minutes. After all that stress and hurrying - sigh. Anyway, the tender boat arrived to ferry us out to the submarine, which was about 1km offshore. We transferred over to the tourist submarine, which was actually a pretty impressive vessel. It holds 68 passengers and 3 crew. They gave us a roughly one hour tour of an artificial reef that the company created, using old vessels, scrapped aircraft and artificial reefs designed by the University. The crew were funny and informative, we dived to just over 100 feet in depth, seeing many of the local fish species as we went. After returning from that experience, we wandered along Waikiki Beach for a while, before settling on a restaurant for tea. Delicious food, yummy cocktails, a talented house band and an outstanding sunset made it the perfect way to finish off the day.
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