Updated: May 21, 2015
Maui Submarine Tours - Atlantis SubmarineA family vacation to Maui for some means nothing but days at the beach or pool. For others, it means getting out and doing a bunch of activities - snorkeling, surfing, whale watching, bike riding, hula lessons, luaus, golf, hiking, horse back riding, helicopter tours. You name it, there is plenty to do on Maui. One popular attraction in Lahaina is an honest to goodness submarine tour, the Atlantis Submarine. Unlike some submersibles that float along the surface with a glass belly of windows under the waterline, the Atlantis is a real, civilian submarine -- it can dive hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean. The Atlantis is fully Coast Guard certified and carries up to 48 passengers. Atlantis was started when its founder took his knowledge and experience in the deep-sea submersible and oil industry subs and turned it into a tourist attraction in tropical locales around the western hemisphere. In the last 20 years more than 11 million passengers have ventured beneath the sea in their submarines. Today they operate subs in places like Cozumel, Guam, St. Thomas, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Aruba, and of course Hawaii (Kona, Maui, and Oahu).
Day of Your Maui Submarine Trip - Ticket Prices, Hours, Tour LengthThe Atlantis Submarine operates out of Lahaina. Tours depart almost hourly daily from 9AM to 2PM (trips at 9AM, 10AM, 12noon, 1PM, and 2PM), weather conditions permitting. You should plan on buying tickets in advance to guarantee a spot on the sub (808-661-7827 or AtlantisAdventures.com). There are no food or drinks served during the trip, so plan ahead. Ticket list prices are $89 for adults, $45 for children (12 and under) -- you can get a discount if you order online at their website, where tickets are $80/$40 (however, keep reading below for some money-saving tips). There are 2 restrictions -- children must be at least 36" tall to ride, and all passengers must be able to climb up and down a 7-step ladder to get into the sub. You check in at the famous Pioneer Hotel right on Front Street (the main drag) in Lahaina, then head to Slip 18 at the Lahaina Harbor where your shuttle boat is located (the Holokai) -- the shuttle will take you on a 10 minute ride out to meet the Atlantis Submarine. The boatride itself can be a little bumpy -- consider motion sickness medication if you have problems with seasickness -- but you get a nice view of the Maui mountains and coast from the ocean. The whole trip runs about 1 hour and 45 minutes from start to finish. Here is the schedule:
- 10-15 minutes on shuttle boat
- 10 minutes for unloading/loading sub
- 45 of actual underwater dive time
- 10 minutes load/unload passengers onto shuttle boat
- 10-15 minutes back to harbor