I love the ocean. But how would I feel about hanging out on the ocean floor - in a tube?
But not everyone is comfortable in the water and fortunately there's a great alternative for those who prefer to keep dry while they explore the ocean depths. We did a submarine tour of the Kona harbour with Atlantis Submarine Tours and we really enjoyed our experience. But what was it like stepping onboard a submarine for the first time? And did the tour offer good value? Read on to learn more about our adventures (from the anti-adventurist herself!)
But the very short boat ride from the pier to the submarine was another experience altogether! What is it about me and boats? And while we were on the submarine as it bobbed on the surface, I had several moments of feeling quite motion sick. If this is normally a problem for you, I'd advise you to tell the staff so you can be the last to board and the first to climb out. Overall, I'd rate riding a submarine as an anti-adventurist success, with a few 'green' moments. But if I were to do it again, I'd come prepared with my motion sickness medication.
If you are ocean lovers like we are, chances are you will love this and it will be a worthwhile experience. However, if you're more ambivalent, I'd suggest putting the extra money towards an alternative splurge and doing some free ocean activities to gauge the extent of your interest and see if it's a good travel investment for you in the future.
Atlantis does offer some combination packages with other experiences such as luaus. If you're already planning to do an activity like that, it would be well worth pricing things out in advance to see if it's more economical to go with a combination deal. It may also be worth checking for online deals and coupon codes and reading online reviews to see where others have located savings.
Heading to Hawaii? Read about some of our other favourite activities:
Visiting Kauai's Glass Beach
Driving Maui's Hana Highway
Coffee Beans and Hawaiian Dreams
We were provided with complimentary tickets by Atlantis Submarines. All writing, research, and opinions remain our own.