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Atlantis Submarine & Reserch Submarine Grand Cayman - Indian Chief Travel
CAYMAN ISLANDS  |  Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Travel Guide
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Atlantis Submarine & Reserch Submarine

Harbour Drive, George Town
Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman
800-887-8571

Type: Sightseeing
Cost: starting at $345

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Call for schedule Admission: varies according to length and type of dive; see website for details If you’re curious about what lies below the water’s surface, the 48-passenger Atlantis submarine is the perfect way to have a peek at Grand Cayman’s underwater world. Swimmers and non-swimmers alike enjoy safe, air-conditioned, comfortable travel to 100 feet below the surface aboard the Atlantis with a narrated view of coral gardens, sponge gardens, the undersea wall, and more. Another option is a ride on one of two Atlantis research submersibles, also operating from the Atlantis office on Harbour Drive. Plunging as much as 1,000 feet below the surface, this vessel offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The 22-foot sub, the only vessel of its type open to the public, carries two passengers and a pilot. Several times a day, it dives down the Cayman Wall to depths far beyond the range of sports scuba divers. Passengers sit side-byside in front of a large (three-foot diameter) convex Viewport. The view varies with the depth: from 200 to 400 feet are colorful sponges and corals in what is termed the “sponge belt.” Hundreds of sponges blanket the vertical wall in forms ranging from 20-foot-long orange rope sponges to gigantic barrel sponges. From 650 to 1,000 feet, living formations give way to limestone pinnacles that house deep-sea creatures such as stalked crinoids, porcelain corals and glass sponges. The limestone blocks, or "haystacks," stand over 150 feet tall. Here light no longer penetrates the sea and the research sub illuminates the inky blackness with powerful lights. The highlight of many trips is a visit to the Kirk Pride, a shipwreck that sits on a ledge at 800 feet. This 180-foot freighter sank in a storm in 1976 and its fate was unknown until the wreck was discovered by an Atlantis research submarine in 1985. Five dives daily, Monday through Friday. Advance reservations are strongly recommended for this limited-availability adventure. Be warned that it’s a pricey one-hour excursion (starting at $345) but certainly a unique one.
Last updated February 4, 2008
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