HONOLULU – As the world recognizes the significance of World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8, Atlantis Submarines is marking its 30th anniversary of providing safe and environmentally friendly undersea tours off the shores of Waikiki Beach.
World Oceans Day is celebrated annually to honor, protect and conserve the world’s oceans. This commitment to conservation is one that Atlantis Submarines has advocated every day over the past three decades at its submarine tour locations outside of Waikiki, Lahaina on Maui and Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii.
Atlantis’ commitment begins with the use of battery-powered submarines that emit no pollutants or noise as they gently glide to depths of more than 100 feet. These are the world’s most technologically advanced passenger submarines, allowing guests to safely enjoy an up close and fascinating encounter with Hawaii’s marine world inhabitants without disturbing their surroundings.
“World Oceans Day brings awareness to everyone’s responsibility to protect and preserve our ocean ecosystem and all of its living creatures,” said Ronald Williams, president and CEO of Atlantis Adventures, parent company of Atlantis Submarines.
“Our team at Atlantis Submarines is proud of how we share the sanctity and vibrancy of the ocean with guests from around the world every day of the year, and we do so with a tour experience that does not bring any harm to the environment. All of the artificial reefs we have installed were done to make the surrounding marine life healthier and more self-sustaining.”
Atlantis Introduced Submarine Tours and Artificial Reefs off Waikiki in 1989
Atlantis’ commitment to ocean conservation is most evident at its Waikiki submarine dive site. Starting in 1989 with the launch of its submarine tours, Atlantis began placing a series of artificial reefs in a 5.8-acre area off Waikiki that was mostly barren with limited marine life activity.
Installed in partnership with the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant Program and the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, the artificial reefs consist of sculpture-like concrete pyramid forms and ring structures, a decommissioned Navy tanker, a former fishing vessel and large sections from two aircraft.
This collection of odd-looking structures and discarded salvage now serve a greater purpose as artificial reefs, offering a safe refuge for marine life of all types to feed, repopulate and live in a self-sustaining eco-system. As such, an area that three decades ago was largely absent of activity now thrives with beautiful fish and marine life of all shapes, sizes and colors, including eels, green sea turtles, reef sharks and Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (trigger fish).
Stewardship, Sustainability and Education are the Core of Atlantis’ Philosophy
Guests boarding Atlantis’ 64-seat and 48-seat submarines enjoy a spacious, air-conditioned cabin that offers a large viewing portal for every seat and lots of leg and headroom for everyone to comfortably enjoy the undersea tour experience.
As the submarine slowly descends to more than 100 feet below the surface, guests are informed and entertained by Atlantis’ crew about the diversity of fish and marine life, their habitat and the importance of stewardship and sustainability to protect the ocean environment. Guests from around the world enjoy the submarine tour and Atlantis encourages them to both embrace and spread the message of preserving the ocean environment for the good of everyone’s future.
This combination of sustainability, education and advocacy for ocean conservation is the core of Atlantis’ operational philosophy, and is the basis for the company being recognized annually as a Certified Sustainable Tour Operator by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association.
About Atlantis Submarines
Atlantis Submarines, a subsidiary of Atlantis Adventures, offers daily submarine tours year-round in Hawaii’s ocean waters off Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Lahaina on Maui, and Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island. The company is committed to being sustainable with its tour operations and a responsible steward of Hawaii’s marine environment. Its passenger submarines are the most technologically advanced in the world, are battery-powered, and emit no pollutants as they move quietly through the water without disturbing fish or marine life. For more information, visit www.AtlantisAdventures.com.