Sub tour encourages deep thinking

KAILUA-KONA -- Atlantis Submarines Kona introduced a narrated submarine tour that addresses similarities between water on Earth and water on other planets. The new tour is called Oceans of the Solar System.

While motoring around atop a 25-acre reef for 35 minutes off the Kona coast, the narration will address the existence of water throughout the solar system, including Earth.

The submarine goes as deep as 110 feet, said Mike Stanton, general manager of Atlantis Submarines Kona.

"We are trying to develop the scientific exploration concept to get people aware of their place on this planet and in the solar system," Stanton said.

In addition to a discussion of water in a general cosmic sense, Stanton said the tour will include narration about what guests are seeing in front of them on the reef outside the submarine.

"We like to challenge our guests to think," he said.

For example, guests are prodded to ponder questions like: "Do fish drink water?" or "What would Earth look like without any oceans?"

The narration also includes information on the search for life on other planets and the evolution of life on Earth.

The tour runs once a day at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the new Oceans of the Solar System tour is $79 for adults and $39 for kids up to age 12. Single bookings pay 10%; higher commissions are negotiable for groups.

Atlantis Submarines in Kona is on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona across from the Kona Pier.

The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Atlantis Submarines Kona
Phone: (800) 548-6262

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