Atlantis submarines

Atlantis submarines is a passenger submarine
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation below the surface of the water. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability...

 company. The company currently has 12 submarine
A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation below the surface of the water. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability...

s and operates undersea tours in Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and the location of the nation's capital, George Town. In relation to the other two Cayman Islands, it is approximately 75 miles southwest of Little Cayman and 90 miles southwest of Cayman Brac.-Geography:Grand Cayman encompasses 76% of...

, Barbados
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, Aruba
Aruba is a 33 km-long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 27 km north of the coast of Venezuela and 130 km east of Guajira Peninsula...

, Guam
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, St. Thomas
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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, Cozumel
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 and in Hawaii
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 at Kona
Kona District, Hawaii
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, Maui
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 and Oahu
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The Atlantis XIV, which sails from Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, accommodates 64 passengers and is the world's largest passenger submarine.


Atlantis was founded by current President and CEO Dennis Hurd, a former designer of submersibles for North Sea
North Sea
In the southwest, beyond the Straits of Dover, the North Sea becomes the English Channel connecting to the Atlantic Ocean. In the east, it connects to the Baltic Sea via the Skagerrak and Kattegat, narrow straits that separate Denmark from Norway and Sweden respectively...

 oil rig
Oil platform
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s, with USD $3 million borrowed from friends and relatives. The company launched the world's first commercial passenger submarine tours in Grand Cayman in 1986. It has since serviced about 10 million passengers.

Environmental initiatives

Atlantis submarines have taken many actions to help restoring marine environment in Waikiki
Waikiki is a neighborhood of Honolulu, in the City and County of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. Waikiki Beach is the shoreline fronting Waikīkī....

. One of the most prominent efforts is the artificial reef development program which attempts to increase biomass of fish, coral and other marine life. The man-made reef at Waikiki consists of two sunken ships, two sunken airplanes and several other reef structures designed in collaboration with the University of Hawaii. The company claims that its environmental initiatives have already helped reverse the situation of declining fish stocks in Waikiki by increasing the number of fish by many folds.


  • Atlantis I 1986
  • Atlantis II 1986
  • Atlantis III 1987
  • Atlantis IV, V 1988
  • Atlantis VI 1989
  • Altantis VII 1990
  • Atlantis IX, X 1991
  • Atlantis XII, XIV 1994

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