Company reaches diving milestone

Atlantis Submarines Maui celebrated a milestone Tuesday, marking the undersea tour company’s 50,000th descent into waters off of Lahaina, according to an announcement.

Aside from seeing the Valley Isle’s undersea world, guests on the trip more than 100 feet deep received lei and a commemorative photo.

“For 22 years, we have been providing a fascinating tour experience that is sustainable, eco-friendly and rooted in promoting marine conservation and sharing the importance of that message with all of our guests,” said Jim Walsh, company general manager.

Atlantis began offering submarine tours off Lahaina in 1991, and the company estimates that more than 2 million visitors have gone on its undersea excursions on a 65-foot, 48-passenger submarine. The craft is battery-powered and emits no pollutants.

Highlights of the company’s more than two decades on Maui include the Dec. 13, 2005, sinking of the Carthaginian, formerly a replica whaling ship moored at Lahaina Harbor, that became an artificial reef and a highlight of submarine tours.

Atlantis offers six submarine tours daily, departing Lahaina Harbor each hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour lasts for an hour and 50 minutes, which includes 45 minutes touring underwater. Check-in is 30 minutes before departure.

Atlantis Adventures also offers tours off Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Kailua-Kona on the Big Island and in Guam, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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