Atlantis SUBMARINE ride | 100ft underwater
by Mariam Beard • Last Updated: April 19, 2022
- Island: OAHU
- Location: Port Hilton | Waikiki | OAHU
- Duration: 1.5 hours (45-min submarine, shuttle boat each way)
- Includes: 2 boat rides (1st is shuttle boat to submarine drop zone, 2nd is actual submarine)
- Submarine specs: World’s LARGEST passenger submarine! 65ft length x 13ft beam (20m x 4m). Premium: 64-passengers.
Did you know that less than 1% of people have been 100ft underwater? And even less have been in a submarine. Our trip was so much fun! We saw TONS of turtles, fish and sunken ships as well as sunken planes.
“Can we go in a SUBMARINE?”
One of my best friends’ adorable 4-year-old asked me if we could go on a submarine. And, of course, I said yes!
When we got to the shuttle boat (the one that takes you from the shore to the submarine drop zone), the kiddo happily gave our submarine boarding passes to the crew.
It’s so wild to see the submarine surface and see the Waikiki skyline + Diamond Head volcanic crater.
Know Before You Go:
- Check-in Time? → 30 min before
- Bathrooms? →
Shuttle Boat: Yes
- Accessibility | How do you board the boat? → Each passenger must be at least 36″ tall and be able to climb down the submarine ladder 100% unassisted
How to Get There
You’ll start at the HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE (2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815) — not to be confused with the Hilton Waikiki which is on Kuhio Ave.
The actual ticket office is located BEACHFRONT of Ali’i tower, right beside the TROPICS BAR AND GRILL (2005 Kālia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815) — not to be confused with “Tropics Restaurant & Craft House” (which is located on Ala Moana Blvd).
Parking is available at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. We offer a discounted validation chaser card for $4 that is valid for 4 hours from the time you park your vehicle. This validation chaser card is for the self-parking garage only. We do not offer validation for valet. Normal parking fees are $15 per hour for the first hour and $10 per hour after.
TAXI, UBER/LYFT or DROP-OFF?
If you are getting dropped off, the drop off location is:
150 Paoa Pl. Honolulu, HI 96815
NOTE: This is a drop off location therefore there is no parking at this address and is a dead end road. This will get you as close to the check-in kiosk as possible while avoiding having to navigate the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
From the ATLANTIS kiosk Guests must check-in at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (2005 Kalia Rd. Honolulu HI, 96815) Ticket Office located at the beach front of Ali’i tower, next to Tropics Bar and Grill 30 minutes prior to their scheduled submarine time.
What to Expect
Your tour will involve two boats, a shuttle boat to take you to the submarine, and the submarine itself. The submarine portion will be 45-50 minutes long, and the total duration will be one hour and 30 minutes.
Return to shore: Approximately 2:30pm
The shuttle boat is actually pretty big! The bottom level had a small shop for snacks/drinks and a bathroom. The top level was open air. We headed right to the top level to get some fresh air and the view of the Waikiki skyline.
For those who may get motion sickness, keep in mind that the SUBMARINE itself is air-conditioned and very steady. However, the SHUTTLE BOAT that takes you from the shoreline to the submarine drop zone is not. If you are prone to motion sickness, I would recommend taking your ginger pills, tablets, or wearing the seabands with plenty of time.
And as you can see, the submarine is pretty SPACIOUS too!
The SHUTTLE BOAT is the last bathroom before getting to the submarine. And, on the submarine ride (about 45-minutes), there are NO BATHROOMS. This is important if you’re traveling with little ones or if you
This submarine ride is also available two other Hawaiian islands:
The day we went was one of the most clearest days I have ever seen! Keep in mind, visibility varies with ocean conditions.
(And my friend’s 4-year old LOVED this submarine tour! I am now the coolest Auntie of all time. 10 out of 10 would recommend.)