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Thursday, 13 January 2022

New submarine experience launches in Australia


The Sunshine Coast in Queensland is home to Australia's first tourist submarine. 

Down Under Submarines has opened for tours at Mooloolaba with the only operating submarine of its kind in the world that will be able to dive to depths of up to 30 metres below the ocean's surface. 

What makes the Subcat-30 unique is it is a hybrid vessel, meaning it can both dive underwater and travel on top of the water's surface like a catamaran.

Visitors will be given the opportunity to experience both methods of transport, with dive experiences and sunset cruises available.

Down Under Submarines director Andrey Alexeenko said the first dive tour will take visitors up to 18 metres below the surface 1.5 nautical miles out from Point Cartwright.

“As well as the marine life you can spot out the window, travelling in the nearly 20-metre-long submarine is an experience in itself,” Alexeenko said.

“It's a one-of-a-kind submarine which has a special hull above the water so passengers can get that experience of both submersion and refloating.

“That's the difference, and it really gives you that adrenalin rush when you see you're starting to submerge.”

The yellow Subcat-30 is also sustainable as it is powered by six battery-operated electric thrusters that produce zero emissions while submerged.

The interior design is similar to that of a plane cabin, with 14 circular windows offering visibility of up to 30 metres underwater and video monitors providing real-time footage of the ocean from the four cameras located on the sub's exterior.

During the dive experience an on-board guide provides commentary about the submarine and surrounding marine life.

Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel said that while the Sunshine Coast was already known as one of the great marine destinations of Australia, the launch of Down Under Submarines would add a new experience.

“As our region opens up to the rest of Australia – and indeed the world – it is more important than ever that we have fresh new product that helps set us apart as a destination, and Down Under Submarines is a really unique selling point for our region," Stoeckel said.

“We are known for our pristine coastline, and Down Under Submarines will make our marine environment even more accessible, allowing visitors to explore the region from a different perspective.”

The Submarine Dive Experience will have a dive time of around 30 minutes plus 20 minutes surface travel, while the Yellow Submarine Cruise will run for an hour at sunset. 

The Submarine Dive Experience costs $253 for adults and the Yellow Submarine Cruise $55 for adults, with a 20% discount offered for the first 100 purchases.

For more info visit downundersubmarines.com.

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