“Dive into Mexico’s Underwater Paradise on a Submarine Tour!”

The Mexican Caribbean is renowned for its pristine white beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and most notably, its vibrant marine biodiversity. It houses the Mesoamerican Reef System, the world's second-largest coral reef. One of the best ways to explore these underwater wonders is aboard Mexico's only tourist submarine.

A Unique Submarine Adventure in the Mexican Caribbean

The Atlantis TS XII submarine, provided by Atlantis Submarines, offers this unique underwater experience. The "TS" stands for Tourist Submarine, and it's the only one of its kind in Mexico.

The submarine is 20 meters long and features 26 side portholes and a large front porthole, providing passengers with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea's underwater life. It travels at a leisurely pace of 5 kilometers per hour and can accommodate 48 passengers and 3 crew members. The submarine can dive up to 30 meters deep and stay submerged for 24 hours.

To minimize its environmental impact, the submarine operates entirely on battery power. Atlantis Submarines is affiliated with several environmental and tourism organizations, including CONANP, the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation, the Manglares Más Sanos Más Vivos community collective, and the Travelife Sustainability System, owned by the Association of British Travel Agents.

The Submarine Experience

The adventure begins on the island of Cozumel, located off the coast of Playa del Carmen. A boat takes passengers to the Chankanaab Reef, part of the Cozumel Reefs National Park and the Mesoamerican Reef System.

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Once at the reef, passengers board the air-conditioned, pressurized submarine. As the submarine descends into the Caribbean waters, crew members provide information about the area's biodiversity and other interesting facts. Passengers can expect to see a variety of coral species and marine life, including nurse, bull, and hammerhead sharks; green moray eels; hawksbill, green, and white turtles; seahorses, rays, and more.

Certain marine species are more likely to be seen during specific seasons. For example, lobsters are most commonly seen from March to June, pink snails from May to October, sharks from May to June, and the Mayan octopus from December to July. The entire experience lasts 2 hours, with approximately 45 minutes spent underwater in the submarine.

Pricing for the Submarine Adventure

The submarine experience costs $2,100 pesos for adults and $1,300 pesos for children aged 4 to 11. An additional fee of $109 pesos per person is required for the marine park entrance permit. The cost includes round-trip transportation from the Atlantis Adventures pier and the submarine ride.

Atlantis Submarines, located in Cozumel opposite the Hotel Casa del Mar, has over 20 years of operation and a trained, certified crew, ensuring a safe and memorable experience. For more information, visit their website at atlantissubmarines.mx/en.