Explore the deep sea with the world’s first submarine tour
OFTEN, submarine expeditions are limited to marine science and for work at depths too great for human divers, such as cinematography.
But soon, science- and sea-loving travelers will have the chance of a lifetime to explore the deep sea with the world’s first submarine tour.
Multiple award-winning US-based luxury tour operator Kensington Tours is set to launch a “historic, once-in-a-lifetime mission aboard a submersible” as part of its Explorers Club “Famous Firsts” Collection.
The limited edition tour is named, “Mysteries of the Deep” and it is aimed at luxury-minded travelers who crave tailor-made journeys and carefully crafted adventures like no other.
Said to be the ultimate getaway, the adventure features exploratory dives into the Indian Ocean aboard a deep-ocean state-of-the-art science submersible, secluded atolls, a private yacht, and a five-star resort.
Inside the two-person Triton 1000/2 submersible, ocean voyagers will be able to experience the previously unexplored waters of the Indian Ocean near the Unesco World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll.
Capable of achieving depths of up to 305 meters, the versatile submersible combines cutting-edge oceanic exploration technology with the comfort and security of a passenger craft.
“The deep ocean is the last great unexplored frontier. We have better maps of the moon than our own oceans, and scientists estimate there are over a million species still to discover,” Kensington Tours founder and Explorers Club member Jeff Willner said.
Divers will surely enjoy coming face-to-fin with rare sea life as Aldabra Atoll – the world’s second-largest coral atoll – is teeming with incredibly colorful sea creatures and stunning underwater plants.
“Every time we dive in Aldabra it will be a first descent for humankind. This is true science and adventure,” Willner added.
Additionally, participants will also have access to a magnificent 31-meter private yacht that comfortably sleeps 10 guests in five rooms, staffed by a crew of five with scrumptious meals especially prepared by an onboard chef.
And the indulgences do not stop there.
Back on land, accommodations include a hilltop oceanview villa at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on the turquoise shores of Petite Anse.
Guests can either stay in and bask in the luxurious hideaway or spend a day soaking up the warm sunshine while strolling on the immaculate white-sand beach kissed by azure waters.
“Exclusive experiences such as this are rare in the luxury travel industry,” Kensington Tours President Alison Hickey said.
“We are proud to offer this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary – it is truly the next evolution of the Kensington Tours product portfolio,” Hickey added.
Kensington Tours’ Explorers Club “Famous Firsts” Collection boasts a series of firsts. Explorers Club members were first to the poles of the earth, first to summit Mount Everest, first to the deepest point of the ocean, and first to set foot on the moon.
Authorized with rare exploration permits for the region, Kensington Tours is exclusively leading this excursion alongside the Nekton Ocean Research Institute and the government of Seychelles.
The week-long “Mysteries of the Deep” expeditions are scheduled to in March 2019, starting from a cool US$350,000 per tour.
For more information about Kensington Tours or the “Mysteries of the Deep” itinerary, visit kensingtontours.com.