Taking delivery of its first three-seater submarine, Conrad Maldives becomes the only resort to offer its guests a daily opportunity to explore the vibrant underwater world, in a way that was not possible before.
“Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has always been a great place for snorkelling and diving but guests who can’t swim have had to miss out on that experience,” says General Manager Carsten Schieck. “With the arrival of our new submarine, we make this incredible underwater experience open to everyone in a way that’s very easy and comfortable – and no need to get wet!”
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is located in South Ari Atoll, an area of the Maldives that is renowned for its many excellent dive sites. The submarine takes two passengers on a 30-minute exploration of the resort’s coral reef, which runs the length of the island and is home to soft corals, schools of brightly coloured fish such as blue-striped snappers, sting rays, reef sharks and turtles. It even offers the rare possibility of sighting a pod of dolphins or a passing whale shark.
Built in Germany by Nemo Tauchtouristik, the Nemo N100 submarine can dive to 30 meters and seats three people: two passengers and a trained pilot. Looking like something from a futuristic space cartoon, the submarine is bright orange with white stripes, characteristic of a clown fish (“Nemo” in the Disney film) with three acrylic glass ‘pods’ sticking out of the top offering the submariners 360-degree views of the underwater world they’re passing through.
The price for one dive is US$495 for two people, or US$280 for one person and submarine tours are naturally subject to weather conditions.