The Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine, Nassau, Bahamas

Seaworld Explorer Semi-submarineThe Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine is a cruising, underwater observatory offering a guided marine tour of the undersea sites around Nassau Harbour. I did this trip a few years ago; it's enthralling. The term semi-submarine is a bit misleading. It is, in fact, a large surface vessel complete with observation deck, air-conditioning and shade canopy. What makes it unique is its undersea observatory just below the main deck.

A cruise aboard the Explorer takes you out from the dock on Bay Street, through Nassau’s docks, and on to the Sea Gardens Marine Park, where you’ll get a close-up look at the undersea preserve. In the underwater observation lounge, just five feet below the surface, you’ll have your own window on the world beneath the waves.

The cruise comes with a running commentary and a fish identification chart. Along the way you’re likely to see all sorts of marine life: sharks, rays, turtles and barracuda, along with a variety of brightly colored reef fish. The tour lasts about 1½ hours and costs $45 for adults and $29  for children 10 and under. It’s well worth it. The Seaworld Explorer departs several times daily. Call for times. 242-356-2548.

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