Roatan Submarine Ride
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About Roatan Submarine Ride
The Roatan Submarine Ride excursion is one of the most unique activities found on Roatan. Truly, a lifetime experience, you will explore the deep waters of the Caribbean like very few people have. Typically, reserved for scientists and other professionals, you now have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover the planet’s last frontier.
Depending on which submarine expedition you choose, you will reach depths of 1500-2000 feet. Sea creatures at these depths include: sharks, lobsters, eels, crabs, and various bizarre looking fish. At base of the Cayman Trench Wall, you will come across huge boulder fields. These fields are home to many unknown animal species. The terrain in itself is worth the Submarine Ride, some of the most interesting rock formations you will ever see!
Did You Know? Less than 3% of the planet’s deep waters have been explored.
Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration
The Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration (R.I.D.E.) is the creation of Pilot Karl Stanley. His love for submersibles started at the age of 9 and has spent the majority of his life with deep diving submersible operations. R.I.D.E.s mission is to explore the deep waters without the need for grant money. In addition, the organization’s mission is to provide access to the public, being one of only two submersible diving operations offering this service on the planet.
The Idabel submarine is a deep diving submersible with over 1500 dives and 5000 hours. Idabel is the result of twenty-four years of design efforts. Some of Idabel’s safety features include:
- Two high-pressure air systems
- 400lb drop weight
- 72 hr of backup life support
- VHF radio & mobile phone carried for surface communication
- Full redundant propulsion systems
- Full redundant electrical systems
- Full redundant
- surfacing systems
The Idabel submarine was specifically made for the Roatan, Honduras region. The submersible can safely accommodate 3 island guests up to 3,000.00 feet in depth. The submarine’s name “Idabel” comes from a city in Oklahoma where it was built, in honor of its people who made this dream a reality.
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