The category of personal submersibles has become much more interesting in recent years, with new models ranging from underwater lounges to research submarines exploring previously unfathomable depths.
Experiencing the ocean in a personal submarine is like accessing another world from the comfort of your living room. Today, the underwater world is officially open for adventurers. The new breed of submersible has moved beyond a narrow sphere with limited visibility and has opted for more torpedo-like shapes, large acrylic domes so transparent it feels like you could touch passing fish, and amenities like leather seats. , joystick controls, and high-end sound systems.
Here we present five of the best personal submersibles.
U-Boat Worx Nemo (Featured image) The owner-operated sub starts at around $600,000, about half the price of other submarines on the market. Available in one or two-seat models. Nemo is compact, taking up about the same space as two personal watercraft, which means it can fit on yachts as small as 100ft; while weighing 5500 lbs, the weight allows it to be towed. Options include sonar, a manipulator arm, and a navigation package, which provides GPS coordinates to the helmsman.
DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S Luxury Submarine DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S is the newest submarine in the DeepFlight range of personal submarines. It is designed to take an incredible underwater tour for three people, a pilot and two passengers. It was specially designed to give passengers the exclusive experience of an «underwater flight.» High-level flexibility allows pilots to tailor the tour to each passenger’s desires, from a slow ride around a wreck to an exhilarating flight to looping inside-out. The diving depth is 100 meters. The cabin is a pressurized hull that has been proven to keep passengers safe from the external pressure of the ocean. On the Super Falcon 3S, the lines of communication are always open between the sub and the surface crew, and between the pilot and the passengers.
Seamagine Ocean Pearl Powerful enough for challenging missions yet small enough for intimate exploration, SEAmagine’s Ocean Pearl is a two-person mini-submarine designed to fit on the aft deck of a superyacht. Its large sphere offers 360-degree views. With a depth rating of around 1,200 feet and six hours of battery life on a single charge, Ocean Pearl is built to handle multiple dives a day without needing to be taken out of the water. She comes with underwater tools, including GPS and surface tracking equipment, to ensure precise positioning underwater.
SEAmagine Aurora 100 The Aurora-100 series are submersible in the 9,600kg to 13,700kg weight category with an ultra-large cabin offering a spacious multi-seat interior. The sub is rated for depths of 3,300 feet and can stay underwater for up to eight hours.
Neptune project Project Neptune is a collaboration between Triton Submarines and the British car manufacturer Aston Martin. Both companies have been working together to develop a luxury 3-person submarine that can stay underwater for eight hours at a depth of 1,640 feet. The custom interior is a combination of hand-stitched leather and carbon fiber trim.