Deep Sea Exploration in a Submarine – A Once in a Lifetime Experience!

A few months back I read an article somewhere online that in the world there are only four passenger submarines that can take you on a deep sea exploration to depths of up to 2500 feet under water. I’m not a diver, as a matter of fact, I have anxiety attacks when I go five feet underwater. And this small aliment of mine really pisses me off since I can’t explore 70% of our Earth.

So you can imagine my excitement when I read this article and found out that one of the submarines is only a 1.5 hour flight from Guatemala located in Roatan, Honduras.

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Deep Sea Exploration in a Passenger Submarine

After doing more research on Stanley Submarines, I decided that I will splurge. To me, I was looking at a Once-in-a-lifetime experience and you really can’t place a price tag on that!

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I opted for the 1000 foot deep sea expedition and arrived to Karl Stanley’s house and dock for our tour.

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Reading all about the submarine, I was shocked and IMPRESSED to meet Karl who seemed barely in his 30’s. Rarely do you meet people that know what they want to do with their life from single digit age. Karl started building his very first submarine by the age of 9 and was using it at 15.

The submarine of today (his second) has seen all trails and errors and I felt completely confident.

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You see, the problem with my anxiety of diving is that I feel I am completely out of my element. If anything goes wrong with any of the apparatuses on me, I feel helpless and useless.  Even though I was about to embark to depths beyond my comprehension to a world that I am totally unfamiliar with, I knew that I was in the best hands possible with a man that was TOTALLY in his element and I didn’t have a single inkling of doubt!

From the outside the submarine looks tiny, but surprisingly enough the passenger chamber was quite spacious. My son and I had plenty of moving area and could have had one other person easily with us. Karl never gets in to that section, he stands in another chamber navigating and pointing out all the cool stuff we were looking at. He has a huge lens like window that makes everything seem much closer than it is and another window right below it to show you the true dimensions of what you are looking at.

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First thing you may consider, is that once you get past 200 feet the eco system is completely different and the sea goes from bright blue to pure blackness.

Once the lights went on we were able to see more of our surrounding:

Sponges under water were all over the place

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Sea Urchins

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Jelly Fish

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And some lonely fish looking for food

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After doing this tour, I feel part of an Elite unnamed group of people who have done deep sea exploring. If you think about it, there are over 7 billion people on Earth, not counting Navy folk, no more than 1000 people have descended in a submarine!

This puts us in to the same ranks as National Geographic Explorers.


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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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