ETW Staff– Mumbai
Laucala Island, a private island resort in Fiji, has launched underwater voyages with its DeepFlight Super Falcon submersible. Piloted by an experienced skipper, the high-tech winged submarine, with 360-degree viewing through acrylic domes, allows guests to experience the clear blue waters off the coast of the island from depths of 40– 60 feet. For what usually costs US$ 2,000 per person per hour, Laucala island guests can enjoy the dry experience, though feet below the waves, as part of the daily activities included in their stay.
The underwater route takes guests from the white sands of the main beach to ‘Black Rock’ situated on the island’s inner reef. The submarine weaves through one of the most bountiful and colourful hard coral reefs in the world, passing abundant marine life including schools of tropical fish, Christmas tree worms, scorpion fish, clown trigger turtles, leopard sharks and stingrays.
Andrew Thomson, general manager, Laucala, said, “We are proud to have worked with Hawkes Ocean Technologies to deliver this remarkable service to our guests. This technology is innovative and we are confident that guests will never have seen anything like it. The submarine adventure is unparalleled and unforgettable. The pristine waters of Laucala are among the most clear in the world with a plethora of sea life, we’re delighted to introduce these waters in a premium one-on-one experience to our guests.”
In addition to the submarine, activity-loving guests with a penchant for water sports can enjoy a host of pursuits such as sailing, diving and snorkelling, state-of-the-art jet skis, kite-surfing, sport-fishing and paddle-boarding.