The Triton Deepview 24 can take 24 passengers to depths of up to 100m (328ft) and afford them magnificent views thanks to vast panoramic windows – and all from the comfort of a 15.4m (50.5ft) long air-conditioned interior big enough to stand up in.
Anyone feeling nervous about stepping on board should note the company that has built it – Triton Submarines. It knows a thing or two about underwater vessels, having manufactured the Limiting Factor submersible that last year made a record-breaking dive to the deepest point in the planet’s oceans, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench – 10,927m (35,853ft) beneath the surface.
Florida-based Triton said in a statement that DeepView 24 is ‘the most significant commercial tourism submersible to be brought to market in the past two decades’.
The vessel, it explained, is virtually silent, entirely non-polluting and is easy to board and disembark even for passengers with reduced mobility – thanks to a generous access hatch.
It continued: ‘DeepView 24 was developed in response to the rise in demand from travellers and tourists alike for adventure and experience-based holidays. This “sub-sea tourism” has grown exponentially as interest in our oceans has developed, driven in part by the popularity of internationally recognised programs such as Blue Planet II.
‘Today, an experience within the optically perfect hull of the Triton DeepView 24 will create an entirely new generation of stewards for our oceans.’
The vessel has been commissioned by hospitality firm Vinpearl to provide guest experiences on Hon Tre Island in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
The vessel was assembled at Triton’s manufacturing facility in Barcelona, where it successfully passed sea trials in March. It’s due to operate ticketed dives for resort guests in December.
Bruce Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Triton Submarines, said: ‘The Triton DeepView 24 with its panoramic view represents a quantum leap forward in submarine technology, providing a vastly improved, fully-immersive guest experience.
‘Of the near 60 tourist subs that have operated in the past 34 years, the DeepView 24 is competitively superior in all respects.
‘The variation in size, with models that will seat from six to 66 passengers means there is a sub suitable for a wide range of operators in different locations. And a DeepView experience is terrific for encouraging guests to promote environmental stewardship after directly experiencing the seafloor environment..