The world inside the sea is different; dark yet colorful; calm yet wild and known yet unknown. It is really difficult to let go of such a world without seeing.  I didn’t miss the chance of a submarine tour when I was visiting Hawaii. I can’t emphasize enough that it is one of the must-do activities in this exotic island. I purchased a ticket from Atlantis in Waikiki and spent a memorable afternoon 100 ft under the surface of the Pacific ocean.

A submarine tour in Hawaii

When I boarded a ship, a rainbow greeted me.

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A beautiful rainbow

We were told that we would be going to the middle of the sea by a ship to board a submarine.

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The flag of the United States of America reminds me the incredible progress of technology; computer science to be precise.

I looked up and saw floating clouds all around. I simply closed my eyes and felt the soft breeze on my skin. I was marveling at the beautiful blue Pacific.

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I am fond of such an overcast sky. It looks beautiful.

 

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I was excited that afternoon. I was about to board a submarine for the first time; I was about to see a sea in a way I never did before; I completed 1 year of motherhood that day. Yes, it was my daughter’s birthday.

 First glimpse of the Submarine

I was all too excited to board a submarine for the first time. I felt proud to be a part of an era where technology has progressed to such a point that one can go in the depths of the ocean within minutes. Now while writing the story of that day, the sudden appearance of the submarine from the depth of the sea is crystal clear in my memory. It feels just a day before! (I often feel, our memory is nothing but sheer magic.) After the sudden appearance of the submarine, my mood morphed from pleasant to astonishing.

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The submarine popped up from the depths of the sea.

We could see only a part of the submarine above the sea. Most of it was inside the water. When our boat went near, and we were ready to board the submarine, the captain welcomed us with a smile.

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Thanks to Atlantis, for such a beautiful trip to a world full of mysteries.

Inside the Submarine

Finally, the much awaited moment came. I entered this magic machine to witness the ocean in a way like never before. I thanked the Dutchman, Cornelis Drebbel, the inventor of the first navigable submarine for his invention.

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Inside the Submarine

 

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Everyone was ready to embark on an adventure. The only companion was a headphone (no mobile phones for a change).

When I first sat inside the submarine a thought sparkled in me – submarines were widely used during the world wars. I questioned myself – why do human beings fight even after inventing such incredible things? (Such useless questions keep coming back!)

Just before the journey, the way I felt can only be described by a Swedish word Resfeber (n.) which means –

The restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins.

 

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I am sitting inside the submarine – a cherished memory!

Inside the Submarine – A video

If you want to go for a trip in a submarine someday, then this video is for you. If you already have an experience of such a trip, then revisit your memories once more! (Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.)

 

——–Intermission——–

Here is a list of posts from my Hawaii trip

Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii!

75 years of Pearl harbor – A testimony of infamy!

One of my all-time favorite Instagram posts.

One morning during my Hawaii trip, I made Espresso and warmed my hands on the cup. My daughter was in deep slumber on her dad's arm. I was awake to catch the glimpse of an unfolding morning. Hawaii being a top tourist spot, it is hard to find the roads empty. There were men, women and almost all of them were looking towards the infinite blue ahead of them. I too was breathing in peace. I was reflecting on life that we often tend to miss during our busy work weeks. Travel always gives us a scope to contemplate about moments that inspire us and helps us to find that lost soul of ours amidst the daily sunrises and sunsets. . . Mornings in Hawaii need no oracle but a silent surrender to the beautiful ocean infront. Once one does that he/she can see small boats sailing through and will get overcome by an intrinsic motivation to sail on just like them. . . In short, Hawaiian mornings are sheer magic. #travelrealizations

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In the depths of the Pacific

And the journey began.

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The submarine was 66 ft under the sea

Underwater marine life is full of bright colors; green sea turtles, yellow tangs, sharks and many other colorful species. I saw how the remnants of a sunken ship and crashed airplane have become a shelter and a playground to innumerable marine lives.

I looked at the cockpit and saw it was 106ft below the surface of the sea (Wow! I remember I wanted to become a diver at that very moment.)

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The submarine was 106 ft below the surface of the ocean!

Video of this Submarine trip

No amount of words can describe the thrill and beauty of nature’s treasure trove that I saw from the submarine. Although the thick glass of the window inside the submarine didn’t allow my camera to capture those exact colors which I was seeing, still you can get the feel of this magical trip.

A short video for you all (Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, if you want to visit faraway places from the comfort of that laptop).

At the end of the trip

After an hour, we came up from the depth of the ocean; from the depth of nature’s treasure house. When I came out of the submarine, a lone ship welcomed me. It has to complete the rest of the journey like all of us.

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A lone ship

Travel Realizations

To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift

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