A yellow submarine is set to blow Sunshine Coast tourism out of the water as it showcases the marine wonders off Mooloolaba from a whole new perspective.
DownUnder Submarines Pty Ltd is making the final touches to a $2-million refit of Australia’s first tourist submarine, the $3-million SUBCAT-30, which is sure to be an eye-catching addition to the flotilla of vessels on our coastal waters.
Company founder Andrey Alexeenko says the first above-surface promotional tours of the Brisbane River would be held in July, before the SUBCAT arrived at its new home, based at Rockliff Seafoods on Mooloolaba Spit, in August.
He is confident underwater tours will be introduced from September for Coast residents and visitors, once further data collection, safety drills with the Mooloolaba Coast Guard, and initial above-surface tourist cruises have been completed.
The 65-tonne SUBCAT, which is 19.5 metres long and six metres wide, is expected to carry 27 passengers, two highly-trained tourist submarine pilots and a customer service host on each dive tour, which will go for an hour and 40 minutes.
Once it has met all federal Australian Maritime Safety Authority and State Government requirements, the sub, which can descend to 30 metres, will take passengers into a jaw-dropping world of corals, reef life, marine creatures, Old Woman (Mudjimba) Island and possibly the ex-HMAS Brisbane wreck.
“It is the only type of passenger submersible in the world that is a hybrid submersible,” Mr Alexeenko says.
Family passes, early morning and mid-week specials and discount offers will welcome the yellow submarine’s arrival. SUBCAT-30 will be available for charter for weddings, special functions and corporate events. Bookings are now available for the first Mooloolaba one-hour above-surface cruises and the Mudjimba Island dives at downundersubmarines.com
– Full story at sunshinecoastnews.com.au.