Cebu has finally launched the first ever tourist submarine has been launched in the Philippines, the Cebu Yellow Submarine it can accommodate up to 48 passengers at a time. it can go as deep as 100 meters below the surface, operators have decided not to go beyond 35 meters to ensure the safety of its passengers. And a distance of six meters away from the reef to make sure the marine life is not disturbed.It was also the Philippines First Submarine.
They want to serve as many tourists as possible and will be offering the tours at a promo price of P1,200 ($30 AUS )each for local residents and P800 ( $20 ) for children between five and 12 years old. Children under four years old and below will be free of charge.
Diving in a Yellow Submarine
The idea has been on the drawing board for a few years and recently come to fruit, because the permit to operate the submarine took awhile because the Philippines did not have existing regulations for submersible vessels. The Marina and Philippine Coastguard are expected to come up with a set of regulations within the month, for now they are operating at good capacity. It will only make trips during the daytime and with good weather.
To ensure passenger safety, a lecture on how to wear a life vest and gas mask is given to all passengers before boarding the submarine.
Built in 1989 in Antwerp, Belgium, the submarine spans a length ting of 22.2 meters and weighs 99 tons. It can travel at a maximum speed of five knots and runs on an electro-hydraulic system battery that lasts up to 72 hours. Still, Kim said they have a drop weight installed in the submarine’s hull that can be released in the event of an emergency . The submarine was specifically built for tourists to the Philippines.
Before it was transferred to Cebu, the submarine operated in Pattaya, Thailand for five years before one of the investors came to the Philippines and decided it was better to have it here. it took two years for them to plan and work out its transfer to Cebu.
Interesting to see how it will go, I reckon the Philippines needs more marvellous ideas like this one, something ill be trying next time I’m there, and ill be keeping a close eye on its popularity and progress.