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So, you’ll recall that last week we took you up some 150 meters above the beautiful Jeju countryside in a hot air balloon (including video footage shot of the entire trip). This week, we went the opposite direction, some 30 meters below the surface of the ocean in a submarine!
Granted, it’s a vessel designed for tourism, but nonetheless it’s a working sub. First impressions are good, as it is in good repair and quite spacious, all things considered.
As you can see from the photo below, it’s probably not going to trigger your claustrophobia.
Did you know? The Voyager is a 97 ton, 22-meter-long vessel which seats 53 people. It has 24 74-centimeter portholes and 4 external cameras hooked up to monitors located to the windows, so you can see what's happening up top and around the sub. Though it has a maximum depth of 100 meters, on this trip it touches the bottom at 30 meters. The vessel satisfies all requirements of Korean and US Coast Guard classifications (K, R) as well as strict safety inspection standards.
The submarine tour begins at the dock, where you catch a bright yellow vessel from Sagye Port to an floating pen dock not far from the Songaksan coast. Visitors transfer to the sub from here. In the photo below, Hyeongjeseom Island is off to the upper left.
The 40 minutes or so on and in the sub are what you’d imagine them to be, but still there’s something special about the experience, especially if you’re not inclined to try scuba for yourself. The submarine tour is definitely something families can enjoy together.
Things to keep in mind: - You need to fill out a boarding form and present ID (Passport or ARC card) at the Ticket Office. - You can leave any bulky or heavy bags at the Ticket Office. - There is no washroom available on the floating pen nor in the sub. - It’s best to bring a coat or sweater with you, just in case.
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