Vietnam's Conglomerate Launches South China Sea Undersea Tourism With New Submarine
Vietnam’s mega-conglomerate, Vingroup, announced earlier this month that it bought a submarine from Florida-based manufacturer Triton Submarines as a tourist ride attraction.
The DeepView 24 submarine will operate off Hon Tre Island in the South China Sea and can board up to 24 passengers. The submarine’s panoramic windows are ideal for sea viewing, Vingroup says. It did not reveal ticket prices for the submarine rides, but tourist submarines in other countries charge about $100 to $150 per person—close to a month’s minimum wage in parts of Vietnam.
While the 24 passenger idea definitely catches the eye, size isn’t the only highlight of Triton Submarine’s latest venture. What’s most exciting is the way Triton Submarine has completely revolutionised how commercial ocean tourism has been for the past few decades, introducing an array of new possibilities, at a time when demand for experience-based adventures is on high. Of course, this isn’t the first time the brand has broken records — just last year, the company made headlines with its Limiting Factor, a $48 million submarine that took Victor Vescovo into the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean ever reached, at over 10,000 metres beneath the water’s surface.
Just as impressive as the features, is the price tag that comes with it — the vessel comes at a cost of roughly $7.7 million, and a waiting period of over a year. If buying your own submarine wasn’t quite on your bucket-list, worry not, as Triton Submarine’s Deepview 24 has thankfully been commissioned by Vietnam’s luxury hotel and resort chain Vinpearl, meaning guest experiences will soon be available at a nearby harbour, on Vietnam’s Hon Tre Island.