From the book, “Deep“. There are an estimated 30 million undiscovered species in the ocean but only 1.4 million known species on land. As I’m sitting in this metal sphere peering through the window at seldom-seen habitat, I feel an emptiness in my chest that breath can’t fill. This is the real Earth, the 71 percent silent majority. The azure sphere we see from space is only a veneer. Our planet isn’t really blue, it’s not filled with leaves of grass, clouds, color and light. It’s black. “
R.I.D.E. is undoubtedly your best option to personally see and experience this “71 percent silent majority. While the official definition of the BATHYPELAGIC zone states it starts at 1000 meters, this is really a definition someone (probably with little first-hand experience) made years ago that is an effort to balance out the depths to the different zones as the average depth of the oceans is over 4000 meters.
In actuality, sunlight cuts out, even in the clearest waters at about 1700 feet (just over 500 meters) a fact that is reflected in the definition of the APHOTIC zone. If we define INNERSPACE, as being the portion of the ocean that is always dark, it is no exaggeration to say that the dock the Idabel submersible departs from is the #1 inner space SPACEPORT in the world.
Dives can last anywhere from 1 to 7 hours. Most passengers choose either a 3 or 4 hour dive. It takes 15 minutes to drive the sub from the dock to the top of the trench wall. It then takes 45 minutes to sink to 2000 feet. Three hours is just enough time to have spent about half an hour exploring the largest ecosystem on the planet. In a four hour dive you are able to get to meet many more residents of this zone, and also go to the “Lophelia Reef” area, a collection of boulders that is between 1000-1400 feet and an oasis of life not seen elsewhere.
Another option is to pre-drop bait at 1200 feet to attract six gill sharks. SIXGILLS are quite likely the most abundant large wild animal left on our planet. Roatan has been the go-to spot for multiple TV shows to film them, and in conjunction with the National Geographic Explorers Club, we tagged two at depth in the summer of 2021. While bait does not guarantee a shark sighting, we have at least a 90% success rate and have seen tiger sharks and hammerheads as well. The cost to have bait dropped is $500.
The submersible charters for $1200 USD an hour which includes up to 520 pounds (apx 200 Kilos) of passengers.
We accept payments via cash in US Dollars, Honduran Lempiras, and Euros. Credit card payments via PayPal are also accepted.
Prices are per person and based on hourly basis. 19% Honduran sales tax not included. 2.9% PayPal fee is added to all PayPal payments.
Contact Karl today to book your expedition!
You have the rare opportunity to travel in a one-of-a-kind machine to another world and come face-to-face with life forms beyond imagination.