Branson launches submarine experience

Branson launches submarine experience

Those lucky enough to stay on Richard Branson’s exclusive Necker Island could be in with a chance of taking an underwater flight on his new submarine.

Three-man aero-submarine, the Necker Nymph, offers guests the opportunity to explore their underwater surroundings in a unique and environmentally friendly way.

Designed and built by famous engineer Graham Hawkes of Ocean Technologies, the Nymph is the first of its kind on the market, operating more like an underwater aeroplane than a conventional submarine. One of three pilots will launch the vehicle along the water’s surface like an aeroplane on take-off, before smoothly diving it down into the deep. While underwater, passengers can explore the ruins of ancient shipwrecks, swim with whales and spot dolphins without harming the environment.

Because it is ultra-light and small, the Nymph has positive buoyancy, allowing it to glide smoothly above the coral reef without damaging it. As it makes very little noise, the craft will also leave unsuspecting eco-systems completely undisturbed. Passengers are specially trained following standard SCUBA procedure and are certified by a Nymph pilot before they are allowed to board.

The Necker Nymph is available for both charters on the Necker Belle luxury catamaran and guests of Necker Island, and costs from US$25,000 to hire for a week.

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