The Cebu Yellow Submarine

Hooray for non-swimmers and not so strong swimmers who wish to explore what's underneath the surface of the sea. Thanks to the Cebu Yellow Submarine at Hadsan Cove, Agus, Lapulapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, one can now explore the underwater world without getting wet.

Cebu Yellow Submarine

The Cebu Yellow Submarine was designed by Germanischer Lloyds and manufactured by Fabrico Antwerp in Belgium. It has a length of 22.2 meters, a width of 3 meters, and a height of 7.2 meters. The main engine is 45 KW while the sub engine is 40 KW. The windows are made of 122 centimeter special fiberglass. 

The vessel is capable of traveling at 7 knots and can dive up to depths of 100 meters. However, maritime authorities in the Philippines only allow the tourist submarine's operations up to 40 meters underwater.

It can carry up to 100 tons of load and is designed to carry 48 passengers with a crew of 2.



Safety Standards

Safety information indicates that the indoor air purification system of the vessel can allow up to 72 hours of breathing for 50 people. The vessel has an automatic fire suppression system for it's battery and engine rooms. Emergency exits are found in the front and rear portions of the ship, while the emergency food and water storage is sufficient for 50 people up to 3 days. 50 life jackets are available onboard. An annual inspection is conducted by the Association of the German GL.

Schedule

There are 2 schedules for the submarine daily. The first tour will be at 10:30 a.m. and the second tour will be at 2:00 p.m. Requests for additional tours may be accommodated for larger groups.

Fees

Pricing for the Cebu Yellow Submarine tour differ for local and foreign tourists. Locals pay only PHP 1,300 for the experience. Local kids pay PHP 900. Foreign adults pay USD 70 while foreign kids pay USD 50. Foreigners who are married to locals can avail of the local rates when they can show proof of marriage.

The Submarine Tour


The submarine tour starts with a small surface craft fetching the guests at the Hadsan dock and ferrying them to the barge where the submarine is berthed. A pictorial ensues before each guest enters the submarine. This photo will later on be used in the certificates that will be handed out for free at the end of the tour.




As the guests are ushered in and the vessel leaves the barge, a safety orientation is conducted by the guide on board as the hatch is being closed. The guide then directs the attention of passengers into the video monitor as the submarine submerges. As the submarine submerges, several small fish can be seen from the windows and an underwater mountain is also seen from one side. The submarine follows the side of this mountain for the most part of the trip. 

While the submarine can dive up to depths of 100 meters, Philippine marine authorities have only allowed tour operations to dive the submarine up to a depth of 40 meters.


The second half of the trip features a show by divers doing various tricks such as blowing rings of water and holding a puffer fish up close to the submarine windows so guests can take a closer look. Well, to be honest, I do have doubts whether that is a real they are holding up for the guests to see. And if they are real, I have string reservations about how they are handling the poor fish.


Location

The Cebu Yellow Submarine office is located at Hadsan Cove, Barangay Agus, Mactan Island, Lapulapu City, Cebu, Philippines. The vessel is berthed in a barge a few meters into sea from Hadsan Cove. 

Contact Information

Telephone Number: (032) 514 9306
Mobile Numbers (For Locals): 0915 720 7000 (Globe); 0999 714 7000 (Smart); 0922 930 6053 (Sun)
Mobile Number (For Koreans): 0917 306 1111 (Globe)
E-mail Addresses: cystour@yahoo.com | 

2 comments:

Jacinth III Suico said...

Wow ... Cool ^_^

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Thaddeau II Engaling said...

You should try it!