The Yellow Submarine: incredible whale watching in Peninsula Valdes

Ramiro Rodriguez
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One of the highlights, when you visit Peninsula Valdes, are the whales. And of course, a whale watching activity is a must-do during your trip. It´s an amazing experience, to watch these incredible animals around you. One of the most exciting experiences you can do is the Yellow Submarine, a submarine specially prepared for incredible whale watching.  The activity is available from  Puerto Pirámides, the most important (and unique) small village located in the Peninsula, and gate for many activities in the area.

SUBMARINE WATCHING

The Yellow Submarine service stands out for allowing you to watch whales submerged in their habitat. Underwater the perspective looks completely different, which is comparable only to the experience of diving among them. While whales remain close to the vessel, we can watch them all the time through the 40 viewing windows on the submersed lower deck.

Onboard, passengers can walk around at their pleasure on the submersed lower deck or on the outdoor deck to watch the whales from the surface of the water. The combination of the submarine watching with the panoramic sights from the outdoor upper deck will undoubtedly lead to an unforgettable experience!

The trip takes 1.5 hours and you will see the incredible southern right whale, sea lions, and typical birds of the Patagonian coastline (depending on the season of the year).
After sailing for a few minutes, the vessel arrives at the whales’ area and the cruise begins in Puerto Pirámides.

According to their preferences, passengers will be able, at all times, to be on the submersed lower deck or on the upper deck. They will enjoy the information given by the whale watching guide, comfortably seated while watching the animals.

During the cruise, the whale watching guide will comment on the behavior and customs of the animals interpreting the activity that the animals may be performing at that time, and will answer the queries of the passengers.

There are some limitations you should know. There is no age limit to hire our services, but children under 3 years old must be accompanied by an adult during the trip.
Please, be noted that in order to get to the submerged lower deck, passengers will have to go down 12 steps.

 

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THE SUBMARINE

The amazing Yellow Submarine was designed and built especially for that purpose in the city of Mar del Plata, province of Buenos Aires. Then, it was transported by land to Puerto Pirámides.

Onboard of the Yellow Submarine, passengers will be able to watch whales walking around on the outdoor upper deck at their pleasure as a conventional tour, or they can watch them on the lower deck as if diving among them. On this underwater level, 40 viewing windows with their own seats allow passengers to watch the submarine environment.

 

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

For people interested in some technical information, here you have:

Dimensions: length overall 17.20 m - beam overall 4.00 m – draft 2.10 m. See layout.
Total weight: 47 tons
Hull material: Marine stainless steel
Seats: 50 passengers (including crew)
The visual range on the upper deck: 360°
The visual range on the submersed lower deck: 40 windows (20 on each side)
Engine specification: 2 x Mercury Verado 275 HP (550 Hp)
Cruising speed: 6 knots
Safety on board: The semi-submersible is equipped with life rafts, individual life jackets, VHF radio, Chartplotter, GPS (Global Positioning System), echo sounding, and firefighting equipment.
Water closet: Yes

 

 

It´s really an amazing experience you have to try when you visit Puerto Piramides and Peninsula Valdes. For bookings and more information, just contact us at info@ripioturismo.com 

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Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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