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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rolling Right Along... Moving Forward with Aquaticar!


DEAL Show Dubai Aquaticar

Aquaticar, the world’s first underwater driving experience, was featured at the DEAL trade show in Dubai last week. Our staff, who met up with our partners Cloward H2O, traveled 26 hours and approximately 8,000 miles with trade show materials, a sleek model of Aquaticar, and lots of excitement, knowing they were about to share the unique Aquaticar technology with a brand new audience!

We asked Kyle Mayfield, Sub Sea System’s Vice President of Production, about his travels and the trade show experience:

Q: How long did it take you to fly to Dubai?

KM: Our trip took us 26 hours door to door


Q: Why do we do this trade show?

KM: The DEAL show gives SSS an opportunity to not only make new contacts in the Middle East’s premier tourism and entertainment destination– Dubai, but also gives us an opportunity to meet with our existing clients in the region.

Dubai DEAL show Aquaticar

Q: How long did it take to set up the booth?

KM: This well-oiled machine took two people only two hours to set up…that’s like an hour a person!


Q: What were some of the questions or comments you received about Aquaticar?

KM: Some people were familiar with Aquaticar from the IAAPA show in Orlando last year, while others were seeing it for the first time. The reaction continues to be the same- impressed and intrigued! Most people are interested in how it is propelled and how guests are able to breathe underwater.


Q: What other cool things were displayed at the trade show?

KM: We stayed busy at the booth and had limited time to look around, but my favorite of what I saw/experienced was curling at the Xtraice booth.

Aquaticar model

Q: How many hours were you at the trade show booth?

KM: Including set up and break down, 24 hours…dang!


Q: While we can’t reveal who is interested in Aquaticar, can you comment (without being specific) about the interest level?

KM: We received strong local interest in Aquaticar and look forward to our next visit! ☺


The key feature of the booth at DEAL was a scale model of Aquaticar. Our team painstakingly built a replica that would show all of the features of the car. The model took a team of three over two hundred hours to build! From 3D printing, to molding, to ensuring the wheels turned, to creating the tiny logos… the car is truly an exact replica; complete with functioning canopy, wheels and rotors!

Aquaticar underwater driving

On the home front, our staff has been working hard on advancing Aquaticar to the next phase. Our giant test tank is now equipped with a track! And, we’ve moved the test car into the tank to test its speed and weight. (As a side note, we are also testing a new Sea TREK helmet in the tank, with improvements expected on comfort and noise reduction).

What’s next for Aquaticar? Stay tuned as we continue our journey developing this amazing underwater adventure!


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Discover the Great Barrier Reef!



We’re super excited about our latest and greatest Sea TREK operator, Reef Magic Cruises in Cairns, Australia! This gorgeous location along the Great Barrier Reef provides TREKkers a unique opportunity to obtain a “bucket list” checkmark!

Australia is known for cute koalas and playful platypus.  It’s also an amazing place to view incredible sea life. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, hosts 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world's soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world's seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals. The Reef is also home to approximately 40 species of sea birds. Whew! That’s an impressive population!

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is massive. In fact, it is the largest living structure on the planet. So big, in fact, that it is visible from space! The reef stretches 1,430 mi (2,300 km) along the Queensland coast, covering an area of over 132,819 square miles (344,000 square kilometers). To keep this in perspective, this equates to 70 MILLION football fields, or the size of Japan!

leatherback sea turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle

The average depth of the reef’s inshore waters is around 115 ft (35 meters), while its outer reefs plunge to more than 6,561 ft (2,000 meters). This, combined with its tropical climate and warm waters, creates the ideal environment for its residents.  From the tiniest of coral and microscopic plankton, to the large leatherback sea turtle, the reef keeps its residents happy by providing intricate ecosystems. The reef’s rich biodiversity helps it to maintain a stable and healthy coral reef system, which in turn, provides food and shelter for its population. GBR has one of the most diverse habitats on the planet!

surgeon fish great barrier reef
Surgeonfish

Everyone who lives on the reef has a job to do, to contribute to the ecosystem. A great example is the surgeonfish, which is essential in the process of sediment removal. These fish consume between 8 and 66 grams (.3 oz to 2.3 oz) of algae per fish, per day! They get rid of their stomach contents in a different location from their eating grounds, and around one third of the sediment they eat via the algae is deposited off the reef, in deep water. This process helps maintain the reef, and possibly specific algal habitats in particular, which are a valuable food source for herbivore fish.

Pretty, but Evil- Crown of Thorns Starfish

Like many of the world’s great reefs and waterways, the GBR’s existence is threatened by several factors, including declining water quality. During tropical floods, runoff containing fertilizer and pesticides is dispensed into the reef's waters, which harms its delicately balanced ecosystem. The runoff problem is made worse by the loss of coastal wetlands along the Queensland coast, which act as a natural filter for toxins. The area of wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchment has decreased by over 50%, according to the Great Barrier Reef Coastal Wetlands Protection Program. Additionally, pollution from mining, seabed dumping, climate change, overfishing, and coral reef predators such as the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, all contribute to the decline of the Reef.  Tropical cyclones also contribute to disturbances on the Reef; causing fragmentation, sediment plumes, and decreasing salinity.

Bluestripe Snappers

Thankfully there are efforts being made to protect the Reef and its inhabitants. Australia has permanently banned the disposal of port related capital dredge material in the entire World Heritage Area. Australian and Queensland government investment in Reef management and research activities is projected at more than $2 billion over the coming decade. This includes:

$140 million in funding for the Reef Trust

$100 million for improved water quality announced by Australia’s Prime Minister

$100 million in addition to the current $35 million per year from the Queensland Government for improving water quality and further reducing the impacts of fishing

And, over $29 million has already been allocated by the Reef Trust to improve the quality of
water flowing into the Reef, enhance species protection and control outbreaks of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish.

Queensland has established the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce to provide advice on the best approach to achieve up to 80% reduction in nitrogen run-off and up to 50% reduction in sediment run-off in key catchments by 2025. Organizations such as the World Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy are also involved in the protection of the Reef.


Reef Magic's Marine World Platform

Our new Sea TREK family members at Reef Magic Cruises are also taking great measures to ensure the health and longevity of the Reef. Their Sea TREK operations are on a platform attached to a pontoon. The nearest rock/coral formation is 4 meters below any TREKker, so coral is kept safe from potential human contact. During the tour guests learn about the Reef and its importance. Additionally, Reef Magic has its own in-house, self-funded Crown-of-Thorns Starfish removal program. They have strict rubbish and waste removal, and no-straw policies, and their vessels run on low emission engines. Reef Magic holds Advanced Eco Accreditation, issued by Eco Tourism Australia, and has been awarded certification as a Climate Action Business.

So, if you’re planning a visit to Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, consider a fun and educational TREK with Reef Magic Cruises. You’ll experience an unforgettable journey to a very special underwater world.



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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Around the World in Thirteen Days!



We’ve got a lot happening at Sub Sea Systems– we’re developing new products, opening new Sea TREK locations, and doing quite a bit of international travel! In March, our Director of Water Operations and Safety, Carl Hanson, took what can only be described as a “lengthy journey.” Carl traveled from our home base in California to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and then to Australia. He returned with stories to share, and some amazing photos and videos, too.

Where did you go?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, then to Cairns, Australia.
With stopovers in:

  • San Francisco, California
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Chennai, India 
  • Singapore
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Los Angeles, California

(yes, all in one trip!)


How many miles did you travel? 

21,837 miles in 13 days (FYI: the circumference of the Globe is 24,901 miles)




What was the purpose of your travels?

I traveled first to Dubai, where I did a site inspection of the Sea TREK program at Atlantis The Palm. I made sure that they are current with safety standards, and updated them on our product line. I also offered some ideas on how to improve their program. Atlantis The Palm is an award-winning location, and was the 2017 Sea TREK Operator of the Year; so it was nice to be able to meet the hard-working staff that made it happen. I also visited the Dubai Aquarium, and talked to them about potentially adding Sea TREK to their lineup of aquarium activities.

In Cairns, Australia, I worked on installing a brand new Sea TREK system for Reef Magic Cruises, replacing their outdated Sea Walker system. I worked with staff to ensure they were trained on our system and well versed on our safety standards. I also visited the Cairns Aquarium and talked about the potential of adding Sea TREK to the aquarium.


Did you have any down time? What did you do?

I didn’t have much down time, but I got to dive the Great Barrier Reef every day that I was in Cairns– a big ticket item on my Bucket List! I also got to enjoy my Easter holiday with a nice dinner and great company– the new Training Coordinators at Reef Magic.


What was the highlight of your trip?

Walking off a steep drop off (intentionally), in the Ambassador Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, while wearing a Sea TREK helmet. It was about a 32 ft (10 m) free fall! Awesome!

The highlight of my Cairns trip was learning how a different helmet diving program was run, teaching the staff about our amazing Sea TREK product, and seeing them get excited about this new opportunity.


Did you encounter any unusual sea life?

Nothing really new, but I met a huge Maori Wrasse named Wally! He's a Great Barrier Reef native.


What was the most surprising cultural difference you encountered?

In Dubai, I did not realize it is against the law to kiss your spouse in public!


What were the people like in each location?

The people of Dubai were very friendly, however, everyone I met in Dubai was not from Dubai! I met people from India, Philippines, Kenya- all over the world, but not from the region itself!

The Australian people are very laid back, very relaxed. They're also hard-working!

dubai atlantis the palm sea trek

What was the first thing you did when you got home?

I went to work!

("We told Carl to go home and rest, but sure enough… within a couple hours after landing, he showed up at the office. He’s extremely dedicated and enthusiastic about his job! However, we encouraged him to go home and get some sleep. We needed him rested for the remainder of the workweek!" –Hannah de Bie, VP of Marketing)


Where are you headed next?

In just a few weeks I will be headed to the brand new Atlantis resort in Sanya, China with Keenan Mayfield, Sea TREK Field Operations Specialist. We will be installing and setting up a new Sea TREK operation, as well as training and certifying the staff. This will be the third Atlantis property to offer Sea TREK!


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fun Easter Traditions From Across the Globe



With the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing in the US, it’s hard to believe that Easter is fast approaching! Next weekend, kids across the country will be dying eggs and waiting for that infamous bunny to drop off some treats.

Many countries around the globe celebrate Easter, each with their own cultural traditions, such as religious ceremonies, activities centered on children and families, and even special dining experiences.

Let’s explore some of these unique traditions…

easter sweden

Eggy Fun in Sweden

Easter in Sweden is about fun, food and festivity, with humor-filled celebrations commencing on Easter Saturday. Children dress up as good witches, wearing long skirts, colorful headscarves and painted red cheeks. They travel from home to home, trading cards, paintings and drawings in return for sweets, eggs and coins– very similar to the American Halloween! At dinnertime, children drink påskmust (“Easter sap”), a dark brown carbonated beverage flavored with secret ingredients, while the entire family enjoys a traditional lamb steak dinner.

On Easter Sunday, food takes center stage. In typical Nordic fashion, the feast is comprised primarily of fish. Different kinds of herring, a selection of smoked salmon, roast ham and various cheeses are enjoyed. Of course, the main attraction is the Easter eggs. Eggs are exchanged and then later used in a game where players roll them down roofing tiles. The player’s egg that goes the furthest without breaking is the winner of the game.

haux easter omelet

All Bells

In France, church bells ring every day of the year except for the three days of Easter. Legend has it that the reason the bells stop ringing is because they’ve made a trip to Rome in order to be blessed. On Easter Sunday, the bells make their return and tour the entire country sprinkling chocolate eggs, chickens and rabbits as they go in each and every garden. After midday, children head to the gardens to find their hidden treasures left by the blessed bells. The day of events also includes a hearty meal, normally consisting of lamb, which is the Easter dish of choice in France.

In one particular town in France, the town of Haux, a giant omelet made of 4,500 eggs is served in the town’s main square. The massive omelet feeds 1,000 people! This unique tradition is based on the story of Napoleon and his army, who were traveling through the south of France. They stopped in a small town and ate omelets. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelet for his army the next day.

german easter egg tree

Toy Hunting in Germany

Easter Baskets are the main tradition in Germany. Children receive a basket put together by their parents, containing not only eggs and chocolate, but also toys and other gifts. The baskets are hidden in the garden, and the kids have to hunt for them after church on Easter Sunday. This is particularly popular in rural areas where houses tend to have big gardens, making it a fun challenge.

In more urban areas, families tend to go on an Easter walk and hide their Osternest, which means Easter nest, in the forest or a meadow. The kids go hunting for it during this special family expedition.

Many Germans have an ‘Easter Fire’ where they burn their Christmas tree to show that winter is over and spring is coming. It is also popular to have an egg tree. Real eggs are painted and then hung from branches in a vase inside the house. Some people go to huge efforts to cover an entire tree in their garden with these delicate egg ornaments.

Greek easter kokkina

Red Eggs Only, Please

In Greece, after attending church, people make their way to the homes of friends and relatives. They carry candles, which are placed in each home and burn through the night, to symbolize the light returned to the world. Celebrations continue with the cracking of “red” eggs at the Resurrection Table. The “kokkina” or dyed red eggs, become pieces of a traditional game. Each participant takes an egg and challengers attempt to crack the egg of their opponent. The breaking of the eggs is meant to symbolize Christ breaking from the tomb. The person whose egg lasts the longest is assured good luck for the rest of the year.

In Corfu, the tradition of “pot throwing” takes place on the morning of Holy Saturday. Citizens throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows, smashing them on the street. Some say the custom of throwing pots welcomes spring, symbolizing the new crops that will be gathered in new pots. Others say it derives from the Venetians, who on New Year’s Day, used to throw out all of their old items.

Bulgaria Easter Face Paint

Rosy Bulgaria

Here people don’t hide their eggs — they have egg fights! Whoever comes out of the game with an unbroken egg is the winner, and is assumed to be the most successful member of the family in the coming year.

In another tradition, the oldest woman in the family rubs the faces of the children with the first red egg she has colored, symbolizing her wish that they have rosy cheeks, health and strength.

hungarian easter sprinkle poem

Thirsty in Hungary?

In what is possibly the most unusual Easter activity, Hungarian girls and women dress up in traditional costumes and wait for boys and men who – armed with a bucket of water – go from door to door, visiting female relatives, friends and acquaintances. Men politely ask the women if they can sprinkle them in the form of a “sprinkle poem”, and if they get a yes, they pour the bucket of water on them. It’s even more fun if the water is cold and girls are screaming. Younger girls often have a friendly competition of who gets the most sprinkles.

A modern approach to this “sprinkling” occurs in more urban areas, where women wear casual clothes for this occasion, and men sprinkle perfume or cologne in women’s hair. The result is that most women have about 40 different scents in their hair by the end of the day.

What family traditions do you celebrate on Easter? Share with us below!

If your family tradition includes an Easter getaway to the tropics, be sure to check out a Sea TREK adventure – fun for the whole family!

sea trek helmet dive location

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Learn About FunCat Electric-Solar Catamarans



While the northeast U.S. experiences crazy amounts of snow, and our west coast is drowning in rain, we can’t help but think about boating season! Once the first day of spring arrives, we know we’ll be on the water in no time!

Our favorite mode of transportation on the water is the durable FunCat Electric-Solar Catamaran. Built for fun on the water, USA-made FunCats are easy to drive, dock and store. But there’s more than meets the eye with the durable and reliable Funcat catamaran. In addition to a near effortless ride, these Cats have a “boatload” of features!


Clean Footprint

FunCats are electrically powered. Unlike most propeller boats that use fuel to operate, FunCats are powered by two rechargeable, 12v marine batteries (available in both AGM and Lithium-Ion). These efficient batteries can run for up to 6+ hours, then easily recharge. Since the Cats do not require gas or oil to operate, they are often able to navigate bodies of water that do not allow fueled boats. The environmentally clean FunCat also has a solar panel option, making them even more efficient. The solar panel option increases efficiency by approximately 40%! The FunCat also includes a handy LED volt meter that visually displays the charge level of the batteries.


Easy All Around

FunCats are so easy to drive, even kids can steer! Two simple switches allow the FunCat to maneuver forward or back, right or left, and even in a complete 360°. This simplistic operation also allows for uncomplicated docking. While many boats can be cumbersome to take in and out of the water, FunCats are easy to maneuver on and off trailers, park next to docks, and even fit in tight spaces. The high maneuverability is attributed to the unique rudderless, thrust design and the boat’s simple controls.


Relaxing

The comfy “chaise lounge” chair lets boaters adjust seating positions, so sun worshippers can enjoy lounging flat, while leaf peepers can sit upright.  The FunCat is also uber-quiet, so taking one out early in the morning or late into the evening won’t wake the neighbors or disturb wildlife. Not to mention, it’s SO relaxing– quietly floating on your oversized lounge chair!


Escape From the Sun

Even sun lovers need an occasional break from hot rays, and thankfully a standard FunCat accessory is the adjustable bimini shade. The shade can easily be secured in an up or down position. When up, the bimini shade provides riders a respite from the grueling sun. Still looking for more ‘cool’ alternatives? The FunCat water-tight, side storage compartment can be utilized as a cooler, to keep libations cold and food protected from the heat.


Awesome Options

FunCats offer a quiet, stable ride on the water, but there’s so much more one can do to “trick out” their catamaran. Fishing fanatics can take advantage of custom fishing pole mounts, making the next expedition a breeze! Toting extra belongings? A giant, canvas storage pouch that attaches to the back of the FunCat seat stores everything from wet bathing suits to extra towels. FunCats can be kept in pristine condition via the heavy-duty boat cover. FunCat owners may also purchase a lightweight trailer for transport, made of durable aluminum.


We’ve Got You Covered

FunCats come with a 12-month, pontoon-to-pontoon warranty, and are CE marked and U.S. Coast Guard approved. The boats are proudly made in the USA of high quality, commercial-grade, and reliable materials. The durable design and low maintenance get you out on the water faster, and enjoying life on the water longer!

Easy… reliable… fun! We can’t wait to enjoy time on the water aboard a FunCat. Bring on the sunshine!


Special Pricing!

FunCats are currently available at a special discount! Save over $600 off the regular retail price. Check it out here!

funcat catamaran special price



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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Famous Side of Sea TREK




Each year, over 200,000 people go on an underwater journey. They don helmets and walk among fish, dolphins, and sometimes, even sharks! Young and old alike enjoy a world that many will never experience.

We consider all of these Sea TREK participants to be VIPs, however, our helmets have been worn by some extra-special people. They’ve also been utilized in some very unique and very public ways.  It’s pretty cool to experience a little fame here and there!



One of these unique situations happened in 2016. The Netflix show, Stranger Things’ key character, Eleven, appeared in a Sea TREK helmet in season 1, episodes 5 and 6. Eleven donned the helmet in order to enter a sensory deprivation tank. Stranger Things and the character Eleven have an extensive cult following. In fact, there are so many fans of the show that Funko, creators of well-known pop icon figurines and toys, created an Eleven doll, complete with a Sea TREK helmet. Stranger Things also had a Sea TREK helmet on display at the 2017 Comic Con in San Diego, California. Eleven fans with an artistic side have created some pretty amazing artwork featuring Eleven’s underwater adventure, helmet and all.
Numerous reality TV shows have featured Sea TREK; from The Amazing Race to Myth Busters, The Bachelor, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, Below Deck (Season 5) and more. TREKking has sure had its share of exposure! The popular HGTV show, House Hunters has shown their home shoppers taking a break and doing a TREK.  Our own VP of Marketing, Hannah de Bie, was featured on a House Hunters’ episode and they even included a clip of Sea TREK as part of her career backstory. House Hunters’ sister show, Island Hunters, has featured Sea TREK in a number of its episodes.



We’ve never questioned the sexiness of Sea TREK. Proof of our appeal was evident in the Travel Channel’s series, Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches. The star of the show, Bridget Marquardt, visited Xcaret park in Mexico.  She described it as a “cool experience” and stated, “I felt like a space explorer!”


 TREKking opportunities are not lost on famous sports figures. NFL Linebacker James Harrison experienced Sea TREK while visiting OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona. James took his son for a TREK in the amazing OdySea tank. This year, three LPGA golfers, Alena Sharp, Guilia Milinaro, and Ryann O’Toole also TREKked in the tank at OdySea. Another NFL player, Olivier Vernon of the Miami Dolphins, took on a TREK at Miami Seaquarium in Florida.  And in Aruba, the entire defense lineup of the Green Bay Packers took an underwater jaunt together, thanks to Sea TREK!
  
From the music world, brave TREKkers include famous singer Alicia Keys, who took her TREK in Aruba. The Canadian band Magic!, well known for its reggae fusion sound, TREKked together in Miami, and Harry Styles from the band One Direction also walked underwater in Miami.



In 2017, country music star Jimmy Charles released a hit song, “Bout Summertime.”  His unique music video shows Jimmy playing his guitar underwater at Coral World, USVI, wearing a Sea TREK helmet. You can see his video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUa5HS-5-4Q

For Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday, we were invited to include a Sea TREK voucher as part of a VIP gift basket. Ellen has yet to redeem her Sea TREK, but we hope to host her on an underwater TREK soon! Maybe she’ll even find Nemo!



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Thursday, March 8, 2018

All About the Award-Winning Xcaret



Xcaret Named Best Park in the World for The Third Consecutive Year!

We’re excited to share that Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park in Quintana Roo, Mexico (south of Cancun), has once again been awarded the 2018 Silver Travvy award for “Best Water Park” and “Best Theme Park” in the world! Sponsored by travAlliancemedia, an innovative leader in the travel industry, the Travvy awards are considered the “Academy Awards” of the industry!

Xcaret (pronounced Shh-Caret) Eco-Archaeological Park opened in 1990 and has welcomed more than 23 million visitors from all over the world. Since its inception, Xcaret Park has stayed true to Mexican culture by paying tribute to the country and enriching the park experience through unique attractions such as a multi-level aviary, a Mayan village and gorgeous underground rivers.

So, what makes this park so outstanding? Xcaret features more than 50 attractions which reflect the rich history and culture of Mexico. Combine that with amazing food, Mexican artistry, and top-notch performances, and you’ve got an experience of a lifetime. Where else can you float without a care down a magical river, visit a wide variety of animals and sea life, then, follow up with a traditional Mexican dinner and a fabulous cultural performance, all in one beautiful location?


Fun for Adventurers, Great and Small

Xcaret has something for everyone, including the youngest member of the family. The park’s Children’s World was created just for kids from 0 to 12, and features water slides, hanging bridges, a parakeet habitat and a playground in perfect harmony with the impressive Mayan jungle. There’s also a wading pool, a sandbox, water jets and many more activities, so that kids can have an unforgettable day. There are lifeguards at each body of water, and (mandatory) life jackets are available in kids’ sizes. The Children's World has restrooms in which “to-scale” facilities have been installed for its pint-sized patrons. It also has four family bathrooms, two feeding rooms, two dressing rooms and three shower rooms. If your kids are adventure-seekers, they’ll have a blast with Adventure Kids, a park program that gives participants the opportunity to feed and interact with small stingrays, or snorkel in a tranquil lagoon. Of course, we’re partial to the opportunity for kids over the age of 8 (and up to 100!) to Sea TREK, where they can get up close and personal with a variety of underwater residents.

Did you know? Xcaret opened the world’s very first Sea TREK location in 1999. Since the program’s humble beginnings with just 9 helmets, it has now grown to be the world’s largest Sea TREK locale, with 75 helmets, 2 Sea TREK trails, and annual participation exceeding 130,000 guests!


Adrenaline Rush

If you’re into exhilarating activities, Xcaret does not disappoint. The park’s speedboat, Adrenalina, will cool you off and get your heart pumping! Adrenalina’s speed maxes out at 90 km/hr (56 mph). Its 360° turns will take you from one side to another, in a fun and safe way. If you’d rather stay dry and stay above it all, Paraxute (pronounced parachute), the park’s parasailing adventure, elevates guests up to 600 feet (183 m), allowing you to gaze upon all the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and the treetops of the Mayan jungle.


Animals

In addition to the aforementioned stingrays and parakeets, Xcaret is home to a wide variety of animals that educate and entertain! The Aviary alone houses over 1500 birds. From mockingbirds to pink flamingos, the Aviary features programs that focus on conservation and the reproduction of endangered species. After a visit with the flock, animal lovers can check out the marine turtles and manatees, or stop by Jaguar Island or Puma Island, for great views of slick and sinewy, free-roaming cats.  Of course, a visit would not be complete without stopping by the Coral Reef Aquarium, to view its 500+ coral reef structures.


Entertainment

Opportunities abound for sneaking in some education during your park visit! Xcaret’s Mexico Espectacular, an evening show with incredible costumes, advanced technology, and rich set design, offers a spectacular setting for a history lesson. More than 300 actors in original costumes perform a variety of dances and concerts that reflect Mexican traditions. There are even several thrilling Mayan sports games that are played during the show– including a hockey-like game with a flaming puck, and a ball game where players can only use their hips! Spectators can also take in the “Voladores”, a ritual ceremony featuring “flyers” climbing a pole. Seated on the edge of a platform, the Voladores perform music, then launch themselves from the platform, swinging upside down attached at their ankles to the center pole, imitating birds in flight - a high-energy, unique Mexican custom!


Food

Roaming the 200-acre park would make any adventurer hungry. When it comes to dining opportunities, Xcaret offers a number of casual to fine dining experiences. High quality techniques and traditional ingredients combine with an innovative vision to create specialties that reflect the unique foods and drinks of Mexico. And, the park offers enough variety to please those who just want a quick bite, to gourmands looking for a more refined culinary experience.


Paradise on the Water

Of course, the big attraction of Xcaret is its natural network of channels and cenotes that circulate under the Yucatan Peninsula. The underground waterways at Xcaret offer a relaxing way to explore mangroves, swim in crystal clear water, or snorkel in a unique, jungle-like setting. Paradise River offers a fun raft option, where guests travel through canals surrounded by the jungle, where they can observe blue crabs, iguanas, peccaries and more.

We are sure you can see what makes Xcaret a unique place to visit and spend time with friends and family. If you’d like to learn more about Xcaret, check out their website at http://www.xcaret.com/, where you will find information about the park, read about the Xcaret hotel, and discover discounts and booking information.

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