Venture capitalist, Tom Perkins, was the first to buy a DeepFlight Super Falcon submarine for S/Y Maltese Falcon, and other owners of DeepFlight craft include Sir Richard Branson and the co-founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. Mr. Mateschitz’ resort, Laucala Island, in Fiji, has been thrilling its guests with dives in a DeepFlight Super Falcon over its barrier reef for several years already.
An Exciting New Initiative
DeepFlight are pushing things to the next level by extending this kind of experience to a far greater number of people.
With a price tag in excess of £1 million for a single craft, DeepFlight’s primary target has, until now, been superyacht owners, but the company is now attempting to reach a broader customer base through the luxury resorts and offshore expeditions market, similar to guests booking a helicopter tour – only the tour starts right off the beach of the resort.
The first resort locations are set to be Hawaii, Maldives, Caribbean, and French Polynesia, with first resort dives scheduled to open in 2017.
Key to these plans is DeepFlight’s recently announced partnership with Rainbowfish Ocean Technology, a Shanghai-based company at the forefront of the research and development of deep sea technology.
Among Rainbowfish’s immediate ambitions are plans to reach depths of 11,000 metres in the Mariana Trench – the deepest part of the world's oceans, located in the western Pacific – by the year 2020.
More recently, Rainbowfish and DeepFlight completed a hugely successful joint expedition in Papua New Guinea, where the two companies took Chinese tourists for the first submarine excursions over the wreck of the Yokohama Maru, diving to depths of 200 feet, with outstanding views of the wreck.
It is ventures such as these that have convinced both companies that together they can become a leading player in underwater tourism over the coming years by offering ground-breaking revolutions in luxury adventure.
A New Submersible
The company’s latest creation is the Super Falcon 3S, which follows the success of its predecessor, the Super Falcon, owned by such luminaries as Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz and venture capitalist Tom Perkins.
Set to be introduced at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show which opens this week, the Super Falcon 3S has been augmented with a third cockpit (the original Super Falcon only has two) meaning a pilot can take up to two passengers on beautiful and exhilarating underwater flight to 400ft (120m). Depending on location, guests will be treated to views of vibrant reefs, shipwrecks and an abundance of marine mammals and other sea life.