Karl is one of those rare people you meet, that truly humbles and amazes you. He started designing his first submarine at the age of nine, and has spent the better part of his life pursuing his dream of deep-sea exploration. Idabel is his second sub, and he has completed well over a thousand dives without any safety issues. What he offers is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience to a part of the earth that only a very small group of humans will ever have the chance to explore. Unless you are in the Navy, a well-funded researcher, or an extravagant billionaire, this may be your one opportunity to see creatures and species so unique that you may feel as if you are actually a modern day explorer. Indeed, on our dive to 2100 feet, we saw species that have rarely been studied or photographed, which in today's age is getting harder and harder to find. Karl is extremely knowledgeable, and he does a great job of pointing out and describing the various animal life at depth. The Enigma background music is a nice touch. As far as I know, he is one of the most experienced mini-sub Captains in history, and has logged more hours and more dives than anyone. If you are worried about your safety, I would say that the riskiest part of your dive will be the taxi ride to Karl's dock. His machine is an engineering marvel, and as a pilot, and someone who is familiar with machinery and quality construction, I can tell that he spared no expense in Idabel's construction. He has multiple redundant systems, including a lead weight that can be dropped to immediately surface the sub. The tow ride out can be a bit choppy, so if you are prone to sea sickness, you might consider taking some Dramamine. However, it is only rough for a few minutes, and once you are submerged, it is serene and peaceful. I could have stayed down there exploring with Karl for days, and my only disappointment with the whole experience was that it eventually had to end. Yes, it's a lot of money, but if you consider what you are doing, I think you will not regret it. Perhaps consider paying cash to avoid the taxes and Paypal fees. It would be a win-win for you and Karl. As far as I know, there are only two other places in the world where you can do something even remotely similar, but they do not go nearly as deep, they take more people, and they cost considerably more. The next time I come to Roatan, I would love to make it a "twice-in-a-lifetime" experience.
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