Looking to explore the ocean in your own personal submersible? You’ve come to the right place. Submarines aren’t just for researchers and scientists anymore. You can get one, too — if you’re willing to throw down the money. We’ve rounded up the coolest personal submarines available now. The market is full of variety: Luxury submarines designed to launch from super-yachts, high-flying submersibles that aren’t actually submarines, and futuristic vehicles straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Killer Whale submarine Hammacher Schlemmer's Killer Whale submarine was designed to mimic the look and movements of the master hunter, Orcinus orca. This two-person sub is propelled by a 255-horsepower supercharged Rotax engine, and is capable of surface speeds up to 50 miles per hour and 25 mph while submerged. A snorkel built into the "dorsal fin" allows the engine to draw oxygen while underwater, and a pair of levers allow the pilot to control the pectoral fins for nimble maneuvering. With a base cost of $90,000 dollars, the Killer Whale submarine certainly isn't for everyone, but if you have thrice the annual American income to burn, this bad boy is certainly worth a look.
The Seabreacher is -- by far -- the coolest-looking personal submarine currently on the market. Right now, developer Innespace offers three distinct models: the Seabreacher Seabreacher X, the Seabreacher Y, and the Seabreacher Z. Each style varies slightly, though the biggest difference lies within each model's appearance. The X is modeled to look like a shark, the Y like a whale, and the Z can be customized to appear as a dolphin, whale, or shark. Talk about options!
Unlike many of the other personal submarines on this list, the Seabreacher isn’t able to dive very deep into the ocean -- it can only go about six feet beneath the surface -- and it’s not actually considered a submarine. However, it can, as the name suggests, jump out of the water and do a barrel roll.
Do you want to be James Bond? You’re in luck. This submarine sports car is based on the Lotus driven by James Bond in Submarine Sports Car The Spy Who Loved Me. The two-person vehicle drives on land, and floats when driven into water. With the simple pull of a lever, the car will also submerge into water. There are two built-in scuba tanks, too, which allow for two passengers to stay underwater for up to an hour.
The submarine sports car -- like the aforementioned Seabreacher -- doesn’t look to be an actual, sealed submarine. You’ll get wet in this one, so pull out your scuba suit. The car also costs a cool $2 million, and can allegedly reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour while underwater. We're not sure if we believe that last part, but its still a safe bet that this thing is pretty quick.
Y.CO’s yellow submarine is designed for adventure (and likely billionaires). Manufactured by mini submarine expert Gse Triste, this submarine is all-electric, and built to meet military standards. Not only that, but it’s adorable too. With the Yellow Submarine, up to five passengers can comfortably reach depths of around 525 feet and do so for up to eight hours -- assuming they've got a massive yacht to launch it from.
But what happens if you’ve got to use the bathroom during your eight hour trip? Have no fear -- the Y.CO submarine has an on-board toilet. No price is listed, but we’re guessing it’s very, very expensive. Y.CO Yellow Submarine
This personal submarine looks like something culled directly from U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 2 The Jetsons. It also comes with a lot of neat features you’d expect on a personal submarine, including imaging sonar, underwater lights, and an advanced navigation system. There’s even an air-conditioner, along with an underwater communication system. A touchscreen interface allows for either of the sub's two passengers to control these features. Oh, and both passengers can steer with the MANTA controller.
The bubble dome on the top of the craft allows for 360-degree views at depths of up to 328 feet. You don’t even need a super yacht for this one either, as it’s launchable from any yacht or dock that's equipped with a crane.
Have no one to explore the deep sea with? Not a problem. You’re looking for the solo submarine, after all. This underwater vehicle is recommended for scientists and researchers looking to explore and study the ocean's archaeological wonders, but if you've got the cash, you too can be a researcher.
The underwater vessel even has little arms if you're itching to pick something up and put it down. Unlike some of the other luxury submersibles on this list, however, it doesn't have a toilet. That being the case, we wouldn't recommend drinking a lot of water before heading out on your six hour journey. Triton 3300/1 MD
This personal submarine can hover and fly through the open ocean for up to six hours on a single charge. The DeepFlight Dragon looks more like a spaceship than a submarine, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this vehicle could one day make it to space, too.
The Dragon is one of the smallest personal submarines around, and DeepFlight boasts the submersible is able to fit on more yachts than any other vessel on the market. You won't need extensive training before heading on our your underwater adventure, either. The on-board controls are easy, apparently, allowing users to set important limits such as depth. DeepFlight Dragon
The one thing they’ve all got in common is that they’re all very expensive. In fact, some of these submarines cost upwards of seven figures, but if you’re in the market for a personal BatSub for completely impractical purposes, these are the best you can buy.