Feeling adventurous? Kensington Tours and the Nekton Ocean Research Institute are offering travelers the chance to take part in a deep-sea exploration tour. As part of the First Descent tour, which launched several weeks ago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Seychelles, guests can explore with scientists from Nekton aboard the Kensington Deep. Reaching depths of 650-plus feet below sea level, the tour will visit areas that have never been explored before, according to Kensington Tours.
Seychelles is the first in a series of missions taking place throughout the Indian Ocean in an attempt to explore its uncharted depths. Over the course of two months, 300 deployments were conducted; scientists collected around 1,400 samples and 16 terabytes of data, surveyed about 25,000 square meters of seabed, and will be analyzing the findings in the coming months. The deep-sea exploration tours led by Nekton Deep Ocean Research Institute, allows travelers to take part in working research vessel and aboard a private yacht. On each dive, travelers will be accompanied by a Nekton mission specialist who will conduct research.
Guests will be on the water for three nights, where they will stay aboard a 100-foot motor yacht that includes five rooms and is staffed with a captain, chef and a crew of five. Back on land, an additional three nights will also be spent at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.
The next mission is set for 2020 in Mozambique. Kensington Tours is also working to create submersible exploration tours as one of its core travel products.