“Luxury submarines are the future vision for Tahiti,” Temaru says. “We call it our life-saving plan. Developing a luxury-submarine market and the tourism that would come from it is on target with visitors enjoying our beaches and marine life.”
As for that marine life, the local dolphin population can be a problem for some submariners.
Jaubert says he has clients who wrestle with how to conduct a deep-sea love affair in front of an observation window without creating an underwater paparazzi.
“Dolphins are easily excited when they sense people making love,” Jones says. “They get jealous and bang their noses against the window.”
The best solution? Curtains, says Jones.
Context is not to be confused with tuna.