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Richard Branson Has a New Toy: An Airplane-like Submarine!

February 2, 2010 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Virgin mogul Richard Branson—he of the naked model kitesurfing and private island—has added a very cool new toy to his impressive holdings. Fresh from all of the buzz surrounding the advancement of Virgin Galactic, Branson is pioneering ahead with a 3-person submarine named Necker Nymph, under a Virgin Oceanic brand, within his Virgin Limited Edition collection of properties.

It's the first sub of its kind, developed especially for Branson by Hawkes Ocean Technologies, and if you're game to pay $88,000 per week for a vacation onboard Branson's new yacht Necker Belle, you'll have the opportunity to take the sub for a spin. And what a spin it will be...

It's like an underwater airplane! More after the jump

Available either when chartering Necker Belle, the luxury 105 foot catamaran, or when staying on Necker Island, underwater flight on Necker Nymph takes exploration to another level. Gliding on the water’s surface like an aeroplane on a runway, one of the three pilots will operate the joystick to smoothly dive down, and the thrilling experience begins. Uncover ancient shipwrecks, fly side-by-side with dolphins, or spyhop with whales; the options are endless. With the flexibility to glide peacefully over glorious reefs or bank adventurously in 360 degree turns, the sub is hydrobatic.

If you really love the experience, then be prepared to pay an additional $25,000 per week for use of the submarine, or just find her berthed at Necker Island and take her our for a single trip. Too bad all we have right now is this one rendering of the ship—but rest assured, she is built. We can't wait for actual photographs! Any vacationing millionaires/billionaires in the Caribbean right now willing to test it out and let us know how it is?

Related Stories:
· Virgin Limited Edition Introduces Neckar Nymph [Virgin]
· Play With Richard Branson's New Toy for $88,000 a Week [Jaunted]
· Virgin Group news [Jaunted]

[Image: Virgin]

Archived Comments:

Leave it up to Branson

Something makes me think that he really only launched this project so he would have something to tool around in around his home island in BVI. Very cool!