Redondo Beach semi-submarine "Looking Glass"


The "Looking Glass" is a 19 passenger USCG inspected semi-submersible underwater viewing boat. It has over 6 tons of lead to sink the lower viewing area which has two seven foot long underwater picture windows. Built by "Sub Sea Systems" in Sacramento, California and launched in 1995 under the name "Ava Mahalo Lani" the vessel spent the first part of her life in Hawaii. From Hawaii she traveled to Catalina and was renamed "Looking Glass". In early 2005 she was purchased by Chaffin & Reeves Inc. After a refit she was put into service to replace the submarine replica "S44" in Redondo Beach. "S44" was a popular attraction in Redondo Beach but as a uninspected vessel it was only allowed to carry 6 passengers. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a map to find us.



Adults - $20.00

Teenagers - $15.00

Children (12 years old & younger} $10.00

Infants and Children under 30 pounds are not recommended for this ride.

(1 hour private charter $250.00)


Summer Hours:

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to Sunset

Monday through Friday 11-6


Fall, Winter & Spring Hours:

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to Sunset

Monday through Friday - Closed

(private charters & Ash Scattering by appointment)


For more info Call (310) 909-3179

or email

We are located on the International Boardwalk right next to the pedal boat rentals.


Local Links:

Kayak & SUP Rentals - Right next to the Glass Bottom Boat

Gondola Amore' - Romantic Harbor Cruises!

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce - Check out the Town!

Redondo Beach Marina - Our home in So Cal!

South Bay Sailing - Take sailing lessons with Capt. Wes right near us!

Other Links:

Sub Sea Tours - Visit our sister ship "Seaview" in Morro Bay!

Sub Sea Systems - The builder of our SSV "Looking Glass"

S44 Historic Submarine Replica - The 42' pre WWII replica submarine in Florida built by Capt. Lloyd