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.

September 2009 we are seeing lots of small rays, Opal Eyes, Smelt and Calico Bass! If you are a scuba diver you might be disappointed by our current show. However, if you have kids or have never dove you are still in for a treat!

These photos taken aboard the "Looking Glass" in Redondo Beach


Adults - $15.00

Children $10.00

(1 hour private charter $250.00)


Summer Hours:

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to Sunset

Monday to Friday 11-6

(private charters & Ash Scattering by appointment only)

Pedal boats, SUP's and Kayaks are also available 7 days a week

For more info Call (310) 909-3179

For private charters call Captain Laura (310)755-8359

or email

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


Local Links:

Banjo Day! - Sept. 27th, 2014 is Banjo Day. Show up with a Banjo and ride FREE!!

Echo Park Pedalboats - For those days it's too foggy on the coast!

Kayak Rentals - Right next to the Glass Bottom Boat

Riter Aviation - Glider Rides in the sky above us!

Gondola Amore' - Romantic Harbor Cruises!

Kegs - A local pub with great Philly Cheese Steaks just 150 feet south from our sub!

Kona Koffee - Need to wake up? This coffee house is just 150 feet north of us!

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 Replica - The 42' pre WWII replica submarine built by Capt. Lloyd


Note: The Red Star is the entrance of our parking lot. We are south of the parking lot next to where the sub arrow is pointing. For directions from your house to us on Map Quest click here.