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Atlantis appoints Fry as Kona general manager


Atlantis Adventures has announced Doug Fry, who has 22 years of management experience with the company, has been appointed as general manager of its Kona submarine tour operations on Hawaii Island.

Fry, who previously worked for Atlantis from 1985 to 2007, takes over the position formerly held by longtime Kona resident Mike Stanton, who retired from the company in February after 19 years.

Doug Fry

Ron Williams, President and CEO of Atlantis Adventures, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Doug back to the Atlantis family and have him oversee our Kona submarine tours. Along with being a great person to work with and a true team player, Doug is very familiar with our Kona operations from his long tenure with our company and the many years he spent in Hawaii.

“At the same time, we are very appreciative of Mike Stanton and thank him for his dedicated years of service for Atlantis and especially for all the fun and energy that he brought to our staff members and guests. We wish him all the best as he enjoys his retirement,” Williams said.

Stanton said, “I enjoyed my career with Atlantis immensely and had the wonderful fortune of working with a superb crew in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. I’m very happy to be turning over the reins to my friend Doug Fry, who is an ideal choice to further our mission of entertaining and educating guests about our marine world.”

Fry first joined Atlantis in 1985 and was part of the original assembly team of the firstAtlantis submarine in Vancouver, British Columbia before helping to launch the company’s tour operations at Grand Cayman (1985), St. Thomas (1986), and Guam (1988).

In 1990 he brought his skills to Hawaii in support of Atlantis’ growing tour operations,first as Oahu Operations Manager before being promoted to Director of Operations in 1993 and taking on the added responsibilities for the submarine tours in Lahaina, Maui, and Kona, a position he held until 1999.

He then moved to Florida to serve as Atlantis’ Director ofOperations for the Caribbean until 2007. Most recently, he served as Operations Manager for Great River Journey in Whitehorse, Canada.

Fry said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be back with Atlantis and extremely happy about being able to work in beautiful Kona and live on the Big Island. We have one of the world’s most beautiful undersea environments to see and explore in Kailua Bay, and I look forward to working with our team to show our guests what makes the Kona submarine tour such a worthwhile and memorable experience.”

Atlantis Submarines operates its Kona tour in scenic Kailua Bay, using the world’s most advanced passenger submarine. Battery powered and emitting no pollutants into the ocean, the 65-foot, 48-passenger submarine quietly descends to depths of more than 100 feet into crystal-clear waters that are teeming with fish and marine life.

Other highlights of the tour include a beautiful 25-acre coral reef garden formed over ancient lava flows and two sunken shipwrecks that have transformed by nature into artificial reefs.

The submarine’s interior is air-conditioned and offers a large viewing portal for each seat along with lots of head and legroom.

Atlantis’ environmentally friendly tour operations in Kailua Bay contributed to the company being recognized as a Certified Ecotour Operator with the highest designation of Gold status by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association in 2011.

Atlantis Adventures offers daily submarine tours year-round in Hawaii’s ocean waters off Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Lahaina on Maui, and Kailua-Kona. The company is committed to being sustainable with its tour operations and a responsible steward ofHawaii’s marine environment.

Its passenger submarines are the most technologically advanced in the world, are battery-powered, and emit no pollutants.

In recognition of its ecotourism operations and principles, Atlantis Adventures was honored in 2011 by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association as a Certified Ecotour Operator withGold status, the highest designation that is good for a three-year period.

In addition, the company offers submarine tours in Guam, Mexico and the Caribbean.Atlantis Adventures also owns Honolulu-based Atlantis Navatek Cruises, which offers sunset dinner cruises along Oahu’s south shore aboard the high-tech revolutionary Navatek I, as well as seasonal breakfast and luncheon whale watch cruises from December to April.

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