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Clearly scuba can only get you so far, and while we've discussed submarine tours in the past, they are just jaunts.

Submarine!

What's the deepest you can actually go as a tourist, and what about if you were somehow able to charter a vessel (like I gather James Cameron is planning on doing)?

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hmm, a downvote, care to explain why, rather than just anonymously criticising? :) –  Mark Mayo Oct 23 '11 at 1:55
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I can't tell you an exact number, but I found a more or less interesting site:

http://www.travelscience.com/framed_pages/main_frame/travel_library/Travel_Topics_DeepSea_Travel.htm

Especially the deep sea section should be what you're looking for. Especially this operator provides some deep sea tours. I couldn't find anything similar and haven't heard of it too.

When you read the description of this tour, it says that you can take some tours with a MIR submarine and it is possible that you can dive up to 6000 meters. There aren't a lot of places in the oceans that are deeper, so I can't imagine that as a tourist you will be able to find a tour that takes you any deeper.

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