SS President Coolidge
Considered by many divers to be the best wreck dive in the world, the SS President Coolidge was a luxury passenger liner converted to a troop carrier during WWII. While entering the Santo harbour she hit two friendly mines, providing divers with a remarkable underwater playground.
Almost completely intact, you can swim through the numerous holds and decks viewing the reminders of her glorious days as a cruise liner and the remnants of her days as a troop ship. There are guns, cannons, jeeps, helmets, trucks and personal supplies left by some of the soldiers, as well as the beautiful porcelain statue of “The Lady,” chandeliers and a mosaic tile fountain. The wreck is covered in coral and is the home to a plethora of sea life such including turtles, barracuda, lion fish, and a host of reef fish.
If you want to see the whole wreck, you’ll need at least 10 to 15 dives — she’s 200 metres in length and rests in 20 to 72 metres of water! — but you can certainly get a feel for her magnitude and majesty on even a few dives.
Million Dollar Point
At the end of WWII, thousands of tons of US construction equipment was dumped into the sea. Named for its worth, there are a multitude of bulldozers, cranes, fork lifts, and trucks piled upon one another in this unique dive site.
A beautiful and relaxing drift dive over a bed of bright, colourful coral and an abundance of fish life. Divers see a tremendous variety of staghorn corals, large plate corals and our very own “potato head” coral which is unlike anything you’ve seen before. There is also an abundance of fish life and turtles and sharks are often spotted.
Famous New Zealand tug that served in the rescue efforts of the 1968 sinking of the Wahine Ferry in Wellington before being used for oil salvage on the SS President Coolidge. She now rests fully upright in a beautiful sand flat with fantastic fish life and gorgeous coral growth including sea pens!
A dive not to be missed, this is one of the most stunning reef dives in all of Vanuatu. This highly protected dive site ensures calm waters, little to no current and crystal clear visibility. You’ll see an amazing variety of coral and this is a great dive for spotting crayfish, turtles and sharks.
This dive site has it all — caves, swim throughs, chasms, crayfish, and an abundance of spectacular hard and soft corals that seem to go on forever. Incredible visibility makes this a fantastic reef dive.
A pretty reef dive where the wreckage of a McDonald Douglas Dauntless dive bomber rests. Among the reef, you’ll also find ammunition, Coke bottles and other signs of America’s military presence here during WWII.
Large chain nets ran the length of the channel from Santo Island to Aore Island to block submarines during the war. The nets were collapsed after the war, and a reef has been growing on them ever since. There are beautiful hard corals and gorgonian fans at this site.