Santo

Santo is only a one hour flight from Port Vila, and is serviced by Vanair. Vanuatu’s largest island, is 4010 km in size. In Luganville, the second biggest town in Vanuatu, there is a quiet pace of life. A variety of reasonably priced accommodation, a number of restaurants and stores line the frontier style main street.
Scuba divers are drawn by the world famous wrecks and spectacular marine life. During WWII the 30,000 ton line ‘President Coolidge’ sank in the Santo Harbour after striking a mine and still lies structurally intact in between 25 & 60 metres of water. This largest accessible shipwreck for scuba divers in the world, together with the ‘USS Tucker’, Million Dollar Point, EX-shark feeding dives and many pristine reef sites make it a divers dream.

Natural spots of great beauty include the stunning Champagne Beach, in the north and the deep, crystal clear Blue Hole whose cool spring water is a bright azure colour and is great for a refreshing dip.

Santo was also famous as a military base during World War II, when up to 100,000 soldiers were based in Luganville. Left behind were many buildings, a total of four airstrip and coral roads which are still in use today.

Dive Locations in Santo

U.S.S. TUCKER

USS Tucker, a 1500-ton Mahan class destroyer, was built at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia. Commissioned in July 1936, she spent the next year working up in the western Atlantic before going to the Pacific to join the Battle Fleet. During the rest of the decade Tucker mainly operated off the West Coast and in … Continue reading U.S.S. TUCKER

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Tui Tuate

The TUI TAWATE As one of the most spectacular wreck dives in the world, the SS President Coolidge often overshadows the many other fantastic dive sites and wrecks available in Espiritu Santo. While the majesty of the Coolidge is hard to beat, divers traveling to Vanuatu shouldn?t miss the chance to expand their diving beyond … Continue reading Tui Tuate

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Million Dollar Point

Million dollar point, so named because of the amount of machinery dumped in the ocean by the US after the second world war on their departure of Espiritu Santo, is a fascinating dive with so much to explore. Everything from jeeps, trucks, tractors, bulldozers and cranes were discarded, apparently to make room for the troops … Continue reading Million Dollar Point

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SS Coolidge

Length: 654 feet 3 inches Beam: 81 feet Draft: 34 feet Gross Weight: 21,936 tons Speed: 20 knots Radius: 14,400 miles Propulsion: 2 Turbo-Electric Passengers: 3,486 Cargo: 550,000 cubic feet Links to; Trimix on the Coolidge Gallery On February 21 1931, the widow of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, christened the … Continue reading SS Coolidge

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