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.