Vanuatu is more than an island destination - it’s an 83 island destination.
And when your country is made up of so many islands, there’s sure to be some awesome diving opportunities. Vanuatu offers divers a taste of everything – beautiful coral, a plethora of fish and historic shipwrecks.
It has an envious underwater reputation. Any list of the best dive spots in the World will include at least one, sometimes two, destinations from Vanuatu. The water is crystal clear, and the huge caverns and drop-offs provide marine wildlife with the perfect conditions to flourish.
The water temperature is at its highest in February and March sitting at almost 30 degrees Celsius. But even in August, when it is at its coolest, it is still a very comfortable 26 degrees, making Vanuatu a year-round treat for divers.
Here’s some dive spots worth exploring when you book your Hoot Holidays trip to Vanuatu.
Star of Russia, Port Vila
The Star of Russia is 80 metres long, 12 metres wide and lies 33 metres below the Port Vila waterline. The three-masted square-rigger ship was built in 1874, ironically by Harland and Wolff, the same company who built the ill-fated Titanic. Because it is such a big ship, we suggest that you allow time for a couple of dives to properly explore the wreck. It is particularly good for divers who like to take photos as the masts stretching out into the water provide epic backdrops.
S.S. President Coolidge, Espiritu Santo
The S.S. President Coolidge, a cruise ship before it became a troop carrier during the Second World War, is Vanuatu's most popular wreck and dive site. There are discarded military equipment, chandeliers and statues to explore, as well as exotic marine life in this designated marine reserve. The wreck lies between 17 and 70 metres bow to stern. It is huge, so make sure you allow two-or-three dives to see it all.
Million Dollar Point, Espiritu Santo
The US military discarded its old war machinery like trucks, jeeps, bulldozers and guns here when they left the South Pacific. Now, all that wreckage is slowly turning into a reef, with corals and anemones forming and growing on the vehicles, creating hiding places for various species of fish. It is an easy-access dive. The best viewing is at the 15 to 30-metre mark and the wreckage spreads out for hundreds of metres.
Blue Cav, Tanna Island
It’s easy to lose track of time and get completely lost in the natural beauty of the Blue Cave, on the north-west coast of Tanna Island. You can get to the site of the Blue Cave either by boat or by road. The best way is to sign up for a tour, as they look after transportation and entrance fees. The cave is large but you don’t need to be an experienced swimmer to explore it. If you come at low tide, you can actually gain entry without any diving at all. It’s a different story a high tide when you will have to make your entrance underwater. Light streams in from a hole in the roof, creating magical, picture-perfect moments.
Katiua Rocks, Tanna Island
Tanna is an emerging dive destination and Katiua Rocks is certainly adding to its reputation. Here divers will be able to see huge fish such as tuna, barracuda and even sharks in this stunning, untouched part of the world.
- Posted in Vanuatu