Scuba Diving Vanuatu
Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands. Divers come from all over the world for Vanuatu’s superb visibility, warm water and world-class dive sites. One of the best is the “SS President Coolidge” – the largest wreck dive in the world. This string of beautiful, semi-tropical islands in the south-west Pacific provide a year round opportunity for both beginner and seasoned divers. The diversity of dive experiences is nothing short of amazing, making Vanuatu a “must dive” destination.
Meet the SS President Coolidge
This beautiful World War II warrior was completed in 1930 and helped with the evacuation of US citizens from Hong Kong as well as over 100 critically injured naval troops from Hawaii during the 1941 attacked on Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, the SS President Coolidge sunk in October 26 1942 approaching Espiritu Santo. Captain Henry Nelson, believing the ship would not sink, ordered the troops to evacuate the ship and told them to leave all of their belongings behind.
The ship crashed against a coral reef and completely sunk into the ocean, taking with her two lives and plenty of WW II relics (curious divers still find some of these amazing historical objects).
The Coolidge, a top diving spot around the globe, is certainly one of the main attractions in Vanuatu and if you are serious about your diving, a must go holiday destination.
This amazing diving adventure will provide you with unforgettable memories you will talk about for years to come.
There are multiple diving spots to choose from. You can dive through the Promenade Deck, the Cargo Holds, pass through the medical supplies and if nature calls, a quick stop into the Captain’s Bathroom can be arranged.
Don’t forget to bring your camera, as the artefacts that you are likely to see during this dive are extremely rare, as well as the beautiful marine life that now call SS President Coolidge home.
And of course, the ‘Lady’, one of the most photographed ceramic figures at depths of 140 Feet (42 meters), located at the first class lobby.
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