I was looking for a holiday destination that offered me the opportunity to relax, enjoy time out from the hustle and bustle of the city life but also to do some fantastic diving. It was about slowing down, reconnecting with oneself and with the family.
Vanuatu is recognised as a great diving destination. You get to explore some fantastic coral reefs and there is the significant attraction of diving a luxury cruise liner. The SS President Coolidge is one of the most famous wreck dives. During the Second World War she was converted to a troop carrier, but unfortunately was sunk in October 1942 by mines in Espiritu Santo. She is one of the largest and most accessible shipwrecks in the world for recreational diving.
The New Hebrides, as it was then called, was a major staging area in the early days of preparation for the Guadalcanal campaign. The SS President Coolidge was being used to transport troops. Although no combat took place here, the islands and harbours were developed into bases and staging areas.
Divers come from all over the world for the superb visibility, warm water and some of the best dive sites in the world. You will find huge caves, grottos, intricate tunnels and an abundance of over 250 varieties of fish life. The sea fans, soft corals and inquisitive fish life make this an amazing dive destination; not to mention the SS Coolidge and, of course, Million Dollar Point – all part of the history that will make diving these waters an even more interesting adventure.
This world renowned diving site located off the coast of Espirito Santo got its name after millions of dollars’ worth of American Army equipment was dumped in the ocean at the end of the Second World War. Just offshore, the myriad of dumped jeeps, bulldozers, trucks, fork lifts, tractors, unopened boxes of clothing and cases of Coca Cola have created a different kind of reef and an amazing opportunity to see part of history by diving this site.
Vanuatu is made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1300kms. The islands offer scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks. Hiking trails ascend active volcanoes such as Mt Yasur. Other popular activities include rainforest eco-tours, kayaking and deep-sea fishing, plus relaxing at resorts and spas.
Air Vanuatu have announced there will be additional international flights and that these will commence 01 June 2016. This is due to the high demand. For the first time since Cyclone Pam, there will be six flights a week to and from Sydney to Port Vila, three flights a week to and from Brisbane and three flights a week to and from Auckland.
It’s time for you to take the winter getaway and choose Vanuatu as your next destination – I know I have.