Vanuatu is a chain of 83 islands lying in the Pacific about 2000km Northeast of Brisbane, Australia. Vanuatu is serviced by Air Vanuatu. The main international gateway to this area is Australia. Direct air services are available from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Connections are also available from New Zealand and Fiji. The islands range from towering volcanic cones to coral atolls with white sandy beaches and aquamarine lagoons. Until 1980, the country was administered as a "Condominium" by the British and the French and known as the New Hebrides. Today there is a unique blend of cultures with small communities of these nationalities together with the Chinese, Vietnamese, and the indigenous Melanesians. The two main areas of interest for divers are the islands of Efate and Espiritu Santo. The country's capitol is Port Vila, which is located on the island of Efate. Development is low key with a variety of low-rise hotels and resorts. About an hour's flight from Port Vila is the more remote destination of Espiritu Santo. Luganville is the capitol and the port for Santo and is the gateway to spectacular diving.

"The President Coolidge"

The President Coolidge is one of the world's most famous and accessible shipwrecks - a must for all divers not only the "wreck enthusiasts" Exploring the passageways and rooms of this amazing ship you get to experience history first hand. Couple this with the fantastic array of corals and fish like and you have a great diving experience. A 10 day trip to Santo is around $2000 which is really great value. All dives are conducted by the highly professional Alan Power Dive Tours, Santo's original dive operator.

Allan Power
Visit the "Lady"
Blue holes from under water
Dive with "Borris"
Mine hole in keel
Santo"s Blue Holes
Captains bathroom
Hotel Santo
Champagne beach
Engine room controls
Deco stop