The Best Spots for Diving in Vanuatu
The South Pacific is famed for
crystalline waters, tropical islands and incredible sea life. Vanuatu offers you the best way to enjoy this
spectacular beauty. As you might imagine, diving is one of the largest attractions in the area. You'll find
numerous dive sites, from coral reefs to WWII wrecks and much more to explore.
Any dive expedition in the islands can be
rewarding; however, how do you find the best of the best? What sites offer the most enjoyment? What sites are the
best for family dives? How do you charter a dive expedition in the islands? Here are answers to a few of your
Vanuatu islands offer small and large wreck diving spots, with submerged planes and ships left
over from the WWII.
Vanuatu Diving Options
While the islands abound with
numerous reefs to explore, there are a couple of prime spots for your enjoyment. If you simply wish to enjoy reef
diving in Vanuatu, all you need to do is a charter a tour to some of the outlying islands; you'll have seclusion,
incredible beauty and enjoy a wide variety of sea life.
However, if you want more Vanuatu diving
options you'll need to head for Efate or Santo. Efate is the home of Port
Vila, the island nation's capital and largest city. Santo lies at the northern end of the island chain and boasts
the second largest city, Luganville.
Reef diving is popular in Vanuatu
What can you find around Efate island? You'll most likely begin your tour in
Port Vila. The best Vanuatu diving location in the area is actually Port Vila Harbor and Mele Bay. This location is
convenient to many of the island's resorts and hotels. You'll also find that most of the resorts and hotels offer
diving gear rentals, as well as snorkeling gear.
Vanuatu Diving Packages
Many tour operators have established
partnerships with the resorts and offer package deals to guests. You'll find Meridian Charters, Big Blue Scuba Dive
and Nautilus Watersports in Port Vila. Havana
Harbor offers Tranquility Dive Resort (a private island with a resort and 3 campgrounds, as well as a turtle
sanctuary and more), and Sailaway Cruises. Each company can take you into the harbor and the bay for a look at
small shipwrecks, as well as offering live aboard cruises through the islands.
Diving on Santo
On Santo island, you'll find numerous shipwrecks to explore. The SS President Coolidge is the
largest accessible shipwreck in the world, while the Henry Bonneaud and the USS Tucker can also be found in the
area. If you're looking for more excitement than coral reefs can provide, these are the best for you. Operators in
the area are Bokissa Private Island Diver Resort and Allen Power Dive Tours.