Vanuatu

Dive Vanuatu: Explore the Famous SS President Coolidge and Hidden Reefs of Santo

Discover the fascinating WWII wrecks – including the famous SS President Coolidge – and spectacular reefs of Santo, Vanuatu on a seven-day, small-group diving adventure (max. 16 travellers). Magnificently intact historic wrecks, abundant coral and marine life, and clear, warm waters have all contributed to Santo’s incredible underwater reputation. Highlights of your trip include diving WWII wreck SS President Coolidge, still displaying several original artefacts, the hidden reefs of the east – a little harder to access, thus often left off other Santo dive itineraries – the USS Tucker destroyer wreck and the submerged military vehicles of Million Dollar Point. Stay on Ratua Island, with six nights’ accommodation at eco-luxe Ratua Island Resort & Spa plus daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening canapés. Includes eight dives over four days with professional guides, tank weights, air fills, one 60-minute massage at the resort spa plus an exclusive 50% discount on select resort activities, and return Santo airport transfers.

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7 Days
TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - you must purchase two packages
  • Six nights’ accommodation at the eco-luxe Ratua Island Resort & Spa, a barefoot beach resort with rustic villas
  • Eight dives across four days, all briefed and supervised by professional dive guides
  • A private boat reserved solely for you and your Luxury Escapes tour group, taking you to every dive site on the itinerary
7 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • Six nights’ accommodation at the eco-luxe Ratua Island Resort & Spa, a barefoot beach resort with rustic villas
  • Eight dives across four days, all briefed and supervised by professional dive guides
  • A private boat reserved solely for you and your Luxury Escapes tour group, taking you to every dive site on the itinerary
7 Days
VIP UPGRADE - TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on TWIN SHARE - you must purchase two packages
  • Six nights’ accommodation in an upgraded Grand Beachfront Villa at the eco-luxe Ratua Island Resort & Spa, a barefoot beach resort with rustic villas
  • Eight dives across four days, all briefed and supervised by professional dive guides
  • A private boat reserved solely for you and your Luxury Escapes tour group, taking you to every dive site on the itinerary
7 Days
VIP UPGRADE - SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • Six nights’ accommodation in an upgraded Grand Beachfront Villa at the eco-luxe Ratua Island Resort & Spa, a barefoot beach resort with rustic villas
  • Eight dives across four days, all briefed and supervised by professional dive guides
  • A private boat reserved solely for you and your Luxury Escapes tour group, taking you to every dive site on the itinerary

Your Dive Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Explore the famed SS President Coolidge, a spectacular WWII shipwreck with multiple dive sites and genuine artefacts
  • Mal-Mal Reef dives, covering the west and lesser-explored east, both abundant in healthy marine life
  • USS Tucker Wreck dive, taking you through the remains of the 1934 American destroyer
  • Dive Million Dollar Point, a site of tracked and wheeled military vehicles, machines and boats
  • Reach all sites by private boat, reserved just for your Luxury Escapes tour group

What You’ll Love…

The Dives – Experience pristine reefs and spectacular wrecks, including the famed SS President Coolidge

Immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of Santo, Vanuatu, home to arguably one of the best wreck dives in the world: the SS President Coolidge. This spectacular site is perfect for intermediate-advanced divers, with depths ranging from 20-60 metres.

Take your time exploring this submerged 22,200-tonne luxury passenger liner, which hit a friendly mine in 1942. The troops left everything in place as they evacuated the ship, thinking they would be able to salvage it in the coming days – but the ship slid off the reef the captain had steered her into and landed on her portside stern. The result is a diver’s playground, where fascinating artefacts can still be found today. One of the most famous dives is “The Lady”, a beautiful ceramic figure in the first-class dining room. Originally in the smoking room, this irreplaceable figure fell off the wall in 2000 but miraculously managed to float through the wreck unharmed on the way to her current home in the dining room. Other dives include the doctor’s office, the captain’s bathroom, and the galley, still full of crockery.

Another fascinating wreck dive is the USS Tucker, a 1934 destroyer that struck an American mine while escorting a cargo ship from Suva to Santo. The stern is largely intact, with the bow still recognisable. Warm water and an average depth of 24 metres make this an easy dive, even for beginners.

At Million Dollar Point, take the opportunity to explore tracked and wheeled military vehicles, machines and boats with an average depth of 15-25 metres. The site owes its name to the price tag the Americans put on the vehicles when trying to sell them to the French, English and Vanuatu locals – without success. To spite them all, they drove everything into the sea, making it the fascinating dive it is today.

Keen reef divers will be in their element with access to both the western and the lesser-dived eastern sites. Ratua Island offers unusually easy access to the eastern reefs, with visibility ranging from 15 to in excess of 40 metres. Watch clownfish play, marvel at the colourful coral and keep an eye out for resident turtles and passing barracudas.

Reach every dive site by private boat, reserved just for you and your fellow Luxury Escapes travel companions. Expert guides, tank weights and air fills will be provided throughout, meaning everything is taken care of and you can simply enjoy this spectacular part of the world.

The Accommodation – Barefoot luxury on Ratua Private Island

An authentic taste of life in Vanuatu awaits at Ratua Island Resort & Spa, your barefoot, eco-luxe hideaway on Ratua Private Island. Enjoy six nights in this wildly beautiful nature lovers’ paradise, set among 146 acres of lush tropical gardens, private beaches, lagoons and coral reefs.

Stay in a rustic Deluxe Beachfront Villa, your personal slice of paradise on Ratua Island. Each villa is spaced out for privacy and offers its own version of beachfront bliss with a furnished patio for post-dive evenings spent sipping tropical cocktails or Vanuatu’s premium beer.

Your tour includes all-inclusive dining, with daily breakfast, lunch, evening canapés and dinner. All food is 100% organic, using produce from Ratua’s own farm gardens, fruits and vegetables from the local market, Santo organic beef and the freshest seafood. A packed lunch will be provided for all full-day excursions, so you can refuel with a picnic between dives.

You will enjoy one full day at leisure on Ratua, a perfect opportunity to make the most of the resort facilities and your naturally beautiful surroundings. Visit the spa for your included 60-minute massage or take part in the many activities on this varied island, such as horse riding, mountain biking or kayaking the blue hole lagoon. Enjoy an exclusive 50% discount on a one-hour horse ride or a 20-minute swim with the horses. Alternatively, you could catch a film at the Vintage Cinema House or entertain yourself in the Games Room & Library.

VIP Upgrade – Enjoy more space in a Grand Beachfront Villa

Take beachfront eco-luxe living to the next level when you select a VIP Upgrade to a Grand Beachfront Villa. A huge 135 sqm of space awaits, with a rustic master bedroom linked by an extended patio to the living room, a second bedroom and bathroom. Breezy beach and sea views are guaranteed, fully immersing you in laidback island life, where days are spent diving and nights involve fresh Vanuatuan cuisine and conversation with your fellow travellers.

Your Tour Includes:

  • Six nights’ accommodation at the eco-luxe Ratua Island Resort & Spa, a barefoot beach resort with rustic villas
  • Eight dives across four days, all briefed and supervised by professional dive guides
  • A private boat reserved solely for you and your Luxury Escapes tour group, taking you to every dive site on the itinerary
  • All-inclusive dining: daily breakfast, lunch, evening canapés and dinner, all made using 100% organic, fresh Vanuatuan produce
  • One 60-minute massage at the resort spa
  • Tank weights and air fills throughout
  • Private return Santo airport transfers
  • Exclusive 50% discount on a one-hour horse ride or 20-minute swim with the horses at the resort
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