Santo Island Dive & Fish

Location

Located at Beachfront Resort, Luganville’s only true oceanfront resort, Santo Island Dive & Fish offers professional and friendly service to divers, snorkelers and fishing enthusiasts

The purpose built dive facility provides easy access for all your diving and fishing needs with the boats moored off the resort beach for quick and easy access

We take divers of all levels out to our reefs and wrecks however all divers must complete an assessment dive on the SS President Coolidge before any deep or penetration dives are considered

If you don’t dive yet, we can teach you or if you want to improve or expand your diving horizons we have a course  that will suit you

Alternatively you might just want to relax and dive or snorkel our beautiful tropical reefs as part of your Pacific paradise holiday – we offer diving and snorkeling trips every day

Following are a few of our dive sites so come and join us and let our local guides show you how fabulous our wreck and reefs are


SS President Coolidge

The SS President Coolidge was a 654ft (200 metre) 22,000 ton luxury liner converted to a military transport vessel at the beginning of WW2 making several successful voyages in 1942

In October of that year she departed San Francisco for New Caledonia and Espiritu Santo with over 5000 troops and equipment

On the morning of 26 October 1942 after misunderstandings in regard to sailing instructions she struck two mines deployed at the entrance to Luganville Harbour

Hopelessly disabled her captain ordered the vessel to be run aground and all personnel to immediately abandon ship, with the intention of salvaging their equipment later. However after a short while she was claimed by the waters of the Segond Channel sliding backwards from the shore and rolling on her port side

The Coolidge remains in her final resting place to this day, only metres from the shore with the bow at 20 mts and the stern at 65 mts, she’s the largest most accessible wreck dive in the world

Divers can explore, with local guides, through many of her compartments to see the amazing array of military equipment left behind


Million Dollar Point

Espiritu Santo was occupied by the Americans during WWII to launch their attacks on the Japanese in the Pacific. On their departure from the island they left behind infrastructure like roads and runways, and even buildings, with army built Quonset huts still standing around Luganville.

The biggest legacy is Million Dollar Point, both historically fascinating and a diver’s paradise with equipment, corals and fish

Named for its worth at the time, there are a multitude of bulldozers, cranes, fork lifts and trucks piled upon one another in this unique dive site

The two ship wreck Dedele and El Retiro are also still identifiable

Depth ranges from 3 mts down to 40 mts and it’s a dive not to be missed

 


Tutuba Point

Is located on the northern tip of Tutuba Island with depth ranging from 8 to 24 mts

Drop into the water from the boat and enjoy a vista of canyons and coral ,caves and swim throughs and unbelievable visibility makes this dive a “must do” with the possibility of sighting reef sharks, lobsters, turtles and an abundance of fish life need to be seen to be believed


Cindy’s Reef

Located at the end of Aore Island and ranges from 5 to 30 mts and surrounded by a steep drop off into 100 mts, this reef has large areas of hard corals scattered amongst bombie heads and is home to thousands of fish providing fantastic opportunity for photographers


Fan Garden

Large gorgonian fans and surrounding corals with colourful fish life again makes this dive a photographers delight

Situated off the end of Aore Island at a depth of 30 mts this is a great dive in a nice sheltered location


MacDonald Douglass Plane

A Dauntless dive bomber rests in 26 metres of water and is now broken into 3 main pieces

There are also many other artifacts from WWII scattered on the nearby reef, it is very close to shore and even though visibility can be down from time to time, it makes for a different dive

There is a large resident moray that can usually been seen on most dives

Depth from 22 metres to 28 metres

Dive Training


Discover scuba

The most popular activity in our beautiful tropical environment is scuba diving

Believe it or not everybody can have the opportunity to accomplish this and we can offer you the chance to go for a dive in clear warm tropical water with a depth range from only one to twelve metres

You will receive professional preliminary instruction prior to entering the water to waist depth and when you’re feeling comfortable and ready we will then take you on an amazing journey into the realm of the fish

You can see all that this world has to offer including a huge variety of fish and coral formations and no previous experience is required

Our professional instructors will guide through this highly memorable excursion beneath the waters of Espiritu Santo and we’ll also provide a photo and certificate for you and your family so the memory will never been forgotten


Openwater course

This globally-recognised certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as an internationally certified scuba diver

Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater.

You will earn the SSI Open Water Diver certification

The SSI Digital learning system is the new standard in diver education and with the evolution of digital learning, SSI has effectively mastered the uses of technology to strengthen your learning experience, anytime and anywhere

 
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Snorkeling

Snorkel at Million Dollar Point where the Americans dumped massive amounts of war surplus in 1945

Bulldozers, forklifts, shipwrecks – it has the lot including great corals and fish life

Go snorkeling with the divers if you don’t scuba dive, if there’s room on the boats you’re always welcome to visit the pristine reefs

We have some snorkeling available near the resort on a old, wrecked island trader – the visibility’s not always perfect but the water’s warm and shallow

Complimentary snorkeling equipment is available


Fishing

Luganville has light sport and reef fishing available with fast and safe boats to get you to where the action is

Talk to Mal and the team at the dive shack for up-to-date information about our superb local fishing

If you’re staying with us our chef will cook your catch to your personal taste with our compliments