Overseas Trip – Santo Island, Vanuatu November 2020 – ON HOLD due to COVID-19

17-24 November 2020 (7 nights/16 dives)

In November 2020, we will be visiting Santo Island, Vanuatu, home to one of the best-known wreck dive sites in the world: USS President Coolidge & Million Dollar Point.

SS President Coolidge (21-60m depth)

The largest, and most accessible, and possibly the best wreck in the world, the SS President Coolidge was a luxury passenger liner converted to a troop carrier during WWII. While entering the Santo harbour she hit two friendly mines, providing divers with a remarkable underwater playground.

Almost completely intact, you can swim through the numerous holds and decks viewing the reminders of her glorious days as a cruise liner and the remnants of her days as a troop ship. There are guns, cannons, jeeps, helmets, trucks and personal supplies left by some of the soldiers, as well as the beautiful porcelain statue of “The Lady,” chandeliers and a mosaic tile fountain. The wreck is covered in coral and is the home to a plethora of marine life.

Million Dollar Point (max depth 40m)

At the end of WWII, thousands of tons of US construction equipment was dumped into the sea. Named for its worth, there are a multitude of bulldozers, cranes, fork lifts and trucks piled upon one another in this unique dive site. 
 
Those who do not wish to dive the wrecks multiple times or prefer to do reef dives instead can do so by paying a top-up fee of AUD 30 per dive locally for the boat dives.

Package

Package Deal price: ~AUD 1700 + return flights ~AUD 1100

TOTAL PACKAGE (incl.flights) = Approx. AUD 2800

NB: prices fluctuate slightly based on currency exchange rate and date of booking)

  • Pacific Dive 16 Dive Package
  • 8 Shore dives & 8 Boat dives
  • Espiritu Hotel 7-night stay
  • Return flights from Cairns to Santo via Brisbane – with Qantas (code share with Jetstar & Air Vanuatu)

Diving

  • Pacific Dive 16 Dive Package
  • 8 shore & 8 boat dives
  • Offer both Tec and Recreational diving
  • Dive Centre is within the hotel & provide a secure dive gear wash and storage room
  • Shore diving on SS President Coolidge and Million Dollar Point
  • Dives on the Coolidge build up from first reconnoitre to +30m.
  • Planned deco stops in warm, relatively clear water (for those doing deco dives)
  • Boat dives on nearby Reefs and other wrecks like USS Tucker (max 30m)

Booking

For further pricing and booking details check the email sent to the club members list. The approximate price above for financial members only! If you have any questions or would be interested in joining the trip by joining the Club, please see contact details below.

 

 Akiko Murakami Overseas Trip Coordinator, Nautilus Scuba Club – Cairns overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

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