Vanuatu, a chain of 83 tropical islands in the South West Pacific, is the perfect holiday destination for scuba divers seeking rare adventures in paradise.
Vanuatu offers scuba divers a chance to experience warm, clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life in protected sanctuaries, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs and sunken shipwrecks. Liveaboard.com offers great itineraries on the best Vanuatu liveaboards. Port Vila boasts many dive sites with a variety of marine life, including large pelagics and a Vanuatu sea safari is the best way to experience them all. The "Star of Russia", a three masted sailing ship built is 1874, lies in 36 meters of water and offers scuba divers easy access to the interior teeming with tropical species including Bat fish, Crocodile fish, lionfish and eels. Located off the coast of Espiritu Santo, the SS "President Coolidge" sank in 1942 and is the largest wreck dive in the world, resting in of 21 - 70 meters. Guns, helmets, gas masks and ammunition are scattered across the deck and bow while the interior still contains cannons, jeeps, medical supplies and the captain's personal effects. Because ten dives are required to see the entire ships, a Vanuatu liveaboard diving adventure is the ideal way to dive this wreck. A diving cruise to Vanuatu's North Efate takes scuba divers to the Tongoa Wall where they have the rare opportunity to explore the crater of an active volcano. Uncommon fish such as dogtooth tuna, white fin sharks and rays visit the area. This once in a lifetime dive is a must see for any scuba explorer.
Diving in Vanuatu is a year round activity, however peak season is from March through November when visibility and temperatures are best. Water temperatures range from 22-28C and visibility between 10-40 meters. The climate in Vanuatu is varied. Winter is the dry season (April to October) with temperatures averaging around 23°C. In the rainy summer season (November to March) temperatures average 28°C.