SCUBA DIVING - AORE ISLAND
We are fortunate to have a PADI dive operator on Aore Island. Located a leisurely 10 minute bike ride (or car transfer) through the coconut plantations, join your dive group each morning at Aore Adventure Sports.
Introduction to Scuba Diving
No experience necessary for this one! Try a scuba dive in the clear, calm waters straight off the beach of Aore Resort. Get a fish`s eye view of the splendour of Vanuatu’s tropical reef. Your scuba dive will be led by a fully qualified PADI instructor ensuring your safety and enjoyment. * Minimum age is 12 years*. Medical questionnaire to be completed before commencement* All gear included
Rusty Diver Update
For the diver who hasn’t dived for a while, Aore is the perfect place to get wet and regain skills and confidence, all gear and one shore dive included. PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course:Become a certified diver with PADI – the world’s leading Scuba Dive training organisation. PADI divers are recognised worldwide and their certification is valid for life. On Aore you can learn to dive in tropical, calm, clear waters which makes it so, so easy! The course involves 3 – 4 days of instruction, diving & fun * Padi ELearning Pass is an extra cost to each student Prerequisites:* Minimum age is 12 years* Medical questionnaire to be completed. PADI RESORT #S-23490
THE REGIONS FAMOUS DIVES
SS President Coolidge
Dive the largest most accessible ship wreck in the world. At just under 200m long, the President - she offers something for all levels of diver experience. She struck friendly mines during world war two with over 5400 troops on board. The Coolidge was full of war supplies, like jeeps, ammunition, guns, and canons along with personal belongings of the troops and crew, all there for the divers now to enjoy. She started life as a luxury liner before being brought in as a troop ship to aid the war effort, so you will get to see how the upper classed travel in the great cruise ship era seeing the beautiful porcelain statue of “The Lady”, chandeliers and a mosaic tile fountain & swimming pool. The SS President Coolidge is the pinnacle of wreck dives in Santo and with her sheer size alone, makes it for an amazing experience at 199m long, 24.7m wide and a gross tonnage of 21,936t! The wreck starts in 18m of water at the bow and finishes around 65m at the stern. She is filled with ww2 supplies including jeeps, trucks, ammunition and soldiers personal belongings. There is something for everyone, and you can do many different dives with over 20 different dive routes e.g. cargo holds, the lady, the galley, engine room, medical supplies, swimming pool just to name a few. You do not have to dive deep to experience this magnificent wreck,and it’s only 15 minutes travel time. You could do over 12 dives and not see all that the Coolidge has to offer, but even doing just a couple of dives gives you the insight of her majestic life and sheer size.
MILLION DOLLAR POINT
At the end of WWII, the American’s offered all their surplus war materials to the ondominium government for a minimal price but they tried to bluff them into giving it to them for free, the plan backfired and the Americans dumped thousands of tons of US military equipment into the sea. 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. Depth ranges from 3m down to 50m; it’s a dive not to be missed.
The 1st US Navy destroyer built with a lot of stainless steel, she now is a great dive site and marine eco system. She lies just off Malo in 16m to 21m of water on a sandy bottom and due to her location often has visibility of over 30m. The Tucker also fell afoul of friendly mines during WWII as there was no communication to the captain that the mine field had been laid. You can swim through and around this site with ease and it is a must do dive while in Santo. The Tucker is an American navy destroyer which met the same fate as the Coolidge only months before. What makes it different is that it was the first ship to be made predominantly from stainless steel, at around 115m in length she lies on the bottom now broken in two with the stern in about 16m and the bow in 22m. She makes for a great dive, exploring the nooks and crannies and she is covered in a large variety of corals and marine life. And due to her final resting place the visibility is generally over 25m.