up of 80 islands strung out in the shape of a "Y"
and covering a total land area of 12,189 km2, Vanuatu
- "The Land which has always Existed" brings
to mind a vision of timeless tranquillity.
Vanuatu is one of the most culturally diverse countries
in the world--both in its natural environment, ranging
from the cosmopolitan town of Port Vila, to remote outer
islands, that are truly a step back in time, to the
varied influences of many nationalities that have had
an impact on Vanuatu.
Vanuatu offers superb diving with excellent visibility,
warm water and easily accessible dive sites.
The landscape beneath the waters mirrors that found
above - mountainous terrain with plunging cliffs, grottos
and overhangs, huge caves and intricate interconnecting
underwater tunnels formed by frozen lava -and life abundant
over all. Sea fans, soft corals and acropora gardens,
plate corals and sponges and thousands of curious fish.
Then there are wrecks! Planes, an old square rigger
sailing ship, a destroyer and of course the mightiest
shipwreck in the world, the SS President Coolidge.
This was a 22,000 ton luxury liner converted to troop
ship that sank fully laden during the war, just a off
the beach. The front holds are jammed with the machinery
of war. Guns, helmets, gas masks and personal effects
are scattered across the promenade deck and bow.