SS President Coolidge, Luganville

Dive beneath Vanuatu's blue sea to explore the old shipwreck of SS President Coolidge, a U.S. luxury liner that served as a troopship in World War II that was sunk by mines in 1942. Today, the shipwreck serves as a recreational diving site. Swim through holds and decks while meeting sea turtles, moray eels, and lion fish. Look for artifacts like guns, cannons, Jeeps, helmets, and a surreal statue called "The Lady," a porcelain figure of a lady riding a unicorn. Even novice divers can experience this attraction because of its close proximity to the surface. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to SS President Coolidge by using our Espiritu Santo driving holiday planner.
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  • We went with Allan Powers, located in the centre of Town. They were all terrific - good standards and professionalism. Beach entry, so very easy in any weather. Deep diving, quite advanced. 30m at the...  more »
  • You can see a lot of things inside like Lady Statue, Medicine Room etc. Hope can come back next time!  more »
  • Heaps of fish and seeing the front of the Coolidge was great. My partner had 2 dives inside the wreck and was very impressed with the Grand Old Lady - Great work Allan Power, Thankyou.  more »
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You'll find most of Espiritu Santo's accommodations clustered in the southeastern corner of the island, where the city of Luganville offers everything from basic beach houses and bungalows, to boutique hotels and upscale resorts. Luganville's city center boasts many hotels within walking distance of most local attractions and beaches, with quieter guesthouses an easy jaunt inland by car. Head up the eastern coast of the island to find beach lodges and sizeable resorts strung out along the shores of the Coral Sea. Due to the island's mountainous and forested interior, most areas away from the coast offer little other than family-run guesthouses and basic hotels, though these often offer budget-friendly deals.
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