SS President Coolidge, Luganville

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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. To visit SS President Coolidge on your holiday in Espiritu Santo, and find out what else Espiritu Santo has to offer, use our Espiritu Santo travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 3, 2017
    We went to see the ship with Allan Power tours and thought it was amazing. I would recommend reading up on the ships history a little bit before you go- it makes it even more exciting seeing her! We d...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Diving amazing, there should be time to make several dives on the spot. The boat is long and there is full of interesting places to see
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  • July 15, 2017
    We had heard some much of this but wow to actually see it was a wonderful experience and one we will never forget.  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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