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Dive President Coolidge

Santo

Vanuatu

Aore Island Resort

© Image used with permission from Aore Island Resort

7 Night Package

Departs from Santo

independent Trip

From
$2,165
AUD
Aore Island Resort
REF: 27804

7 Night Package

Departs from Santo

independent Trip

From
$2,165
AUD
REF: 27804

7 Night Package

Departs from Santo

From
$2,165
AUD

Package Details

Aore Island Resort
Espiritu Santo is the final resting place of the 22,000-tonne luxury passenger liner turned troop ship, SS President Coolidge. The impressive wreck (198 metres long) is one of the largest accessible wrecks to sport divers anywhere in the world. Complete with military supplies and personal belongings scattered across the ocean floor, and of course the famous "Lady and the Unicorn" this dive is not to be missed. Aore Island Resort is a stunning Pacific Island retreat with an authentic and welcoming culture nestled in a unique natural setting just a 10 minute boat trip from the main island of Espiritu Santo. The ferry to and from Luganville departs five times a day. Step from your private bungalow into the warm, crystal clear waters and snorkel over magical coral gardens teeming with fish. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world to this boutique island paradise.

Inclusions

7 Nights in Studio Gardenview Bungalow - TWIN | DOUBLE share
10 Shore Dives on SS President Coolidge and/or Million Dollar Point with transfers from the town wharf, tanks, weights, dive guide & light refreshments post dive
Tropical breakfast daily
Use of Kayaks, Push bikes, SUP boards, Snorkeling gear, WI-FI in restaurant and lounge common areas
Return Airport transfers

Exclusions

  • ● International Airfares & taxes
  • ● Meals other than specified
  • ● Scuba equipment rental
  • ● Travel insurance
  • ● Tourism Levy Fee 100 VATU (approx. AUD$1.25 per room per night)
  • ● Any non-scheduled transfers from Aore Island to town and vice versa
  • Upgrades

  • ● Single occupancy from $997
  • ● Studio Beachfront Bungalow - TWIN | DOUBLE share $192 per person
  • ● Non Diver Package - TWIN | DOUBLE share from $1,086 per person
  • ● Contact Dive Adventures for a quote with airfares for your preferred dates of travel.
  • ● Tech diving packages can also be arranged. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.
  • Proposed Itinerary

    Day 1 Transfer from Santo airport to your accommodation
    Day 2 - Day 6 Two shore dives a day
    Day 7 De-saturation day - time to relax and enjoy the resort or explore the island
    Day 8 Transfer to Santo airport

    Terms and Conditions

    Package price is per person. Block out Dates apply : 29 Jan - 29 Feb 2024. Prices are correct as at 07Aug23 and subject to change due to currency fluctuations and supplier rate changes.
    Valid for travel from August 8, 2023.
    Valid for travel until March 31, 2024.
    Only available for sale until March 24, 2024.

    Subject to availability and COVID-19 conditions – please contact your Dive Adventures travel specialist.

    Destination Information

    Espiritu Santo

    Espiritu Santo (commonly known as ‘Santo’) is arguably one of the most well-known dive destinations in the South Pacific. Not only is it the resting place of the world-renowned wreck SS President Coolidge, it’s also a stunning tropical getaway. Take time out from the hustle and bustle of modern life and enjoy the peace and quiet of this gorgeous island. 

    Despite the island’s size, you will find two very different terrains. Along the western side of the island is a rugged landscape of mountains, while the south and east are flat, fertile and filled with agriculture. This rugged landscape carries on under the sea, creating a marine terrain of caverns and caves. To the north is Vanuatu’s first national park, Vathe Conservation Area which provides a jungle sanctuary for the islands diverse variety of endemic species inclusive of birds, butterflies, wild orchids, flying foxes and reptiles. 

    The island of Santo played an essential role during WWII as it provided a base in the South Pacific for over 100,000 allied troops and support staff. This massive occupation of the island is still very evident today, with a prevalence of historic sites and abandoned equipment both above and below sea level. 

    Luganville, the island’s capital, is just busy enough to give you a small variety of hotel bars and restaurants to enjoy during your stay. Whether you’re after a luxury getaway or budget dive lodgings, you will be sure to find accommodation to suit you close by to the township.

     

    Aore Island Resort

    Aore Island is a working cattle and coconut plantation, located 3 kilometres across the channel or 15 minutes by regular boat service from Santo and the township of Luganville. The secluded Aore Island Resort is set on a white sandy beach, surrounded by tropical island flora and has views to the wide escarpment leading up to a higher rainforest level. Aore Island is an ideal base for your holiday adventures on Espiritu Santo or as a place to just relax and retreat.

    The boutique resort has 18 spacious and comfortable, well-appointed bungalows built along the beach surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All of the fan-cooled fares have private bathrooms, hot showers, hairdryers, irons, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator and a balcony. A large traditional Melanesian style Nakamal sits on the waterfront housing the bar, restaurant and lounge area. Enjoy the panoramic views across the channel from the wide terrace where you can dine, relax and sip cocktails whilst enjoying the romantic ambience.

    The famous World War II wreck of “SS President Coolidge” and “Million Dollar Point” are a 20 minute boat trip from the resort. Alternatively, you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters over the coral reef just off the island.

    Facilities

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    Wi-fi
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    Spa
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    Restaurant
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    Pool
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    Fan-cooled
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