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Coolidge 80th Anniversary

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7 Night Package

Departs from Sydney

group Trip

Coolidge 80th Anniversary
REF: 26568

7 Night Package

Departs from Sydney

group Trip

REF: 26568

7 Night Package

Departs from Sydney


Package Details

Coolidge 80th Anniversary
Dive the wreck of The SS President Coolidge and enjoy the majestic beauty of Santo. This year, 26th October 2022 marks 80 years anniversary of the sinking of the SS President Coolidge in Espiritu Santo island.⁠ At 198 metres long, the Coolidge was once a luxury cruise liner turned allied troop carrier during WWII. On the morning of 26th October 1942, the Coolidge approached Espiritu Santo by the eastern side of the Segond Channel, where she accidentally hit two U.S. mines upon entry. Now she rests on a sloping bottom between 20 - 72 metres and is one of the most impressive and easily accessible wreck dives 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. The ship is so big that even if you dived it ten times in different locations, you would still only view a part of it. Visit Santo and pay your respects for the many lives lost during WWII on the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of SS President Coolidge.
Departs October 22, 2022
Returns October 29, 2022


Return airfares and taxes ex Sydney to Santo via Port Vila with Air Vanuatu
1 Night in Port Vila + 6 Nights Standard Room accommodation at The Espiritu Hotel, Santo, Free Wifi, Daily Tropical Breakfast Daily. Twin or double share.
8 shore dives including tanks, weights, belts and dive guide services
All transfers in Santo
Coolidge 80th Anniversary presentation and party


  • ● Travel Insurance
  • ● Scuba Equipment rental
  • ● Meals other than specified
  • Upgrades

  • ● Single occupancy Standard Room $652.00
  • ● Twin share Deluxe Balcony room $100.00 pp
  • ● Alternative flight arrangements Ad Hoc
  • Proposed Itinerary

    Day 1 Fly from Sydney to Port Vila, overnight in Port Vila
    Day 2 Fly from Port Vila to Santo and transfer to Espiritu Hotel
    Day 3 - Day 6 4 days of diving; 2 dives per day - Anniversary presentation and party
    Day 7 De-saturation day - time to relax or explore
    Day 8 Transfer from Espiritu Hotel to Santo Airport. Fly from Santo to Port Vila to Sydney

    Terms and Conditions

    Prices subject to change at any time without notice due to currency fluctuations. Minimum 10 divers required for group airfares.
    Valid for travel from October 22, 2022.
    Valid for travel until October 29, 2022.
    Only available for sale until September 22, 2022.

    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.


    Pacific Dive

    Pacific Dive is located on the tropical island of Espiritu Santo, the largest of 83 islands in Vanuatu. Home to the world-famous SS President Coolidge wreck. The largest and most accessible shipwreck in the world!

    Opened in early 2017, Pacific Dive has quickly become the most well-known and trusted scuba diving shop in Luganville.

    What started as a hobby has now become a passion and the team are delighted to share it with you. They’re proud to have produced lots of happy customers and look forward to continuing their work for years to come! Their love for scuba diving drives who they are and what they do. Every. Single. Day.

    Excellent service begins with great people and industry experience, which is why the staff are only the best and most qualified in the business. They are a team of dedicated personnel with a genuine desire to ensure that your experience with them is easy, satisfying and safe.

    Start your diving day at Pacific Dive Headquarters, located at The Espiritu Hotel on Main Street in Luganville. You will meet your dive guides here, and they will assist you with any required hire equipment. You will then be briefed on the dive site of the day and complete any necessary paperwork before being transported to the dive site. Single Dive tours run for approximately 4 hours.

    Once at the Dive Site, kit up and enter the beautifully warm and clear water. Your experienced Dive Guide will escort you on one of the most amazing dives you have ever done! Whether it be the SS President Coolidge or Million Dollar Point, you will explore the site at your pace, and no doubt make some life-changing memories!

    Don’t forget to bring your GoPro or Underwater Camera to capture these unforgettable experiences and show off to friends and family back on the surface.


    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – Pacific Dive
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – Pacific Dive
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – Pacific Dive
    Mixed Gas Fills Available

    The Espiritu Hotel

    The Espiritu Hotel is a centrally located, boutique hotel, just minutes away from the cafes, shops and other services of Luganville. The refurbished hotel offers 13 modern and contemporary rooms and a convenient car rental service to reflect a home away from home on Espiritu Santo.

    All types of travellers – from divers, couples and families to groups and even longer term stays – can be comfortably accommodated at The Espiritu Hotel. Tu Café and Restaurant offers fresh and tasty modern cuisine utilising the locally grown, organic produce that Vanuatu is famous for. Guests may choose to sit in the restaurant’s indoor or outdoor dining area. The Tu Bar and Lounge boasts a fully stocked bar and a 55” flat screen TV. The lounge area incorporates the pool side, hammocks and comfy couches.

    Pacific Dive is located on the hotel premises, making The Espiritu a perfect base from which to dive the SS President Coolidge and to also explore the island. The hotel also features a miniature World War II Museum.


    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – The Espiritu Hotel
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – The Espiritu Hotel
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – The Espiritu Hotel
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – The Espiritu Hotel
    Dive Center on Site
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – The Espiritu Hotel
    Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo – The Espiritu Hotel

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